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Shahir Guindi - Private Equity Lawyer

Shahir Guindi

Montréal Managing Partner

Key Contact: Private Equity

Key Contact: Life Sciences

Key Contact: Venture Capital

Key Contact: Technology

Contact Information

tel: 514.904.8126



Bar Admission

Québec, 1990

New York, 1990

  • McGill University, LL.B.
  • McGill University, B.C.L.
English, French, Arabic

Shahir is the managing partner of the Montréal office, and formerly a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and private equity/venture capital (including in the areas of technology and life sciences). He acts for many private equity funds in their portfolio investments and divestitures and for corporations and investment banks in connection with corporate finance transactions. Shahir has extensive expertise in cross-border M&A and private equity fund formation. He is a director of the Business Development Bank of Canada and sits on the boards of several other companies and was Co-Chair of Réseau Capital (Québec’s private equity and venture capital association) between 2010 and 2013.


    DAVIDsTEA in its initial public offering for aggregate gross proceeds to the company of $64.9 million

  • DalCor Pharma UK Ltd.

    Dalcor Pharma in its $150 million of Series A and B preferred share financings

    • Counsel to Blockstream Corporation in $100 million of seed and class A preferred share financings.
    • Counsel to Cavalia Inc. in its partnership in China with Sinocap Classic Cultural Media (Beijing) Co. Ltd.
    • Counsel to TeraXion Inc. in its sale to Ciena Canada, Inc. of TeraXion’s high-speed photonics components (HSPC) assets for a purchase price of USD $32 million.
    • iNovia Capital Inc., in connection with the formation of its new venture capital fund, iNovia Investment Fund 2015, which raised $175,000,000.
    • Information Venture Partners in connection with the closing of its second FinTech fund.
    • Radialpoint SafeCare Inc., in relation to the sale of its Technical Security Services Business to AppDirect Canada Inc.
    • HarbourVest Partners in connection with the formation of HarbourVest Canada Growth Fund, a venture capital fund of funds formed as part of the Government of Canada’s Venture Capital Action Plan. The fund raised over $300 million.
    • UBS Securities and the initial purchasers in connection with the proposed initial public offering of Klox Technologies Inc.
    • Pure Energies Group Inc., in relation to its sale to NRG Energy, Inc., a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange with a market capitalization of approximately $10 billion.
    • DataWind Inc., in connection with its $30 million initial public offering and listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
    • MEGA Brands in connection with its US$460 million public acquisition by Mattel.
    • POSCO of Korea and China Steel Corporation of Taiwan in their $1.1 billion investment in ArcelorMittal Mines Canada’s iron ore mine business.
    • Teralys Capital in the formation of almost $2 billion managed fund of funds.
    • Turris Sites in its sale of a controlling interest to InSite Wireless of the United States and a subsequent securitization transaction.
    • SABIC (Saudi Basic Industries Corporation) in direct equity investments into North America.
    • Jubilant Organosys Ltd. of India in its $250 million acquisition of NASDAQ and TSX listed Draxis Health Inc.
    • Beyond the Rack, in over $80M of financings, including with Highland Capital and Panorama.
    • Accedian Networks in its various financings, including the $25M financing by Summit Capital and Rho Capital.
    • Hopper Travel in its various financings totalling over $45 million, including by Atlas Ventures and Omers Ventures.
    • Investors in Enerkem in over $50M of various financings.
    • Investissement Québec and Desjardins Capital de risque in their acquisition of GFI Informatique.
    • Oz Communications Inc. in its sale to Nokia Corporation.
    • Persistence Capital Partners in the disposition of MedAxio Insurance Medical Services to Gamma-Dynacare and the Medisys Independent Medical Assessment division of Medisys Corporate Health to SCM Insurance Services.
    • Radialpoint, in all of its financings in an aggregate amount of approximately $200 million.
    • Formation of the following funds: Rho Canada, Persistence Capital Partners, IGAN, Information Venture Partners, iNovia Capital, Real Ventures, TVM Capital, Lumira Fund II, Lumira Merck, Sanderling, CTI Life Sciences, Tandem Launch Technologies, Cycle Capital and others.
    • Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: corporate legal reform project.
    • AXA Private Equity, CBC Pension Fund and Caisse de dépôt in the establishment of two Novacap Funds, namely Novacap Technologies III and Novacap Industries III, in an aggregate amount of $600 million.
    • Investment banks in public offerings in various financings, Caprion, Kangaroo TV, Redline Communications, Diagnocure, Nstein Technologies.
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  • Chambers Canada, 2016, recognized in the area of Corporate Law; Commercial Law (Québec)
  • Who’s Who Legal, 2016, recognized in the area of Private Funds.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2014-2016, Repeatedly Recommended in the area of Computer & IT Law.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2015-2016, Most Frequently Recommended in the area of Corporate Commercial Law.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2016, Consistently Recommended in the area of Corporate Finance & Securities.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2014-2016, Consistently Recommended in the area of Corporate Mid-Market.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2015-2016, Consistently Recommended in the area of Mergers & Acquisitions.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2015-2016, Most Frequently Recommended in the area of Private Equity.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2014-2016, Most Frequently Recommended in the area of Technology Transactions.
  • Lexpert Special Edition: Canada’s Technology “Lawyer of the Year”
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015: Corporate Law; Information Technology Law; Technology Law, Biotechnology Law
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014 (top rankings in 8 categories):   Biotechnology;
  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada 2014: Technology Transactions; Corporate Finance & Securities
  • Lexpert Special Edition: Canada’s Leading Corporate Lawyers 2014
  • Lexpert’s Top 40 Under 40 Awards (2004)

  • St. Mark Orthodox Church, Board of Directors
  • College St. Antoine le Grand, Advisor
  • St. Peter and St. Paul Coptic Orthodox Church, Board of Directors
  • Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Ottawa, Montreal and Eastern Canada, Director

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Association du Barreau du Québec
  • Canadian Bar Association

  • The Law and Pratice of Down-Round Financings: United States and Canada, panelist at the ABA conference Business Law Section – Spring Meeting, Montréal, April 9, 2016.
  • CEO Vision PDG, Seminar on “Exit Strategies”, Mont-Tremblant (2014-2016).
  • CEO Vision PDG, Seminar on “Capital de croissance”, Mont-Tremblant (2014 – 2016)
  • The Role of State Financial Institutions in the Development of Social Entrepreneurship, Rise Egypt Launch, Harvard Medical School, June 2014.
  • American Bar Association, National Institute on International Regulations and Compliance, Panel on “Regulatory Pitfalls on M&A Deals”, Washington, DC, October 2014.
  • Cherish, Challenge and Change, Panel on Anti-Corruption Efforts in the Arab World, Harvard Law School, Boston, 2013.
  • Canadian M&A Gets an International Flavour, Osler Outlook, Autumn 2008.
  • Opportunities and Challenges in Today’s Capital Markets’ Reality: Perspectives for 2008 and Beyond (Moderator), Réseau Capital, Montreal, Canada, April 2008.
  • Forming and Investing in Private Equity Funds (Conference Chair), The Canadian Institute,  Toronto, Canada, June 2007.
  • A Made in Canada Merger: Caprion + Ecopia = Thallion (Panellist), CANMEDBIO 2007, Toronto, Canada, May 2007.
  • Les structures possibles à l’occasion d’un investissement dans une companie privée, Transactions de Capitaux de risque et d’investissement, Montréal, Canada, May 2007.