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Valerie C. Mann*

Managing Partner
  • Amanda Jamieson
  • Legal Assistant
  • P: 604.408.5447

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Valerie is the Managing Partner of Lawson Lundell.  Her practice is transactional (mergers and acquisitions / corporate finance) as well as advisory.  Valerie (Val) is the Chair of the firm’s Technology law group and Co-Chair of the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions practice group. After obtaining an honours bachelor of commerce degree, Valerie worked in marketing management with a large US based consumer packaged goods company, prior to obtaining her law degree.

She has been involved in transactions for private and public companies including mergers and acquisitions, financings and corporate reorganizations as well as licensing, strategic alliances and joint ventures.

Her practice includes acting for entrepreneurs and early-stage companies through to public companies as well as for those who finance technology ventures including venture capital companies. Clients in the technology sector include hardware manufacturers, software developers, e-commerce companies, new media ventures and biotechnology companies as well as venture capital companies.

Recognition and Ranking

  • Best Lawyers in Canada: recognized for mergers & acquisitions law and technology law
  • Named by the Women’s Executive Network as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100™
  • 2013 Lexpert Zenith Award: recognized as a leading woman lawyer in Canada

Professional Activities

  • British Columbia Business Council, Board of Governors 
  • Queen’s School of Business Advisory Board
  • Association for Corporate Growth, Director and Corporate Secretary; Chair of the 2013 Capital Connections Conference 
  • Canadian IT Law Association, Director (2004-2008) and Co-Chair Private Equity Sub-Committee
  • Vancouver Board of Trade, Member – Economic Development Committee
  • Institute of Corporate Directors, Member
  • B.C. Law Society’s Bar Admission Program, regular guest lecturer on corporate and commercial law
  • Business in Vancouver’s CFO of the Year Awards, 2011 through 2014, Selection Committee
  • Women in Technology – Minerva Foundation 2012 through 2014, Selection Committee Member
  • Wired Woman Society, Director and Secretary (2004-2008)
  • CanWIT, BC Chapter, Director - Finance/Sponsorship (2008-2012)

Bar Admissions

  • British Columbia (1992)

Education

  • Queen’s University (B.Comm (Hons)., 1986)
  • Osgoode Hall Law School (J.D., 1991)
  • Registered Trade Mark Agent (1996)

In addition to acting as counsel to clients engaged in the technology, manufacturing, forestry, and financial management industries, Valerie's recent M&A experience includes advising:

  • Private equity firm in its acquisition of a rail services business
  • Venture Capital general partner in the formation of a fund focused on social impact business investing including in food manufacturing and renewable energy
  • Private equity general partner in the formation of a fund focused on the real estate sector
  • Venture capital fund in its acquisition of an interest in a security technology company
  • Dassault Systemes in its acquisition of Gemcom Software
  • Ballast Nedam N.V., a publicly traded Dutch infrastructure and construction company in its sale of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort to Resorts of the Canadian Rockies Inc.
  • Management, in a buy-out of a collection services business backed by a BC based private equity firm
  • Temenos Group AP in its acquisition of Primisyn, a business intelligence software company
  • Institutional investors in a joint takeover of a publicly traded timberlands company
  • Dialogic Corporation in its acquisition of Veraz Networks, Inc.
  • Taleo Corporation in its acquisition of Cytiva Software Inc.
  • An electric utility in the $825 million acquisition of an interest in a hydroelectric dam and related assets
  • An institutional investor in a $100 million private placement in a forestry company
  • An alternative energy company in its financing and acquisition activities
  • A US based public clean energy company in a strategic acquisition in Western Canada
  • A resort company in its financing activities in Canada and the United States and its operational activities in Canada
  • A private equity fund in acquisitions of manufacturing businesses in Western Canada
  • A large publicly traded European construction company in its BC-based activities in the resort industry
  • A food products manufacturer and brand company in its strategic acquisitions in North America and internationally
  • Institutional investors in a $1.0 billion forestry acquisition
  • A newsprint and directory company in its acquisition of a recycled paper facility
  • A pension fund in a series of acquisitions in the hotel industry
  • A BC public company in its $1.2 billion acquisition of a newsprint and directory manufacturing business
  • A venture capital fund in the formation of a new $235 million venture capital fund which invests in technology companies
  • Numerous investments by venture capital investors in early-stage technology companies
  • A large forestry company in the outsourcing of information systems and other non-core functions

In addition, Valerie’s experience includes:

  • Private placement financings for non-reporting technology companies
  • Numerous licensing agreements on behalf of technology developers and customers of technology
  • Corporate and technology law advice including clinical trial agreements and material transfer agreements to a publicly-traded biotechnology company
  • Business formation, structuring and early-stage financings for several technology companies involved in wireless applications, software development and new media
  • Numerous pre-merger notification applications and other competition advice in respect of transactions in the forestry, mining, manufacturing and real estate sectors

Valerie has written and presented on various topics related to venture capital financing, technology licensing, outsourcing, e-commerce, mergers and acquisitions, and competition law.

Speaking engagements include: