Brian Kujavsky

Partner

Brian Kujavsky

Brian Kujavsky

Partner

Brian offers creative, business-minded advice to meet the challenges and pressures of his clients’ enterprises.

With a corporate and securities practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, Brian advises on complex cross-border transactions, both public and private. He has deep experience advising venture capitalists, family offices, private equity funds and entrepreneurs that regularly call on him for guidance as a trusted business adviser. Brian counsels Canadian, U.S. and international corporations, providing practical advice across a wide range of industries – including pharmaceuticals, retail, travel, music, clean technology, smart city infrastructure, cannabis and med tech.

Brian frequently writes and speaks on issues related to the legalization of cannabis in Canada and the resulting regulations. He is also an active participant in the CJA Federation and the Jewish Chamber of Commerce.

Brian Kujavsky

Partner

Brian offers creative, business-minded advice to meet the challenges and pressures of his clients’ enterprises.

With a corporate and securities practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, Brian advises on complex cross-border transactions, both public and private. He has deep experience advising venture capitalists, family offices, private equity funds and entrepreneurs that regularly call on him for guidance as a trusted business adviser. Brian counsels Canadian, U.S. and international corporations, providing practical advice across a wide range of industries – including pharmaceuticals, retail, travel, music, clean technology, smart city infrastructure, cannabis and med tech.

Brian frequently writes and speaks on issues related to the legalization of cannabis in Canada and the resulting regulations. He is also an active participant in the CJA Federation and the Jewish Chamber of Commerce.

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Plusgrade L.P.

Acted for Plusgrade L.P., a recognized leader in providing innovative revenue-generating solutions for the global travel industry, and its partners in connection with an equity investment by Novacap.

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Leaseweb Global B.V.

Acted for Leaseweb Global B.V., a leading hosting and cloud services company, in its acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding shares of iWeb Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of Internap Holding LLC and one of Canada's foremost providers of cloud services and server hosting.

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Sequoia Capital

Acted as Canadian counsel to Sequoia Capital in a minority investment in SSENSE, a Montréal-based fashion e-commerce retailer, giving the company a post-money enterprise value of over $5 billion. This is the first round of external funding in the company's 18-year history.

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Wattpad Corp.

Acted for Wattpad Corp., a global multi-platform storytelling entertainment company headquartered in Canada, in its acquisition by Naver Corporation, a public South Korean Internet conglomerate. This transaction is valued at more than US$600 million.

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Equinoxe Virtual Clinic Corp.

Acted for Equinoxe Virtual Clinic Corp., a leading Canadian virtual care provider, in the sale of all of its issued and outstanding shares to Right-Health Inc., a subsidiary of TELUS Corporation and the owner and operator of the Akira virtual care platform.

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Family Shareholders of Dorel Industries Inc.

Acting for the controlling family shareholders, who are partnering with Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. in the privatization of Dorel Industries Inc., a TSX-listed company, by way of plan of arrangement. 

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Mackinnon, Bennett & Company

Acted for Mackinnon, Bennett & Company in the formation of MKB Partners Fund II, a private equity fund that invests in clean technology and smart city companies in the energy and transportation sectors.

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Mackinnon, Bennett & Company

Acted for a group of investors led by Mackinnon, Bennett & Company in connection with AddEnergie Technologies' $53-million Series C financing round.

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Knight Therapeutics Inc.

Acted for Knight Therapeutics Inc. in its transformative acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding shares of Biotoscana Investments S.A., a Luxembourg company listed on the Brazilian stock exchange, for an aggregate purchase price of $369 million.

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Mexican-based Cannabis Producer

Acted for a Mexican-based cannabis producer with a share exchange and reverse takeover of a Canadian-based cannabis producer with assets in Colombia.

Speaking Engagement
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American Bar Association, Business Law Section 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting, International Expansion and Cross-Border Transactions Subcommittee Meeting, “The North American Cannabis Market: A Dynamically Evolving Legal and Commercial Environment”; Webinar

Sept. 23, 2020

Article
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2020 Global Report on Cannabis Policy, Canada chapter, co-author

June 25, 2020 - World Law Group, at 12-29
Read the report.

Bulletin
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Canadian Securities Authorities Address Cannabis Issuers’ Conflicts of Interest

Nov. 13, 2019 - Staff of the securities regulatory authorities in Ontario, British Columbia, Québec, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Nova Scotia (collectively, Staff) has released CSA Multilateral Staff Notice 51-359 ‒ Corporate Governance Related Disclosure Expectations for Reporting Issuers in the...

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Québec Increases Minimum Age for Cannabis Consumption to 21

Nov. 12, 2019 - The Québec government recently ratified an Act to tighten the regulation of cannabis (Act), marking its latest action to impose stricter rules on cannabis consumption than those set out by the federal government. Beginning on January 1, 2020, persons under the age of 21 will be prohibited...

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Brian Kujavsky Speaks to The Lawyers Daily on Québec Homegrown Cannabis Ruling

Sept. 17, 2019 - The Lawyer’s Daily recently featured Brian Kujavsky’s insights on the implications of the Québec Superior Court’s ruling striking down the provincial ban on homegrown cannabis, including a possible constitutional legal battle over the sale of cannabis edibles. In the article (available to...

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Québec Court Rules Restriction on Growing Cannabis at Home Is Unconstitutional

Sept. 10, 2019 - As a result of a recent decision of the Québec Superior Court (QSC) in Murray Hall c. Procureure générale du Québec 1 , residents in Québec are no longer prohibited from growing or possessing cannabis plants at home for personal purposes. Under the Cannabis Regulation Act 2 ,...

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Brian Kujavsky Highlights Key Issues for Cannabis Investors in Hedge Fund Law Report

June 14, 2019 - In a recent interview with Hedge Fund Law Report (available to subscribers), Brian Kujavsky outlined key considerations for investors seeking to enter the cannabis space. Brian believes there are two reasons why investors might choose to invest in the United States rather than Canada. ...

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Brian Kujavsky Speaks to Hedge Fund Law Report on Investing in Cannabis

May 30, 2019 - Brian Kujavsky was interviewed recently by Hedge Fund Law Report, a leading news service on hedge fund law and regulation, for an article (available to subscribers) on investing in the cannabis industry. Brian commented on the former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ rescission of all...

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Lexpert Special Edition: Agribusiness and Cannabis

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Lexpert Special Edition: Health Sciences

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Lexpert Special Edition: Technology

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The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Corporate Mid-Market; Mergers and Acquisitions

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The Best Lawyers in Canada—Corporate Law; Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Bar Admissions
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Québec, 2004

Education
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McGill University, BCL/LLB, 2003
McGill University, BComm, 1999

Professional Affiliations
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CJA Federation
Jewish Chamber of Commerce
Lord Reading Law Society

Brian offers creative, business-minded advice to meet the challenges and pressures of his clients’ enterprises.

With a corporate and securities practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, Brian advises on complex cross-border transactions, both public and private. He has deep experience advising venture capitalists, family offices, private equity funds and entrepreneurs that regularly call on him for guidance as a trusted business adviser. Brian counsels Canadian, U.S. and international corporations, providing practical advice across a wide range of industries – including pharmaceuticals, retail, travel, music, clean technology, smart city infrastructure, cannabis and med tech.

Brian frequently writes and speaks on issues related to the legalization of cannabis in Canada and the resulting regulations. He is also an active participant in the CJA Federation and the Jewish Chamber of Commerce.

Plusgrade L.P.

Acted for Plusgrade L.P., a recognized leader in providing innovative revenue-generating solutions for the global travel industry, and its partners in connection with an equity investment by Novacap.

Leaseweb Global B.V.

Acted for Leaseweb Global B.V., a leading hosting and cloud services company, in its acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding shares of iWeb Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of Internap Holding LLC and one of Canada's foremost providers of cloud services and server hosting.

Sequoia Capital

Acted as Canadian counsel to Sequoia Capital in a minority investment in SSENSE, a Montréal-based fashion e-commerce retailer, giving the company a post-money enterprise value of over $5 billion. This is the first round of external funding in the company's 18-year history.

Wattpad Corp.

Acted for Wattpad Corp., a global multi-platform storytelling entertainment company headquartered in Canada, in its acquisition by Naver Corporation, a public South Korean Internet conglomerate. This transaction is valued at more than US$600 million.

Equinoxe Virtual Clinic Corp.

Acted for Equinoxe Virtual Clinic Corp., a leading Canadian virtual care provider, in the sale of all of its issued and outstanding shares to Right-Health Inc., a subsidiary of TELUS Corporation and the owner and operator of the Akira virtual care platform.

Family Shareholders of Dorel Industries Inc.

Acting for the controlling family shareholders, who are partnering with Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. in the privatization of Dorel Industries Inc., a TSX-listed company, by way of plan of arrangement. 

Mackinnon, Bennett & Company

Acted for Mackinnon, Bennett & Company in the formation of MKB Partners Fund II, a private equity fund that invests in clean technology and smart city companies in the energy and transportation sectors.

Mackinnon, Bennett & Company

Acted for a group of investors led by Mackinnon, Bennett & Company in connection with AddEnergie Technologies' $53-million Series C financing round.

Knight Therapeutics Inc.

Acted for Knight Therapeutics Inc. in its transformative acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding shares of Biotoscana Investments S.A., a Luxembourg company listed on the Brazilian stock exchange, for an aggregate purchase price of $369 million.

Mexican-based Cannabis Producer

Acted for a Mexican-based cannabis producer with a share exchange and reverse takeover of a Canadian-based cannabis producer with assets in Colombia.

Speaking Engagement

American Bar Association, Business Law Section 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting, International Expansion and Cross-Border Transactions Subcommittee Meeting, “The North American Cannabis Market: A Dynamically Evolving Legal and Commercial Environment”; Webinar

Sept. 23, 2020

Article

2020 Global Report on Cannabis Policy, Canada chapter, co-author

June 25, 2020 - World Law Group, at 12-29
Read the report.

Bulletin

Canadian Securities Authorities Address Cannabis Issuers’ Conflicts of Interest

Nov. 13, 2019 - Staff of the securities regulatory authorities in Ontario, British Columbia, Québec, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Nova Scotia (collectively, Staff) has released CSA Multilateral Staff Notice 51-359 ‒ Corporate Governance Related Disclosure Expectations for Reporting Issuers in the...

Bulletin

Québec Increases Minimum Age for Cannabis Consumption to 21

Nov. 12, 2019 - The Québec government recently ratified an Act to tighten the regulation of cannabis (Act), marking its latest action to impose stricter rules on cannabis consumption than those set out by the federal government. Beginning on January 1, 2020, persons under the age of 21 will be prohibited...

In the News

Brian Kujavsky Speaks to The Lawyers Daily on Québec Homegrown Cannabis Ruling

Sept. 17, 2019 - The Lawyer’s Daily recently featured Brian Kujavsky’s insights on the implications of the Québec Superior Court’s ruling striking down the provincial ban on homegrown cannabis, including a possible constitutional legal battle over the sale of cannabis edibles. In the article (available to...

In the News

Brian Kujavsky Speaks to Hedge Fund Law Report on Investing in Cannabis

May 30, 2019 - Brian Kujavsky was interviewed recently by Hedge Fund Law Report, a leading news service on hedge fund law and regulation, for an article (available to subscribers) on investing in the cannabis industry. Brian commented on the former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ rescission of all...

Lexpert Special Edition: Agribusiness and Cannabis

Lexpert Special Edition: Health Sciences

Lexpert Special Edition: Technology

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Corporate Mid-Market; Mergers and Acquisitions

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Corporate Law; Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Bar Admissions

Québec, 2004

Education

McGill University, BCL/LLB, 2003
McGill University, BComm, 1999

Professional Affiliations

CJA Federation
Jewish Chamber of Commerce
Lord Reading Law Society