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.
Knight Therapeutics Inc.
Acting for Knight Therapeutics Inc. in its transformative acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding shares of Biotoscana Investments S.A. (GBT), a Luxembourg company listed on the Brazilian stock exchange, for an expected aggregate purchase price of $369 million.
Acted for Knight Therapeutics Inc. in successfully defending against the activist campaign, proxy contest and contested meeting led by Medison Biotech Ltd. with respect to Knight's 2019 annual meeting.
RELX Group plc
Acted for an affiliate of Elsevier, part of the RELX Group, a global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries, in its acquisition of Science-Metrix Inc., which specializes in research evaluation and bibliometric analysis.
Acted for Plusgrade L.P. and its partners in the $200-million equity investment by Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. Plusgrade is a leading provider of revenue solutions to the travel industry, such as seat upgrades and other premium services, through its proprietary software platform.
Stingray Group Inc.
Acted for Stingray Group Inc. in its acquisition of DJ-Matic, a provider of in-store media solutions (music, video, digital signage) for businesses with clients in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark.
Stingray Group Inc.
Acted for Stingray Group Inc. in its $506-million acquisition of Newfoundland Capital Corporation Limited, one of Canada's leading radio broadcasters with 101 licences (82 FM and 19 AM) across Canada, and the financing of this acquisition, which included $450 million of new credit facilities and $138 million of equity, comprising a $83-million bought deal offering of subscription receipts, a $40-million private placement of subscription receipts to the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, and $15 million from the exercise of pre-emption rights from the Boyko Group.
MacKinnon, Bennett & Co
Acted for MKB Partners Fund, Limited Partnership in connection with additional subscriptions and final close of fund, with commitments in excess of $50 million.
Neovia Probiotics Inc.
Acted for Neovia Probiotics Inc., an indirect subsidiary of a leading French agricultural cooperative group, in its acquisition (by way of a plan of arrangement) of Epicore BioNetworks Inc., a TSXV-listed company specializing in the sale of environmental biological products and specialty feeds.
Meyer Housewares Canada Inc.
Acted for Meyer Housewares Canada Inc. in connection with its acquisition from Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited, of the Padinox business in Prince Edward Island, which manufactures and distributes kitchenware.
KIK Custom Products Inc.
Acted for KIK Custom Products Inc. in its acquisition of Lavo Inc., a leading manufacturer and marketer of laundry detergent, household cleaners, fabric softeners and bleach in Canada.
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...
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 Canadian Lawyer About Québec’s Proposed Regulations on Cannabis Edibles
Oct. 18, 2019 - Canadian Lawyer recently featured Brian Kujavsky’s perspectives on the Québec government’s plan to restrict the sale of cannabis edibles in the province. In the article, Brian explains why Québec has taken a more stringent approach to cannabis than other jurisdictions and shares his...
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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...
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 Québec1, residents in Québec are no longer prohibited from growing or possessing cannabis plants at home for personal purposes. Under the Cannabis Regulation Act2,...
In High Demand: Health Canada Releases Final Regulations for Cannabis Edibles, Extracts and Topical Products
June 17, 2019 - Health Canada has released the final regulations (Regulations) that will govern cannabis edibles, extracts and topical products. The Regulations will come into force on October 17, 2019, in substantially the same form as the draft regulations published by Health Canada in December 2018. Market...
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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...
Cannabis Deal Traffic Flows in Both Directions Across the Border: Considerations for U.S. Law Firms, co-author
Apr. 15, 2019 - Business Law Today (American Bar Association)
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Patricia Olasker and Brian Kujavsky Profiled as Top Cannabis Lawyers by Business Insider
Jan. 11, 2019 - An article published this week in Business Insider features Davies partners Patricia Olasker and Brian Kujavsky among a select group of lawyers who have cut a trailblazing path into the booming cannabis industry. The article describes how Davies’ involvement in the industry was driven by...