Geoffrey L. Rawle

Partner

Geoffrey L. Rawle

Geoffrey L. Rawle

Partner

Bar Admissions
  • Ontario, 2015
    New York, 2011
    British Columbia, 2010 (non-practising)

Known for his creative yet practical approach, Geoff crafts innovative solutions for his clients’ most complex business challenges.

Geoff assists clients with fund formation and investments, technology transactions, mergers & acquisitions and corporate finance. His clients include venture capital, growth equity, private equity and debt funds and their investors. Geoff has extensive experience in exits and acquisitions, as well as in venture financings and sponsor-backed public equity (PIPE) investments.

With a background in technology, Geoff has extensive experience advising entrepreneurs, high-growth companies and investors in tech-driven industries, including fintech, cleantech, AI, crypto, healthtech and biotech. A trained coder and engineer, he draws on his unique perspective to guide clients through all stages of the business lifecycle, from formation and financings to service, licensing and exit strategies.

Geoff is an adjunct professor in Innovation, Law and Technology at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He is a director at Casey House, Canada's first and only stand-alone hospital for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Geoffrey L. Rawle

Partner

Known for his creative yet practical approach, Geoff crafts innovative solutions for his clients’ most complex business challenges.

Geoff assists clients with fund formation and investments, technology transactions, mergers & acquisitions and corporate finance. His clients include venture capital, growth equity, private equity and debt funds and their investors. Geoff has extensive experience in exits and acquisitions, as well as in venture financings and sponsor-backed public equity (PIPE) investments.

With a background in technology, Geoff has extensive experience advising entrepreneurs, high-growth companies and investors in tech-driven industries, including fintech, cleantech, AI, crypto, healthtech and biotech. A trained coder and engineer, he draws on his unique perspective to guide clients through all stages of the business lifecycle, from formation and financings to service, licensing and exit strategies.

Geoff is an adjunct professor in Innovation, Law and Technology at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He is a director at Casey House, Canada's first and only stand-alone hospital for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Canopy Rivers Inc.

Acted for Canopy Rivers Inc., a venture capital firm specializing in cannabis, in the sale of its indirect equity interest in Canapar Corp., a manufacturer and processor of active compounds used in wellness products, to RAMM Pharma Corp.

Blackstone Tactical Opportunities

Acted for Blackstone Tactical Opportunities, a fund managed by Blackstone, in its sale of TITUS Inc., an Ottawa-based leading provider of data classification and categorization solutions, to an affiliate of HelpSystems Holdings, Inc.

SunOpta Inc.

Acted for SunOpta Inc. in connection with a US$60-million equity investment by related party Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. and activist shareholder Engaged Capital, LLC in preferred shares of a SunOpta subsidiary exchangeable into common shares of the public parent company and voting on an as-exchanged basis.

Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust, Inc.

Acted for Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust, Inc. in its US$240-million preferred equity investment in Tricon Residential Inc., a rental housing company focused on serving the middle-market demographic in North America.

Hydrostor Inc.

Acted for Hydrostor Inc., a developer of Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) projects, in securing a US$37-million growth financing to advance their global pipeline of utility-scale energy storage projects, including equity, debt, an asset acquisition, cash commitments, a project development partnership with Meridiam, a global infrastructure developer, and a strategic technology partnership with Baker Hughes, a GE Company.

Spring Lane Capital

Acting as counsel to Spring Lane Capital in the formation of its inaugural private equity fund formed to invest in sustainability projects in the energy, water, food and waste industries.

Business Development Bank of Canada

Acted for Business Development Bank of Canada in its investment, as an anchor investor, in Framework Venture Partners, a newly-formed venture capital fund focused principally on software as a service, artificial intelligence and machine learning companies.

The Carlyle Group

Acted as Canadian counsel to The Carlyle Group for the term loan and senior note offering financing for its joint acquisition with GIC of the global specialty chemicals business of Akzo Nobel N.V.

tZERO.com, subsidiary of Overstock.com

Acting as Canadian counsel for tZERO.com, the financial technology subsidiary of Overstock.com, in its USD$250-million offering of security tokens using blockchain technology by way of a Simple Agreement for Future Equity (SAFE).

Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan and Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.

Acted as Canadian counsel to a syndicate of underwriters, led by Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan and Deutsche Bank Securities, in a US$950-million offering of The Stars Group Inc.'s common shares by way of a treasury and secondary offering in Canada and the United States under the multijurisdictional disclosure system. The net proceeds from the treasury offering were, together with debt financing and cash on hand, to fund the acquisition of Sky Betting & Gaming.

Guide

Davies Governance Insights 2018

Oct. 03, 2018 - Davies’ annual Governance Insights reports analyze the top governance trends and issues important to Canadian boards, senior management, in-house counsel and governance observers...

Bulletin

CSA Offers Tips for Token Offerings: Direction or Deterrence?

June 28, 2018 - The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) has published CSA Staff Notice 46-308 – Securities Law Implications for Offerings of Tokens (2018 Notice). Released on June 11, 2018, it provides some long-awaited clarity on the CSA’s view on token offerings, commonly known as initial coin...

Bulletin

Demystifying Crypto in Canada: Will 2018 Be the Year of Blockchain?

Mar. 07, 2018 - The year 2017 was one of tremendous growth for blockchain, as the technology underlying Bitcoin gained attention from mainstream media outlets, financial institutions, investment funds and securities regulators across the globe. Blockchain’s rise to prominence was led by an interest in...

Bulletin

OSC Invites TokenFunder to Play in the CSA Sandbox

Oct. 26, 2017 - Earlier this month, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) released its decision to grant exemptive relief from applicable Canadian registration requirements to Token Funder Inc. (TokenFunder) for the launch of its initial offering of FNDR tokens. By blessing the upcoming offering by TokenFunder...

In the News

Geoff Rawle, Zain Rizvi Referenced in Financial Post Article About Bitcoin

Sept. 22, 2017 - Davies lawyers Geoff Rawle and Zain Rizvi’s recent client communication on the Canadian Securities Administrators’ (CSA) approach to cryptocurrency offerings is referenced in a recent Financial Post article. The Post’s article discusses the strength of the CSA’s directive and quotes Geoff and...

University of British Columbia Faculty of Law—R. Herbert Award for Best All-Round Graduate (2009)

University of British Columbia—Wesbrook Scholar (2008)

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 2015
New York, 2011
British Columbia, 2010 (non-practising)

Education

Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia, JD (R. Herbert Best All-Round Graduate), 2009
University of Waterloo, BASc (Systems Design Engineering) (Honours), 2005

Board Memberships

Casey House Hospital and Foundation

Community Involvement

Casey House Hospital Foundation Committee
CUSO Voluntary Services Overseas, HIV & AIDS Program (Cameroon), 2005-2006

Teaching Engagements

Geoff is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, teaching Financing Technological Innovation as part of the new Global Professional Master of Laws program in Innovation, Law and Technology.

Known for his creative yet practical approach, Geoff crafts innovative solutions for his clients’ most complex business challenges.

Geoff assists clients with fund formation and investments, technology transactions, mergers & acquisitions and corporate finance. His clients include venture capital, growth equity, private equity and debt funds and their investors. Geoff has extensive experience in exits and acquisitions, as well as in venture financings and sponsor-backed public equity (PIPE) investments.

With a background in technology, Geoff has extensive experience advising entrepreneurs, high-growth companies and investors in tech-driven industries, including fintech, cleantech, AI, crypto, healthtech and biotech. A trained coder and engineer, he draws on his unique perspective to guide clients through all stages of the business lifecycle, from formation and financings to service, licensing and exit strategies.

Geoff is an adjunct professor in Innovation, Law and Technology at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He is a director at Casey House, Canada's first and only stand-alone hospital for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Canopy Rivers Inc.

Acted for Canopy Rivers Inc., a venture capital firm specializing in cannabis, in the sale of its indirect equity interest in Canapar Corp., a manufacturer and processor of active compounds used in wellness products, to RAMM Pharma Corp.

Blackstone Tactical Opportunities

Acted for Blackstone Tactical Opportunities, a fund managed by Blackstone, in its sale of TITUS Inc., an Ottawa-based leading provider of data classification and categorization solutions, to an affiliate of HelpSystems Holdings, Inc.

SunOpta Inc.

Acted for SunOpta Inc. in connection with a US$60-million equity investment by related party Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. and activist shareholder Engaged Capital, LLC in preferred shares of a SunOpta subsidiary exchangeable into common shares of the public parent company and voting on an as-exchanged basis.

Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust, Inc.

Acted for Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust, Inc. in its US$240-million preferred equity investment in Tricon Residential Inc., a rental housing company focused on serving the middle-market demographic in North America.

Hydrostor Inc.

Acted for Hydrostor Inc., a developer of Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) projects, in securing a US$37-million growth financing to advance their global pipeline of utility-scale energy storage projects, including equity, debt, an asset acquisition, cash commitments, a project development partnership with Meridiam, a global infrastructure developer, and a strategic technology partnership with Baker Hughes, a GE Company.

Spring Lane Capital

Acting as counsel to Spring Lane Capital in the formation of its inaugural private equity fund formed to invest in sustainability projects in the energy, water, food and waste industries.

Business Development Bank of Canada

Acted for Business Development Bank of Canada in its investment, as an anchor investor, in Framework Venture Partners, a newly-formed venture capital fund focused principally on software as a service, artificial intelligence and machine learning companies.

The Carlyle Group

Acted as Canadian counsel to The Carlyle Group for the term loan and senior note offering financing for its joint acquisition with GIC of the global specialty chemicals business of Akzo Nobel N.V.

tZERO.com, subsidiary of Overstock.com

Acting as Canadian counsel for tZERO.com, the financial technology subsidiary of Overstock.com, in its USD$250-million offering of security tokens using blockchain technology by way of a Simple Agreement for Future Equity (SAFE).

Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan and Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.

Acted as Canadian counsel to a syndicate of underwriters, led by Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan and Deutsche Bank Securities, in a US$950-million offering of The Stars Group Inc.'s common shares by way of a treasury and secondary offering in Canada and the United States under the multijurisdictional disclosure system. The net proceeds from the treasury offering were, together with debt financing and cash on hand, to fund the acquisition of Sky Betting & Gaming.

Guide

Davies Governance Insights 2018

Oct. 03, 2018 - Davies’ annual Governance Insights reports analyze the top governance trends and issues important to Canadian boards, senior management, in-house counsel and governance observers...

Bulletin

CSA Offers Tips for Token Offerings: Direction or Deterrence?

June 28, 2018 - The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) has published CSA Staff Notice 46-308 – Securities Law Implications for Offerings of Tokens (2018 Notice). Released on June 11, 2018, it provides some long-awaited clarity on the CSA’s view on token offerings, commonly known as initial coin...

Bulletin

Demystifying Crypto in Canada: Will 2018 Be the Year of Blockchain?

Mar. 07, 2018 - The year 2017 was one of tremendous growth for blockchain, as the technology underlying Bitcoin gained attention from mainstream media outlets, financial institutions, investment funds and securities regulators across the globe. Blockchain’s rise to prominence was led by an interest in...

Bulletin

OSC Invites TokenFunder to Play in the CSA Sandbox

Oct. 26, 2017 - Earlier this month, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) released its decision to grant exemptive relief from applicable Canadian registration requirements to Token Funder Inc. (TokenFunder) for the launch of its initial offering of FNDR tokens. By blessing the upcoming offering by TokenFunder...

In the News

Geoff Rawle, Zain Rizvi Referenced in Financial Post Article About Bitcoin

Sept. 22, 2017 - Davies lawyers Geoff Rawle and Zain Rizvi’s recent client communication on the Canadian Securities Administrators’ (CSA) approach to cryptocurrency offerings is referenced in a recent Financial Post article. The Post’s article discusses the strength of the CSA’s directive and quotes Geoff and...

University of British Columbia Faculty of Law—R. Herbert Award for Best All-Round Graduate (2009)

University of British Columbia—Wesbrook Scholar (2008)

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 2015
New York, 2011
British Columbia, 2010 (non-practising)

Education

Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia, JD (R. Herbert Best All-Round Graduate), 2009
University of Waterloo, BASc (Systems Design Engineering) (Honours), 2005

Board Memberships

Casey House Hospital and Foundation

Community Involvement

Casey House Hospital Foundation Committee
CUSO Voluntary Services Overseas, HIV & AIDS Program (Cameroon), 2005-2006

Teaching Engagements

Geoff is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, teaching Financing Technological Innovation as part of the new Global Professional Master of Laws program in Innovation, Law and Technology.