Zain Rizvi

Partner

Zain Rizvi

Zain Rizvi

Partner

Zain brings a creative and pragmatic approach to his clients’ most critical corporate, securities and technology matters.

Clients of all sizes trust Zain to provide responsive, incisive and business-oriented counsel on a broad range of commercial, regulatory and technology matters. Zain regularly assists U.S. and Canadian-based companies and investors in the technology sector and other growth industries in navigating a range of significant corporate transactions, including public and private mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings and other transformative business transactions. He also advises emerging and growth stage companies throughout the business life cycle, from formation and governance matters through to strategic partnerships and exit opportunities. Zain is sought after for his broad expertise in areas of relevance for technology companies, including in privacy, cybersecurity, blockchain and financial regulatory matters.

Zain is an adjunct professor in the Global Professional Master of Laws program in Innovation, Law and Technology at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.

Zain Rizvi

Partner

Zain brings a creative and pragmatic approach to his clients’ most critical corporate, securities and technology matters.

Clients of all sizes trust Zain to provide responsive, incisive and business-oriented counsel on a broad range of commercial, regulatory and technology matters. Zain regularly assists U.S. and Canadian-based companies and investors in the technology sector and other growth industries in navigating a range of significant corporate transactions, including public and private mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings and other transformative business transactions. He also advises emerging and growth stage companies throughout the business life cycle, from formation and governance matters through to strategic partnerships and exit opportunities. Zain is sought after for his broad expertise in areas of relevance for technology companies, including in privacy, cybersecurity, blockchain and financial regulatory matters.

Zain is an adjunct professor in the Global Professional Master of Laws program in Innovation, Law and Technology at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.

Mobile Content:

Tegus

Acted for Tegus, a leading research platform for investors, with its acquisition of Canalyst, a provider of data and analytics on listed companies.

Mobile Content:

Block Inc.

Acted for Block Inc., a U.S. fintech company, in its C$3-million investment in Indigenous Growth Fund, a government-backed loan fund for Indigenous entrepreneurs.

Mobile Content:

Kesson Group

Acted for the Kesson Group, a Canadian technology company that operates the Teach Away, Klassroom and Skooli platforms within the growing eLearning market, in its sale to Pluribus Technologies Corp.

Mobile Content:

Meta Investments

Acted for co-lead investor Meta Investments in the US$90-million Series B investment in Sygnum, a digital asset technology group with a Swiss banking license and a Singapore asset management licence.

Mobile Content:

Kensington Private Equity Fund

Acted for Kensington Private Equity Fund in its US$50-million Series C investment in TheGuarantors, a North American fintech company building smart financial and insurance solutions for renters and landlords.

Mobile Content:

Generac Holdings Inc.

Acted as Canadian counsel to Generac Holdings Inc., a leading energy technology company, in its US$770-million acquisition of ecobee Inc., a leader in sustainable smart home solutions.

Mobile Content:

BrandProject Capital Fund LP

Acted for BrandProject Capital Fund LP in connection with its Series B investment in Clutch Canada Inc., a Canadian online car-selling platform.

Mobile Content:

Canadian Business Growth Fund

Acted for Canadian Business Growth Fund in its investment in Kudos Inc., a Calgary-based employee recognition, people analytics, and organizational communications technology company.

Mobile Content:

Sleep Country Canada Holdings Inc.

Acted for Sleep Country Canada Holdings Inc., Canada's leading omnichannel specialty sleep retailer, in its strategic investment in Sleepout Inc., a Canadian-based sleep product retailer.

Mobile Content:

RIV Capital Inc.

Acted for RIV Capital Inc., an acquisition and investment company specializing in cannabis, in connection with the US$150-million strategic investment by The Hawthorne Collective, a subsidiary of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company.

Bulletin
Mobile Content:

Filling the Gap: Scope of Canadian Anti-Money Laundering Laws Expanded

June 07, 2022 - The Canadian federal government has fulfilled its promise to expand Canada’s anti-money laundering (AML) regime to cover crowdfunding platforms and certain payment service providers (PSPs) that previously operated outside the scope of the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist...

Bulletin
Mobile Content:

Time to Talk: CSA Threatens Enforcement Against Unregistered Crypto Trading Platforms

Apr. 15, 2021 - The regulation of crypto asset trading platforms (CTPs) has been a recent focus of Canadian securities regulators, due in part to the popularity of crypto assets among new investors, high profile failures of Canadian CTPs and the heightened risks related to the loss and theft of crypto assets. Yet...

Bulletin
Mobile Content:

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
Mobile Content:

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...

Bar Admissions
Mobile Content:

Ontario, 2013

Education
Mobile Content:

Osgoode Hall Law School, JD, 2012
York University, BA (Hons) (Law & Society), 2009

Teaching Engagements
Mobile Content:

Zain is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, teaching The Legal Challenges of Digital Environments as part of the new Global Professional Master of Laws program in Innovation, Law and Technology.

Zain brings a creative and pragmatic approach to his clients’ most critical corporate, securities and technology matters.

Clients of all sizes trust Zain to provide responsive, incisive and business-oriented counsel on a broad range of commercial, regulatory and technology matters. Zain regularly assists U.S. and Canadian-based companies and investors in the technology sector and other growth industries in navigating a range of significant corporate transactions, including public and private mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings and other transformative business transactions. He also advises emerging and growth stage companies throughout the business life cycle, from formation and governance matters through to strategic partnerships and exit opportunities. Zain is sought after for his broad expertise in areas of relevance for technology companies, including in privacy, cybersecurity, blockchain and financial regulatory matters.

Zain is an adjunct professor in the Global Professional Master of Laws program in Innovation, Law and Technology at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.

Tegus

Acted for Tegus, a leading research platform for investors, with its acquisition of Canalyst, a provider of data and analytics on listed companies.

Block Inc.

Acted for Block Inc., a U.S. fintech company, in its C$3-million investment in Indigenous Growth Fund, a government-backed loan fund for Indigenous entrepreneurs.

Kesson Group

Acted for the Kesson Group, a Canadian technology company that operates the Teach Away, Klassroom and Skooli platforms within the growing eLearning market, in its sale to Pluribus Technologies Corp.

Meta Investments

Acted for co-lead investor Meta Investments in the US$90-million Series B investment in Sygnum, a digital asset technology group with a Swiss banking license and a Singapore asset management licence.

Kensington Private Equity Fund

Acted for Kensington Private Equity Fund in its US$50-million Series C investment in TheGuarantors, a North American fintech company building smart financial and insurance solutions for renters and landlords.

Generac Holdings Inc.

Acted as Canadian counsel to Generac Holdings Inc., a leading energy technology company, in its US$770-million acquisition of ecobee Inc., a leader in sustainable smart home solutions.

BrandProject Capital Fund LP

Acted for BrandProject Capital Fund LP in connection with its Series B investment in Clutch Canada Inc., a Canadian online car-selling platform.

Canadian Business Growth Fund

Acted for Canadian Business Growth Fund in its investment in Kudos Inc., a Calgary-based employee recognition, people analytics, and organizational communications technology company.

Sleep Country Canada Holdings Inc.

Acted for Sleep Country Canada Holdings Inc., Canada's leading omnichannel specialty sleep retailer, in its strategic investment in Sleepout Inc., a Canadian-based sleep product retailer.

RIV Capital Inc.

Acted for RIV Capital Inc., an acquisition and investment company specializing in cannabis, in connection with the US$150-million strategic investment by The Hawthorne Collective, a subsidiary of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company.

Bulletin

Filling the Gap: Scope of Canadian Anti-Money Laundering Laws Expanded

June 07, 2022 - The Canadian federal government has fulfilled its promise to expand Canada’s anti-money laundering (AML) regime to cover crowdfunding platforms and certain payment service providers (PSPs) that previously operated outside the scope of the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist...

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...

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 2013

Education

Osgoode Hall Law School, JD, 2012
York University, BA (Hons) (Law & Society), 2009

Teaching Engagements

Zain is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, teaching The Legal Challenges of Digital Environments as part of the new Global Professional Master of Laws program in Innovation, Law and Technology.