Partner | Department Head, Emerging & Growth Companies
Laurie is a Partner in the Business Law group and Head of the Emerging and Growth Companies subset.
Prior to joining KRB, Laurie started her practice with two top-tier law firms as well as senior in-house counsel experience with Enerkem Inc., an important player in the cleantech space, and a Quebec-based fintech company. She also acquired extensive experience in consumer banking in Canada, the U.S. and France prior to pursuing her legal career. These collective experiences, as well as regular dealings with a wide variety of entrepreneurs, investors, senior executives, boards and venture capital investment funds, allow her to quickly grasp the demands and needs of her clients and to provide creative, business-minded advice.
Laurie regularly works with emerging companies (and investors) in respect of a wide range of industries and emerging technologies. She has considerable experience accompanying her clients through all stages of growth and regularly assists with company formation and capital structures, venture capital investments, fund formation, corporate governance and shareholder matters, and add-ons and divestitures. In addition, Laurie advises on joint ventures in Canada and abroad, strategic partnerships, collaborative R&D arrangements, licensing agreements, intellectual property protection, employment and incentive matters and other commercial agreements and transactions. Her clients appreciate her steady support and attention to the concerns that preoccupy them.
Outside of the firm, Laurie is President of the Board of Directors of Microcredit Montreal, where she has volunteered for over twelve years.
Acted on behalf of the owner of an educational technology company in the acquisition of a company developing customer-specific product knowledge training content for its customers, enabling it to expand its presence and expertise in this area
Acted on behalf of Proventus Bioscience, a corporation involved in the development, manufacturing and distribution of bacterial and other microbial products for application across various industries, in connection with the subscription and acquisition by NCH Corporation of a minority equity interest in Proventus
Acted on behalf of SupremeX Inc., a leading North American manufacturer and marketer of envelopes and growing provider of paper-based packaging solutions, in connection with its approximately $6M acquistion of Graf-Pak Inc., a manufacturer of folding carton products primarily provided to the food and cosmetics sectors
Acted on behalf of a group of corporations providing management and outsourcing services in Morocco to customers located in Canada and France in connection with the sale of all their issued and outstanding shares to a major international player in such field of business
Acted on behalf of BXVentures Studio Canada in respect of the creation and first round financing of the first Canadian cleantech venture studio, which focuses on the accelerated development and commercialization of cleantech IP originating in Canadian universities and laboratories
Acted on behalf of the acquirer of a federally chartered, registered financial services and financial planning brokerage firm, authorized to act as the Managing General Partner (MGA) for numerous notable financial institutions, whose products it distributes through licensed independent financial security advisors throughout Canada
Acted on behalf of a VoIP, unified communications and fiber optics solutions provider in connetion with its acquisition of all issued and outstanding shares of a supplier of IP telephony services
Acted on behalf of a group of investors in connection with the Series A financing in a Montreal-based MedTech start-up developing a novel patented system
Acted on behalf of SupremeX Inc., a leading North American manufacturer and marketer of envelopes and growing provider of paper-based packaging solutions, in connection with its USD$20M acquisition of substantially all the assets of Chicago-based Royal Envelope Corporation, a preeminent North American envelope manufacturer and lithography company
Acted on behalf of a leading network of hearing care clinics across Quebec in respect of the acquisition of the assets of a competitor, helping to further secure our client’s reach across Quebec as well as their status as an industry leader in the provision of hearing care
Acted on behalf of Planète Mobile Inc., one of the largest networks of authorized Rogers and Fido dealers in Canada, in connection with its strategic acquisition of Communications Méga-Sat Inc. and Communications Méga-Sat Trois-Rivières Inc., two companies with an important presence in the mobile communication distribution industry in the Province of Quebec; this transaction further solidified our client’s market share by adding an additional 12 locations throughout Quebec to its existing 25-location network
Represents emerging companies as well as private and institutional investors through every stage of the investment cycle – seed, development and growth
Acted for Mylo Financial Technologies Inc. in its private equity offering of securities and convertible debt
Acts regularly for Supremex Inc., a leading North American manufacturer and marketer of envelopes and provider of packaging and specialty products, in its acquisitions in Canada and the U.S.
Advised and negotiated an equity and debt financing for a distressed Quebec-based manufacturer involving a large group of minority shareholders
Acted for Covera Technologies Inc., a consumer-based digital insurance brokerage platform, in connection with the sale of substantially all of its assets to Insurego Inc.
Acted for a large Quebec-based transportation company in connection with various acquisitions of other transportation companies
Acted for the buyers of Groupe Planète Mobile Inc. and certain affiliated entities in a transaction financed by Roynat Inc. and Capital Croissance PME II S.E.C.
Acted for a group of investors in connection with the investment in and reorganization of two Montreal-based food manufacturers and distributers
Acted for a Canada-wide franchise company operating the La Prep franchises in connection with the sale of its assets
Represented the purchaser in the acquisition of substantially all the assets related to the manufacturing of Commensal products from Imvescor Restaurant Group Inc.
Memberships and Affiliations
Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Quebec
Association of Quebec Women in Finance (AFFQ)
Candian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA)
Law Society of Ontario
M&A Club Canada
Quebec Bar (2008)
Emerging and Growth Companies
Private Equity and Venture Capital
Strategic Structuring and Reorganization
Commercial, Privacy and IT
University of McGill, B.C.L., LL.B. (2007)
Saint-Francois Xavier University, B.A. – Political Science (1989)