- Corporate and Commercial Law
- Aboriginal Law
- Charities and Not-For-Profits
- Financial Services
- Government & Regulatory
- Insolvency, Bankruptcy and Restructuring
- Technology law
Jan’s practice is concentrated in the area of corporate and commercial law. She has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, project development, venture capital, private equity investment transactions and public and private debt and equity financings. She works extensively with startups and emerging growth companies and supports their business, intellectual property and investment needs. Jan also acts for co-operatives, non-profits and charities and was the founding teacher of the Charity Law program at the Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba.
EDUCATION: University of Manitoba, 1974, Bachelor of Arts
University of Manitoba, 1977, Bachelor of Laws
Harvard Law School, 1985, Program on Negotiation
CALL TO THE BAR: Manitoba, 1978
REPRESENTATIVE CASES/TRANSACTIONS: Acting for large and small businesses on acquisitions and divestitures.
Acting for venture capital investment firms on investment transactions.
Acting for a large utility company in negotiating and drafting development agreements for the development of large hydro-electric dams.
Providing advice to entrepreneurs, closely-held corporations and partnerships, public companies, governments, universities and Crown corporations.
ACHIEVEMENTS: Best Lawyers© in Canada in Mergers and Acquisitions Law and Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Award, 2012
Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Award, 2002
United Way of Canada, Andre Mailhot Award, 2001
LEGAL TEACHINGS: University of Manitoba, Faculty of Law
Law Society of Manitoba
OTHER SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS: Speaker on “Private Equity and Venture Capital Investment Agreements” at a conference on Major Business Transactions.
Speaker on "Business Financing" for the Canadian bar Association, Manitoba Section.
Guest lecturer on “Board Governance” at the Banff School of Management.
Guest speaker on “Corporate Social Responsibility” to the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association.
Speaker on Philanthropy and Non-Profit Organizations.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Governors of the University of Manitoba
Chair of Innovate Manitoba Inc.
Board Member of Economic Development Winnipeg Inc.
Former Member of the Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council
Past President of Assiniboine Credit Union and former Board Member of Credit Union Central of Manitoba