Capital Markets & Securities

At Devry Smith Frank LLP (DSF), our Capital Markets and Securities Group lawyers are experienced in a broad range of public and private financings including equity, debt and investment fund offerings. We have acted for a wide variety of public and private issuers, underwriters, venture capitalists and private equity funds along with other market participants including foreign based hedge funds. Our broad range of work has included matters of:

  • Venture and private equity fund formation
  • Initial public offerings, including CPC listing
  • Reverse take-over transactions, including CPC qualifying transactions
  • Stock Exchange listings
  • Private placements


Companies Seeking Capital: DSF’s lawyers have extensive expertise with companies who are listed or seeking listing on the TSX Venture Exchange or Canadian Securities Exchange. Our broad experience has given us the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the process of raising capital. We help our clients gain access to these essential funding sources which allows a multitude of Canadian stocks to thrive and grow.

Start-Ups: In addition to our work with established companies, we take special pride in helping start-up and early growth stage companies to raise capital from the Canadian investment community.

Investors: We also represent seed and angel investors, venture capital providers, and private equity firms with both debt and equity financing transactions.

Additional Clients and Services: We also have expertise representing acquirers, targets, boards, special committees, shareholder groups and financial advisors in a wide range of public mergers and acquisitions. This includes negotiated (friendly) and non-negotiated (hostile) take-over bids, plans of arrangement, divestitures, corporate reorganizations, proxy contests, going private transactions, leveraged buyouts and similar transactions, both domestic and cross-border.

Apart from transactional work, we’ve assisted clients with compliance, including corporate governance, disclosure obligations, stock exchange listing maintenance requirements and other securities regulatory matters.


In addition to our extensive work with technology and resource companies and more recently, with cannabis companies, we also have developed expertise in several other industries including financial services, consumer products, healthcare, retail and telecommunications.

Our Capital Markets and Securities lawyers will also draw upon the skills and expertise of legal practitioners in other areas of the firm including tax, labour & employment and litigation. This allows us to provide well-rounded and well-informed services for all legal matters.

We offer multiple convenient locations in TorontoWhitby, Barrie and more to serve our clients better. Find the office closest to you by calling us at  416-449-1400 or by visiting our locations page.

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