Experience. Efficiency. Enthusiasm. Three qualities that a business needs to succeed. Three qualities that Bernard personifies and applies to resolving our clients’ legal issues over 35+ years of practicing law. His experience lends itself to agility and creativity in developing cost-effective solutions that advance businesses.

Work Highlights

Kafus Woodfiber

  • Developed unique financing to raise USD $90 million to build a wood fiber plant

Summus Solutions Corp.

  • Listed first-ever Dutch incorporated company on TSX-Exchange

Amarillo Resources Corp.

  • Created unusual Gold-linked loan agreement where lenders wanted returns based on the price of gold but not the gold itself
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Bernard is proud to work where possible with companies that aim to achieve a triple-bottom line—profit, environmental benefits and betterment of society—to create better business value. He helps all the clients that he works with access and compete in the global market, leading them through complex multi-jurisdictional ventures to drive growth, increase productivity and strengthen business.

Services

Mergers & acquisitions Securities offerings
Securities regulation Corporate governance
Initial public offerings Corporate law
Joint ventures Stock exchange practice
Cross-border transactions Director liability protection
Seed financings Listing and trading on the TSX, TSX-V, CSE, OTCQB, OTCQX and NYSE
Takeovers Commercial transactions
Public company regulatory compliance

To achieve these objectives, Bernard draws on his extensive legal and business experience to quickly identify issues, distill choices and make strong recommendations to move our clients’ business forward.

Bernard is at the forefront of industry trends and client needs. For example, he:

  • Pioneered a field of legal expertise by spearheading BC’s first large-scale US law practice group. This is particularly beneficial to our clients because it provides Canadian and other non-US companies easier access to US capital markets and vice versa
  • Is recognized by media as a knowledgeable and authoritative voice in the securities field. He is a regular contributor to various forms of media who seek his insights when reporting on the issues that affect the securities industry and its participants
  • Lectures on securities law, directors’ duties and other securities-related topics on TSX panels and other forums
  • Invited to participate in policy-formulating discussions with regulators

Bernard is a recipient of the distinction of Queen’s Counsel, an honour bestowed on 5% or fewer of practicing lawyers who are recognized for their contributions to their profession and to society. Bernard recognizes that his profession gives him a unique opportunity to contribute to Canadian values, such as tolerance and acceptance, by amalgamating his legal practice with social philanthropy. He is proud to contribute to esteemed organizations within the Vancouver and Canadian political, Jewish and general charitable communities, including, among others:

  • Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver
  • Louis Brier Jewish Aged Foundation
  • Cystic Fibrosis Canada
  • Multiple Sclerosis Canada
  • Heart and Stroke Foundation
  • Parkinson’s Association of Canada
  • Alzheimer’s Association of Canada
  • United Way
  • March of Dimes

Bernard’s work with these organizations over the years includes being a leader in advocating against racism and intolerance as well as in alleviating poverty. He uses his professional platform as a means to give back in ways that make a difference in the local and global communities to which he dedicates his practice. In 2012 Bernard was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his longstanding charitable work.

Bernard builds strong relationships, learns the needs of our clients and finds the best and most efficient solutions to grow their business.

Awards & Distinctions
  • Best Lawyers: Securities Law , 2014-2017
  • Queen’s Counsel, 2014
  • Diamond Jubilee Medal, Queen Elizabeth II, 2012
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Kafus Woodfiber
  • Developed unique financing to raise USD $90 million to build a wood fiber plant
Summus Solutions Corp.
  • Listed first-ever Dutch incorporated company on TSX-Exchange
Amarillo Resources Corp.
  • Created unusual Gold-linked loan agreement where lenders wanted returns based on the price of gold but not the gold itself
Orgenesis Inc.
  • Assist in financing and all commercial transactions for biotech company that is developing potential cure for diabetes
Pluristem Therapeutics Inc.
  • Reverse merger and License agreements and other agreements for Israeli biotech company with advanced stem cell therapies
LML Payment Systems, a NASDAQ listed company
  • Assisted sale of NASDAQ listed company shares through plan of arrangement
First Majestic Silver
  • Listing company on NYSE
United Silver Corp.
  • Assisted with plan of arrangement and reverse takeover of US company on Canadian stock exchange, then listing on TSX
SmarTire Systems Inc.
  • Assisted on joint venture between Tier 1 automotive company and tire pressure monitoring supplier
Registered securities dealer
  • Assisted with BCSC audit and review process
Arctic Star Exploration
  • Drafted mineral property acquisition agreements in South America
Online Disruptive Technologies
  • Created creditor share conversion option agreements
Modulus Energy
  • Negotiated oil and gas offshore rights joint venture in Tonga, South Pacific
Kelso Technologies Inc.
  • Assisted with TSX and NYSE Markets listings
Equitas Resources Corp.
  • Assisted in Gold Prepay Agreement and security
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Awards & Distinctions
  • Queen’s Counsel, 2014
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Securities Law, 2014-2017
  • Diamond Jubilee Medal, Queen Elizabeth II, 2012
Industry Involvement
  • Securities Law Advisory Committee to the BC Securities Commission, Past Member
  • Canadian Bar Association Business of Law Committee, Past Member
  • Canadian Bar Association Business of Law Committee, Past Chair
Community Commitments
  • Provincial election, Vancouver South Riding, Past Legal Agent
  • Campaign team, federal election, Vancouver South Riding, 2000 and 2004, and the Quadra Riding, Past Member
  • Israel state trip, accompanying Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Attendee
  • Leaders-at-Sea, community leader and advocate, the Royal Canadian Navy, Attendee
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, Past President
  • Louis Brier Jewish Aged Foundation, Board Member
  • Cystic Fibrosis Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Canada, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Parkinson’s Association of Canada, Alzheimer’s Association of Canada, Movember Canada, Past Fundraiser
  • United Way—Leader’s Circle, Past Member
Education and Call to Bar
  • Calls to Bar: British Columbia: 1980; California: 1999
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Manitoba, 1978
External Publications & Presentations
  • How to deliver legal services after the recession, The Lawyers Weekly, May 14, 2010
  • Raising capital across borders: Why we need an international agreement on securities regulation, The Lawyers Weekly, August 21, 2009
  • Regulation versus Accountability: What Works?, Inside the Minds™: Securities Regulatory Compliance in Canada, Aspatore Books, May 2009
  • Securities regulation: How much is too much?, The Lawyers Weekly, November 7, 2008
  • British Columbia pauses in new approach to securities regulation, The Lawyers Weekly, February 18, 2005
  • Directors’ Duties in British Columbia. 2002