Don is a seasoned M&A lawyer, having worked on transactions totaling over two-thirds of a billion dollars of value to date. Don has successfully represented a very large number of business owners over a broad range of industries giving him an incredible depth of experience in M&A transactions. This depth of experience allows Don to be a true champion for our clients, providing sophisticated legal advice, anticipating and avoiding challenges and protecting clients from the pitfalls inherent in complex and sophisticated business sale and purchase transactions. But Don’s work does not stop there. In addition to M&A transactions, Don assists our clients with shareholder disputes, corporate reorganizations and general corporate matters.

Our clients regard Don highly for his expertise, responsiveness, and ability to explain complex legal issues in a clear and comprehensive manner, enabling them to make the best decisions possible based on grounded and timely advice. Don establishes key business strategies in advance of negotiations and advocates for those positions powerfully to accomplish our clients’ goals.

While Don routinely acts in the purchase and sale of some of the largest companies in British Columbia, his experience and expertise is accessible, whether a business is worth $100M or under $2M. Don’s role depends on the nature of the transaction and the budget. For larger and more complex matters, Don’s role will be very hands-on. For other transactions, Don will provide comprehensive conceptual oversight and lead the negotiating strategy, but day-to-day management and document drafting can be handled by lawyers at the appropriate level of experience under Don’s supervision, ensuring a cost-effective result. By choosing Don for the M&A transaction, our clients will receive high-quality legal services regardless of transaction size.

Don’s education (having a double degree, one in business and one in law) allows him to apply his knowledge of business and law for the benefit of our clients. Furthermore, having been involved in a successful business himself, Don understands the business owner’s mindset and fully appreciates the demands of managing and growing a company. From business start-up to business succession, Don employs legal strategies that help our clients succeed in business, while minimizing business risk.

Work Highlights

Industrial Equipment Supplier

  • Acted in the purchase of a majority shareholding

Steel Distributor

  • Sale of the business to a private equity firm

Flooring Business

  • Acted for owner in the sale to management
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Services
Mergers and acquisitions and business succession planning Incorporation of new businesses
General corporate and commercial law Restructuring
Private company transactions Private equity
Shareholder rights

Don is also a contributor to the corporate community as a:

  • Leader on the editorial board of the Due Diligence Deskbook, an authoritative guide for lawyers who practice in the M&A field
  • Frequent lecturer on business succession planning and M&A. He has established a renowned seminar series on these topics

Don is the editor for our Business Succession Update. Articles for this newsletter cover topics related to business succession. This newsletter is valuable to anyone looking to buy and/or sell a company. The articles in this complementary newsletter are available for viewing through subscription only. Subscribe here.

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Industrial Equipment Supplier
  • Acted in the purchase of a majority shareholding
Steel Distributor
  • Sale of the business to a private equity firm
Flooring Business
  • Acted for owner in the sale to management
Insurance Agency
  • Acted for the purchaser in a consolidation play
Global Education Provider
  • Purchase of college of further education
Commercial Signage Company
  • Acted for the owners in the sale of the business
Financial Services Industry
  • Acted in the sale of book of business
Food Industry
  • Acted in the sale of a specialist import business
Heating and Cooling Control Contractor
  • Purchase of majority shareholding
Crane Manufacturing Business
  • Sale of the business to an industry competitor
Technology Company
  • Sale of the business to a European based multi-national
Military Procurement Business
  • Acted as BC counsel in the sale of the business in Quebec
“We were so happy to have Don representing us when we sold our business to the existing management team. He communicates legal issues clearly and concisely and really understands how business owners think. Even though we encountered some significant roadblocks along the way, Don was able to protect us and overcome those difficulties, resulting in a successful closing. We chose well when we chose Don and his team."

Bob and Sue Adams, Whistler, BC

“I engaged Don Sihota as my lawyer and was glad I did. Don’s advice was timely, sophisticated and strategic. Don was instrumental in turning a shareholder dispute into an opportunity for me to acquire 100% control of my business. Without Don’s vision and foresight, I would not be the sole owner of my business today. I highly recommend that business owners use Don as their lawyer."

Jason Zanatta, Novo Textile Company Ltd., Pitt Meadows, BC

“Don acted for me in my management buyout transaction. I was very impressed with how quickly Don identified issues and offered practical solutions during the process of purchasing the business. In the following years, Don has been there to assist me with a variety of legal challenges that I encountered in the course of running the business and his support was invaluable. Don is always reliable, knowledgeable and responsive. He’s the type of lawyer every business owner should have on their team."

Louis Belanger, Vancouver

“Don has been my lawyer on a number of business acquisitions and I’ve always been impressed by his effectiveness at the negotiating table. He has been instrumental in ensuring a successful outcome for us time and again. Don gets results in an efficient and effective manner. We are pleased that he is our legal counsel as we implement our business growth strategy."

Jim Ball, Reliance Insurance Group

"I had the pleasure to work with Don Sihota on the sale of our company. Through the long, trying process Don’s mentoring and support kept us positive. It was this, along with his knowledge and experience, that enabled us to get the deal done. I would very highly recommend Don to any business owner looking at selling or buying a company."

John McGill

“Don’s a great lawyer, very adept at handling difficult negotiations and he has a lot of happy clients. We’ve worked on large business sale transactions together and I would say that Don is at the top of his field."

Pirooz Pourdad, PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance Inc.

Industry Involvement
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • ACG British Columbia - Association for Corporate Growth
  • M&A Club
  • The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, Due Diligence Deskbook, Editorial Board
  • The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, Advising BC Businesses, Contributing Author
Education & Call to Bar
  • Call to Bar: British Columbia, 1986
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of British Columbia, 1985
  • Bachelor of Commerce, University of British Columbia, 1984