Nafeesa helps our clients take their businesses to the next level and achieve positive results. Her ability to strategize and project manage complex transactions while handling the personalities and stakeholders involved serves our clients well–it comes down to her skills and ability to listen to clients and turn that understanding into positive outcomes for our clients.

Work Highlights

Private placement financings

  • $13.7 million brokered unit private placement for TSX Venture Exchange listed company
  • $13 million brokered subscription receipt private placement for TSX Venture Exchange listed company
  • $7 million brokered special warrant financing for private company
  • $7 million non-brokered secured convertible debenture financing for TSX Venture Exchange listed company

Financings for start-ups

  • Represented an online gaming start-up through their Series A and Series B financings and in negotiating an investment and joint venture with a private equity fund
  • Advised start-ups on founders’ investments and friends and family financings

Initial public offerings

  • $10 million initial public offering and listing on the TSX Venture Exchange of a Tier 1 Mining Issuer
  • $7 million special warrant financing and the follow-on initial public offering on the exercise of these special warrants and listing on the TSX Venture Exchange of a Tier 2 Mining Issuer
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Nafeesa protects our clients’ interest and investments over the course of transactions of all sizes.

Services

Private placement financings of equity securities, debt and convertible debt Venture capital and private equity investments
Initial public offerings Purchase and sale of businesses, assets and technology
Business combination transactions, including plans of arrangement, reverse takeovers, mergers and acquisitions, and share exchange transactions Joint ventures
Corporate reorganizations Proxy-battles and hostile takeovers
Stock exchange listings on the Toronto Stock Exchange, TSX Venture Exchange, Canadian Securities Exchange, OTCQB and NYSE MKT Purchase and sale of mineral property interests, mines, mills and the related assets
Going-private transactions for public companies General corporate and commercial matters
Transaction structuring Regulatory compliance
Corporate governance Continuous disclosure requirements

In addition to being a technically strong lawyer, a great part of Nafeesa’s skill lies in asking the right questions, knowing how to illicit the key information from our clients to understand their motivations, challenges and priorities. This proficiency allows her to better serve, negotiate and advocate on their behalf and to work with our clients to accomplish their goals.

When our public and private company clients are faced with legal issues, Nafeesa works with them and their other advisers as needed to develop practical solutions that align with our clients’ goals and business strategies.

Respecting our clients for the creative risk takers that they are, Nafeesa safeguards their spirit of entrepreneurship with equally creative legal solutions that meet our clients’ practical business needs. Nafeesa knows the law and regulations explicitly, giving her the ability to be creative working within that framework to bring about progress and growth for our clients.

Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, Nafeesa understands the challenges that entrepreneurs face. From financing and staffing to idea generation and marketing, she sees it every day and has an appreciation for the day-to-day realities, priorities and opportunities inherent to entrepreneurship. This allows her to address client issues with urgency and from an experienced standpoint. She can identify risks, limit them and, to the extent possible, shield clients from liability.

Her aptitude for creating a positive impact extends beyond the business world and into the greater community. Nafeesa is active in her local community, and enjoys volunteering her time for community organizations and charities. Examples of her prior community leadership include:

  • CBA Mentor to UBC law students
  • Special Events Committee, Association of Women in Finance
  • Co-Chair of the Ismaili Entrepreneurship National Conference, bringing together over 250 young professionals and entrepreneurs from across North America to share ideas and grow together
  • Organizer of Community Citizenship Forums for the Institute of Canadian Citizenship
  • Organizer of the Ismaili Walk which helped raise over $250K for the YWCA Metro Vancouver’s Cause We Care House
  • Organizer of the Ismaili Walk for Women which helped raise $1M for the Women’s Health Research Institute at BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre Foundation
  • Co-Chair of CIVIC National Volunteer Initiative, engaging over 2,000 youth and young professionals across Canada to participate in local community volunteer initiatives including shoreline cleanup, graffiti cleanup, building community shelters and parks cleanup
  • Organizer of a national communications drive for youth engagement in the 2008 federal election

Her project management skills give Nafeesa the insight to manage complex transactions, where there are many moving pieces. She knows how to push things forward, seeing the big picture without compromising on the quality of the details.

Nafeesa grew up in an environment where ethics and values were ingrained at an early age. She brings those principles of hard work and dedication into her practice, helping companies go from theory to product to growth to success.

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Private placement financings
  • $13.7 million brokered unit private placement for TSX Venture Exchange listed company
  • $13 million brokered subscription receipt private placement for TSX Venture Exchange listed company
  • $7 million brokered special warrant financing for private company
  • $7 million non-brokered secured convertible debenture financing for TSX Venture Exchange listed company
Financings for start-ups
  • Represented an online gaming start-up through their Series A and Series B financings and in negotiating an investment and joint venture with a private equity fund
  • Advised start-ups on founders’ investments and friends and family financings
Initial public offerings
  • $10 million initial public offering and listing on the TSX Venture Exchange of a Tier 1 Mining Issuer
  • $7 million special warrant financing and the follow-on initial public offering on the exercise of these special warrants and listing on the TSX Venture Exchange of a Tier 2 Mining Issuer
Stock exchange listings
  • Listings of issuers in a wide range of industries on the Toronto Stock Exchange, TSX Venture Exchange, Canadian Securities Exchange, NYSE MKT and OTCQB
  • Graduation of TSX Venture Exchange issuers to the Toronto Stock Exchange
  • Inter-listing of public companies
Technology companies on corporate and commercial matters
  • Corporate structuring
  • Shareholders’ agreements
  • Non-disclosure agreements
  • Licensing agreements
  • Stock options
Mining and mineral exploration companies
  • Advise Australian publicly listed mining company on the purchase of a Canadian mine from a British Columbia company in insolvency proceedings
  • Purchase and sale of mineral property interests, mines, mills and related assets in North America and internationally, including in South America, Africa and Asia
  • Joint venture development agreements
  • Royalty agreements
  • Property use agreements
  • Negotiations of rights of way and easements
  • Title opinions for mineral claims
  • Review of technical reports and other disclosure for compliance with National Instrument 43-101
Going-private transactions and voluntary stock exchange de-listings
  • Advising a TSX Venture Exchange listed entertainment company on its largest shareholders redeeming all of the company’s outstanding securities from other security holders for cash
  • Advising a TSX Venture Exchange listed run of river power company on the sale by its shareholders of all of its issued and outstanding shares to a third party for cash
Plans of Arrangement
  • Advised a TSX Venture Exchange listed clean energy company on their corporate re-organization, sale of their operating power plant to one party, sale of development assets and tax losses to another party, and concurrent going private transaction all by way of plan of arrangement
Reverse Takeovers
  • Reverse takeover and $3.8 million financing for TSX Venture Exchange listed electric bus manufacturer
  • Reverse takeover and $1.8 million financing for TSX Venture Exchange listed the TSX Venture Exchange by way of a reverse takeover
  • Reverse takeovers and concurrent financings for several TSX Venture Exchange mining issuers
Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Merger and $5 million financing for Toronto Stock Exchange listed uranium company with international investment and resource company
  • Share exchange transaction to list a network marketing company focused on nutritional health products on the Canadian Securities Exchange
Corporate Governance and Regulatory Compliance
  • Advised a TSX Venture Exchange listed company on regulatory compliance and securities law matters in the course of their proceedings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (Canada) (CCAA) and eventual restructuring and exit from CCAA protection
  • Advised special committees of various board of directors on significant transactions, fiduciary duties, related party transactions and shareholder activists
  • Insider reporting
  • Corporate governance policies
Proxy-battles and hostile takeovers
  • Advised a shareholder group in the successful hostile takeover of a Toronto Stock Exchange listed mining company and related proxy-battle
  • Advised a TSX Venture Exchange listed company in defending itself in a proxy battle against dissident shareholders
  • Advise clients on defensive tactics including shareholder rights plans and advance notice provisions
“Nafeesa’s knowledge and professionalism were a major contributing factor to our getting our Company listed on the NYSE MKT exchange. Her legal skills and business acumen have helped our Company immeasurably over the last four years. She is an excellent lawyer as well as a wonderful person to work with.”
"Nafeesa has advised our public company for several years. She knows the law, strategy, how to handle the personalities involved, and how to achieve positive results. She handles her work ethically, efficiently and with great ease. I highly recommend Nafeesa."
“Having just completed a very complex international transaction which included parties from three different continents and multiple tax and law jurisdictions, to say I was very impressed would be an understatement. My team and I worked closely with Nafeesa and after having worked with numerous law firms in Vancouver over the years I have found Clark Wilson to be the best. I have found their scope of knowledge to be second to none and the firm has the ability to offer services in almost any area.”
Industry Involvement
  • Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Association of Corporate Growth
  • Association of Women in Finance
  • Ismaili Legal Professionals Network
Education & Call to Bar
  • Call to Bar: British Columbia, 2009
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of British Columbia, 2008
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours with distinction), History and International and Comparative Studies, Western University, 2005
  • York House School, 2001