Gowling WLG boosts strength in corporate, technology & real estate with addition of three new partners

01 February 2017

Gowling WLG is pleased to announce that corporate commercial lawyer Lorraine Mastersmith, technology lawyer Parna Sabet-Stephenson and real estate lawyer Sarah Crowe have joined the firm as partners.

"With the addition of Lorraine, Parna and Sarah, Gowling WLG is further enhancing its capabilities in areas that are fundamental to our clients' growth and success," said Peter Lukasiewicz, CEO of Gowling WLG Canada. "These talented lawyers have unique experience working across a number of diverse sectors, and are well-positioned to help companies at every size and stage - both in Canada and around the world."

Based in Ottawa, Lorraine Mastersmith practices corporate, M&A and securities law, helping emerging and established companies alike on a range of complex matters, from mergers & acquisitions and corporate reorganizations to accessing capital from banks, private lenders and all forms of equity investors. Lorraine has years of experience drafting and negotiating commercial and technology licensing agreements and has served as lead counsel on numerous listings, private placements and bought deal financings on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange and Social Venture Exchange.

Lorraine's achievements were recognized at the Women's Business Network of Ottawa's 2014 Businesswoman of the Year awards, where she was named among the three finalists in the "Professional" category. She currently serves as an independent director and corporate secretary for Ross Video Limited.

Toronto's Parna Sabet-Stephenson handles transactional and commercial matters related to technology, outsourcing, payments and e-commerce for domestic and international clients. She has nearly two decades of experience acting for financial services, technology, telecommunications, retail, energy, life sciences, infrastructure and automotive industries. Her practice also focuses on FinTech and emerging technologies.

Sabet-Stephenson is recognized nationally and internationally as a top lawyer by Chambers, Who's Who Legal and Lexpert. Fluent in English and French, she currently serves as the vice-president of the Canadian IT Law Association.

The practice of Ottawa's Sarah Crowe is focused on commercial real estate, with an emphasis on acquisitions, divestitures and leasing. Called to the Bar in both Ontario and Alberta, she is also experienced in the area of corporate finance, and has advised lenders and borrowers on numerous debt financing arrangements - from bond offerings and secured and unsecured bank credit facilities to project finance transactions.

About Gowling WLG

With more than 1,400 legal professionals in 18 cities worldwide, Gowling WLG provides clients with in-depth expertise in key global sectors and a suite of legal services at home and abroad. We see the world through our clients' eyes, and collaborate across countries, offices, service areas and sectors to help them succeed - no matter how challenging the circumstances.