Derek S. Keay Partner


Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 1994 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 613-786-8662

Fax: +1 613-788-3610

Email: derek.keay@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Ottawa



Derek S. Keay

Derek Keay is a partner in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office.

Derek practises corporate law with an emphasis on corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions, primarily involving emerging technology companies. His primary focus is on providing advice to Canadian and international companies, together with angel, venture capital and institutional investors in relation to debt and equity financing transactions. He also has extensive experience in advising companies, shareholders and acquirers in connection with the purchase and sale of businesses, both in Canada and cross-border. Derek has also worked extensively with technology companies at various stages, from start-ups to public corporations, assisting them in many aspects of their day-to-day legal requirements, including corporate governance matters.

Prior to joining the firm in 2005, Derek was a partner with a Kanata-based technology law firm. In addition, he was a partner in the technology business group of a national law firm, where he practised for over 10 years from its Ottawa, Ontario offices.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2015

    • Rankings & Awards
      September2015
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016
    • Rankings & Awards
      September2015
      Lexpert 2015 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada
    • Rankings & Awards
      July2015
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015
  • 2014

    • Rankings & Awards
      September2014
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015
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      July2014
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014
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      September2013
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2014
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      July2013
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2013
    • Rankings & Awards
      February2013
      The Best Lawyers in Canada® 2013
  • 2012

    • Rankings & Awards
      July2012
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2012
    • Rankings & Awards
      February2012
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2012
  • 2011

    • Rankings & Awards
      March2011
      PLC Which Lawyer? 2011
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      February2011
      The Best Lawyers in Canada® 2011
  • 2010

    • Rankings & Awards
      February2010
      The Best Lawyers in Canada® 2010
  • 1994

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      1994
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 1992

    • Education
      1992
      Queen's University, LLB
  • 1989

    • Education
      1989
      Queen's University, MIR
  • 1987

    • Education
      1987
      Carleton University, BA (Hons.)

Memberships

  • Canadian Bar Association - Business Law section
  • Law Society of Upper Canada