Henry A. Harris
Henry Harris is a business law partner in the Toronto office of Gowling WLG, practising in the areas of corporate finance and M&A, as well as private equity and venture capital. Henry advises both Canadian and foreign companies, investors and underwriters on all aspects of Canadian securities regulation, including Canada/U.S. cross-border and international transactions. He also acts as general counsel to a diverse client base, from businesses ranging from the technology to resources sectors.
Henry represents a number of tech companies in the Silicon Valley/San Francisco Bay Area, and serves as the firm’s Leader of the California Regional Team. He has appeared on television and has been quoted in newspapers as a corporate finance law specialist. Over the past several years, he has also participated as a speaker at numerous business and legal seminars held across Canada, the United States and internationally.
His recognitions include listings in Lexpert's Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining, the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Corporate Mid Market and the Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers as a "Canadian Corporate Lawyer to Watch." In 2008, Henry received the Lexpert Rising Star Award as one of Canada's Leading Lawyers Under 40. Chosen among hundreds of nominees across Canada, this Top 40 under 40 award recognizes lawyers who are both leaders in the profession and the community as well as team players with an outstanding track record of success.
Henry has led numerous emerging companies in their initial public offerings and listings on the Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange, as well as U.S. and foreign stock exchanges. He has acted as lead counsel in various transactions, including IPOs, capital pool companies and other public financing transactions, takeover bids and reverse takeovers, special warrant offerings, and other private placement financings.
Henry serves on the Securities Law Subcommittee of both the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) and Canadian Bar Association (CBA), and has also served as a member of the OBA Executive Council, where he was presented with the OBA's Dedicated Service to the Profession Award. He is currently participating on a CBA Committee reviewing the proposed Cooperative Capital Markets Regulatory System.
Henry completed the Canadian Securities Course from the Canadian Securities Institute, and has attended courses in New York on U.S. Securities Law.
He is currently the National Editor of Canadian Forms and Precedents: Banking and Finance - Private Placements Chapter (LexisNexis Canada Inc.).
In the community, Henry has been active in various charitable initiatives, including serving as the Firm’s Chair of the SickKids Hospital Leaders Campaign for the past fifteen years. He is a member of the Toronto Cricket, Skating & Curling Club, where he plays tennis and has been a member of various committees of the club. He also served as a director of Toronto Achievement Centre operating as The Dunblaine School. Henry is currently a volunteer in the Out of the Cold community outreach program.