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 has appeared on television and has been quoted in newspapers as a securities 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 for the past ten years within the Firm as co-chair of the SickKids Hospital Leaders fundraising campaign. He is a member of the Toronto Cricket, Skating & Curling Club, where he plays tennis and has served as a member of various committees of the club. Henry also serves as a director of The Dunblaine School.

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Henry A. Harris

Henry A. Harris
@harrish

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Henry A. Harris

Henry A. Harris
@harrish

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Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2018

  • 2017

  • 2016

  • 2015

    • Rankings & Awards
      October2015
      Lexpert’s Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining , 2015-2016
    • Rankings & Awards
      July2015
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015
  • 2014

    • Rankings & Awards
      July2014
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014
    • Rankings & Awards
      April2014
      Lexpert's Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining
  • 2013

    • Rankings & Awards
      July2013
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2013
    • Education
      2013
      Certificate in Mining Law, Osgoode Hall PD
  • 2012

    • Rankings & Awards
      July2012
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2012
  • 2009

    • Rankings & Awards
      2009
      "Canadian Corporate Lawyer to Watch", Lexpert Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers
  • 2008

    • Rankings & Awards
      2008
      Ontario Bar Association's Honour for Dedicated Services to the Profession Award
    • Rankings & Awards
      2008
      Leading Lawyer Under 40, Lexpert's Rising Stars
  • 1995

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      1995
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 1993

    • Education
      1993
      Osgoode Hall Law School, LLB
    • Education
      Western University, BA in Finance and Economics
    • Rankings & Awards
      Canadian Bar Association - National Trust Student Achievement Award (sole recipient amongst 1,200 Bar Admission course students)

Memberships

  • Canada-Israel Chamber of Commerce
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
  • Securities Law Subcommittee of the Ontario Bar Association

Henry has appeared live on TV and has been quoted in newspapers as a securities law specialist. He is a frequent speaker on a broad range of topics in the area of corporate finance, including:

  • Speaker, “Managing a Public Company – Utilizing the Exchange” (Two-day workshop, TSX Venture Exchange, May 2014, May 2013; May 2012; June 2011; May 2010; June 2009; May 2008 and 2007; June 2006; November 2005, 2004, 2003 and 2002)
  • Speaker, TSX Phoenix Cleantech Seminar (Phoenix, February 2009)
  • Speaker, “U.S. Companies - Going Public on Toronto Stock Exchange Workshop” (Raleigh, November 2008; Minneapolis, June 2008)
  • Speaker, “Going Public in Canada on TSX” (The Israel Forum in Canada, April 2008)
  • Speaker, “U.S. Companies - Going Public on Toronto Stock Exchange Workshop” (Palo Alto, November 2007; Denver, May 2007)
  • Speaker, “An Outline for Israeli Tech Companies on the Canadian Capital Markets” (Tel Aviv, Israel, June 2007; November 2006)
  • Chair and moderator, “Cross-Border Deals – The Canadian Perspective” (BioFinance 2007)
  • Speaker, “Rules & Tools Workshop - Role of the Board of Directors” (October 2007; February 2003 to 2007)
  • Panellist, “Accessing Capital for U.S. Companies on TSX Venture Exchange – Panel of Experts” (Boston, November 2006)
  • Panellist, “Accessing Public Venture Capital Workshop” (Inside Success Campaign, November 2005)
  • Chair, “BioFinance 2005 – Funding Life Science Companies Panel” (May 2005)
  • Speaker, “A Canadian Perspective of Cross-Border Business Law and Corporate Finance” (New York, April 2005)
  • Speaker, “Entrepreneurial Bootcamp II: Public Venture Capital” (March 2005)
  • Chair and moderator, “Recent Trends in Venture Capital Financing and How Investors Look at Intellectual Property” (March 2005)
  • Speaker, “Canadian Venture Forum – Sponsor Introductory Remarks” (March 2005)
  • Speaker, “Venture Company Success Workshop – Continuous Disclosure Requirements” (TSX Venture Exchange, November 2004)
  • Speaker, “Demystifying Corporate Governance” (TSX Venture Exchange, October 2004)
  • Speaker, “Going Public: Accessing Public Venture Capital” (BioFinance 2004)
  • Speaker, “Pros and Cons of Going Public” (Venture Success Campaign – Vancouver, April 2004; Toronto, June 2004)
  • Speaker, “Venture Company Success Workshop – Continuous Disclosure Requirements” (TSX Venture Exchange, November 2003)
  • Speaker, “Building the Governance Culture: Presentation to RBC Technology Ventures” (RBC Ventures, October 2003)
  • Speaker, “Securities Law: Making Sense of It All: Update – The Current State of Affairs” (Ontario Bar Association, September 2003)
  • Speaker, “Corporate Finance Learning Series – Role of the Board of Directors” (Gowlings Corporate Finance, Securities and Public M&A NPG Program (September 2003)
  • Speaker, “Rules and Tools Workshop – Executive Compensation” (TSX Venture Exchange, May-June 2003)
  • Speaker, “Venture Company Success Workshop – Continuous Disclosure Requirements” (TSX Venture Exchange, December 2002)
  • Chair, “Understanding Healthcare IT” (Gowlings Technology NPG Program, September 2002)
  • Panellist, “Exempt Market Distributions – A National Comparison” (Gowlings Corporate Finance, Securities and Public M&A NPG Program, June 2002)
  • Chair and speaker, “Securities Cyberlaw: A Corporate Finance Internet Primer” (Ontario Bar Association, October 1999)

Henry is lead Canadian counsel to the world's largest online auction marketplace. Recent representative transactions include:

Technology and Life Sciences

  • Counsel to sharing economy tech company Turo Inc. on its launch into the Canadian market. San Francisco-based Turo is the first peer-to-peer car rental company in Canada.
  • Canadian counsel to Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ listed) on merger with QLT Inc. (NASDAQ and TSX listed) to form Novelion Therapeutics Inc.
  • Counsel to online classifieds website Kijiji.ca, a subsidiary of eBay Inc. and part of eBay Classifieds Group, on the launch of the Kijiji Daily Deals social media daily deal buying platform across Canada.
  • Counsel to online classifieds website Gumtree.com Limited, a UK operating subsidiary of eBay Inc. and part of eBay Classifieds Group, on the launch of the Gumtree Daily Deals social media daily deal buying platform across the UK.
  • Counsel to Cyberplex Inc. in connection with a series of transactions culminating in the acquisition of the business carried on by leading online publisher Tsavo Media for a total purchase price of US$75 million.
  • Counsel to Arch Biopartners Inc. in its acquisitions of Arch Biotech Inc., Arch Cancer Therapeutics Ltd. and Arch Biophysics Ltd. and a concurrent non-brokered private placement of common shares.
  • Counsel to the agent, Sandfire Securities Inc., in connection with the sale of units by Cannasat Therapeutics Inc. (now Cynapsus Therapeutics Inc., acquired by Sunovion Pharmaceuticals In October 2016 for US$635M).
  • Counsel to Cyberplex Inc. on its bought deal public offering of common shares for gross proceeds of approximately $17.2 million.

Mining and Finance

  • Counsel to the syndicate of agents led by Mackie Research Capital Corporation and including Richardson GMP Limited, on Park Lawn Corporation’s short form prospectus offering, raising gross proceeds of $9.3 million.
  • Counsel to Asia Now Resources Corp. in its $1.25 million private placement of senior unsecured convertible debentures.
  • Counsel to Xmet Inc. in the negotiation of an option agreement with Metals Creek Resources Corp. to purchase a 100% interest in the Blackflake Project, a graphite exploration project located in Ontario.
  • Counsel to Xmet Inc. in the negotiation of a purchase agreement with Clifton Star Inc. to acquire Clifton’s Duquesne Mine mineral claims in Quebec.
  • Counsel to the agents led by Mackie Research Capital Corporation in Gold Royalty Corporation’s private placement offering of subscription receipts for proceeds of approximately $4.2 million.
  • Counsel to Xmet Inc. in the negotiation of a purchase agreement with Brionor Resources Inc. to acquire Brionor’s Pitt Gold Project immediately adjacent to Xmet's flagship Duquesne-Ottoman project in Quebec.
  • Counsel to the underwriters led by Mackie Research Capital Corporation on Castle Resources Inc.’s bought deal private placement offering of common shares and flow-through shares for gross proceeds of $10 million.
  • Counsel to Xmet Inc. in the negotiation of a new option agreement with Globex Mining Enterprises Inc. and Geoconseil Jack Stoch Ltee to allow Xmet to acquire a 100% interest in the Duquesne-Ottoman Project.
  • Counsel to Samara Capital Inc. on the formation and continuous offering of Samara Fund Ltd., a hedge fund.
  • Counsel to U.S. Silver Corporation in its successful application to list its common shares and warrants on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
  • Counsel to Femin Inc. in the negotiation of US$60 million acquisition of an option to acquire a majority interest in the Boquira Project, an iron ore mining and advanced exploration project in the State of Bahia, Brazil.
  • Counsel to Mackie Research Capital Corporation, independent financial advisor to VG Gold Inc., which provided a valuation and fairness opinion to VG Gold on its $305 million merger with Lexam Explorations Inc. by way of a plan of arrangement.
  • Counsel to U.S. Silver Corporation in its $6.9 million bought deal underwritten private placement of units.
  • Counsel to Xmet Inc. on its going public transaction, brokered financing and listing on the TSXV through a qualifying transaction.
  • Counsel to the underwriters led by Mackie Research Capital Corporation on Sandspring Resources Ltd.’s $12 million bought deal offering of special warrants and qualifying short-form prospectus.
  • Counsel to the underwriters led by Mackie Research Capital Corporation in a bought deal equity financing of subscription receipts of Sandspring Resources Ltd. for proceeds of $6 million, used in part to fund Sandspring’s $65 million going public transaction through a qualifying transaction with GoldHeart Investment Holdings Ltd., including a long-form qualifying prospectus.
  • Counsel to Sandfire Securities Inc., lead agent in connection with Adira Energy Corp.'s private placement of units, allowing Adira to go public through a reverse merger with AMG Oil Ltd.
  • Counsel to Atlas Precious Metals Inc. in a cross-border private placement of subscription receipts led by Mackie Research Capital Corporation, raising proceeds of $15 million.
  • Counsel to U.S. Silver Corporation in its bought deal underwritten private placement of units for aggregate proceeds of $24.5 million [December 2007].
  • Counsel to Paramount Gold and Silver Corp. on its TSX and AMEX listings subsequent to its cross-border private placement of units for approximately US$21.7 million.
  • Counsel to The Ontario Municipal Economic Infrastructure Financing Authority in its first offering of more than $320 million of provincial tax-exempt Ontario Opportunity Bonds.

As well, Henry served on a Special Committee of the Canadian Bar Association to review a proposal for National Securities Regulation in Canada, which included meeting with Finance Canada and the Expert Panel on Securities Regulation to provide input on the draft National Securities Act.