Lorraine Mastersmith is a partner and Head of the Business Law Department in Gowling WLG’s Ottawa office. Her practice focuses on corporate and securities law, most specifically mergers & acquisitions, commercial contracts, technology licensing and capital raising.
She advises emerging and established companies who specialize in technology for a range of commercial applications in areas such as, live broadcasting, financial services, business intelligence, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, logistics, digital, cloud and security services.
During her career as in-house counsel and in private practice, Lorraine has assisted clients to raise hundreds of millions of dollars in financing from banks, angel investors, private equity and venture capital firms. She has acted as lead counsel on a number of listings of capital pool companies and the completion of Qualifying Transactions on the TSX Venture Exchange, as well as subsequent financings.
In addition to her role leading the Business Law Department, Lorraine is also the Ottawa lead for the firm’s Technology Industry Group, Blockchain Group and team lead for Ottawa’s Corporate Practice/Private M&A Group.
Lorraine’s capabilities and leadership are recognized by industry guides to legal talent such as Chambers Canada, The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory and The Legal 500 Canada.
Lorraine currently serves as an independent director and member of the HR & Compensation Committee of Ross Video Limited, as a director and member of the Governance Committee of The Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, and as a director and member of the Governance Committee of the Queensway-Carleton Hospital Foundation. She is also a member of the Regional Ambassador Council for Women Get on Board, an organization devoted to the advancement of qualified women to corporate boards.
In addition to her legal practice, Lorraine and her husband own and operate KIN Vineyards, a beautiful winery located 25 minutes west of downtown Ottawa.