Peter D. Fairey, QC Partner


Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 1981 - British Columbia

Primary phone: +1 604-891-2266

Fax: +1 604-443-5649

Email: peter.fairey@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Vancouver



Peter D. Fairey, QC

Peter Fairey is a senior corporate lawyer in the Vancouver office of Gowling WLG. He brings over 35 years of experience in corporate/commercial transactions, as well as a general knowledge of tax, securities, trusts and immigration law to his other areas of practice on behalf of clients in the P3, life sciences, entertainment, publishing, IT and alternative energy industries.

Peter's breadth of experience allows him to tackle any task effectively and to assemble and lead teams because he understands the issues and listens carefully to his clients' needs. The teams can vary depending on what is required and makes sense value-wise. Dedicated to successful results for his clients, Peter finds creative solutionsand deploys the energy and resources necessary to achieve those.

Highly rated by major legal directories across a range of disciplines, Peter also instructs on corporate law subjects and authors a chapter of the leading company law text in British Columbia.

Peter uses his abilities to help others and regularly serves on boards in the not for profit sector. He is a past director and chair of the Board of Directors of the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia and a past governor of the Law Foundation of British Columbia. He is currently a director of Prostate Cancer Foundation BC and The Arbutus Club, and serves on a Kidney Foundation of Canada special purpose committee, having himself donated a kidney to his son. Other organizations with which he has been involved in the past include the Canadian Diabetes Association, St. George’s School Foundation, Rugby Canada, BC Rugby, Canadian Association of Rhodes Scholars, as well as number of community baseball and ice hockey teams that he has coached.

In 2016, Peter was appointed the honorary title of Queen's counsel (QC) in recognition of his exceptional merit and contributions to the legal profession in British Columbia.

An ice hockey player for over 50 years, Peter remains active and fit, pursuing squash, tennis and cycling.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2018

  • 2017

  • 2016

  • 2015

    • Rankings & Awards
      December2015
      Lexpert's Leading Lawyers in Energy 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      September2015
      Lexpert/ROB Special Edition on Infrastructure: Canada's Leading Infrastructure Lawyers
    • Rankings & Awards
      September2015
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016
    • Rankings & Awards
      July2015
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015
  • 2014

    • Rankings & Awards
      November2014
      Lexpert 's Leading Lawyers in Energy 2014
    • Rankings & Awards
      October2014
      Lexpert ’s Guide to Canada’s Leading Infrastructure Lawyers 2014
    • Rankings & Awards
      September2014
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      July2014
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014
  • 2013

    • Rankings & Awards
      October2013
      Lexpert — Canada’s Leading Infrastructure Lawyers 2013
    • Rankings & Awards
      July2013
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2013
  • 2012

    • Rankings & Awards
      October2012
      Lexpert Canada’s Leading Infrastructure Lawyers 2012
    • Rankings & Awards
      July2012
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2012
  • 2011

    • Rankings & Awards
      February2011
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory , 2011
  • 2010

    • Rankings & Awards
      February2010
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory , 2010
  • 1981

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      1981
      Year of Call, British Columbia
  • 1980

    • Education
      1980
      Oxford University B.C.L.
  • 1979

    • Education
      1979
      Oxford University, BA (Jurisprudence)
    • Education
      1979
      University of British Columbia, B.Comm.

Memberships

  • Advantage BC
  • Association commerciale Hong Kong-Canada
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • The acquisition and disposition of operating businesses throughout Canada and the Western United States, most recently on behalf of large U.S. and China-based acquirers and dealing with, amongst other things, trans-border issues
  • several private placements and innovative financings
  • acted in the establishment of a joint venture operating an electronic consumer goods trading hub in the United Arab Emirates
  • acting for a railway technology company from start-up to several hundred million dollar capitalization public company with worldwide sales
  • acted in structuring/implementing the amalgamation of three industry associations (societies) with significant membership
  • represented major California-based electronic games corporation in Canadian studio/product acquisition
  • the auction of PacifiCat Ferries in Vancouver
  • P3 Projects, including on behalf of the Province of British Columbia with respect to the Canada Line and for private sector proponents in connection with port, highway, hospital and other infrastructure projects
  • governance and ownership disputes
  • advising recognized fund managers and establishing unit trusts marketed primarily to institutional investors
  • counsel for the Province of British Columbia’s immigrant investor funds and previously over 50 other such funds
  • investments involving BC Transit and other governmental entities
  • acting for start-up businesses and junior companies in the technology and life science sectors
  • acting for a utility with respect to setting up a public/private regime for the provision of water and sewer services for a municipality
  • advising several not for profit and/or charitable social enterprise and other groups