Peter D. Fairey, QC Partner

Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 1981 - British Columbia

Primary phone: +1 604-891-2266

Fax: +1 604-443-5649


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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 close to 40 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 solutions and 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, The Arbutus Club, and a past governor of the Law Foundation of British Columbia. He is currently a director of Prostate Cancer Foundation BC and has served 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 a 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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  • Advantage BC
  • Canadian Bar Association

Representative Work

  • The acquisition and disposition of operating businesses throughout Canada and the Western United States, including on behalf of large US and China-based acquirers and dealing with, amongst other things, trans-border and competition law 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
  • close to 50 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 55 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