Peter Simeon Partner Co-Leader, National Cannabis Group


Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 2002 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 416-862-4448

Fax: +1 416-862-7661

Email: peter.simeon@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Toronto




Peter Simeon

Peter Simeon is an experienced corporate commercial and securities lawyer. As a partner in Gowling WLG's Toronto office, Peter focuses his practice on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and structured products.

Working closely with issuers, underwriters, and other corporate clients, Peter delivers practical, effective advice to help businesses move their transactions forward. He has acted for clients across a range of industries, such as cannabis, mining, and technology. His experience includes:

  • Public offerings, including initial public offerings (IPOs)
  • Private placements
  • Reverse takeovers and qualifying transactions
  • Bought deal financings
  • Secondary offerings
  • Share and asset purchase transactions

In addition to his work in private practice, Peter is also an experienced in-house lawyer. He spent several years as corporate counsel at a multinational technology company, and completed a secondment at the Ontario Securities Commission in its Market Regulation Group.

In 2019, Peter was named one of Canada's "Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers" by Canadian Lawyer.

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Memberships

  • Canada's Venture Capital and Private Equity Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada

Representative Work

  • Counsel to Sublimation Inc., an Oakland, California-based cannabis manufacturing company, with respect to its acquisition by Harborside Inc. for a total consideration of US$43.8 million [July 2021]
  • Canadian counsel to PlantX Life Inc. in the acquisition by its wholly-owned subsidiary, New Deli Hillcrest LLC, of certain assets of US-based LIV Marketplace LLC [June 2021]
  • Counsel to Coinsquare Ltd., Canada's leading digital asset trading platform, with respect to a $48.6 million sale of Coinsquare shares to Mogo Inc., increasing Mogo's ownership stake in Coinsquare from 19.9% to approximately 37% [June 2021]
  • Canadian counsel to PlantX Life Inc. in the acquisition by its wholly-owned subsidiary, PlantX Lifestyle USA Inc., of MK Cuisine Global LLC's Plant-Based Deli, LLC, in Venice Beach, California [May 2021]
  • Canadian securities counsel to PlantX Life Inc. in the acquisition by its wholly-owned subsidiary, PlantX Lifestyle USA Inc., of US-based Little West LLC [May 2021]
  • Counsel to IM Cannabis Corp., a multi-country operator ("MCO") in the medical and adult-use recreational cannabis sector with operations in Israel, Germany and Canada, with respect to its overnight marketed offering of common shares and warrants for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately US$35 million [May 2021]
  • Counsel to Momentous Capital Corp. with respect to its initial public offering of common shares [May 2021]
  • Counsel to Lobe Sciences Ltd. in the negotiation of a joint venture agreement with Virtual Psychedelics Incorporated and certain industry-leading pioneers with respect to the joint design, development and commercialization of a new psychedelic/virtual experience ("VX") pod [April 2021]
  • Counsel to Coinsquare Ltd., Canada’s leading digital asset trading platform, with respect to the acquisition by Mogo Inc. of a 19.99% ownership interest in Coinsquare with rights to increase its ownership to up to 43% [April 2021]
  • Counsel to cannabis firm Bluma Wellness Inc. with respect to its US$213 million acquisition by Cresco Labs by way of a plan of arrangement under the provisions of the Business Corporations Act (British Columbia) [April 2021]
  • Counsel to Payfare Inc., a global financial technology company powering digital banking and instant payment solutions for today’s gig workforce, with respect to its $75.2 million initial public offering of common shares, including proceeds from the sale of common shares issued pursuant to the full exercise of the over-allotment option granted to the underwriters [April 2021]
  • Counsel to PlantX Life Inc. with respect to its oversubscribed prospectus offering of units for gross proceeds of approximately $20 million [March 2021]
  • Counsel to CX One Inc. in a transaction whereby a wholly owned subsidiary of Bald Eagle Corp. (formerly Wolf Acquisition Corp.), Frontera Gold Inc. and CX One completed a three-cornered amalgamation, constituting Bald Eagle Corp.’s Qualifying Transaction pursuant to TSXV policies [March 2021]
  • Counsel to a syndicate of agents led by Canaccord Genuity Corp. with respect to a $40 million oversubscribed public offering of units of TAAL Distributed Information Technologies Inc., a vertically integrated, blockchain infrastructure and service provider for enterprise [March 2021]
  • Counsel to IM Cannabis Corp. (“IMC”), a multi-country operator in the medical cannabis sector, in its acquisition of Trichome Financial Corp. pursuant a plan of arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (Ontario), as a result of which IMC will enter the Canadian recreational cannabis market and establish itself as a global leader in the adult-use recreational and medical cannabis sectors [March 2021]
  • Counsel to capital pool company AF2 Capital Corp. with respect to its initial public offering of common shares and listing on the TSX Venture Exchange [March 2021]
  • Counsel to Lobe Sciences Ltd., a life sciences company focused on psychedelic medicines, on the sale to Ionic Brands Corp. of Lobe's non-core cannabis assets relating to Cowlitz County Cannabis Cultivation Inc. held by Lobe's subsidiary vendor, Green Star Biosciences Inc. [March 2021]
  • Counsel to one of the selling shareholders of Liberty Health Sciences Inc. with respect to the acquisition of all of the company’s common shares by Ayr Wellness Inc., pursuant to a plan of arrangement under the provisions of the Business Corporations Act (British Columbia) [February 2021]
  • Counsel to Delta CleanTech Inc., a newly incorporated subsidiary of HTC Extraction Systems, in its acquisition of assets of the clean energy business of HTC and concurrent $7.76 million non-brokered private placement [January 2021]
  • Counsel to Above Food Corp. with respect to its upsized and oversubscribed private placement of units which raised aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $40.2 million [January 2021]
  • Counsel to PlantX Life Inc., a Canadian e-commerce company focused on the plant-based consumer product health and wellness industry, with respect to its acquisition of Score Enterprises Ltd., a privately-held company that operates the Squamish, British Columbia-based Locavore Bar & Grill and other related businesses [January 2021]
  • Counsel to PlantX Life Inc. with respect to its $11.5 million non-brokered private placement of units of the company for aggregate gross proceeds of $11.5 million co-led by Psagot Investment House Ltd., an Israeli investment firm and Israel’s largest pension fund manager, and PlantX founder, Mr. Sean Dollinger [December 2020]
  • Counsel to Heavenly Rx Ltd. in the sale of its 50.1% interest in PureKana, LLC, to PureK Holdings Corp., constituting PureK’s qualifying transaction [December 2020]
  • Counsel to Khiron Life Sciences Corp., a vertically integrated cannabis leader with core operations in Latin America and Europe, with respect to its “bought deal” short form prospectus offering of units, including the exercise in full of the over-allotment option, for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $14.5 million [November 2020]Counsel to PlantX Life Inc., a Canadian e-commerce company focused on the plant-based consumer product health and wellness industry, in its £8 million acquisition of Bloomboxclub Limited, a privately-held e-commerce company based in the UK that sells and delivers indoor plants to its established wellness community via subscription service and online shop [November 2020]
  • Counsel to Vancouver-based cannabis industry company Phivida Holdings Inc. with respect to its acquisition by Choom Holdings Inc., pursuant to a court-approved plan of arrangement [September 2020]
  • Counsel to Lifted Innovations Inc. with respect to a reverse takeover and change of business of Kootenay Zinc. Corp., part of a larger business combination with Canndora Delivery Ltd., Greeny Collaboration (Canada) Inc. and Lifted, in which the resulting issuer PeakBirch Logic Inc. (CSE: PKB) will operate e-commerce stores, and provide services and related products to the cannabis industry [September 2020]
  • Counsel to SOL Global Investment Corp. in a transaction involving its portfolio company Bluma Wellness Inc. (formerly Goldstream Minerals Inc.) in its reverse takeover transaction with CannCure Investments Inc., effected by way of a “three-cornered” amalgamation involving Bluma, CannCure and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bluma under the Business Corporations Act (Ontario) [June 2020]
  • Counsel to Frankly Inc. in its business combination with Torque Esports Corp and Winview Inc. to create Engine Media Holdings, Inc., the first public entity which offers an integrated platform dedicated to live esports, news and gaming [May 2020]
  • Canadian counsel to Starling Brands, Inc., in the sale of its wholly owned subsidiary Kase Farma Inc. to HTC Extraction Systems [January 2020]
  • Canadian counsel to HeavenlyRx Ltd., a subsidiary of SOL Global Investments Corp., in its acquisition of a majority share of one of the largest top ranked CBD companies, PureKana, LLC [December 2019]
  • Counsel to Israeli-based international medical cannabis firm I.M.C. Holdings Ltd. in connection with its reverse takeover of Navasota Resources Inc. (now IM Cannabis Corp.) and subsequent listing on the Canadian Securities Exchange [October 2019]
  • Counsel to SOL Global Investments Corp. with respect to its purchase of common shares in the capital of HeavenlyRx Ltd. for an aggregate subscription amount of approximately $23.9 million, as a result of which SOL Global now holds 44.53% of the issued and outstanding shares of the target company [July 2019]
  • Counsel to SOL Global Investments Corp. in its US$2 million capital infusion into its portfolio company CannCure Investments Inc., resulting in SOL Global owning 97.9% of CannCure [July 2019]
  • Canadian counsel to international hemp and CBD company HeavenlyRx Ltd., a portfolio company of SOL Global Investments Corp., with respect to its acquisition of a 51% interest in the shares of Tru Brands, Inc., a wellness company that is building out a suite of all-natural food products [July 2019]
  • Counsel to SOL Global Investments Corp. in its US$6.5 million capital infusion into its portfolio company CannCure Investments Inc., resulting in SOL Global owning 97.8% of CannCure [July 2019]
  • Canadian counsel to HeavenlyRx Ltd., a portfolio company of SOL Global Investments, in its acquisition of a 25% stake in Jones Soda Co. [July 2019]
  • Counsel to SOL Global Investments Corp. with respect to its $50 million private placement financing by way of the issue and sale of a senior secured non-convertible debenture to an arm's length institutional investor [July 2019]
  • Counsel to Khiron Life Sciences Corp. in its acquisition of NettaGrowth International Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary Dormul S.A. [June 2019]
  • Counsel to SOL Global Investments Corp. in its acquisition of common shares and common share purchase warrants of Frankly Inc., representing 16.3% of the issued and outstanding common shares of Frankly on a non-diluted basis and 22.5% of Frankly on a partially diluted basis [June 2019]
  • Counsel to Phivida Holdings Inc. a manufacturer of cannabinoid infused foods, beverages and clinical products, with respect to its $22.5 million acquisition of e-commerce technology firm Wikala.com Inc. [May 2019]
  • Counsel to Khiron Life Sciences Corp. with respect to a bought deal short form prospectus offering of common shares for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $28.75 million [May 2019]
  • Counsel to SOL Global Investments Corp. in a US$30.06 million investment by its portfolio company, HeavenlyRx. Ltd., in Blühen Botanicals LLC, an industry-leading hemp and hemp-derived CBD biomass farming, processing, extraction and retail company headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee [May 2019]
  • Canadian counsel to international hemp and CBD company HeavenlyRx Ltd., a portfolio company of SOL Global Investments Corp., in a non-brokered private placement financing of common shares for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $12.6 million [April 2019]
  • Canadian counsel to SOL Global Investments Corp. in its US$41.2 million acquisition of CannCure Investments Inc., a privately-held Ontario corporation that indirectly holds 100% of 3 Boys Farms, LLC, a Florida limited liability company with a Florida state license to cultivate, process and dispense medical marijuana [April 2019]
  • Counsel to SOL Global Investments Corp. on Canadian aspects of its investment in Jones Soda Co., in which it acquired 8.19% (subsequently increased to 9.8%) of the total issued and outstanding common shares of the premium soda maker [March 2019]
  • Counsel to Khiron Life Sciences Corp. with respect to the negotiation of its joint venture agreement with Dixie Brands Inc., involving the creation of a new company 50% owned by each of the companies, to manufacture and distribute cannabis-infused products to the Latin American market [March 2019]
  • Counsel to cannabis e-commerce company Namaste Technologies Inc. in its acquisition of 49% of the common shares of Pineapple Express Delivery Inc. [March 2019]
  • Counsel to Khiron Life Sciences Corp., an integrated medical cannabis company with core operations in Colombia, with respect to a bought deal short form prospectus offering of common shares which raised aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $28.8 million, including proceeds from the exercise in full of the over-allotment option [February 2019]
  • Counsel to SOL Global Investments Corp. with respect to its investment in European Cannabis Holdings (“ECH”), bringing SOL Global's total position in ECH to approximately 19.4% of the total issued and outstanding ordinary shares of ECH [February 2019]
  • Counsel to R&D Pharma Corp., a Canadian company building a vertically integrated medical cannabis business in Jamaica, in its acquisition by Weekend Unlimited Inc. [February 2019]
  • Counsel to AF1 Capital Corp., a capital pool company, with respect to its initial public offering of common shares [January 2019]
  • Counsel to Khiron Life Sciences Corp., an integrated medical cannabis company with core operations in Colombia, with respect to its joint venture agreement with Dayacann, holder of Chile's first and only medical cannabis cultivation license [January 2019]
  • Counsel to SOL Global Investments Corp. with respect to its investment and strategic partnership with GreenLight Pharmaceuticals Ltd., a vertically-integrated medical cannabis company headquartered in Dublin, Ireland [January 2019]
  • Counsel to Khiron Life Sciences Corp., an integrated medical cannabis company with core operations in Colombia, with respect to its acquisition of ILANS (the Latin American Institute of Neurology and the Nervous System) [December 2018]
  • Counsel to SOL Global Investments Corp. with respect to its investment in OG DNA Genetics Inc., in which SOL Global acquired an approximate 8% stake in the company for $13.3 million [December 2018]
  • Counsel to Namaste Technologies Inc. in the acquisition by its wholly-owned subsidiary, Cannmart Inc., of the domain Buds2go.ca along with social media accounts and all intellectual property in connection therewith, including trademark applications [December 2018]
  • Counsel to Namaste Technologies in its acquisition of 3% of the issued and outstanding shares of Kief Cannabis Company Ltd. and, further to a medical cannabis Supply Agreement signed previously by its wholly-owned subsidiary, Cannmart Inc. and Kief Cannabis, allowing Cannmart the right of first refusal on 35% of the total production of cannabis from Kief Cannabis [November 2018]
  • Counsel to Namaste Technologies Inc. with respect to a $51.75 million bought deal short form prospectus offering of units, including proceeds from the exercise in full of the over-allotment option granted to the underwriters [October 2018]
  • Counsel to Scythian Biosciences Corp. with respect to a strategic deal with Aphria Inc. involving Aphria’s $193 million acquisition of Scythian’s Latin American and Caribbean assets [September 2018]
  • Counsel to Khiron Life Sciences Corp., a Canadian integrated medical cannabis company with its core operations in Colombia, with respect to a short form prospectus offering of common shares which raised aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $12.9 million, including proceeds from the exercise in full of the over-allotment option [September 2018]
  • Counsel to Scythian Biosciences Corp. in its acquisition of MMJ Colombia Partners Inc., a privately-held Ontario company that owns 90% of Colcanna SAS, a company that cultivates, imports, extracts and produces Tetrahydrocannabinol (“THC”) and cannabidiol (“CBD”) in Colombia [August 2018]
  • Counsel to Phivida Holdings Inc., a manufacturer of cannabinoid infused foods, beverages and clinical products, in the negotiation of a joint venture agreement with WeedMD Inc. to develop and operate Cannabis Beverages Inc. at WeedMD’s state-of-the-art greenhouse facility in Strathroy, Ontario [August 2018]
  • Counsel to Scythian Biosciences Corp. with respect to its investment in and strategic partnership with PRØHBTD Media, Inc., a leading global cannabis media and brand platform [August 2018]
  • Counsel to professional services company Figur8 Cloud Solutions, based in San Francisco and Toronto, in its cross-border acquisition by AllCloud BSD Ltd. headquartered in Israel [July 2018]
  • Counsel to the agents co-led by Haywood Securities Inc. and Canaccord Genuity Corp. on a private placement offering of subscription receipts of Enthusiast Gaming Inc., a company which owns and operates an online network of websites devoted to video gaming, for gross proceeds of approximately $7.7 million [June 2018]
  • Counsel to Namaste Technologies Inc., a global leader in the sale of medical cannabis consumption devices, in its acquisition of 10% of the issued share capital of Israeli licensed producer of medical cannabis, Cannbit Ltd. [June 2018]
  • Counsel to Namaste Technologies Inc., a global leader in the sale of medical cannabis consumption devices, in its cross-border acquisition of Findify AB, a Swedish-based A.I. and machine learning technology platform [May 2018]
  • Counsel to Khiron Life Sciences Corp., a Canadian integrated medical cannabis company with core operations in Colombia, with respect to it qualifying transaction, pursuant to which a subsidiary of Adent Capital Corp. amalgamated with Khiron [May 2018]
  • Counsel to Scythian Biosciences Corp. with respect to the negotiation of a letter agreement with and investment in Isodiol International Inc., a market leader in pharmaceutical grade phytochemical compounds and an industry leader in the manufacturing and development of CBD consumer products [May 2018]
  • Counsel to Phivida Holdings Inc., a manufacturer of cannabinoid infused foods, beverages and clinical products, with respect to a bought deal financing of units for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $8 million [April 2018]
  • Counsel to Namaste Technologies Inc., the largest online retailer for medical cannabis delivery systems globally, in a bought deal short form prospectus offering of units, including the exercise in full of the over-allotment option, for gross proceeds of approximately $40.25 million [February 2018]
  • Counsel 242 Cannabis, LLC, a Florida limited liability company and wholly-owned subsidiary of 242 Cannabis Canada Ltd., in its acquisition by Liberty Health Sciences Inc. [February 2018]
  • Counsel to Scythian Biosciences Corp. with respect to a short from prospectus offering of units and a concurrent brokered private placement of units for combined gross proceeds of approximately $28.7 million [February 2018]
  • Counsel to 1Linx Ltd., a New York-based blockchain technology company, in its acquisition by Global Remote Technologies Ltd. [January 2018]