Sharagim Habibi Partner

Speaks:  English, French

Year of Call: 2015 - Alberta

Year of Call: 2015 - Ontario

Primary office:  Calgary

Sharagim Habibi

Sharagim Habibi is a lawyer practising in corporate and securities law, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, corporate governance, continuous disclosure, securities registration, and other securities and corporate law matters.

Sharagim has experience representing both private companies and publicly traded issuers on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX), the TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV), the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE), the Aequitas NEO and US-based stock exchanges. He has also been involved in a number of domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, and debt and equity securities offerings, including IPOs.

Prior to joining Gowling WLG, Sharagim practised securities and corporate law in the Calgary and Toronto offices of major national law firms. Sharagim has also been a member of various administrative tribunals and has taught extensively at the University of Calgary's Faculty of Law and Haskayne School of Business.

In addition to Sharagim's practice which includes technology, manufacturing, construction, heath care, regulated services, retail and other industries, Sharagim is also active in emerging market sectors including FinTech, blockchain, cannabis and psilocybin.

He has an active cannabis law practice and advises various cannabis cultivators, retailers, investors and lenders, among others, in respect of regulatory matters, financing, acquisitions and other related matters. Sharagim's experience in this area extends to issuers located in Canada, the United States, South America and Europe. He has discussed cannabis law issues in the media, at conferences and other events in Canada and the U.S.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2016

    • Community
      Pro Bono Lawyer, Innocence Project
    • Community
      Pro Bono Lawyer, John Howard Society
  • 2015

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Alberta
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 2014

    • Education
      Osgoode Hall Law School, JD
    • Community
      Pro Bono Lawyer, Calgary Legal Guidance


  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Calgary Bar Association

Moderator and Panelist, Alberta Cannabis Summit, November 2018.

Author, "Alberta to Join the CSA on Disclosure of Diversity Practices" Securities and Capital Markets Bulletin, October 2016.

Author, "The Cost of Compliance in Alberta is Going Up - ASC Adopts New Participation Fee for Reporting Issuers and Changes Other Fees" Securities and Capital Markets Bulletin, July 2016.

Author, "Changes to the Canadian Early Warning Reporting System" Securities and Capital Markets Bulletin, June 2016.

Representative Work

Sharagim has recently advised on the following transactions:

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • New York Stock Exchange-listed issuer on its acquisition of Canadian entities as part of its North American expansion
  • TSXV-listed issuer on a reverse take-over involving a private US technology company
  • TSX-listed issuer on its plan of arrangement with a private Canadian oil exploration company
  • TSX-listed technology issuer on its acquisition of two private entities in the technology market space
  • TSX-listed issuer in its sale of oil and gas interests in Asia
  • South American purchaser in its acquisition of Canadian assets
  • US private equity firm on a hybrid share and asset purchase in respect of mining operations
  • Private and public issuers in respect of mergers and acquisitions, including plans of arrangement, amalgamations, reverse takeover transactions (including in respect of capital pool corporations), share purchase transactions and asset purchase transactions
  • Private and public issuers in respect of organizing, reorganization and restructuring of corporations, partnerships, trusts, limited liability companies and other entities

Corporate Finance

  • TSX-listed issuer on a $300 million cross-border debt offering
  • TSX-listed issuer on a $350 million unsecured note offering
  • Major Canadian investment bank, as lead underwriter on a $400 million offering of a TSX- listed issuer
  • Major Canadian investment bank, as lead underwriter on a $300 million debt offering of a TSX-listed issuer
  • Major international European-based investment bank, as lead underwriter on the Canadian component of a US$250 million US cross-border debt offering
  • Major international European-based investment bank, as lead underwriter on a $250 million US cross-border debt offering and associated plan of arrangement in respect of a TSX listed issuer
  • Major Canadian investment bank, as lead underwriter in respect of a spin-out and initial public offering of a TSX-listed energy and utility issuer
  • Real estate investment trust on its offering of $600 million in debt and equity
  • TSX-listed issuer on its issuance of over $400 million in short-term notes
  • Various investment banks and major Canadian banks on bought-deal and other corporate finance transactions
  • Various issuers in respect of public offerings, including initial public offerings, issuer bids, rights offerings and other equity offerings and debt offerings
  • Public issuers on short form and long form prospectus offerings as well as offering memorandum and other exempt market offerings

Regulatory and Compliance

  • Public issuers in respect of preparation of continuous disclosure documents, circulars and associated compliance requirements
  • Securities dealers, funds and other registrants in respect of registration, compliance and ongoing securities law obligations
  • Regulatory matters under medical and adult-use (recreational) cannabis legislation (including: former Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR); Narcotic Control Regulations; Cannabis Act; and provincial regulations in respect of retail cannabis entities
  • Licencing and regulatory matters in respect of cannabis cultivators (including traditional licenced producers and micro-cultivators), extraction and processing of cannabis, and retail cannabis operations
  • Matters in respect of cannabis cross-border regulatory issues
  • Issuers in respect of obligations under anti-money laundering legislation, the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorism Financing Act (PCMLTFA) and the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC)