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Victor Liu is a partner at Goodmans. His practice focuses on public and private mergers and acquisitions as well as corporate finance. Victor’s practice also includes an emphasis on counselling early-stage private enterprises (in diverse industries including pharmaceutical, renewable energy, interactive media, health care and real estate) on their growth financings, shareholders agreements and governance, as well as strategic initiatives. As a member of the firm’s emerging business group, Victor volunteers as a “legal counsel in residence” at the DMZ at Ryerson University, one of Canada’s largest business incubators for emerging tech start-ups, providing legal advice and mentorship to some of Canada’s most promising start-ups.
Victor leads the cannabis practice group at Goodmans. True to Goodmans’ entrepreneurial focus, Victor has provided expert legal advice and service to enterprising pioneers in the cannabis industry since 2013, bringing clarity to the rapidly evolving legal and regulatory landscape and providing strategic guidance to their growth and success.
A sample of representative transactions includes representing:
- Mettrum Health, from its formation in 2013, through its growth to become one of the largest and most successful licensed producers of medical cannabis in Canada, culminating in its sale in early 2017 for approximately $430 million.
- CSL Capital Management, in the establishment of a pure-play North American land pressure pumping joint venture with Baker Hughes and Goldman Sachs’ merchant banking division.
- Gibraltar Growth Corporation, in its acquisition of LXR Luxury Products, the final successful Qualifying Acquisition of Canada’s “First Generation” SPACs.
- Birch Communications, a leading U.S. provider of communications, network and cloud services, in its first international expansion through the acquisition of select assets and customers of Primus Telecommunications.
- Golf Town Canada in its CCAA restructuring and sale to Fairfax Financial Holdings and funds managed by CI Investments.
- CJF Capital Partners, in connection with its equity and debt financing of a developer, owner and operator of clean energy storage assets, representing one of the first non-recourse funding facilities in the North American renewable energy storage industry.
- Co-op Atlantic, in its CCAA restructuring and the sale of (a) its corporate food and gas retail stores and wholesale assets to Sobeys, (b) its bulk fuel and wholesale business to CST Canada and (c) its agricultural business assets to La Coop Fédérée
- CML HealthCare in its $1.22 billion acquisition by LifeLabs and the concurrent multi-pronged divestiture of its diagnostic imaging business
- SkyPower in connection with its sale of 16 solar power projects to Canadian Solar and the ongoing development by SkyPower of international solar power projects
- Apax Partners in connection with its $700 million acquisition and bond financing of Trader Corporation’s automotive segment from Yellow Media
For eight months in 1999, Victor was seconded to Goodmans’ Hong Kong office, where he gained valuable insight and experience in China-related matters. Upon his return to Toronto, Victor has remained active in Toronto’s Canada/China business community. Since 2001, Victor has been on the board of directors of the Hong Kong-Canada Business Association (Toronto chapter).
Victor is a member of Goodmans’ Diversity & Inclusion Committee and is a frequent participant and panelist at Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers events and the annual Asian Canadian Law Students Conference.
Victor has been with Goodmans since 1998. He is fluent in Cantonese.
|Education|| University of Toronto (J.D., 1998)
Queen's University (B.A., 1995)
Law Society of Ontario
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