David Shaw

PartnerDale & Lessmann LLPCorporate and Private M&A

David is a Partner and Business Lawyer in Dale & Lessmann LLP's Corporate and Commercial group. David’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, franchising and distribution arrangements, international and domestic joint ventures and reorganizations. His experience includes structuring and negotiating various complex commercial agreements, including share purchase, asset purchase, shareholder, partnership, joint venture, franchising, distribution, licensing, outsourcing, and service. He also provides legal advice relating to day-to-day commercial matters for public and private corporate clients.

David is a Partner and Business Lawyer in Dale & Lessmann LLP's Corporate and Commercial group. David’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, franchising and distribution arrangements, international and domestic joint ventures and reorganizations. His experience includes structuring and negotiating various complex commercial agreements, including share purchase, asset purchase, shareholder, partnership, joint venture, franchising, distribution, licensing, outsourcing, and service. He also provides legal advice relating to day-to-day commercial matters for public and private corporate clients.

David has co-ordinated a wide range of post-closing regulatory matters, as well as post-acquisition restructuring and rationalization to help clients effectively integrate recently acquired businesses.

He also regularly advises clients in a wide range of industries on franchise law matters, including the negotiation and preparation of master franchise agreements, area development agreements, single-unit franchise agreements, disclosure documents and related documentation, as well as advising and assisting clients with respect to system rebranding, regulatory compliance, franchise acquisitions and divestitures and terminations. David was selected for inclusion in the 2013, 2014 and 2015 editions of Best Lawyers in Canada in the practice area of Franchise Law. He was also recognized as a recommended practitioner of franchising law in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014.

Education

  • University of Toronto, M.B.A., 2000
  • University of Toronto, LL.B., 2000
  • McGill University, B.A. (Hons.), 1993

Bar Admission

  • Ontario, 2002

Experience

  • Belron, owners of the Apple Auto Glass® and Speedy Glass® franchise systems, and other franchised businesses in Canada and internationally, in relation to the positioning of franchise systems and franchise locations, regulatory compliance and the preparation of franchise documentation
  • Ericsson Canada in connection with its acquisition of BelAir Networks, ConceptWave Software and Telcocell
  • Rockstar Bidco, a consortium of technology companies including, and Ericsson in the $4.5 billion USD purchase at auction of Nortel Networks' portfolio of over 6,000 patents
  • Ericsson in its $1.13 billion USD acquisition of Nortel's CDMA and LTE businesses, its $70 million USD acquisition of Nortel's North American GSM business, and in its $65 million USD acquisition of Nortel's multi-service switch (Passport) business
  • Major League Soccer in connection with its Vancouver and Montréal expansion
  • Global Banking Corporation on its proposed acquisition of an 11% stake in S Tel, India, a joint venture telecom company established between Batelco (Bahrain) and the Siva Group (India)
  • Infor Global Solutions in connection with its acquisition of Workbrain Corporation through a plan of arrangement
  • Labatt Brewing in connection with its acquisition of Lakeport Brewing Income Fund through a public takeover bid

Associations

  • Executive, Franchise Law Section, Ontario Bar Association
  • Canadian Franchise Association (including the Legal and Legislative Affairs Committee and Legislation and Regulations Subcommittee)
  • Forum on Franchising, American Bar Association

Awards & Honours

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2014
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2013, 2014, 2015