Prentice Durbin

PartnerHarper Grey LLPCorporate and Private M&A

Prentice is a Partner with Harper Grey and co-chair of the firm's Business Law Group. Prentice's practice involves advising entrepreneurs at any stage, from start-up and early growth to established large-scale businesses, in a wide variety of corporate/commercial and securities issues. He focuses on stimulating creativity and growth, helping businesses thrive, and providing counsel, guidance and practical solutions to his clients.

Prentice is a Partner with Harper Grey and co-chair of the firm's Business Law Group. Prentice's practice involves advising entrepreneurs at any stage, from start-up and early growth to established large-scale businesses, in a wide variety of corporate/commercial and securities issues. He focuses on stimulating creativity and growth, helping businesses thrive, and providing counsel, guidance and practical solutions to his clients.

Creativity and Growth
Prentice offers new and existing businesses with creative approaches to dealing with their legal issues. Whether Prentice is advising a client in the early or growth stages or in forming an exit strategy, he understands how to assist clients to achieve their goals. Prentice serves as counsel to both investors and issuers in both the private and public sectors, advising on a wide range of securities and corporate/commercial issues.

Helping Businesses Thrive
Prentice assists clients in a sound and practical way to help them reach their business goals. He understands business operations, and service expectations. His work includes:

  • Business entity formation and structuring
  • Shareholders' Agreements
  • Venture capital and private equity financing
  • Public offerings and private placements
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Joint ventures and partnerships
  • Business purchases and sales
  • Contracts with suppliers, distributors and customers
  • Licensing and intellectual property agreements
  • Compensation and equity incentive plans

Counselor and Business Professional
Prior to practising law, Prentice spent more than five years in the private sector as a corporate professional. His experience ranged from marketing and investor relations, to financing/structuring transactions, to risk analysis and management. Prentice advises his clients with a full repertoire and understanding of stakeholder demands.

Practical Solutions for Complicated Markets
Prentice is known for his practical approach to the law. His experience and reputation help his clients make sound choices. Prentice offers clients an understanding of the operations and challenges specific to a variety of commercial industries and environments, particularly in the technology sector. His clients regularly turn to him as they seek and pursue new business endeavours.

Education

  • University of British Columbia, LL.B., 2005
  • University of British Columbia, M.B.A., 2005
  • University of New Brunswick, B.A. (with distinction), 1997

Bar Admission

  • British Columbia, 2006

Experience

  • $1.3B sale of diagnostics business
  • $100M bought-deal equity financing
  • $23M bought-deal equity financing
  • $40M sale of BC-based technology company
  • $4M US Venture Capital financing
  • $5M US Venture Capital financing
  • $10M bought-deal equity financing
  • $10M sale of SaaS business to US private equity firm

Associations

  • Chair, St. George’s School Foundation
  • Director, St. George’s School Society
  • Member, The Law Society of British Columbia
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association (CBA) - BC Branch
  • Member, Vancouver Bar Association (VBA)
  • Mentor, University of Victoria Business Law Clinic

Awards & Honours

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® in Canada 2017-2018 as a “Leading Lawyer” in the area of Corporate Law.
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® in Canada 2018 as a “Leading Lawyer” in the area of Mergers & Acquisitions.