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Capital Raising and M&A in Life Sciences

Fasken combines respected securities law experience with life sciences acumen to bring unique value to our clients who want to cost-effectively raise capital and complete deals that advance their goals.
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Life sciences deal activity and capital-raising strategies have steadily increased as the industry adapts to meet changing market and regulatory demands.

For emerging private companies, we help in the initial rounds of financing, including guidance through due diligence, refinement of governance and capital structure, preparation of subscription and offering materials, and negotiation of shareholder or other agreements to govern relationships going forward.


For later stage companies, we facilitate initial public offerings and reverse take-over listings (including through the TSX-Venture Exchange capital pool program), additional offerings (such as standby equity distribution agreements) and dual listings. We also prepare prospectuses and filing statements and organize the clearance of filings with securities regulators and stock exchange listing committees.


We advise life sciences clients in their acquisitions and divestments of businesses or products. Our M&A team manages complex transactions in the life sciences space, whether friendly or contested, and is supported by one of the leading life sciences regulatory teams in Canada.


As cross-border investments and transactions become more complex, we rely on a trusted network of advisors across 47 countries.


We advise clients involved in all aspects of a transaction, including acquirers, targets, boards and their special committees, lenders, financial advisors, investors and key shareholders. We also represent some of the leading investment banks in Canada and Europe operating in the life sciences space. 


Read our publications, browse some of our recent life sciences work we’ve assisted with or contact any of our lawyers to learn more. 



Client Work

  • ATB Capital Markets Inc. leads private placement of units of The Cannabist Company Holdings Inc.,
  • A.G.P./Alliance Global Partners and ATB Capital Markets Inc. co-lead private placement of units of Canopy Growth,
  • Debiopharm Innovation Fund and Benchstrength co-lead a C$7.9 million seed funding round for Altis Labs Inc.,
  • Algernon Pharmaceuticals Inc. completes C$1.1 million rights offering,
  • Beacon Securities Limited and Canaccord Genuity Corp. co-lead underwriting syndicate in approximate C$42.5 million bought deal public offering and concurrent private placement for Quipt Home Medical Corp.,
  • LifeSpeak Inc. enters into C$15 million convertible loan with Beedie Investments Ltd.,
  • Research Capital Corporation to agent announced C$5 million at-the market offering for Algernon Pharmaceuticals Inc.,
  • Edesa Biotech Inc. closes US$3 million private placement,
  • Exzell Pharma Inc. announces its sale to Biolab Pharma Ltd.,


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