Lawyer Profile Detail
AREA OF EXPERTISE
A partner in the firm’s Business Law Group, Lara is a pragmatic and solutions-oriented lawyer who is focused on delivering results. As head of the National Retail and Consumer Markets Group, Lara is Canada’s leading lawyer in the sector, building a full-service, cross-practice industry group that is made to seamlessly support clients with both game changing and day-to-day issues.
Lara’s vision for her clients’ businesses, based on a thorough understanding of their challenges and opportunities, is a hallmark of her practice, with the end-goal being helping them achieve that vision.
As a leading lawyer in retail and consumer markets transactions, Lara is a trusted advisor to consumer-facing companies looking to establish or grow in the Canadian market. She advises global companies entering the Canadian market (whether through M&A, e-commerce, bricks and mortar or a combination) on their market entry strategies and related legal issues.
She excels at negotiating mergers and acquisitions as well as corporate reorganizations and finance matters. A highly connected and influential lawyer in the field, Lara brings the benefit of her connections to bear for clients, introducing them to not only what, but who they need to know to achieve their goals. Practical in her approach, Lara provides well-informed guidance on entry strategies and legal issues, including securities law requirements, such as continuous disclosure and governance provisions.
Regarded as a skillful negotiator and steadfast client advocate, Lara has played an integral role in numerous high-profile transactions, including:
- Fairmont Raffles Hotels International’s US$2.6 billion sale to AccorHotels;
- Fyffes’ C$145 million acquisition of Highline Produce Limited;
- Canadian Tire Bank’s C$162 million sale of its mortgage portfolio to the National Bank of Canada; and
- Infrastructure Ontario’s C$514 million project to design, build and finance the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Athletes’ Village Project.
At the forefront of retail trends
With her deep sectoral knowledge, Lara is a sought-after expert in the retail, consumer products and hospitality transactions field, speaking regularly on corporate and securities law matters and on business and legal issues affecting consumer-facing businesses. Her appearances include the Retail Industry Leaders Association’s Retail Law Conference, the World Department Store Forum, Food and Consumer Products of Canada and our firm’s Annual Consumer Products & Retail Summit.
Lara has taught at Queen’s University Faculty of Law and The Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario.
With a long-time commitment to community service, Lara has served on the board of directors of local charitable groups. She received her LLB from Queen’s University in 2001.
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Transactions & Cases
Corby Spirit and Wine acquires The Foreign Affair Winery
AccorHotels acquires three iconic hotel brands - Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel
Leon's completes C$700 million acquisition of The Brick
Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings completes US$654.9 million acquisition of Qualicaps
Corby Distilleries completes C$7.3 million sale of Canadian rights to Seagram Coolers to Brick Brewing
BIOX Coporation announces completion of C$47.6 million amalgamation with JJR IV Acquisition Inc.
Canadian Tire Bank completes C$162 million sale of mortgage portfolio to National Bank of Canada
Bridgepoint Health Redevelopment project reaches financial close
First Quantum Minerals completes C$345 million overnight marketed public offering
Chr. Hansen completes acquisition of Urex Biotech