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Aaron Baer

Associate Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 2014

With a strong education and background in business, Aaron brings a sensibility for framing his corporate/commercial legal advice from the perspective of a business professional. The underlying question that consistently guides his work is whether he is adding value to his clients and furthering their business objectives.

Aaron practices corporate and commercial law with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, and regulatory matters for private and public companies.

As a member of the firm's Privacy & Data Security Team, Aaron regularly acts for startups, established Canadian businesses, and international organizations to prepare privacy policies, terms of use, and mobile app licensing agreements. In April 2017, Aaron provided submissions to the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics with respect to its study of PIPEDA. Aaron is a key contributor to The Spotlight, which publishes legal commentary on privacy/data security developments.

Aaron has a keen interest in legal technology and has played a leading role in the firm’s adoption of artificial intelligence, legal project management, and data analytics tools that are transforming the practice of law. 

Awards & Recognition

  • Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP Award, 2012
  • McMillan LLP Award, 2011
  • Borden Ladner Gervais Professional Excellence Award, 2011
  • Fasken Martineau Dumoulin LLP Award, 2011
  • Canada Law Book Limited Prize, 2011
  • UWO Faculty Association Scholarship, 2011 
  • Millennium Scholarship Provincial Excellence Award, 2007-2011
  • Dean of Law Entrance Scholarship, 2010
  • Ivey Emco Scholarship, 2009
  • Ivey Plan for Excellence Scholarship, 2009
  • HBA Ivey IPO Award, 2009
  • UWO Excellence in Leadership Award, 2009 

Professional Involvement

Memberships

  • Canadian/Ontario Bar Association

Representative Matters

Acted on behalf of Shahid Khan in his purchase of the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto. The purchase represents the largest single-asset price-per-room hotel transaction in Canadian history. Through various family holdings, Mr Khan took immediate ownership of the hotel, which will continue to be managed by Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. 

Acted for Sobeys on regulatory compliance issues regarding the 2013 acquisition of Canada Safeway for a cash purchase price of $5.8 billion.

Acted for PCL Constructors Canada Inc. on the McMaster Children’s Health Centre P3 Project. 

Acted for PCL Constructors Canada Inc. on the Regina Stadium P3 Project.

 

Insights

Insights TheSpotlight Jul 21, 2017 With All Eyes Turned to CASL, is Anyone Paying Attention to GDPR? With Less Than 1 Year Before GDPR Takes Effect, Make Sure Your Organization is Ready
Insights TheSpotlight Jul 13, 2017 Protection of Rights in Canada and International Comity Supreme Court of Canada Plants its Flag Down
Insights TheSpotlight Jul 10, 2017 Cyber Security, Risk, Response and Cyber Insurance

Education

  • JD, University of Western Ontario, 2013
  • HBA, Richard Ivey School of Business, 2013