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Liam Tracey-Raymont

Associate Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 2016

Liam is a driven and forward-thinking corporate lawyer, with a passion for helping public and private companies and investors achieve their growth objectives. He endeavors to look beyond the immediate focus of a transaction in order to provide clients with advice from a broad perspective.  

Liam is a member of the firm's Capital Markets Group. His practice focuses on corporate finance, securities law, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate and commercial activities. He has been involved in a variety of transactions and often advises on matters, such as company formation, shareholder agreements, private placements, disclosure and capital markets regulation.

Liam has also contributed to startupsource.ca, an award-winning blog focused on providing emerging growth companies with information and news related to venture capital and the startup space.

Liam joined Aird & Berlis as an associate after summering and articling with the firm.

Awards & Recognition

  • David Sabbath Prize in Tort Law (Queen’s Law)

Professional Involvement

Memberships

  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association

Representative Matters

Represented Alumina Partners LLC in connection with its $5 million investment facility with Alliance Growers Corp. (CSE: ACG) involving numerous private placements of common shares and common share purchase warrants of THC. Based in Vancouver, B.C., ACG is a diversified cannabis company focused on ACMPR investments and the supply and distribution of CBD oil.

Represented Alumina Partners LLC in connection with its $12 million investment facility with THC BioMed Intl Ltd. (CSE: THC) involving numerous private placements of common shares and common share purchase warrants of THC. Based in Kelowna, B.C., THC is an authorized licensed producer and seller of dried marijuana and cannabis oils for medical purposes.

Represented Alumina Partners LLC in connection with its $6 million investment facility with Naturally Splendid Enterprises Ltd. (TSX-V: NSP) involving private placements of common shares and common share purchase warrants of NSP. Based in Pitt Meadows, B.C., NSP is a biotechnology and consumer products company that is developing, producing, commercializing and licensing a new generation of plant-derived, bioactive ingredients, nutrient dense foods and related products involving hemp and non-psychoactive cannabinoid compounds.

Acted as Canadian counsel on behalf of SS&C Technologies Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: SSNC), a leading U.S. cloud-based provider of services and software for the global financial services industry, in connection with the acquisition of Commonwealth Fund Services Ltd. by SSNC’s wholly-owned Canadian subsidiary, SS&C Fund Administration Company. Commonwealth Fund Services Ltd. is a privately-held, Toronto-based, fund administrator servicing over $8 billion in assets held by client hedge funds, private equity funds, real estate funds, fund of funds, family offices and other institutions.

Represented Allied Properties Real Estate Investment Trust, a leading owner, manager and developer of urban office environments operating in Canada’s major cities, in connection with its $200 million public offering of 3.636% series C senior unsecured debentures in April 2017.

Represented Alumina Partners LLC, a New York-based private equity firm, in connection with its USD $10 million investment facility with GeneNews Limited (TSX: GEN) involving numerous private placements of structured, unsecured convertible notes of GeneNews. GeneNews is a medical diagnostics company focused on developing and commercializing molecular diagnostic tests for early detection of diseases with a primary focus on cancer-related indications.

Represented Alumina Partners LLC in connection with its $5 million investment facility with Abattis Bioceuticals Corp. (CSE: ATT) involving numerous private placements of common shares and common share purchase warrants of Abattis. Based in Vancouver B.C., Abattis aggregates, integrates and invests in agricultural technology and biotechnology services for the emerging cannabis industry in Canada.

Represents Retailcommon Inc., a private, Toronto-based social shopping services provider that serves more than 6,000 retail locations and over 20 million customers in Canada, the United States and Europe.

Represented Prospect Capital Management LP in connection with an add-on share acquisition of the business carried on as ‘Holsag Canada’ by Prospect’s controlled portfolio company Mity, Inc. The acquired business is a leading provider of multipurpose room furniture and specialty seating.

Represented XYPRO Technology Corporation, a leading data security and encryption firm located in southern California, in connection with its acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding equity of Merlon Software Corporation (the “Merlon Acquisition”), a Canadian software developer and licensing company based in the Greater Toronto Area. The Merlon Acquisition was financed through an initial all-cash payment and the issuance of a promissory note to the vendors payable over the course of five years.

Acted for GreenSpace Brands Inc. (TSXV: JTR) (“GreenSpace”), a developer, marketer and seller of premium natural food products, in its acquisition of Central Roast Inc., a manufacturer and distributer of all-natural healthy snacks, for $10.75 million, payable by way of cash, debt and equity. The acquisition has been completed in two stages, with the first 70% being acquired on closing and the second 30% being acquired 13 months following closing.

Acted for Trevali Mining Corporation (TSX: TV), as Canadian counsel, in connection with its 2016, $8.4 million, supplemental note indenture and subsequent amendments thereto.

Acted for Transeastern Power Trust (TSX: TEP.un and TEP.db) in connection with its 2016 private placement of Units, comprised of one trust unit in the capital of Transeastern Power Trust and one trust unit purchase warrant.

Selected Publications

Co-author with Daniel Everall, “OSC Hits Pause, and Potentially Rewinds, Eco Oro’s Share Issuance,” Lexology, May 2017.

Co-author, “Canadian Chapter,” Securities Finance, published by Getting the Deal Through, 2017.

Co-author with Daniel Everall, “Securities Regulators Evaluate Private Placements as Defensive Tactics Under the New Take-over Bid Regime,” Corporate Securities and Finance Law Report, February 2017.

Contributor, Canadian Chapter, "The marketing and advertising of legal services," Business Development: A Practical Handbook for Lawyers, published by Globe Law and Business Ltd. for the International Bar Association, 2016.

Contributor and researcher with Martin Kovnats, Jeffrey Merk and Andrew Magnus, "Proposal for Bringing ULCs to Ontario," Corporate Financing, Volume XX, No. 2, October 2015.

Co-author with Rebecca Kacaba, “Top Six Sources of Government Funding/Grants For Statups in Ontario,” StartupSource Newsletter, November 2015.

Co-author with Mat Goldstein, “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Bitcoin – But Were Afraid to Ask,” Aird & Berlis LLP Collateral Matters Newsletter, September 2014.

Education

  • JD, Queens University, 2015
  • BA (Hons.), McGill University, 2012