Aaron Baer

Partner* Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 2014
*Practising as a professional corporation

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.

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. In 2018, Aaron was seconded to Diligen, a leading AI contract review company based in Toronto. Aaron is an active member of the firm's Technology Advisory Committee. 

As a member of the firm's Privacy & Data Security Group, Aaron regularly acts for startups and established Canadian businesses with respect to privacy matters. 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. 

Awards & Recognition

  • Legal Influencer Award (Future of Legal Services - Canada), Lexology, Q3 2019
  • Legal Influencer Award (Telecommunications, Media and Technology (TMT) Law), Lexology, Q3 2018
  • 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

Membership

  • Canadian/Ontario Bar Association
  • International Legal Technology Association (ILTA)

Representative Matters

Represented 1Password in the completion of a US$200 million Series A Round led by Accel, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm. The investment provides Accel with a minority, non-controlling interest in 1Password and marks one of the largest Series A rounds ever raised by a Canadian tech company.

Represented Baylin Technologies Inc. (TSX:BYL), a diversified leading global wireless technology management company, in the completion of a $40.25 million bought deal public offering of subscription receipts and 6.5% extendible convertible unsecured debentures and the related acquisition of Alga Microwave Inc.

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.

 

Selected Speaking Engagements

“Rethinking the Shape, Scope and Trajectory of the Legal Career,” Canadian Legal Innovation Forum, March 5, 2020.

“Privacy Law Panel,” Osgoode Hall Law School, October 21, 2019.

“Doing Business in Canada,” Marseille in Canada 2019, July 8, 2019.

“Privacy and Cyber Security Risks and Liabilities,” The Six-Minute Business Lawyer 2019, June 12, 2019.

“Adoption of Legal Tech: A Big Law Perspective,” Lawyer 2.0 - The Future of Legal Practice, Queen's University, November 17, 2018.

“Legal Innovation: What's Here, What's Near and What's Further Away,” Aird & Berlis Technology Webinar, June 7, 2018.

“The Power of Blockchain in Business,” Aird & Berlis Technology Webinar, April 25, 2018.

Insights

Insights TheSpotlight Feb 21, 2020 Boosting the Rate of Technology Adoption
Insights TheSpotlight Jun 06, 2019 Legal Tech and the Changing Legal Services Industry Weekly Update - June 6
Insights TheSpotlight Jun 08, 2018 Legal Tech and the Changing Legal Services Industry Weekly Update - June 8
Insights TheSpotlight May 29, 2018 Legal Tech and the Changing Legal Services Industry Weekly Update - May 29
Insights TheSpotlight May 22, 2018 Legal Tech and the Changing Legal Services Industry Weekly Update - May 22
Insights TheSpotlight May 16, 2018 Legal Tech and the Changing Legal Services Industry Weekly Update - May 15

Education

  • JD, University of Western Ontario, 2013
  • HBA, Richard Ivey School of Business, 2013
  • Student Exchange Program, National University of Singapore (NUS) Faculty of Law, 2012