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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.

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, and he publishes a weekly newsletter on The Spotlight about legal tech developments. 

As a member of the firm's Privacy & Data Security Team, 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

  • 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 May 16, 2018 Legal Tech and the Changing Legal Services Industry Weekly Update - May 15
Insights TheSpotlight May 08, 2018 Legal Tech and the Changing Legal Services Industry Weekly Update - May 8
Insights TheSpotlight May 03, 2018 Legal Tech and the Changing Legal Services Industry Weekly Update - May 3
Insights TheSpotlight Apr 26, 2018 Legal Tech and the Changing Legal Services Industry Weekly Update - April 25
Insights TheSpotlight Apr 18, 2018 Legal Tech and the Changing Legal Services Industry Weekly Update - April 18
Insights TheSpotlight Apr 11, 2018 Legal Tech and the Changing Legal Services Industry Weekly Update - April 11
Insights TheSpotlight Apr 04, 2018 Legal Tech and the Changing Legal Services Industry Weekly Update - April 4
Insights TheSpotlight Mar 27, 2018 Legal Tech and the Changing Legal Services Industry Weekly Update - March 27
Insights TheSpotlight Mar 21, 2018 Legal Tech and the Changing Legal Services Industry Weekly Update - March 21
Insights TheSpotlight Mar 14, 2018 Legal Tech and the Changing Legal Services Industry Weekly Update - March 14
Insights TheSpotlight Mar 06, 2018 Legal Tech and the Changing Legal Services Industry Weekly Update - March 6
Insights TheSpotlight Feb 28, 2018 Legal Tech and the Changing Legal Services Industry Weekly Update - February 28
Insights TheSpotlight Feb 22, 2018 Legal Tech and the Changing Legal Services Industry Weekly Update - February 21

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