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Aarondeep (Aaron) S. Bains

Associate Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 2015

With an international background and hands-on business experience, Aaron provides practical and strategic advice to a broad range of domestic and international clients. Aaron is a natural problem-solver who uses a personal approach to gain a comprehensive understanding of his clients’ needs. He has a keen eye for strategy and works with his clients to structure their transactions accordingly. When possible, Aaron leverages his network to help clients with their local and international legal and business needs, including connecting clients to investors and local counsel. 

Aaron is a member of the firm’s Capital Markets Group and Venture Finance Group. He practices corporate law with an emphasis on debt and equity financing and domestic and international M&A. On financing matters, Aaron regularly advises U.S. and Canadian banks on local and cross-border lending transactions and Canadian borrowers, including start-up and FinTech companies. On M&A transactions, Aaron serves a broad range of the firm’s clients, including, strategic/financial buyers, family offices and retiring or otherwise divesting sellers. Aaron also works with the corporate regulatory group at Aird & Berlis to provide advice on competition and foreign investment law issues that arise on certain mergers and acquisitions. Aaron’s broad range of client experience allows him to see issues from all sides of a deal and provide effective solutions to meet the clients’ needs. 

Aaron summered and articled at Aird & Berlis and joined the firm as an associate in 2015.

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Professional Involvement

Professional Activities

  • President, South Asian Bar Association of Toronto
  • Regional Advisor, World Sikh Organization
  • Member, JusticeNet's Advisory Board
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association Equality Committee
  • Member, Program Advisory Committee for the proposed law school at Ryerson University
  • Board Member, Canadian International Council - Toronto Branch
  • Executive Committee Member, Breakfast of Champions Charity for SickKids Hospital
  • Committee of Management, The St. George’s Society of Toronto


  • Canadian Council on International Law
  • Canadian International Council
  • Canadian/Ontario Bar Association
  • South Asian Bar Association of Toronto

Representative Matters

Represented  Launchlife International Inc., a North American private career college operator and franchisor, on a management buyout. Simultaneously with the management buyout, advised Launchlife on the closing of a financing and assisted with the acquisition of Pitman Training Group Limited, a United Kingdom-based operator and franchisor of career colleges. 

Represented Morgan Stanley in Canada in connection with a US$143 million private placement of Senior Secured Notes of Ironshore Pharmaceuticals & Development, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Highland Therapeutics Inc.

Represented the controlling shareholder of Bullfrog Power in its acquisition by Spark Power Corp.

Represented a family office in the acquisition of a North American furniture and cabinet design and manufacturing company. The target corporation had operations in Ontario, Illinois, Indiana and North Carolina. The purchase involved the simultaneous closing of a credit facility with a major Canadian bank, which included a term loan and multiple asset based revolving credit facilities. 

Represented a purchaser in the acquisition of a privately-held regional lumber company. The transaction involved the simultaneous closing of a large credit facility with a major Canadian bank, which included a term loan and an asset based revolving credit facility. 

Represented a large Canadian FinTech company in connection with the replacement and increase of its existing credit facility with a New York-based private equity fund.

Represented Trevali Mining Corporation (TSX:TV) in connection with the acquisition of a portfolio of zinc assets, including an 80% interest in the Rosh Pinah mine in Namibia and a 90% interest in the Perkoa mine in Burkina Faso, for an aggregate purchase price of US$417.86 million. 

Represented Morgan Stanley in Canada in connection with a US$200 million private placement of 13% Senior Secured Notes of Ironshore Pharmaceuticals & Development, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Highland Therapeutics Inc.  

Acted for shareholders of Fleetwood Metal Industries Inc., a successful Tier 1 automotive metal stamping, welding and assembly business with facilities in Ontario and Alabama, recently announced the completion of its sale to Milestone Partners, a U.S.-based private equity firm.

Selected Speaking Engagements

Presenter,  “How & Why We Fight. Citizens in the Space of Protest,” Democracy Xchange, January 2019.


Insights StartupSource Mar 20, 2018 Aird & Berlis Assisting DDQIC Ventures with Strategic Legal and Business Counsel Partnership to enhance legal resources for startups


  • LLM International and European Business Law, Université Jean Moulin, 2014
  • JD, Queen’s University Faculty of Law, 2014
  • International Business Law Certificate, Bader International Study Centre, U.K., 2012
  • BA (Political Science), University of British Columbia, 2011
  • International Relations Certificate (Hons.), Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris, 2010