Peterson McVicar LLP is a boutique law firm specializing in securities law.

Extensive experience in the junior public markets with all aspects of:

  • prospectus financings
  • private placements
  • mergers and acquisitions

Clients of the firm are listed companies on the Toronto Stock Exchange, the TSX Venture Exchange and U.S. Stock Exchanges. The practice of Peterson McVicar is heavily concentrated on the mining sector and we have particular expertise in organizing pre-IPO enterprises and advising on the going public process.

Our team is comprised of lawyers who focus primarily on securities law matters

DENNIS PETERSON

SENIOR PARTNER

Dennis Peterson formed Peterson Law (now Peterson McVicar LLP) in 1995 which primarily focuses on securities and corporate finance law.  Dennis is an established lawyer in the area of small cap mining and natural resources law in Toronto. Dennis has extensive experience with public resource companies, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions, and practises exclusively in this area.

Dennis is also the author and co-editor of Shareholders Remedies in Canada published by Butterworts.

Call to the bar: Ontario, 1988

Education
• LL.B., University of Toronto, 1986
• B.Comm. (Hons.), Queen’s University, 1983

Associations
• Canadian Bar Association
• Ontario Bar Association

JAMES McVICAR

SENIOR PARTNER

For over 20 years James has been partnering with emerging and established clients to help them succeed. He regularly assists clients in public and private financings, mergers and acquisitions, on-going reporting and corporate governance. He frequently advises natural resources companies on commercial matters, project acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures, option agreements and royalty agreements. James spent close to three years as legal counsel in the Corporate Finance Branch of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) and recently completed a two-year term with the OSC’s Securities Advisory Committee. The Committee provides advice to the OSC on a variety of matters, including legislative and policy initiatives and important capital markets trends. James currently sits on the Securities Committee of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada.

James has been recommended by The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2014-2016) as one of Canada’s leading lawyers in the area of Mining Law and is recognized by The Legal 500 Canada in the area of Energy – Mining (2015, 2016) and by Chambers Global in the area of Latin America – Mining (2016).

Call to the bar: Ontario, 1996

Education
• LL.B., University of Alberta, 1994
• B.Sc. (Hons), Queen’s University, 1989

Associations
• Colegio de Abogados de Minas y Petróleos (Colombia)
• Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada
• Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation

ANDREY SHAMIS

ASSOCIATE

Andrey Shamis joined Peterson McVicar LLP as an associate in 2016. After completing his articles with a global full-service firm in Toronto, Andrey worked as a lawyer editor for a leading publishing house specializing in the publication of legislation and authoritative commentary in areas of securities, banking, personal property security and insolvency. Andrey practices in the field of corporate law and securities and has experience in private mergers and acquisitions, public and private offerings, regulatory compliance, continuous disclosure and corporate governance.

During his articles Andrey was seconded to Toronto Hydro’s legal department, where he acquired valuable experience working on a variety of corporate and commercial matters.

Call to the bar: Ontario, 2015

Education
• J.D., Osgoode Hall Law School
• M.A. Dalhousie University
• B.A. (Hons.), York University

PETER GEORGAS

ASSOCIATE

Peter Georgas joined Peterson McVicar LLP as an associate in 2018 after working for a cryptocurrency-based investment fund. Peter’s practice focuses on corporate law, finance, and securities law.

Peter completed his articles with an international full-service firm in Toronto. During his articling term, he completed rotations in business law and intellectual property, and was seconded to a major financial institution where he worked extensively with the wealth management team.

Call to the bar: Ontario, 2017

Education

  • J.D./M.B.A., University of Toronto
  • M.A.Sc., University of British Columbia
  • B.Eng., Queen’s University

Associations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association

JONATHAN CLARK

ASSOCIATE

Jonathan Clark joined Peterson McVicar LLP as an articling student in 2017. His current work as an associate involves reverse takeover transactions, financings, regulatory compliance, researching emerging sector trends and other corporate matters.

Prior to joining Peterson McVicar LLP, Jonathan was a teacher and entrepreneur. During his time at Osgoode Hall, Jonathan specialized in corporate and international law. His areas of interest and experience include corporate and securities law, gaming law, and the influence of legal concepts on human rights.

Call to the bar: Ontario, 2018

Education

• J.D. Osgoode Hall Law School
• M.A. York University
• B.A. (Hons.), Dalhousie University

DOMENIC D’ARGENTO

ARTICLING STUDENT

Domenic D’Argento joined Peterson McVicar LLP as an articling student in 2018. His current work as an articling student involves assisting on private equity offerings, assisting on initial public offerings, and providing guidance to clients regarding good corporate governance practices.

Prior to joining the law firm, Domenic worked as a CNC machinist. During his time at Osgoode Hall, Domenic specialized in corporate and securities law. He was also a student caseworker for the Osgoode Venture Capital Clinical Project, where he helped provide legal services to early stage entrepreneurial ventures in the financing and equity structuring stages of growth.

Education
• J.D. Osgoode Hall Law School
• M.B.A. Schulich School of Business
• B.B.A. Schulich School of Business

TAYLOR DIGNAN

ARTICLING STUDENT

Taylor Dignan joined Peterson McVicar LLP as an articling student in 2018. His current work as an articling student involves assisting on private equity offerings, assisting clients meet their continuous disclosure obligations, providing guidance to clients regarding their corporate governance practices, and researching and writing articles on emergent trends in North American securities law.

Prior to joining the law firm, Taylor worked in the trade branch of Global Affairs Canada, helping negotiate, among others, the Canada-EU, Canada-Japan, and Canada-India free trade agreements. During his time at University of Victoria, Taylor was recognized for his outstanding achievement in securities regulation and articled at a  public-interest law firm associated with the University. His areas of interest and experience include securities law, international trade law, anti-money laundering law, criminal law and the regulation of cryptocurrencies.

Education
• J.D. University of Victoria
• B.Soc.sci (Hons.) University of Ottawa

EMILIA SADOWSKI

OFFICE MANAGER

DONNA MCCLEARY

LEGAL ASSISTANT

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