Joanna Dawson 

Joanna Dawson

Vancouver
Royal Centre, Suite 1500
1055 West Georgia Street, PO Box 11117
Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 4N7

t: 236.826.3019
e: joanna.dawson@mcmillan.ca

overview

Joanna is a senior associate in the Business Law Group and the Transportation Group in the firm's Vancouver office. She practices in the areas of corporate, commercial and maritime law. Joanna routinely advises companies in the marine industry and a wide range of other industries on general corporate and commercial matters, including mergers and acquisitions, sales and purchases of businesses and marine assets, business structuring and organization, corporate restructuring and reorganization, and preparation and negotiation of agreements and contracts.

Joanna’s clients turn to her for day-to-day advice on their company operations and appreciate her practical and business-minded legal advice. She brings to her practice a depth of knowledge in the marine and transportation sectors acquired through her experience in working with ferry operators, shippers, ship owners and charter parties, and ship builders, locally and internationally.

Representative Matters

Joanna represents clients in a variety of interests and matters, including:

  • Acted as Canadian counsel to a US bank in the financing of the acquisition of a large marine transportation service provider operating in the U.S. and Canada.
  • Represented a Canadian company in its acquisition of a water systems and services company.
  • Acted as Canadian counsel to HCI Equity Partners and AmerCare in the acquisition of a Canadian supplier of private label and branded disposable products to Canadian foodservice, retail, institutional and industrial markets and distributors.
  • Acted as Canadian counsel to West Fraser in connection with its US$430 million acquisition of six sawmills and a finger-jointing facility from the Howard Gilman Foundation and the cross-border financing in respect of its US$200 million term acquisition facility.
  • Acted as Canadian counsel to a leading company in the global maritime market
  • Counsel to a local marine services companies
  • Provided corporate, commercial, and transactional advice for businesses engaged in ship construction and systems integration, ownership, finance and management, port and terminal facilities
  • Represented numerous corporate clients with internal corporate reorganizations.

Publications

The Transport Finance Law Review – Edition 5
Applying the Nairobi International Convention in Canada: The Wrecked, Abandoned and Hazardous Vessels Act (Canada)
Amendments to the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 and Marine Liability Act
The Transport Finance Law Review – Edition 4
The Transport Finance Law Review

News

West Fraser Completes the Acquisition of Gilman Building Products
Business and Marine Law Lawyer Joanna Dawson joins McMillan's Vancouver Office

Education

  • University of British Columbia, J.D. - 2011

Year Of Call

  • Called to the British Columbia bar - 2012

Practices

acquisitions and divestitures
business law
mergers and acquisitions
business formation
corporate governance
negotiated transactions

Industries

marine
terminals
transportation

Directorships and Professional Associations

  • Law Society of British Columbia, Member
  • Canadian Bar Association, Member
  • The Canadian Maritime Law Association, Member
  • Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA), Secretary

Media Mentions

"Amendments to the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 and Marine Liability Act", HazMat, March 13, 2019 

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Joanna is a senior associate in the Business Law Group and the Transportation Group in the firm's Vancouver office. She practices in the areas of corporate, commercial and maritime law. Joanna routinely advises companies in the marine industry and a wide range of other industries on general corporate and commercial matters, including mergers and acquisitions, sales and purchases of businesses and marine assets, business structuring and organization, corporate restructuring and reorganization, and preparation and negotiation of agreements and contracts.

Joanna’s clients turn to her for day-to-day advice on their company operations and appreciate her practical and business-minded legal advice. She brings to her practice a depth of knowledge in the marine and transportation sectors acquired through her experience in working with ferry operators, shippers, ship owners and charter parties, and ship builders, locally and internationally.

Joanna represents clients in a variety of interests and matters, including:

  • Acted as Canadian counsel to a US bank in the financing of the acquisition of a large marine transportation service provider operating in the U.S. and Canada.
  • Represented a Canadian company in its acquisition of a water systems and services company.
  • Acted as Canadian counsel to HCI Equity Partners and AmerCare in the acquisition of a Canadian supplier of private label and branded disposable products to Canadian foodservice, retail, institutional and industrial markets and distributors.
  • Acted as Canadian counsel to West Fraser in connection with its US$430 million acquisition of six sawmills and a finger-jointing facility from the Howard Gilman Foundation and the cross-border financing in respect of its US$200 million term acquisition facility.
  • Acted as Canadian counsel to a leading company in the global maritime market
  • Counsel to a local marine services companies
  • Provided corporate, commercial, and transactional advice for businesses engaged in ship construction and systems integration, ownership, finance and management, port and terminal facilities
  • Represented numerous corporate clients with internal corporate reorganizations.