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Joanna Dawson is a respected corporate commercial lawyer known for her proven expertise in marine law and transportation law. She has extensive experience advising ferry operators, shippers, ship owners and charter parties, and shipbuilders, locally and internationally.

Clients in a range of industries, including private equity and the food, beverage and agribusiness sectors, appreciate Joanna’s practical and business-minded approach to providing general day-to-day advice, and guidance on mergers and acquisitions, sales and purchases of businesses and assets, business structuring and organization, as well as corporate restructuring and reorganization. She also assists in the preparation and negotiation of agreements and contracts.

Active in the business and legal communities, Joanna is a member of The Canadian Maritime Law Association (CLMA) and secretary of the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association Canada(WISTA).



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.

News


Media Mentions

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


Directorships & Affiliations

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

Education & Admissions

2012
Called to the British Columbia bar
2011
JDUniversity of British Columbia

Publications

Insights by Joanna Dawson (8 Posts)

A New Look for Corporate Social Responsibility: British Columbia Introduces the Benefit Company

Jun 5, 2020

An introduction to the new "benefit company" structure being introduced to the British Columbia Business Corporations Act.

May 1 Update: COVID 19: Temporary Relief of Corporate Requirements for Shareholder and Director Meetings

May 1, 2020

The provinces and federal government provide temporary measures to ease corporate compliance with legislative requirements and facilitate decision-making.

Update – British Columbia Business Corporations Act Transparency Register Requirements Extended to October 1, 2020

Apr 20, 2020

Update To The New Transparency Requirements: Private Companies in British Columbia Now Required To Collect And Disclose Shareholder Information

New Transparency Requirements: Private Companies in British Columbia Now Required to Collect and Disclose Shareholder Information

Jan 31, 2020

Amendments to British Columbia Business Corporations Act require all privately held companies to maintain transparency registers of all significant individuals.

Applying the Nairobi International Convention in Canada: The Wrecked, Abandoned and Hazardous Vessels Act (Canada)

Jun 7, 2019

The International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, 2007 will come into force in Canada under the Wrecked, Abandoned and Hazardous Vessels Act on Jul 30 2019

The Transport Finance Law Review – Edition 5

May 10, 2019

Canadian transportation policy is continuously evolving

Amendments to the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 and Marine Liability Act

Feb 13, 2019

On December 13, 2018, Bill C-86, A second Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on February 27, 2018 and other measures, otherwise known as the Budget Implementation Act was given royal assent.

The Transport Finance Law Review – Edition 4

Jun 4, 2018

The Canada chapter in Getting the Deal Through - Banking Regulation 2018 provides an overview of the regulations governing the banking industry in Canada