Managing Lawyer, Co-Founder
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Jim Mutter - Managing Lawyer, Co-Founder
Our team is led by Jim Mutter. Jim is a senior corporate commercial lawyer, trusted advisor and a seasoned business executive. Jim was previously a partner at Fasken Martineau LLP, where he helped establish one of the largest technology law practices in Vancouver. Jim is also a co-founder of a venture backed (now relocated to Boston USA) network intelligence software company.
Jim has been recognized in Martindale-Hubbell as a top business lawyer in Canada with a BV Peer Review Rating and has been recognized in Best Lawyers Canada in the area of Corporate Commercial Law.
Jim is the former President of the Premier's Technology Council which was established to inform the Premier of BC on all technology related issues and to advise government on how to make British Columbia a global magnet for high-tech investment growth and job creation. Jim was a former member of the Board of Directors of the Pacific Carbon Trust, a crown corporation established to deliver BC based green gas off-sets and carbon credits. Jim has also sat on a number of public and private company boards including Vecima Networks Inc. (TSX:VCM) and QHR Technolgies Inc. (TSX-V:QHR) where he chaired the Compensation and Corporate Governance Committees. Jim has previously been a member on a number of not-for-profit Boards including Quantum Networks – an NSERC-funded Innovation Platform out of the University of Waterloo, DigiBC (Digital Media and Wireless Industry Association), Vancouver Enterprise Forum and the BC Technology Industry Association. Jim has also been a guest instructor for the Professional Legal Training Course for the Law Society of British Columbia and has been a contributing author for prior editions of the BC Company Law Practice Manual as well as an adjunct law professor at the University of British Columbia.
Jim is a much sought after guest speaker and lecturer and serves as an advisor and mentor to a number of established and emerging businesses.
Jim has extensive experience assisting his clients with mergers and acquisitions, fund creation and venture capital financing in a range of industries with a focus on emerging technology companies. Jim has been involved in the structuring and creation of a number of top-tier investment funds and has assisted those funds in the investment and acquisition of portfolio companies. Other areas of practice include complex corporate structuring, corporate finance, corporate governance and corporate strategy, set up of Eligible Business Corporations and Venture Capital Corporations which offer tax credit incentives under the Small Business Venture Capital Act administered by the Province of British Columbia. Jim assists his clients with business formation (BC Incorporations, Unlimited Liability Companies, Federal Incorporations, Extraprovincial Registrations, Cross-Border Registrations, Limited Partnerships, VCCs, Business Name Registrations), blockchain, cryptocurrency, hardware and software licencing agreements, technology transfer, joint venture agreements and financing arrangements for debt and equity transactions. Other areas of practice include non-disclosure and non-circumvention agreements, internet and website agreements, privacy regulations, manufacturing, distribution, licensing and acquisition agreements, research and development agreements, share and asset purchase agreements, letters of intent, memorandums of understanding for a range of industries, and assistance with Requests For Proposals process and submissions.
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