The public venture markets in Canada are increasingly recognized as a unique ecosystem for supporting the ambitions of entrepreneurs and the success of early-stage public companies, but not all capital is good capital.
Today, we’re talking to Justin Kates, a partner of DuMoulin Black, where he is a securities lawyer. His practice is focused on advising companies through their growth curves on how to properly structure financings, and help execute M&A transactions.
It doesn’t matter what stage you are at in your company, a bad deal is a bad deal, and you need a trained eye on your team. The fact is, raising capital on bad terms can have immediate and long-term impacts on your business. That is where Justin comes in – to provide that balance, help you negotiate equitable terms, and ensure that you’re on the right side with the regulatory bodies that oversee raising capital in both private and public scenarios.
In this episode, we discuss a shared passion of ours: the unique market ecosystem we have of public venture capital. Many people do not realize that, in Canada, we have an outstanding public market ecosystem that enables early stage companies to access growth capital, and provide a path to graduate their businesses to larger stock exchanges, like the TSX or Nasdaq.
Justin talks us through some of these topics, as well as how to approach raising capital within our markets.