Laurance J. Yakimowski, Q.C.

Partner

Practice Areas

Business, Business Advice, Commercial Finance, Commercial Property, Commercial Transactions, Corporate, Land & Resources, Securities

Contact

P: 306.525.7214 F: 306.359.0590


 

Office

Regina

Laurance Yakimowski has extensive professional experience providing strategic counsel and advice to commercial and corporate clients in a diverse range of commercial law related matters, with a special emphasis on corporate, securities, commercial real estate, financing and secured transaction laws.

Laurance serves clients in a range of industries including agricultural products, automotive, financial services, food, industrial equipment, manufacturing and processing and real estate.

Laurance is particularly knowledgeable on the process and legal strategies for financing entities and projects, structuring transactions, implementing internal tax oriented capital reorganizations and acquiring and selling businesses and business related interests and assets. Laurance also has valuable experience in negotiating and constructing a wide range of commercial agreements for buyers, sellers, investors, lenders and lessors.

Laurance is regularly consulted on securities law matters. He recently acted as special counsel in relation to a secondary offering arising from a significant privatization. Laurance acts as agent counsel for issuers, underwriters, selling shareholders and investors in public offerings and private placements, and in advising on securities regulation in the Province of Saskatchewan and interfacing with Saskatchewan Securities Regulator, the Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority.

Laurance has been involved in many commercial real estate and financing transactions. He has provided counsel in negotiating and completing sale and purchase transactions and loan transactions and is experienced in structuring loan agreements, sale and purchase agreements, security and mortgage agreements and in effecting real property and personal property public registry registrations.


Within Kanuka Thuringer LLP, Laurance has held management responsibilities, including terms on the firm’s management team.


Memberships

  • Member of the Canadian Bar Association
  • Member of the Saskatchewan Law Society
  • Member of the Canadian Tax Foundation

Recognition and Appointments

  • Appointed by Minister of Justice as Queen’s Counsel (2012)
  • “Best Lawyers in Canada” - Recognized as leading lawyer in the areas of Corporate Law and Securities Law (2012-2020)

Education

  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Saskatchewan (1976)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)(Distinction), University of Saskatchewan (1973)
  • Admitted to Saskatchewan Bar (1977)

Community Activities

  • Director of Emmett Mooney Foundation (private foundation) (1996-present)
  • Director/Chairman of John Paul II Adult Education Centre (1999-present)
  • Director of Saskatchewan Express (2004-2007)
  • Director of Santa Maria Long Term Care facility (2003-2006)
  • Director/Chair of Martha House (private care home) (1993-2004)
  • Director of Regina Chamber of Commerce (1994-1999)
  • President of Regina Chamber of Commerce (1998-1999)
  • Director of Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce (1994-1999)
  • Director of Junior Achievement Saskatchewan (1989-1992)
  • Director/Vice-Chair of Board of Regents of Campion College (federated college of University of Regina) (1984-1988)

Publications and Presentations

    Laurance has prepared papers and spoken at conferences through the course of his 35 years in the legal profession.  Activities have included the following:

  • 2010 - Participated in Canadian Bar Association Webinar Conference relating to International Financial Reporting Standards and changes affecting audit inquiry letters
  • 2010 - Participated as group leader in Saskatchewan Legal Education Society (“SKLESI”) sponsored seminar relating to Ethics and Conflicts of Interest for corporate/commercial lawyers
  • 2010 - Presented internal seminar on effect of national Harmonized Sales Tax (“HST”) on Saskatchewan based practice
  • 2010 - Participated in Saskatchewan Law Society Webinar Conference related to HST and impact on Saskatchewan legal profession
  • 2008 - Delivered presentation to Regina Branch of Canadian Bar Association related to “Solicitor’s Opinions”
  • 2007 - Co-authored and presented “Commercial Opinions” paper - Saskatchewan Legal Education Seminar
  • 2006 - Co-authored and presented “Shareholders Agreements - Exit Considerations” paper - Saskatchewan Legal Education Seminar

Some of Laurance’s significant projects have involved:

  • Acting as special counsel in relation to securities secondary offerings arising from significant privatization
  • Representing an international agricultural manufacturer in relation to the sale of commercial real estate holdings
  • Advising on the acquisition of commercial real estate facilities relating to international agricultural manufacturing facility
  • Representing various issuers as agent counsel in respect of prospectus-based public offerings in the Province of Saskatchewan in various industries including financial services, natural resources, mining, technology, gaming, pharmaceutical, telecommunications and health care enterprises
  • Representing various issuers as agent counsel in the Province of Saskatchewan in respect of private placement offerings in various industries
  • Advising with respect to loan and commercial real estate security held by US based asset lender
  • Representing seller in sale of automobile dealer assets
  • Representing purchaser in acquisition of petroleum products processing facilities
  • Acting on acquisition of automobile dealership interest and subsequent business combination of interests
  • Advising financial services sector entity in respect of capital reorganization
  • Representing supplier of human resources to mining operations
  • Servicing as trusted advisor to one of Canada’s largest consumer product distributors
  • Advising investor/shareholder groups with respect to investor/shareholder arrangements