As a member of the Technology and Securities Group of Fasken’s Vancouver office, Geoff advises emerging companies and the investors that fund them in connection with early stage, venture capital, growth equity, private equity and M&A transactions.
Focusing on the technology sector, Geoff advises entrepreneurs, start-ups and venture-backed technology companies, from ideation through business organization, capital raising and exit.
Geoff provides a broad range of pragmatic legal advice at the business formation stage and continues to serve as the first point of contact for clients as the business matures, regularly working with them on matters relating to debt and equity financing, liquidity transactions, and day-to-day corporate law matters.
In addition, Geoff advises on complex commercial matters relating to information technology, including licensing and development, for business in a variety of industries.
Jeff Dennis acts as the firm’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence. A trusted advisor, Jeff works with high growth companies, providing strategic advice and financing.
Frequently working with start-ups, acquisition and financing for a variety of businesses, Jeff has assisted clients spanning a range of industries, including real estate, hospitality, film , insurance, cosmetics, franchising, high technology, alternative energy, investment management, medical software, online auctions, incentive marketing and employee motivation.
Co-founder of the Toronto Chapter of the Young Entrepreneurs Organization, now called the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO), Jeff has served in many leadership capacities for the organization, both nationally and internationally.
Through his association with EO and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Jeff created a seminar series called “Lessons from the Edge.” Through this series, which is the highest rated session at the annual EO conventions, entrepreneurs share their worst mistakes in business and the important lessons they learned. Jeff’s book Lessons from the Edge was inspired by this successful seminar series.
Jeff was also Profit Magazine’s “Entrepreneur in Residence,” and continues to write a blog on issues of interest to entrepreneurs.
A lawyer by training, Jeff is also a graduate of the “Birthing of Giants” executive education program of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A sought-after public speaker by both entrepreneurial groups and business schools, Jeff has traveled to countries including Thailand, India, Nepal, the U.S. and Canada to speak.
Vanessa specializes in data protection and information security law. She advises organizations on the operationalization of related concepts such as privacy and security by design.
She is a Certified Data Protection Officer (CDPO) with proven experience in assisting organizations with data protection legislation, such as the General Data Protection Regulation, and other standards affecting entities operating on a data-driven market. Vanessa helps organizations, in particular in the sector of emerging technologies, to manage legal risks relating to data in a preventive manner, allowing organizations to build trust with their customers and acquire a competitive edge.
Dawei Ding is an associate of the Corporate/Commercial group. He specializes in technology law, venture capital financing and mergers and acquisitions.
Dawei advises and represents clients in numerous industries, including information technologies, fintech, artificial intelligence, blockchain and video games. Combining his passion for law and technology, he has the necessary expertise and experience to help rapidly growing tech companies achieve their business objectives.
In addition to his degrees in civil and common law, Dawei holds a Master’s in Comparative Law from the Université de Montréal and a Bachelor in Economics from McGill University.
Dawei is actively involved in the Montreal Chinese business community and is fluent in Mandarin, French and English.
Prior to joining Fasken, Dawei practised with another major Montreal business law firm. Before entering law school, he was a professional video game player on a US team.