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Heather Barnhouse

Dentons Canada LLP - Edmonton | Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

A lawyer since 2013


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Dentons Canada LLP - Edmonton
10220 103 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada N1C 4DR
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Heather Barnhouse, a partner at Dentons' Edmonton office, excels in the Corporate/Commercial and Venture Technology and Emerging Growth Companies groups. Her expertise extends across a myriad of business needs, including technology agreements, corporate organization, and complex transactions like mergers and acquisitions. Heather's adeptness at crafting, reviewing, and negotiating contracts ensures businesses are well-prepared across all operational and structural facets, including financing and exit strategies.

In her practice, Heather offers specialized counsel on corporate matters, guiding companies through statutory compliance, shareholder relations, and director responsibilities. Her client portfolio is diverse, ranging from energy sectors to innovative tech startups and healthcare entities, including pharmaceutical and medical professionals. Notably, Heather possesses a keen understanding of family-owned enterprises, addressing their specific challenges related to business dynamics, ownership transitions, and familial relationships.

Heather's proficiency in technology law is evident through her significant contributions to software licensing, service agreements, and support contracts. She also plays a pivotal role in advising life sciences entities, navigating the complex regulatory landscape of clinical trials for prominent Canadian research universities. Her work involves drafting critical documents like confidentiality and material transfer agreements, showcasing her versatility and depth of knowledge.

Heather's strategic approach to business scaling involves forming creative partnerships and joint ventures, including collaborations with First Nations communities, to explore new market territories. Her franchising acumen spans various industries, where she aids both franchisors and franchisees in growth and risk management.

Heather's notable legal accomplishments include facilitating major transactions such as the acquisition of Mannamark Holdings Inc. by MaxCare Lean Group Inc., the strategic sale of insurance brokerages, and guiding Daam Galvanizing through its sale to a U.S. public company. Her groundbreaking work with Bitcoin Well Inc. positioned it as the first Bitcoin ATM company to be publicly traded, among other significant deals that underscore her expertise and innovation in the field.

Her accolades include recognition in The Best Lawyers in Canada for Technology Law and several awards highlighting her contributions to cross-border corporate law and technology transactions. Heather's leadership and innovation have been acknowledged with awards like the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal and being named Tomorrow’s Leader by Women in Law Leadership.

Heather's insights on business and technology have been featured in media and professional forums, emphasizing her thought leadership in navigating corporate challenges and fostering innovation. Her commitment to professional development and community engagement is reflected in her affiliations and continuing education, including her pursuit of designations with the Institute of Corporate Directors and Family Enterprise Canada.

In summary, Heather Barnhouse's comprehensive approach to legal practice, combined with her deep industry insights and commitment to client success, makes her an invaluable asset to businesses navigating the complexities of corporate and technology law.


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