Iwona is a partner in our Business and Corporate groups who specializes in corporate commercial, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and securities laws.

Iwona Albrecht

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Partner

Business and Corporate Law
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Corporate Finance & Securities

613-782-3246
ialbrecht@solowaywright.com
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Assistant

Linda Walker
613-236-0111, ext. 3182
lwalker@solowaywright.com

Iwona Albrecht joined Soloway Wright in 2013 as a corporate commercial law, securities and mergers and acquisitions lawyer.  Iwona is a partner in our Business and Corporate Law and Corporate Finance & Securities groups.  Previously Iwona practiced in the Ottawa office of a national law firm.  Iwona was a recipient of 2014 Forty Under 40.  Iwona is fluently bilingual in English and Polish.

Iwona is a corporate lawyer specializing in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and securities laws. She works with SME business owners, chief financial officers, venture-backed chief executive officers, private equity fund managers, in-house counsel and leaders of professional associations and governing bodies. Iwona believes in a team approach and will work together with her colleagues to ensure that the most practical and competent end result is achieved for her clients.  Iwona is focusing on transactional work and to date she participated and completed over 150 high profile transactions.

Iwona has acted for both investors and companies in corporate finance transactions accessing local and international capital markets, including debt financing transactions, private placements, dealer-brokered special warrant financings, and investments by venture capital firms. She has participated in corporate reorganizations, cross-border transactions, acquisitions, dispositions and mergers for both closely and widely held corporations.  She has also advised companies in initial public offerings ensuring compliance with securities legislation and the rules of TSX and TSX Venture Exchange.  Iwona has also advised on corporate governance, securities registration and enforcement matters.

Together with her husband and two children, Iwona appreciates living in the Ottawa community and enjoys all that living in this City offers, including the proximity to beautiful lakes in the summer and great skiing in the winter.

Year of Call to Bar

2005

Education

  • LLB, University of Ottawa (2004)
  • BA, High Honours, Carleton University (1999)

Professional Activities & Memberships

  • Member of the Institute of Corporate Directors
  • Member of the Ontario Bar Association
  • Member of the Canadian Bar Association
  • Member of the County of Carleton Law Association
  • Member of the Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Member of the American Bar Association,M&A Subcommittee

Community Activities & Memberships

  • Director, Secretary and Co-Chair of the Governance Committee for the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce
  • Director for the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health
  • Director For HERA Mission of Canada
  • Judge for Forty Under 40 in Ottawa
  • Mentor for Common Law students under the Legal Links and Bridges Program at the University of Ottawa
  • Member of Organizing Committee for Canadian Tax Foundation's, Ottawa Chapter Conference 
  • Past Director for Women's Business Network
  • Past Chair of Businesswomen of the Year Awards Nominating & Awards Committee for Women's Business Network
  • Past Member of Governance Committee for the Ottawa Dress for Success
  • Past Volunteer for The Ottawa Hospital Foundation (Shirley E. Greenberg Women’s Health Centre)
  • Past Contributor to Carswell’s Securities Law and Practice with responsibility for Chapter I “Interpretation” and Chapter 19 “Proxies and Proxy Solicitation”
  • Past Judge on the Panel for the University of Ottawa’s Business Start-Up Garage
  • Past Member of the Board of Governors at the Macdonald-Cartier Academy
  • Past Director, Secretary and Chair of the Governance Committee for the Magnetic North Theatre Festival

Conferences, Publications, Presentations, & Seminars

  • "Lessons on Tenacity" - Co-presented for Tefler, 26th Enterpreneurs' Club ELLE Gala, October 2016
  • "Considering an Exit? What Ever Business Owner Needs to Know" - Co-presented a webinar, September 2015
  • "Profitable company, saleable business" - Speaker on expert panel, December 2014
  • "Proposed Prospectus Exemptions in Ontario" - Co-authored article, June 2014
  • “The Business of Med Tech in Canada and Germany. Tax Credits in Canada” – Co-presented at a seminar held at MEDICA Conference, November 2012
  • “Prepare your business for the unexpected” and “Succession plan a Day 1 priority” – Quoted in Financial Post, August 2012
  • “Commercialization of Intellectual Property (Innovation to Commercialization)"– Co-presented to the members of the BioTech Ottawa, April 2012
  • “Achieving Business Success – Corporate and IP Considerations for Businesses in Canada” – Co-presented at a seminar made to the members of the Women’s Business Network, February 2012
  • “Corporate Law Primer” – Presentation made to the members of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, November 2008
  • Moderator, Canada Top 10 Competition, Technology Section

Cases & Transactions

  • Advised Carleton Uniforms Inc. on its sale to Unisync Group Limited
  • Advised Magor Corporation in a series of private placement transactions
  • Advised a portfolio of companies on a major corporate reorganization for aggregate value of $26 million
  • Advised a manufacturing company on a management buy-out plan
  • Advised the team of in-house counsel of the local corporation in the sale of its assets to a publicly traded company
  • Advised electrical submission company from Calgary in a series of financing transactions
  • Advised Impakt Protective Inc. in a series of private placement transactions
  • Advised Annidis Health Systems Corp. in the qualifying transaction with CPC to form Annidis Corporation, a publicly listed entity on TSX Venture Exchange, with a concurrent private placement
  • Advised Amaya Gaming Group Inc. in its initial public offering on TSX Venture Exchange
  • Advised Aztech Associates Inc. in the qualifying transaction with three CPCs to form Aztech Innovations Inc., a publicly listed entity on TSX Venture Exchange
  • Advised the technology company in a series of private placements of debentures and warrants for an aggregate value of $9.1 million
  • Advised the local biotechnology company in the exclusive worldwide distribution transaction coupled with a phased acquisition valued at $275 million
  • Advised construction company in its $37 million acquisition of the local construction group
  • Advised the biotechnology company (medical instrument) in a series of private placements of both debt and equity for an aggregate value of $31.5 million
  • Advised Canadian Medical Discoveries Fund Inc. in its merger with GrowthWorks Canadian Fund Ltd.
  • Advised local IT company in its $24 million sale of shares to a subsidiary of a well-known US IT firm