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About Joan

Joan advises domestic and international clients on a full range of business matters, complex commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures. Her practice covers a broad range of sectors and industries, including private equity, financial services, technology, natural resources, aquaculture and retail. Joan is also experienced with corporate governance matters.

Joan also advises on venture and private equity financings and the purchase and sale of private businesses, both domestically and with cross-border components.

Joan provides legal services through Joan Chambers Law Corporation.

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  • Representing owners and sellers in all forms of buying and selling businesses, including private mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, private equity investments, and various forms of commercial and tax reorganizations, exchangeable share and limited partnership flow-through structures, and earn-out arrangements

  • Acting for joint venture partners in forming various forms of joint ventures in the natural resource, manufacturing, technology and product distribution sectors

  • Developing procurement processes and related documents and advising on procurement matters in all sectors

  • Acting for owners on complex technology-based outsourcings, business alliances and related commercial matters

  • Advising on finfish and shellfish aquaculture regulatory and commercial matters and on the acquisition of existing aquaculture businesses

Awards & Recognition

Joan is recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2024 (Corporate and Commercial Law)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada – 2016–2024 (Corporate Governance Practice, Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Technology Law)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2023 (Corporate Mid-Market)

Professional Activities

Joan joined the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation's BC/Yukon Region Board in 2001, serving as chair from 2012 to 2014. She has served on their National Board of Directors since 2015 and chaired the National Governance and Nominating Committee.

Joan was an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria where she taught an advanced transactions course. She previously taught a closed corporations course at the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia.


Admitted to the British Columbia Bar – 1991
JD, University of Victoria – 1990
BComm, University of Alberta – 1985
Pacific Asian Management, University of Hawaii International Business School – 1983

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