About Us and Our Services – Venture Law Corporation

Venture Law Corporation is a boutique corporate securities law firm based in Vancouver, British Columbia.

This page provides a brief summary about our firm and services The best way to get to know us, however, is to talk to us in person. Please do not hesitate to call our office if there is any information you need, or questions you may have, about our firm or our services. We can arrange a brief introductory call or a formal consultation if you need specific regulatory information or legal assistance.

The BasicsOur ApproachServicesOur Principal

The Basics

Venture Law Corporation was formed in 1996 to provide corporate securities legal services to issuers and investors involved in the micro-cap and small-cap market in North America. Since this time, we have seen and been involved with several cycles of private and public market changes with respect to how companies raise capital and access the public markets.

For over 28 years we have been providing clear and straight talking advice to our clients. Clarity and understanding of the laws and regulations that apply to you is necessary for you to make the best choices for you and your business. We make sure you get off on the right foot by providing you with advice and direction that takes into consideration where you are heading too not just where you are starting from.

We tend to act more like in house counsel than outside counsel for many of our clients, given their needs for someone who can be more than just an executioner of legal services. We share our knowledge and help our clients achieve their goals by setting out all the options.

We encourage our clients to call before they make decisions that could result in legal complications. Often just one or two changes makes all the difference in the world in avoiding a legal problem down the road or obtaining a strong business result.


Our Approach

Given our client’s needs we operate differently than most law firms. For instance:

We are accessible 24/7. As a client you will have our office and cell telephone numbers. That way we are always close at hand when you need us.

We give practical advice. The law may allow you to do this or that but does it make sense given your particular circumstance? Is there a better way to reach your goal? We combine legal knowledge with a practical approach to your problems and try to avoid esoteric legal advice. We share our experience to advance your business interests.

You set the pace. Priorities are established by your needs and your schedule. Equity markets and deals are fickle. You need to be able to move fast if you don’t want to lose an opportunity to raise money or add to your business. We keep up with the pace you set in order to provide you with the advice, due diligence and documents you need, when you need them, to capitalize on those opportunities.

We will not pass your transaction from lawyer to lawyer – or legal assistant to legal assistant. Large law firms work on a pyramid system. Partners sign-up new clients and other lawyers and staff do the work. Each new person that comes into contact with your file needs to be “educated about your business” and “brought up to speed on the file”. Code for dog-pile billing. As a boutique securities law firm we work differently. The same partner and seasoned legal assistants will deal with your transaction from start to finish.


Services We Provide

Alixe Cormick, our principal, has over 30 years of experience assisting clients of all sizes – from startups to large public companies in all areas of corporate finance and securities law matters. This includes corporate formations, private and public securities offerings, consulting on Canadian and U.S. securities regulation, securities aspects of mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings and other going public transactions as well as ongoing corporate and securities compliance advice.

We help our clients understand and navigate complex securities laws and stock exchange rules. Our clients include Canadian and non-Canadian private and public issuers, investors, funds, and registered dealers interested in accessing the North American corporate securities markets. When necessary, we introduce and co-ordinate with other legal and non-legal professionals key to our clients’ transaction success.

Listed below are some of the services we provide and have provided in the past:

  • Public and private financings in Canada, the U.S. and overseas;
  • Regulation A+ Private Placement Memorandums and Canadian Offering Memorandums;
  • Incorporations of companies under the laws of BC, Canada, Nevada, Delaware and other jurisdictions;
  • Stock exchange listings and quotes on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSE), TSX Venture Exchange (TSX-V), NYSE-American, Nasdaq, OTCBB and OTC Markets – OTCQB and OTCQX;
  • Reverse takeovers of companies on the TSX Venture Exchange and the OTCBB;
  • Joint ventures in Canada, US, Asia and Europe;
  • Mergers, acquisitions and spin-outs of companies in and outside North America;
  • Commercial contract negotiations and drafting.
  • Stock option plans;
  • Capital and corporate reorganizations;
  • Broker-dealer registrations in Canada;
  • Establishment and maintenance of investment funds;
  • Exemption relief from securities law requirements in various jurisdictions; and
  • Assistance with meeting ongoing compliance and maintenance requirements.

Our Principal: Alixe Cormick

Alixe Cormick, our principal, is a lawyer and member of the British Columbia Law Society, the Canadian Bar Association and the American Bar Association. She started Venture Law Corporation in 1996 to focus on providing legal services to micro-cap and small-cap private and public companies.

Alixe has personally been involved with assisting over 150 companies listing on stock exchanges and trading boards in North America, and the sale of over 100 private issuers primarily in the tech and biotech space. She has been involved with a number of private and public offerings, reverse takeovers, spin-outs, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buy-outs and other corporate combinations of public and private companies.

Alixe is an active speaker on the topic of crowdfunding, raising capital, and going public at conferences in Asia and North America.

She takes it as a compliment that a number of active and former lawyers regularly request she assist their companies in corporate securities matters when they either have a conflict or a unique issue.


Board Memberships

Mentions in the Media

Outside Publications

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

Past Speaking Engagements in 2023

  • SNN Networks Planet Microcap Showcase Vancouver, Waterfront Hotel, Vancouver, BC, September 6-7, 2023.
  • PCMA Canada Conference, the Design Exchange, Toronto, Ontario, May 4, 2023.
  • SNN Networks Planet Microcap Showcase, Bally’s, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 25-27, 2023.
  • National Instrument 45-106 – 2023 Offering Memorandum Policy Amendments – General and Issuers Involved in Real Estate Activities, Brian Kosack, Susan Han, and Alixe Cormick, Online Webinar, April 20, 2023.
  • National Instrument 45-106 – 2023 Offering Memorandum Policy Amendments – Collective Investment Vehicles and Updated OM Guidance, Brian Kosack, Susan Han, and Alixe Cormick, Online Webinar, April 27, 2023.
  • 2023 Fintech & Financing Conference and Expo (FFCON23), Online Interview with the Alberta Securities Commission, March 21, 2023

Past Speaking Engagements in 2022

Past Speaking Engagements in 2021

Past Speaking Engagements in 2020

  • COVID-19 Impact – What’s Next from a Legal Perspective (video), SNN Network Virtual Conference, August 3-6, 2020.
  • State of Equity Crowdfunding (video), with Andrew Dix, Crowdfund Insider; Sherwood Neiss, Crowfund Capital Advisors, Youngro Lee, NextSeed; and Alixe Cormick, Lawyer, VLC, 6th Fintech & Financing Conference:  RISE, National Crowdfunding and Fintech Association of Canada, July 23, 2020.
  • Raising Capital in Private Markets – Challenges for Novel Businesses and Startups with CSA Regulators – Denise Weeres, Dir, New Economy, ASC; Elliott Mak, Senior Legal Counsel, Corp. Finance, BCSC; Perras Gabriel, Lawyer, Analyst, Corp. Finance Dept., Autorité des marchés financiers; James Leong, Senior Legal Counsel, Capital Markets Regulation, BCSC; and Alixe Cormick, Lawyer VLC, 6th Fintech & Financing Conference:  RISE, National Crowdfunding and Fintech Association of Canada, July 9, 2020.
  • Insights into Business Law Practice from Indigenous Lawyers &  Lawyers Working with Indigenous  Businesses and Governments, U.B.C. Indigenous Legal Studies & The Centre for Business Law, U.B.C. Law School, March 12, 2020.

Past Speaking Engagements in 2019

  • CBD.IO 2019,  Cannabis, Hemp – Politics, Policy & Law with Mikel Weisser (AZ NORML and Democrat Candidate in the 4th Congressional District of AZ) Jorge Rubio Escalona (Canada/Mexico Cannabis Advocate), Shannon Hattan (CEO of Fiddler’s Greens – CA) , Carly Wolf (NORML State Policies Coordinator -NZ), Kydra Williams (lawyer and Director of NORML – CA) and Alixe Cormick (Canadian lawyer).   Las Vegas Norml and CBD.io, November 22 & 23, 2019.
  • Dialogue with the CSE Regulators from BCSC, OSC and AMF with Jonathan Yeung, Senior Business Advisor, OSC Launch Pad; Perras Gabriel, Lawyer, Analyst, Corp. Finance Dept., Autorité des marchés financiers; James Leong, Senior Legal Counsel, Capital Markets Regulation, BCSC; and Alixe Cormick, Lawyer VLC,  5th Fintech Financing Conference: Fearless, National Crowdfunding and Fintech Association of Canada, April 3 & 4, 2019.
  • Roundtable on Mortgage Investment Entities – Securities Law Changes, Canadian Mortgage Brokers Association – British Columbia, January 17, 2019.

Past Speaking Engagements in 2018

Past Speaking Engagements in 2017

  • VanFunding 2017: Going Mainstream, National Crowdfunding and Fintech Association of Canada, Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC, November 28, 2017.
  • 3rd Annual 2017 Canadian Crowdfunding Summit, Mars Discovery District, 101 College Street, Toronto, ON, March 1, 2017.

Past Speaking Engagements in 2016

  • Crowdfunding versus Pitching Angels: What Route to Finding Investors is Right for You? The 10th Annual Vancouver Island Economic Summit, Vancouver Island Conference Centre, 101 Gordon Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5J8, October 27 & 28, 2016.
  • VanFunding 2016, National Crowdfunding Association of Canada, Imperial, 319 Main Street, Vancouver, BC, October 18, 2016.
  • Lessons for Canadian Founders & Investors: What Drives your Success or Failure? Vancouver Start-Up Week, CBRE Offices, 2500 – 1021 West Hastings, Vancouver, BC, September 28, 2016.
  • Real Estate Crowdfunding, Canadian Bar Association: Real Property Vancouver Section, McCarthy Tétrault LLP, 2400-745 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC, June 8, 2016.
  • 2016 PCMA Private Capital Markets Conference, Toronto Board of Trade, First Canadian Place, 77 Adelaide Street West, Toronto, ON, May 9, 2016.
  • 9th Annual Registrant Regulation: Conduct & Compliance, by Strategy Institute, Sheraton Centre, 123 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON, April 27-28, 2016.
  • Fundica Roadshow – Road Talk, Small Business BC, 601 West Cordova Street, Suite #54, Vancouver, BC, April 15, 2016.
  • Greater Vancouver Homebuilders’ Association 2016 Annual General Meeting (Special Guest Speaker), Riverway Clubhouse, 9001, Bill Fox Way, Burnaby, BC, April 6, 2016.
  • Community Crowdfunding Summit, Coast Inn of the North, 770 Brunswick Street Prince George, BC, March 16, 2016.
  • 2016 Canadian Crowdfunding Summit, Mars Discovery District, 101 College Street, Toronto, ON, March 3, 2016.
  • Recent Regulatory Developments in Equity Crowdfunding, Canadian Bar Association: Saskatchewan Securities Law North Section, Saskatoon Club, 417 21st St E, Saskatoon, SK, February 10, 2016.
  • Capital Advantage 2016, Seattle, Washington State Convention Centre, 98101, Seattle, WA, January 21, 2016.

Past Speaking Engagements in 2015

  • The 9th Annual Vancouver Island Economic Summit, Vancouver Island Conference Centre, 101 Gordon Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5J8, October 28th & 29th, 2015.
  • 4th Annual GCCB Conference – Regulation A Plus Master Class, Trump International Hotel Las Vegas, 2000 Fashion Show Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89109, October 26, 2015.
  • Capital Advantage: Raising Capital for Your Startup, Vancouver Convention Centre, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3, October 22, 2015.
  • UK Re$earch Money Conference. Facing the Future: How FinTech and Alternative Finance are Transforming the World, Canada House – Trafalger Square, London, England SW1Y 5BJ, October 13-14, 2015.
  • VanFunding 2015 Crowdfunding Conference, Library Square – Alice MacKay Conference Centre, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 6B1, September 29, 2015.
  • The Future of Alternative Finance: The 2nd Annual CrowdFunding USA Forum, National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC, May 7th & 8th, 2015
  • Canadian Equity CrowdFunding Symposium: Crowdfund Beat, The Spoke Club, 600 King Street West, Toronto, ON, May 5, 2015.
  • 2015 Funding Roadshow: Vancouver: Fundica, Small Business BC, 601 West Cordova Street, Suite 54, Vancouver, BC, April 29, 2015.
  • 2015 Canadian Crowdfunding Summit, Mars Discovery District, 101 College Street, Toronto, ON, March 3, 2015. Video Available.

Past Speaking Engagements in 2014

  • Growth Capital Summit, National Press Club, Washington, DC, November 19, 2014.
  • Mining Law 2014: CLEBC, Pan Pacific Hotel, Vancouver, BC, November 5, 2014.
  • The 8th Annual Vancouver Island Economic Summit, Vancouver Island Conference Centre, Nanaimo, BC, October 29th & 30th, 2014.
  • The 2014 Annual Canadian Equity Crowdfunding Conference: Vancouver, Simon Fraser Wosk Conference Center, Vancouver, BC, May 29, 2014.
  • Saskatchewan’s Emerging Equity Crowdfunding Environment, Bessbourough Hotel, Saskatoon, SK, May 28, 2014.
  • Igniting Venture Capital in BC: Expert Panel on new Equity Crowdfunding Opportunities, Delta Suite Hotel, Vancouver, BC, May 21, 2014.
  • Investors First Evening Launch Party: Following the Crowd – Keeping Up with the Buzz Around Crowdfunding, Where is it Going and What Are the Benefits and Risks to Investors? Laurel Point Inn, Victoria, BC, May 14, 2014
  • Growth Capital Expo 2014, Ceasar’s Palace, Las Vegas, NV, April 29-May 1, 2014.
  • Experts Panel Discussion Equity Crowdfunding and Market Trends, NCFA Canada Webcast, February 21, 2014. Video available.