Yaniv Saragosti


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Yaniv is a versatile business lawyer who has expertise in domestic and cross-border transactions, private equity and venture capital, as well as general corporate and commercial law. He represents clients in a broad range of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, corporate reorganizations and joint ventures.
His clients include private and public companies, entrepreneurs, family offices, private equity and venture capital funds, and pension funds.

Yaniv’s private equity and venture capital practice includes fund formation. He also has significant experience advising private equity-backed consolidation platforms on how to implement “add on” and “roll up” acquisition strategies, including in highly regulated industries such as the veterinary sector.

He regularly assists foreign clients interested in expanding into Canada, which includes setting up new Canadian subsidiaries or investing in or acquiring existing Canadian businesses.


  • Groupe Daubigny and VetStrategy, Canada’s leading and largest operator of veterinary clinics, in its sale to private equity firm Berkshire Partners.
  • Panache Ventures in their new fund formation and initial investor commitments.
  • Servier Canada in the context of their $21,000,000 investment along with Fonds de solidarité FTQ and CTI Life Sciences Fund to create ILKOS THERAPEUTICS Inc., a new Québec biotechnology firm.
  • CiToxLAB Group Inc. in connection with its acquisition of AccelLAB Inc.
  • ProMetic Life Sciences Inc., a Toronto Stock Exchange-listed issuer, in connection with the closing of a bought deal public offering of 19,400,000 common shares, conducted through a syndicate of underwriters, for aggregate gross proceeds of $60,140,000 and the concurrent private placement entered into with Structured Alpha LP, for the subscription of 1,921,776 common shares.
  • O'Leary Funds Management LP in connection with the sale of its mutual fund business to Canoe Financial LP.
  • MRRM Inc. in the context of its going-private transaction and amalgamation with a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marbour S.A.S.
  • Qwave Capital LLC, a U.S.-based private equity firm in connection with its $17 million unsolicited take-over bid on the TSX Venture Exchange-listed online lending company, IOU Financial Inc.
  • The underwriters in the context of a bought deal offering under a short form prospectus of convertible unsecured subordinated debentures of Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. for an aggregate principal amount of $100 million.
  • Doris Inc. and its shareholders in connection with the sale of Doris' Canadian, U.S. and Hong Kong business to Gildan Activewear Inc.
  • ProMetic Life Sciences Inc. in connection with a bought deal public offering of 13,200,000 common shares, conducted through a syndicate of underwriters, for aggregate gross proceeds of $25,080,000.
  • BDC Venture Capital and Investissement Québec in the context of their investment in White Star Capital, a Guernsey-based transatlantic seed vehicle investing in start-up companies in the fields of social media, gaming and e-commerce.
  • Canadian counsel to Strides Arcolab Limited in the context of the sale of their Agila Specialties Pharma Corporation business to Mylan Inc. for a total consideration of up to US$1.75 billion.
  • ProMetic Life Sciences Inc. in connection with its public offering of a total to 26,651,400 common shares conducted on a best efforts basis by a syndicate of agents, for total gross proceeds of $23,986,260.
  • Northland Power in bidding on a call for tenders by Hydro-Québec for a 450 megawatt wind farm project.
  • Canadian counsel for the banks that led the syndicate financing the offering of senior notes for Québecor Média Inc. consisting of a Canadian tranche of $500 million and an American tranche of $850 million.
  • Eaton Vance Corp. in respect of its acquisition of an interest in Hexavest Inc., a Québec-based fund manager.
  • Advised institutional investors in respect of the creation of iNovia Fund III, a $110-million venture capital fund with a focus on the digital media, internet and communications sectors.
  • Aurvista Gold Corporation (TSX-V: AVA) in connection with its acquisition of a 100% interest in certain gold mining claims in Northern Québec and its concurrent initial public offering of shares and initial listing on the TSX-V. Pursuant to the IPO, Aurvista issued units comprising one common share and one-half of one common share purchase warrant, as well as common shares that qualify as "flow‑through shares" as defined in the Income Tax Act (Canada).
  • Sky Alliance Resources Guinee SA in connection with its reverse take-over of the TSX-V-listed mining company now known as West African Iron Ore Corp. (formerly Westward Explorations Ltd.) (TSX-V: WAI) with mining assets in Guinea. This transaction was completed, concurrently with a private placement financing.
  • A&D Prévost Inc., a North American leader in the field of architectural aluminum, in connection with a change of control transaction involving a $30-million investment by Capital régional et coopératif Desjardins.

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Professional Involvement

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Member, Barreau du Québec

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2022 edition of Lexpert Special Edition: Finance and M&A
  • Recognized in the 2022 edition (and since 2021) of the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Corporate Mid-Market)
  • Recognized in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada (Venture Capital Law).
  • Recognized in the 2022 edition of Lexpert Special Edition: Technology & Health Sciences

Bar Admission & Education

  • Ontario, 2011
  • Québec, 2010
  • JD, Queen's University, 2009
  • LLB, Université de Montréal, 2008
  • B.Comm., McGill University, 2005