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Ron practices general business and corporate law, with emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, project finance, banking and financing transactions, regulation of financial institutions, captive insurance and public private partnerships. Ron has practised law since 1975.

Ron has extensive experience in project finance for major infrastructure initiatives across many economic sectors, as well as in the telecommunication, mining, real estate and forestry sectors.  

Ron is very active in the captive insurance field, having organized over 9 captives in British Columbia and having re-domiciled numerous captives from offshore jurisdictions to British Columbia.

Ron has a practical, results orientated, yet creative approach to legal problems. Ron has a unique blend of experience in international and domestic transactions.  Ron also represents numerous privately owned businesses, many of whom are involved internationally and provides general corporate, transaction and business advice.

Ron is also involved in advising with respect to the development of infrastructure projects in developing and emerging markets around the world.  Projects developed and under development including power projects, hospital, airports, and housing developments.


  • Afforded highest peer review rating by Martindale Hubbell (“av” rating).
  • Recognized by LexPert as one of Canada’s repeatedly recommended lawyers in the field of corporate and commercial law.
  • Recognized variously for specialty of Banking Law and Corporate Law.

Associations and Foundations

  • American Bar Association Section on International Practice – Former Vice-Chair of the Secured Transactions and Insolvency Division.
  • Union Internationale des Avocates (Former Secretary for North America)
  • Fellow of the Congress of Fellows of The Center for International Legal Studies

Directorships and Appointments

  • Director and Former Chair of Board of Directors and Chair of Executive Committee, British Columbia International Financial Centre (also known as Advantage BC).
  • Former Chair, Canadian Captive Insurance Association – Legislative Committee
  • Honorary Consul of Luxembourg for British Columbia
  • Director, DXI Energy Inc. (NYSE Listed)


  • Undergraduate Degree: University of British Columbia, B.A. – Honours Economics
  • Law Degree: University of British Columbia, L.L.B.
  • Year Called to Bar: British Columbia, 1975

Areas of Practice

  • Corporate /Commercial Law
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Project Finance
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Wills and Estates
  • Captive Insurance

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