Vanessa Grant

Senior Partner
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Vanessa Grant

Vanessa Grant




Vanessa Grant practises business law in our Toronto office. Her practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and corporate governance for public and private corporations, including private equity and venture capital. She also provides ongoing general corporate and commercial legal advice to a number of clients.

She has worked with several national and international clients in various industries, with a particular focus on technology companies, life sciences companies, and REITs.

Ms. Grant is currently the co-director of the Osgoode Hall part‑time LLM in business law, and teaches corporate finance for the program.


Professional experience

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LL.B., Queen's University, 1995
B.Mus., University of Toronto, 1992
B.A., University of Toronto, 1984

  • Ontario 1997


Before joining us, Ms. Grant provided advice and representation to:

  • A multinational software corporation based in Germany in its acquisition of a Swiss‑based customer‑focused technology company
  • A Canadian pharmaceutical company in its acquisition by a US biopharmaceutical company for US$510 million
  • A business intelligence solutions company based in Massachusetts in its acquisition of two software development companies in Canada and the US
  • A biopharmaceutical company in its purchase of a plasma protein purification technology from a Danish company
  • A medical imaging instrument maker in its merger with a spectrometer manufacturer
  • The agents in a $33 million private placement of units by a life sciences company
  • A medical diagnostics company in a $4 million public offering of units
  • A Canadian growth equity firm in the US$50 million financing of a leading enterprise mobility company
  • A venture capital fund in an investment in a pharmaceutical research company
  • A Canadian growth equity firm in a $10 million investment in a mobile and Web‑based classroom response system


  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Technology Law, 2024
  • Chambers Canada, Nationwide: Life Sciences - Corporate/Commercial (Band 1), Chambers and Partners, 2020-2024
  • Chambers Canada, Nationwide: Startups & Emerging Companies, Chambers and Partners, 2019-2024 
  • Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada: Corporate Mid Market, 2024
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2016-2024: Corporate Finance & Securities, Corporate Mid-Market, Mergers & Acquisitions, Life Sciences & Health, Private Equity, Technology Transactions; 2023-2024: Corporate Commercial Law 
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Venture Capital Law, 2023
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada - Life Sciences, Private Funds 2017, 2020
  • Co-director, Osgoode Hall LL.M. in business law
  • Chair, board of directors, SummerWorks Theatre Festival
  • Vice-chair, UTS Foundation



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