Joe C. Chan

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Joe Chan has been a member of Richards Buell Sutton LLP since moving to Vancouver more than a decade ago. Prior to that move, he lived and practised in Calgary. Through all of that time – and now – Joe has advised on business law and securities/corporate finance matters for a broad range of clients, including TSX/TSXV/CSE listed public companies, mining companies, resource companies, real estate investment companies and trusts, technology ventures, restaurants, artists, writers, to name a few.

Joe has experience with a wide array of business transactions, assisting clients from the “start-up” phase of their business to the “exit” sale of their business, and all issues and challenges that arise in-between, all with a focus on providing sensible, practical advice to help his clients realize their dreams (and sometimes more).

He has also worked on securities law matters, from assisting clients through their IPOs, debt and equity financings, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance matters, plans of arrangement, and ‘go private’ transactions, as well as a broad range of cross-border transactions.

Outside of his legal work, Joe has written about food, music and art for numerous publications, was the publisher/editor of a monthly arts/culture magazine, and a co-editor/writer for two food websites.

Joe provides legal services through Joe Chan Law Corporation.


  • Completion of a $150 million sale of a private electron beam processing company by way of a plan of arrangement
  • Public listing of a TSX-listed mobile game company, with consecutive RTO transactions and concurrent public offering
  • Acquisition of a private mobile game company
  • Merger of accounting firms
  • Completion of numerous “qualifying transactions” for TSXV-listed capital pool companies
  • Registration of “exempt market dealers” under BC securities laws
  • Structuring of mortgage investment corporations and completion of offering memorandum financings
  • Structuring of real estate limited partnerships and completion of unit offerings
  • Structuring advice for start-up restaurant franchise venture
  • Acquisition of TSXV-listed mining company, with concurrent “spin out” transaction via a plan of arrangement, listing, and private placement financing.
  • Restructuring of a real estate investment company to a REIT structure, with concurrent public offering
  • Public offering of convertible debentures for TSXV-listed real estate investment company
  • Cross-border acquisition of inspection services business and software manufacturer
  • “Go private” transaction of a technology company through a triangular amalgamation, with concurrent formation of a cross-border joint venture
  • Acquisition of Russian mining assets through a reverse takeover transaction, with concurrent private placement financing


  • Board of Directors, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
  • Pro bono legal advice to the former Chinatown Night Market and “Golden Dumpling” food festival (2013-2015)
  • Board of Directors, on-air show host of CJSW FM 90.9 (1995-2006)
  • Board of Directors, Greater Vancouver Food Bank (2017-2018)