Farris LLP: Vancouver's Law Firm

Allan M. McGavin


Telephone: 604 661 1713

Facsimile: 604 661 9349

Email: amcgavin@farris.com

Allan is a business lawyer and advises owners, directors, and executives of companies (both public and private) across a variety of industries.  His primary areas of legal practice are corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions (domestic and cross-border), corporate finance (debt and equity), and securities compliance.

Allan obtained his commerce and law degrees at Queen’s University, where he played and coached rugby and managed the Queen’s Business Law Clinic.

In the community, Allan is President of the Vancouver Branch of the Queen’s University Alumni Association, and fosters the school’s collegiality and community service here in Vancouver through a variety of programs and events.  As well, Allan serves as Director and Treasurer of the Old Boys Association of St. George’s School, supporting the school and the connections among his fellow graduates.  Allan also regularly speaks at technology accelerator programs in Vancouver on the legal aspects of building and scaling emerging growth ventures.

Prior to joining Farris, Allan practiced in the Vancouver office of a national law firm.

Select Experience:

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Counsel to Tekmira Pharmaceuticals on the cross-border merger with OnCore BioPharma into what is now Arbutus Biopharma
  • Counsel to Mobify Research and Development in several domestic and cross-border intellectual property acquisitions as well as a cross-border merger
  • Counsel to a waste management company in both sales and acquisitions of operating subsidiaries
  • Counsel to a stevedoring company in several large corporate acquisitions

Corporate Governance, Finance and Securities

  • Ongoing corporate governance matters including shareholder agreements, stock option plans, share structures, corporate charters, employment and consulting agreements, legal opinions, etc
  • Debt and equity financings for private mining, technology, and life sciences companies
  • Ongoing securities disclosure and compliance for various public companies
  • Counsel to Nasdaq-listed Arbutus Biopharma Corp
  • Counsel to InMed Pharmaceuticals Inc, including its listing on the TSX
  • Counsel to TSX-listed Invesque Inc
  • Counsel to TSXV-listed Copper Fox Metals Inc


  • Queen’s University (J.D., 2012)
  • Queen’s University (B.Comm. Hons., 2008)

Called to the British Columbia Bar (2013)