Farris LLP: Vancouver's Law Firm

Duncan J. Reid*


Telephone: 604 661 1736

Facsimile: 604 661 9349

Email: dreid@farris.com


Duncan is a cross-border lawyer with broad experience in corporate and securities law matters, mergers and acquisitions, international trade and other strategic matters of crucial importance to his clients.  Duncan has advised on significant and high-profile matters across a broad range of industries, including financial services, technology, forestry, mining and commercial real estate (including REITs and listed real estate funds).  A number of these transactions have been cited as “deals of the year” for innovation or significance in international markets.

Duncan’s securities practice includes initial public offerings, bought deals, private placements and other matters.  Over the past fifteen years, he has advised on major international transactions originating from issuer or seller clients in more than 25 countries worldwide.

Duncan’s practice also includes a significant number of Canadian and international M&A transactions, with a particular emphasis on cross-border U.S. matters and large commercial real estate portfolio acquisitions.  Duncan also advises the B.C. forest industry on the multi-billion dollar Canada-U.S. softwood lumber dispute.

Prior to returning home to Vancouver with his family and joining Farris, Duncan was Executive Director and Senior Counsel at Goldman Sachs International in London.  Duncan also worked in Hong Kong in 2009-10 during a period of peak activity in Asian finance.  Before joining Goldman Sachs, Duncan was an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, one of the world’s preeminent law firms, in New York and London.

*Denotes a Professional Law Corporation.


  • McGill University (LL.B., Great Distinction, 2003) - Valedictorian
  • McGill University (B.C.L., Great Distinction, 2003)
  • McGill University (B.A. (Econ), 2000)


  • Called to the British Columbia Bar (2013)
  • Called to the New York Bar (2004)