Anand Athiviraham | Watson Goepel Vancouver Lawyers

Anand Athiviraham Associate


“When advising clients on matters both large and small, I focus on building value and delivering efficiency.”

Anand is a Senior Associate in the Corporate Group at Watson Goepel LLP. He advises clients in the areas of corporate and commercial law, real estate law, and on estate matters, including mergers & acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, conveyancing of real property, and tax-driven estate planning. Anand has extensive experience negotiating and drafting a variety of commercial agreements, including leases, licensing agreements, shareholders’ agreements, service agreements, and employment agreements, as well as wills and trusts. Anand’s clients include professionals (doctors, dentists, physiotherapists, RMTs, etc.), entrepreneurs, small and medium-sized enterprises, and developers.

With a keen interest in technology law, Anand understands the unique needs of startups and entrepreneurs, having established and managed his own e-commerce company for several years.

Anand works from both the Vancouver and Surrey office locations. He can also advise clients on matters relating to the Province of Ontario, having practiced there for a number of years.


J.D., Queen’s University, 2011
B.Sc., McGill University, 2008

British Columbia, 2013
Ontario, 2012

Work Highlights

  • Advised on the divestiture of a leading Canadian producer, marketer, and distributor of branded specialty food products, with a combined value of cash and equity in excess of $60M. (2020)
  • Acted for a capital pool company in its initial public offering on the TSX-V and subsequent qualifying transaction. (2019)
  • Acted for a local distributor of security products in its sale to a national enterprise for $6.3M and corresponding sale of properties to a third-party for $3.1M. (2018)
  • Acted for a multinational corporation in its $5.2M acquisition of a competitor in the construction materials industry. (2017)
  • Acted for an entrepreneur in implementing a significant corporate reorganization for estate planning purposes. (2017)
  • Acted for a gaming technology company in obtaining financing of up to $1.5M from a venture capital firm. (2016)
  • Acted for a number of developers in preparing applications for property subdivisions and registering corresponding easements. (2016)
  • Acted for local online web hosting company in its $500,000 sale to an Ontario-based IT company. (2016)

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Vancouver Bar Association


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11 January 2021

Video: Top Legal Tips for Tech Entrepreneurs: A VSW 2020 Presentation

What types of agreements does my new business really need, and why are they so important? How can I best protect my business’ intellectual property? These questions and more were answered when business/technology lawyer Anand Athiviraham, and business/IP lawyer Cameron Funnell,  presented at Vancouver Startup Week 2020. Their presentation, Top Legal Tips for Tech Entrepreneurs,…

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16 November 2020

Incorporating your business: Record books and why using a lawyer makes sense

This is the first post of a new 4-part business startup series created by Watson Goepel LLP corporate lawyer, Anand Athiviraham. When incorporating a new business, budget-conscious entrepreneurs typically, and understandably, focus on minimizing costs. While many free or low-cost online legal resources promise bargain prices, bypassing qualified and tailored legal guidance to help with…

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4 October 2019

Essential Agreements for Your Business

What agreements do I need for my business? A significant part of my practice involves advising clients on which agreements best suit their business needs and goals. Whether it’s two partners looking to start a new venture, a growing business looking to fundraise, or a more established entity negotiating an acquisition, they all need agreements…

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7 December 2018

Cannabis in the workplace: Sorting through the weeds

Check out our latest blog post on cannabis in the workplace, published this week in Surrey604 Magazine! “With the recent legalization of cannabis on October 17, 2018, employers have been scrambling to understand their liability in light of potential cannabis use by their employees in the workplace. Given the increased likelihood of recreational cannabis use…

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