Liam Oster Associate

Profile

 

Liam is an Associate in the Business Group at Watson Goepel LLP. He practices corporate and commercial law, as well as civil litigation with an emphasis on commercial real estate and insolvency work. A significant portion of his practice focuses on cannabis law.

Corporate/Commercial Practice

Liam assists clients with a variety of transactions, including commercial leases, share and asset purchases, business incorporations, corporate reorganizations and financings. He has experience negotiating and drafting purchase agreements, service agreements, employment agreements, loan agreements, guarantees and various security documents.

Liam represents clients at court proceedings including debt collections, bankruptcy and insolvency restructurings, injunctions, probate applications, and applications for judicial review.

Cannabis Practice

Liam’s practice has a deep focus on the cannabis industry, assisting Canadian and international cannabis industry clients, including medical professionals, laboratory and R&D businesses, cultivators, retail operations, cannabis industry investors, and producers and distributors of cannabis products and accessories with all aspects of cannabis industry regulatory compliance, including providing strategic guidance pending Canada’s proposed derivative products regulations.

He provides guidance to stakeholders along all stages of the cannabis business life-cycle, including finance arrangements, structuring and governance, contracts,  buying and selling a business, real estate matters including zoning and insurance, workplace best practices, succession planning, and insolvencies and dispute resolution.

Prior to his time at Watson Goepel LLP, Liam completed a clerkship at the British Columbia Supreme Court and worked as a legal editor for the largest international commercial law firm in Japan.

An avid traveler, Liam enjoys writing, learning new languages, and making exceptionally unique cocktails.

Education

J.D., University of Toronto, 2013
B.A., University of Toronto, 2009

Bar 

British Columbia, 2017

Work Highlights

Acted for a Commercial Property Owner by conducting a successful judicial review of a complex Residential Tenancy Branch decision.

Acted for a Credit Union operating in multiple provinces by reviewing, updating and drafting policy manuals, contracts, terms and conditions.

Acted for a Residential Property Owner with the successful defence of a fraudulent conveyance claim.

Publications and Presentations

Co-Author, “Staffing your cannabis business: What to consider?,” Cannabis Retailer Magazine, Summer 2019.

Panelist, Vancouver Business Conference, The Cannabis Society, January 2019.

Panelist, San Francisco Business Conference, Cannabis Society, November 29, 2018.

Panel Chair, “Cannabis Industry Legal Issues and Regulatory Compliance,” Cannabis Trade Show: Vancouver, July 2018.

Presenter, “Cannabis Legal Update,” Grassroots Expo for the Cannabis Curious, Vancouver, April 2018.