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Ivan Bergerman | J.D.

Securities / Corporate Commercial / Natural Resources

306.974.4991
ibergerman@bergermanlaw.com

Ivan Bergerman | J.D.

Securities / Corporate Commercial / Natural Resources

306.974.4991
ibergerman@bergermanlaw.com

Ivan Bergerman | J.D.

Securities / Corporate Commercial / Natural Resources

306.974.4991
ibergerman@bergermanlaw.com

BIO

Thank you for finding your way to my bio page, I would be happy to tell you a little bit about myself should you care to read further.

Following my graduation from the University of Saskatchewan, College of Law, in the spring of 2002 I moved to Calgary with a professional goal to learn how to practice high-end business law. I spent the next four years in Alberta practicing primarily general Corporate Commercial, Securities, M&A and Oil & Gas Law with a major Calgary law firm. In the spring of 2006 I decided to move back home to Saskatoon to continue to practice high-end business law with a major Saskatoon law firm. At this time my practice broadened to include mining and agriculture.

However, being a true entrepreneur, after another four years practicing in a big firm I made the decision to strike out on my own and founded what is now Bergerman Smith LLP, a decision I have never regretted. Working in a small firm has broadened my practice base even further and I have developed what I believe to be an extremely broad skill set. I have listed below my principal practice areas:

  • Public Company Advising – I have advised companies listed on the TSX Venture Exchange, Toronto Stock Exchange, CSE, NASDAQ, NYSE and NYSE MKT LLC.
  • Initial Public Offerings –I have assisted clients in completing a number of IPO’s via Long Form Prospectus, Short Form Prospectus, Shelf Offerings, CPC Prospectus Offerings and Short Form Offering Documents and well as have done a number of non-public offerings including Offering Memorandum and brokered and non-brokered Private Placements.
  • Securities General – As you can probably glean from my statements above, Securities law has always been one of my core practice areas. In addition to the specific areas listed above I should also mention that I practice all areas of securities laws and have even argued before the director of Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan.
  • Corporate Governance – I work with a number of for profit and not-for profit boards. I have drafted internal policies and have advising on a great number of varying board issues.
  • Mergers & Acquisitions – I have bought and sold more businesses and assets and completed more business combinations than I can remember. To be blunt there isn’t much about M&A that I don’t know.
  • Corporate Structuring & Restructuring – I have put together corporations, partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, joint ventures, co-operatives, trusts, not-for-profit corporations and associations. I have worked extensively with accountants and other business advisers to facilitate Section 85 rollovers, Section 86 share exchanges, estate freezes, share consolidation, stated capital reductions, creditor proofing, amalgamations and exempt and non-exempt take-over bids.
  • Financing – I have acted for the lender and the borrower in all manner of financings, including due diligence and the preparation and registration of security.
  • Natural Resources – My two principal areas with the realm of Natural Resource Law are Oil & Gas and Mining, though I have worked with hydroelectric and wind power in the past and will continue to expand my knowledge as green power develops. Specifically to Oil & Gas and Mining I have advised on farm-ins, joint ventures, leases, licenses, permits, drilling agreements, builder’s liens and title review.
  • Corporate Governance – I work with a number of for profit and not-for profit boards. I have drafted internal policies and have advising on a great number of varying board issues.
  • Intellectual Property – I have worked extensively selling, licensing, and protecting intellectual property rights.

Basically I like to put deals and projects together and see them through to completion. I have also done enough business over the years to develop what I believe to be practical business acumen and like to think that I bring more to the table than just legal. There isn’t much that I haven’t seen, though I am always up for the challenge of taking on something novel and new.

Lawyer aside, I have an amazing wife and 3 wonderful kids. The kids are in more activities than I care to mention so needless to say I stay busy both inside and outside the office.


EDUCATION

• University of Saskatchewan – BA (Psychology) – Graduated 1997

• University of Saskatchewan – ADV CRT (Sociology) – Graduated – 1999

• Jonkoping International Business College – Exchange Program – August 2001 – Jan 2002

• University of Saskatchewan – J.D. of LAW with Distinction – Graduated 2002

• Prague Film School – Diploma in Filmmaking with Honors – Graduated 2011


PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

• Past Chair and Vice-Chair of the Canadian Bar Association – Securities Law North

• Presenter on Securities Law at the Canadian Bar Association Saskatchewan Mid-Winter Meeting

• Guest lecturer at the Bisset School of Business (Mount Royal College)

• President and Chair of the Saskatoon Zoo Foundation

• Director of a number of community arts groups

• Member of the Canadian Bar Association

• Former martial arts instructor