David, a Kelowna native and Kelowna Secondary alumnus, completed his undergraduate degree in International Relations at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan Campus in 2011.He attended law school at the Peter A. Allard Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia, during which time he spent a semester abroad at Peking University in Beijing (北京大学).He graduated with a Juris Doctor degree in 2015.
Always having intended to return home to Kelowna, he spent his articling year and first year of practice at a boutique solicitor firm before accepting a job as the General Counsel for a local blockchain technology company.He joined FH&P Lawyers LLP in September, 2018.
David has built a vibrant practice as a solicitor dealing with real estate, real estate development, corporate/ business and commercial law and wills and estates. He also continues to work with clients in the growing blockchain technology industry.
THE HIGH ROAD: INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND THE LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA
With so much discussion about the ramifications of the legalization of cannabis in Canada, why has so little dialogue centred around the unique opportunities available to establish cannabis ventures on reserve land? Some ventures, like Indigenous Roots, have recognized and seized this opportunity by setting up operations on various reserves across Canada. Find out why you should be doing the same! We are proud to present this piece, which was written primarily by our very talented co-op student, Damyn Libby, who is currently finishing a degree in Indigenous Studies at UBC's Okanagan campus and who aspires to practicing in Aboriginal Law. This area was of particular interest to him due to his area of study at UBC and his Métis heritage. Please get in touch if you would like
THE HIGH ROAD: FINANCING YOUR COMPANY #1 - DEBT VS. EQUITY
You've got the seeds of a million dollar business - maybe you've been growing weed for years and you've been developing new strains and varietals, maybe you've discovered the most efficient way to extract oil from cannabis and hemp, or maybe you make the best pot brownies any of your friends have ever tried. But how do you get started? What's the first step to making it all happen? In the immortal lyrics sung by Liza Minelli in Cabaret, “Money makes the world go around, the world go around, the world go around – a mark, a yen, a buck or a pound – is all that makes the world go around…”. While Neil DeGrasse Tyson might happily explain that gravity, not money, actually makes the world go around, there’s no doubt about the importance of money in making things happen - whether you’re building the next Aurora or just creating the local craft cannabis cultivation business you’ve always dreamed of, you’re going to need some kind of financing. If this resonates at all with you, we hope you’ll find this series of articles helpful for learning about methods of raising money, where money comes from, and how to stay on the right side of the law when raising money.
FH&P Lawyers LLP welcomes Simon Shakibaei to the Firm
Originally from New Brunswick, Simon obtained his Bachelor of Science from Mount Allison University in 2005, and his Bachelor of Laws from the University of New Brunswick in 2011. He was called to the Alberta bar in 2012 and has successfully appeared at all levels of court in Alberta. Simon was called to the British Columbia bar in 2018. Simon's experience includes acting as second counsel in negotiating a highly lucrative funding agreement with the provincial government on behalf of a professional association. He obtained his first reported decision during his articles, in an international child abduction matter: J.S. v. R.M., 2012 ABPC 184. Prior to joining FH&P Lawyers LLP, Simon worked at a firm specializing in construction law matters. Simon's preferred area of practice is in litigation and dispute resolution with an emphasis on construction-related disputes including builders' liens, construction contracts and delay claims. Simon's focus is on providing clients with pragmatic and cost-effective solutions where possible.