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Gowling WLG announces three new partners

Monday, February 06, 2017 @ 4:23 PM | By Elisa Birnbaum

Corporate commercial lawyer Lorraine Mastersmith, technology lawyer Parna Sabet-Stephenson and real estate lawyer Sarah Crowe have joined international law firm Gowling WLG as partners.

Mastersmith, based in Ottawa, practises corporate, M&A and securities law, helping emerging and established companies on mergers & acquisitions, corporate reorganization, accessing capital from banks, private lenders and all forms of equity investors. She brings years of experience drafting and negotiating commercial and technology licensing agreements. Mastersmith was recognized at the Women’s Business Network of Ottawa’s 2014 Businesswoman of the Year awards, where she was named among the three finalists in the “Professional” category.

Sabet-Stephenson will be based out of the Toronto office, overseeing transactional and commercial matters related to technology, outsourcing, payments and e-commerce for domestic and international clients. With almost two decades of experience acting for financial services, technology, telecommunications, retail, energy, life sciences, infrastructure and automotive industries, Sabet-Stephenson's practice also focuses on Fintech and emerging technologies. Recognized nationally and internationally as a top lawyer by Chambers, Who’s Who Legal and Lexpert, she's currently the vice-president of the Canadian IT Law Association.

Ottawa-based Crowe focuses her practice on commercial real estate, with an emphasis on acquisitions, divestitures and leasing. Called to the bar in both Ontario and Alberta, she is also experienced in the area of corporate finance and has advised lenders and borrowers on numerous debt financing arrangements — from bond offerings and secured and unsecured bank credit facilities to project finance transactions.