Q & A
PCMA FOUNDING SPONSORS
CAPITAL MARKE TS LIMITED
PCMA Founding Sponsors have played an important role in establishing and supporting the Association across Canada.
Their support has made a difference for exempt market industry across Canada and we extend our sincere appreciation for their leadership
and vision. The Association offers a limited number of the PCMA Founding Sponsorships for a two-year term.
If you are interested in becoming a Founding Sponsor please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Tell us about your company and its focus?
WeirFoulds LLP is a full-service law firm offering expertise in the
four broad areas of Corporate, Litigation, Government/Municipal
and Real Estate. We have been in existence for 154 years, so we
have witnessed all the trends within the legal community (
merger-mania, rise of the boutiques, foreign invasions, de-merger mania
and the like). We stick to a business model which has worked well
for us for the last century and a half, namely, to provide practical,
nimble and results oriented solutions at competitive pricing – and
where our clients are always the “rock stars”, not the lawyers.
On the private capital side, although we represent a number
of Fortune 500 clients in various capacities, our focus is on the
middle market of the Canadian economy. We focus on mid-sized
entrepreneurial clients/issuers who by nature are often in a
constant state of evolution, whether they are raising capital, making
acquisitions, issuing debt, selling assets, reorganizing, or going
public. We have also developed an active practice representing
EMD’s, from registration, through to day-to-day regulatory advice,
representing both registrants and issuers before the OSC, as well
as transactional work in connection with private placements.
2. Why has WeirFoulds become a PCMA Founding Sponsor?
WeirFoulds has been a founding supporter of the PCMA from
the start. In 2002, Morley Salmon the PCMA’s Founding Chair
approached our Firm to get behind the idea of the first and truly
national organization to represent the interests of Exempt Market
Dealers (then Limited Market Dealers). We incorporated the PCMA
as a not-for-profit corporation on a pro bono basis and have
enthusiastically provided various levels of pro bono support to the
organization over the last 12 years. It was a natural evolution for
WeirFoulds to provide hard dollar financial support as a Founding
Sponsor, to enable the PCMA to continue to flourish under the
capable Executive and Board leadership that are currently in place.
3. Why should other firms support the PCMA?
To us it is an easy call. The private capital markets are the
largest and most dynamic source of capital in Canada, dwarfing all
other sources of funding, including the public markets - it’s where
the “action” is. Private capital markets are constantly evolving,
the most recent example being TSX’s embrace through its Private
Markets initiatives. The PCMA offers networking opportunities for
EMD’s, issuers and those organizations who support and advise
them, professional and educational development, government and
regulatory advocacy, industry affiliation to support professionalism
to the marketplace, as well as deal origination and syndication
The benefits are significant, and for a relatively modest
investment. We hope many more firms join us in supporting the
important work of the PCMA and find their own way to benefit from
the tremendous opportunities it can offer.
FOUNDING SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT