Lara Merjane is an associate in our Corporate Team. Over the past 10 years, she developed expertise in drafting and negotiating commercial agreements for companies in Canada, the US, and Brazil. Her practice focuses on complex corporate and commercial issues, with emphasis on risk and contract management. Lara sees the bigger picture when providing clients in high-stakes disputes with practical and results-oriented strategic advice.
Lara lawyered for seven years in Brazil on a broad array of commercial disputes, primarily litigating employment cases for multinational companies and negotiating collective bargaining agreements for regional and national unions.
After moving to Canada, she worked in legal departments of FinTechs, publicly traded American companies, and a Group of technology, recruiting and payroll companies with branches across Canada and the US, where she developed knowledge in cross-border commercial transactions.
On a different note, her early adulthood interest in technology led her to start a Computer Science degree and learn coding languages before transitioning to law. Her IT industry experience gives her an edge over many other legal advisors. She draws on her prior know-how as a web developer to advise clients organizations in the industry, mixing her legal experience and business strategies to complement corporate management.
Lara is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School, a certified Commercial Contract Manager, and a member of the Law Society of Ontario. She is also fluent in Portuguese and conversational in Spanish.