Suzanne Dingwall Williams
Founding Partner Venture Law Associates LLP
Suzie has more than 19 years experience working with public and private companies in a variety of industries, including telcommunications, software, digital media, healthcare IT, materials and clean tech. Admitted to the New York and Ontario bars, Suzie has worked for law firms on Bay Street and Wall Street, as well as for Nortel Networks. In 1998, Suzie left Nortel Networks to become general counsel to Saraide Inc., a wireless data spinout of Nortel Networks which was sold to Infospace for US $470 million in 2000. As General Counsel of Saraide, she managed all aspects of Saraide legal affairs, including all outbound and inbound licensing arrangements, employment law, intellectual property protection programs, corporate compliance programs and international activities and strategic alliances. Following the sale of Saraide, Suzie spent two years as a principal with BCE Capital, the venture capital arm of Bell Canada, where she managed investments in Canada and the United States. As a venture capital investor, Suzie provided strategic guidance and support to investee companies with respect to operational plans, recruiting, market and customer validation, to mergers and acquisitions. She is the author of two blogs for the entrepreneur: VENTURE LAW LINEs and Venture Law Flash Report.
Suzie has extensive expertise in venture capital, digital media, and e-commerce law. She regularly advises clients on new business models, raising capital, content rights issues, online contracts and e-commerce issues and technology licensing issues. Suzie has participated on the boards of start-ups in Canada and Silicon Valley and is currently legal counsel and business advisor to a number of Canadian entrepreneurs and start-ups, as well as later stage software and communications companies. A frequent speaker and TV appearances on building and sustaining new companies, Suzie is also the founder of Corner Office Beauty, Inc., a perfume and body care company.
Recent Representative Engagements:
Strategic counsel to public software company on formation, structure and funding of Asian digital media joint venture. Counsel to digital online music services company in several rounds of investment, including sale of controlling stake. Represented Canadian healthcare IT company in sale to US purchaser. Represented Canadian online services company in sale of assets to US purchaser. Represented private broadband service company in series of strategic financings and strategic acquisition of assets of US software company. Represented private telecom software Company in acquisition of technology and other assets of California-based corporation. Counsel to Canadian venture capital fund on employment and other operational matters. Represented clean energy company in seed financing, formation of stock option plan and compensation plan, other formation issues.