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Elisabeth Colson is the head of the Corporate Commercial Department at Devry Smith Frank LLP. Fluently bilingual in English and in French, Elisabeth received her honours B.A. in Political Science from McGill University, and received her law degree from Universite de Montreal in 1989. Elisabeth is a member of the Ontario and Quebec bars.
Elisabeth has held both private practice and in-house positions in Canada and abroad, and has extensive experience in a wide range of business law matters, including general corporate and commercial, franchising, intellectual property, insurance and reinsurance, leasing, media and production financing, and trademarks. She was general counsel for a venture capital firm, held the position of Vice-President, Legal Affairs for an international franchise company and acted as in-house legal counsel for all companies acquired by the firm. Immediately prior to joining DSF, Elisabeth was legal counsel for a global reinsurance company. In that capacity she attended to all corporate matters including corporate governance and compliance in numerous jurisdictions, and was involved in risk assessment and risk management.
Elisabeth has a general corporate/commercial practice. She regularly advises her clients with respect to general corporate and commercial matters including drafting and settling commercial agreements, corporate organizations and reorganizations, franchising matters, intellectual property matters, private placements, mergers and acquisitions, and shareholder-related matters.
Elisabeth is currently the Co-Chair of the Professional Advisory Committee of Baycrest Foundation. The Committee’s mission is to support Baycrest Foundation by educating financial, legal and accounting professionals for the purpose of offering advice to their aging clients and their families.