Meet the Team

Mandy Cheema
Mandy K. Cheema
Lawyer
Email: mcheema@synergylaw.ca

Mandy K. Cheema (B.A. (Hons.) SFU 1998, LL.B. Osgoode 2001) is an experienced business lawyer who practices real estate, financing, corporate and commercial law.

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Mandy advises residential and commercial real estate developers with respect to the acquisition, disposition, development, marketing, leasing and financing of residential and commercial real estate developments. Her lending practice includes advising institutional lenders, private lenders and borrowers in commercial and real estate transactions. She assists business owners with sales and acquisitions by way of asset or share transactions, corporate reorganizations, partnerships, joint ventures, corporate governance and other corporate and commercial matters. She also provides general corporate advice to societies and not-for-profit corporations and has experience in dealing with registered charity status applications.

In her spare time, Mandy enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and fitness training.

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David Harvey
David Harvey
Lawyer
Email: dharvey@synergylaw.ca

David Harvey (B.A. SFU 2006, J.D. UVIC 2010) is a business lawyer whose primary focus is on the purchase and sale of privately-held businesses.

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David has extensive experience advising clients on a range of legal issues, including employment law, business structuring and shareholder agreements, leasing, and commercial real estate and lending transactions. 

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Mindy Kim
Mina Kim
Lawyer
Email: mkim@synergylaw.ca

Mina Kim (B.Comm UBC 2013, J.D. UBC 2016) is a lawyer with a business background and a double major in Marketing and International Business.

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Mina maintains a general practice with a focus on corporate commercial law, business immigration and real estate. Mina was the recipient of the J.S.D. Tory Prize for Advocacy during her legal studies at the University of British Columbia and is proficient in Korean. In her spare time, Mina enjoys traveling and attending fitness classes.

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Mandy Cheema
Robert Lee
Partner
Email: rlee@synergylaw.ca

Robert Lee is a knowledgeable corporate lawyer that has advised clients on a wide range of business law issues across many industries.

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Robert’s experience has been focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and general corporate governance, and he has acted for purchasers and vendors in connection with the acquisition or sale of assets and companies in the technology, film and movie, and marine transportation industries, amongst others. He has also advised borrowers and purchasers on the financing of the purchase and construction of containerships and worked with founders in the set-up of private equity and venture capital funds, and Robert is familiar with limited partnership structures and venture capital/debt investments.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Robert was a researcher in the field of molecular genetics and investigated lipid biosynthesis in plant systems.

*Incorporated Partner

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Kelsey K. McDermott
Lawyer
Email: kmcdermott@synergylaw.ca

Kelsey K. McDermott (B.B.A. (Hons.) 2003, LL.B. 2009) is a chartered accountant and business lawyer practising corporate and commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring and estate planning.

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Kelsey combines her financial accounting and business valuation experience with her legal training to allow her to provide comprehensive legal analysis to her clients’ business issues.

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Raymond D. Schachter
Senior Counsel
Email: rschachter@synergylaw.ca

Ray is an Associate Counsel, with more than 40 years’ experience advising clients in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario on complex corporate and commercial matters.

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His diverse client base includes private education providers, private liquor stores, hydroelectric power producers, development companies, and numerous significant British Columbia private companies. He advises such clients on the full range of corporate and commercial matters, assisting with their day to day requirements and with matters such as acquisitions, dispositions, agreements, reorganizations, business planning, construction contracts and project development agreements. He also writes and lectures on legal ethics and has delivered many educational seminars. Ray has been doing community and voluntary work throughout his career.

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Howard D. Wong
Senior Counsel
Email: hwong@synergylaw.ca

Howard D. Wong (B.Sc. 1977, LL.B 1981) is an experienced commercial and real estate lawyer.

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In addition to assisting business people with their ongoing operational matters, Howard assists clients with sophisticated real estate issues, business transactions and trusts. Howard’s work includes real estate development, heritage residential, low and high rise residential, shopping centres, mixed-use projects, air space subdivisions, commercial leasing, and sales and acquisitions of real estate and businesses. Howard also enjoys applying his experience to estate planning and wealth management.

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Elaine Choi
Lawyer
Email: echoi@synergylaw.ca

Elaine Choi (B.Comm (Dean’s Honour Roll) UBC 2011, J.D. UBC 2015) is a lawyer with a business background and a Finance Major.

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Elaine worked in the legal department of a large North American women’s fashion boutique prior to joining Synergy Business Lawyers. While studying at the University of British Columbia, Elaine was the recipient of several awards including the David Roberts Prize in Legal Writing. Elaine maintains a general business practice with a focus on corporate and commercial law. In her spare time, Elaine enjoys spending time outdoors with her four dogs and traveling.

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Carl P. Jacobson
Partner
Email: cjacobson@synergylaw.ca

Carl P. Jacobson (B.Sc. 1989, M.B.A. 1993, LL.B. 1993) is a founding partner of Synergy Business Lawyers.

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He is an experienced business lawyer who works with businesses, business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals from a variety of professions in the set up, operation, management, growth and sale of their business. Carl has particular experience in the area of structuring and restructuring of private companies, including the associated business, personal and family planning, trust and estate planning issues. Carl has a demonstrated ability to work effectively with his client’s team and enjoys seeing his clients succeed in their personal and professional lives.

Outside of the office, as a former multiple time British Columbia champion road cyclist, Carl spends his free time on the Board of one of Canada’s largest amateur cycling teams. He also enjoys skiing, fishing and road and mountain biking.

*Incorporated Partner

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Arielle Lavender
Lawyer
Email: alavender@synergylaw.ca

Arielle Lavender (B.Comm (Hons.) 2008, LL.B. 2011, J.D. 2013) maintains a general business law practice with a focus on corporate and commercial law, acquisitions and divestitures, real estate and wills and estates.

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Arielle is also a member of the Barreau du Québec (2013) and is fluent in French.

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Amy Lowe
Lawyer
Email: alowe@synergylaw.ca

Amy Lowe (B.B.A. (First Class Honours) 2008, J.D. UBC 2012) is a lawyer with a background in business and finance.

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Amy has a wide variety of business and real estate knowledge gained from her experiences as a real estate licensee, business consultant and retail banker. Amy’s practice is concentrated on corporate commercial, real estate and business immigration. Amy was the recipient of the Davis LLP prize in Asian Law at the University of British Columbia and is fluent in Cantonese.

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Brian E. Rudy
Partner
Email: brudy@synergylaw.ca

Brian E. Rudy (B.Sc. McGill 1989, LL.B. UBC 1994) is a founding partner of Synergy Business Lawyers.

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He is an experienced corporate lawyer who practices corporate commercial law, with a focus on privately-held corporations and entrepreneurs. Brian assists clients with mergers and acquisitions, business succession, technology licensing, distribution channels and franchising, internet and software law, corporate governance, private equity financing, employment law, commercial leasing, foreign worker recruitment, and other legal matters that arise in the course of business.

Brian was chair of the course “Private Company Structuring” in 2005, he was a speaker at the Advanced Mergers and Acquisitions Course in 2009, both for the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, and Brian regularly lectures throughout British Columbia on the topics of structuring businesses, purchasing businesses and preparing businesses for sale. Brian’s clients range from professionals and emerging software companies, to construction companies and multinational resource companies.

*Incorporated Partner

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Dale W. Wilcox
Senior Counsel
Email: dwilcox@synergylaw.ca

Dale W. Wilcox (B.S.F UBC 1974, LLB UBC 1980) is a seasoned legal practitioner who provides advice to local, regional, national and international clients.

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His practice focuses on real estate, real estate development, financing and corporate and commercial law. His broad experience includes corporate law, office-tower development, complex commercial transactions, as well as corporate and real estate financing. He has presented to Continuing Legal Education, the Canadian Tax Foundation and has been called upon as an expert witness by the B.C Supreme Court.

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