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McMillan is a leading Canadian business law firm serving private, public and not-for-profit clients across key industries in Canada, the United States and around the world. With recognized expertise and acknowledged leadership in major business sectors, we provide solutions-oriented legal advice through our offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal and Hong Kong. Our firm values – respect, teamwork, commitment, client service and professional excellence – are at the heart of McMillan’s commitment to serve our clients, our local communities and the legal profession.

Our industry-focused teams follow industry developments and participate in industry associations and events, enabling us to deliver sound practical legal advice informed by knowledge of our clients and their industries. We have teams concentrating on the Cannabis, energy, oil and gas, media and entertainment, automotive, health care and transportation sectors, to name just a few.

The Startups @ McMillan team leverages this deep industry knowledge and experience while providing streamlined, efficient legal services to startups.

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We’re entrepreneurs. Founders. Explorers. Web developers. We educate. We’re gamers. Avid skiers. We’re into theatre. We innovate. We’re into science fiction. We travel. We're here to help you. Come meet the team.

  • Leila Rafi
    Leila Rafi Co-Chair, Startups and Emerging Companies
    Partner, Capital Markets and M&A — Toronto

    Unlike a typical Bay Street lawyer, Leila is an extrovert and highly social who most enjoys connecting contacts for business ideas and deals through her extensive professional network. As Co-Chair, Startups and Emerging Companies, and Partner in the Capital Markets and M&A Group, Leila brings boundless energy in working with founders and entrepreneurs, guiding them through the legal landscape and helping them avoid common pitfalls for startups.

    Previously, she developed her corporate and commercial expertise acting as co-lead external counsel on the Modernization Project for the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation for four years, but worry not, she won’t tell you not to take a gamble on your latest idea or product!

    Leila has also acted as an adjunct professor at the Universities of Windsor and Western law schools, and leads annual course programs for legal professionals.

    When she’s not helping her clients raise capital or nurture their latest invention, Leila is a champion for diversity and inclusion in corporate leadership, speaks regularly on a variety of securities law topics, and volunteers for the Law Society and Yonge Street Mission.

    Email: leila.rafi@mcmillan.ca Phone: 1-416-945-8017

    Unlike a typical Bay Street lawyer, Leila is an extrovert and highly social who most enjoys connecting contacts for business ideas and deals through her extensive professional network. As Co-Chair, Startups and Emerging Companies, and Partner in the Capital Markets and M&A Group, Leila brings boundless energy in working with founders and entrepreneurs, guiding them through the legal landscape and helping them avoid common pitfalls for startups.

    Previously, she developed her corporate and commercial expertise acting as co-lead external counsel on the Modernization Project for the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation for four years, but worry not, she won’t tell you not to take a gamble on your latest idea or product!

    Leila has also acted as an adjunct professor at the Universities of Windsor and Western law schools, and leads annual course programs for legal professionals.

    When she’s not helping her clients raise capital or nurture their latest invention, Leila is a champion for diversity and inclusion in corporate leadership, speaks regularly on a variety of securities law topics, and volunteers for the Law Society and Yonge Street Mission.

  • Pablo Tseng
    Pablo Tseng Partner, Intellectual Property and Business Law — Vancouver

    Pablo is a lawyer, patent agent, and trademark agent. But don’t let that fool you: he is indeed someone that you’ll enjoy talking to – both about law and topics not related to law.

    Pablo’s intellectual property law practice is varied, and he keeps it that way in order to be better in tune with the business realities that his clients face. In addition to drafting commercial and licensing agreements and handling all aspects of patent and trademark drafting, prosecution, and enforcement, he also prides himself in helping you assess what your IP needs really are at any given time during the life cycle of your business. He is, at heart, an IP advisor.

    Outside of his legal practice, you will find Pablo constantly trying to make comebacks in past-times he enjoyed prior to getting into the legal profession. One day he will succeed, and earn the coveted title of being “comeback weekend warrior of the year”.

    Email: pablo.tseng@mcmillan.ca Phone: 1-778-328-1631

    Pablo is a lawyer, patent agent, and trademark agent. But don’t let that fool you: he is indeed someone that you’ll enjoy talking to – both about law and topics not related to law.

    Pablo’s intellectual property law practice is varied, and he keeps it that way in order to be better in tune with the business realities that his clients face. In addition to drafting commercial and licensing agreements and handling all aspects of patent and trademark drafting, prosecution, and enforcement, he also prides himself in helping you assess what your IP needs really are at any given time during the life cycle of your business. He is, at heart, an IP advisor.

    Outside of his legal practice, you will find Pablo constantly trying to make comebacks in past-times he enjoyed prior to getting into the legal profession. One day he will succeed, and earn the coveted title of being “comeback weekend warrior of the year”.

  • Kourtney Rylands
    Kourtney Rylands Senior Associate, Business Law and Restructuring — Calgary

    Kourtney is a business law and restructuring lawyer who has experience dealing with companies at all stages of development. She assists clients to deal with companies that are in distress in her restructuring practice and takes that perspective to her corporate practice and her work with start-up companies.

    She focuses on providing timely and practical advice to her clients and believes in tailoring legal advice and legal work to the current needs of a company. In addition, she takes a team approach to client service which allows clients to benefit from cost savings and efficiencies in service, which are key for growing companies.

    Kourtney has dealt with hundreds of start-up and junior businesses in a broad range of industries, including applied technologies, life sciences, manufacturing, energy, agriculture, and retail. This experience allows Kourtney to understand the issues that can prevent a company from succeeding and gives her a unique perspective on establishing and structuring start-ups.

    Email: kourtney.rylands@mcmillan.ca Phone: 1-403-355-3326

    Kourtney is a business law and restructuring lawyer who has experience dealing with companies at all stages of development. She assists clients to deal with companies that are in distress in her restructuring practice and takes that perspective to her corporate practice and her work with start-up companies.

    She focuses on providing timely and practical advice to her clients and believes in tailoring legal advice and legal work to the current needs of a company. In addition, she takes a team approach to client service which allows clients to benefit from cost savings and efficiencies in service, which are key for growing companies.

    Kourtney has dealt with hundreds of start-up and junior businesses in a broad range of industries, including applied technologies, life sciences, manufacturing, energy, agriculture, and retail. This experience allows Kourtney to understand the issues that can prevent a company from succeeding and gives her a unique perspective on establishing and structuring start-ups.

  • Rish Handa
    Rish Handa Counsel, Business Law and Technology — Montréal / Toronto

    Rish practices in McMillan’s Business Law Group and Technology, Intellectual Property, and Privacy Group in our Montreal and Toronto offices. He is experienced in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance, and has specialized in technology, privacy, data protection, and intellectual property law.

    Rish’s technology and privacy practice primarily involves advising clients regarding intellectual property licensing arrangements, commercialization and funding arrangements, privacy, cybersecurity, anti-spam compliance, and patent/copyright matters. He has a background in computer science and is well-versed in technological concepts. He also advises on a variety of day-to-day commercial matters, including sales and distribution arrangements, and services agreements.

    He provides counsel to technology firms, public and private entities, as well as start-ups and emerging companies. Rish has represented corporations in various industries, including information technology, video games, smartphones, energy & natural resources, and defense.

    Rish is an avid ball hockey player and ice hockey goaltender. Busy at work, Rish doesn’t see enough of his Xbox One 🙁

    Email: rish.handa@mcmillan.ca Phone: 1-514-987-5067

    Rish practices in McMillan’s Business Law Group and Technology, Intellectual Property, and Privacy Group in our Montreal and Toronto offices. He is experienced in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance, and has specialized in technology, privacy, data protection, and intellectual property law.

    Rish’s technology and privacy practice primarily involves advising clients regarding intellectual property licensing arrangements, commercialization and funding arrangements, privacy, cybersecurity, anti-spam compliance, and patent/copyright matters. He has a background in computer science and is well-versed in technological concepts. He also advises on a variety of day-to-day commercial matters, including sales and distribution arrangements, and services agreements.

    He provides counsel to technology firms, public and private entities, as well as start-ups and emerging companies. Rish has represented corporations in various industries, including information technology, video games, smartphones, energy & natural resources, and defense.

    Rish is an avid ball hockey player and ice hockey goaltender. Busy at work, Rish doesn’t see enough of his Xbox One 🙁