Complex Commercial Litigation

We work on "bet the company" fights when the survival or direction of an organization is at stake. These often involve shareholder or partnership disputes, disputes over a major joint venture, and collaborations to commercialize intellectual property or to serve a target market.

Public Law

We have experience in holding the government to account in a range of proceedings, including: challenging the interpretation of statutes and regulatory policy; constitutional challenges of government action on the grounds of civil liberties like freedom of expression and association; challenges to the admissibility of statutorily compelled evidence; and challenges to the abuse of government discretion and administrative power.

White-Collar and Regulatory Defense

We defend clients facing criminal prosecution or regulatory action, including allegations of environmental damage, income tax evasion, securities fraud, worksite accidents, and search warrant executions.

Our accomplishments

Our list of accomplishments include:

  • Kept a business owner out of jail in a tax evasion prosecution
  • Mitigated a $1,000,000 securities fraud prosecution into a minor dispute
  • Froze assets of a former employee who executed an internal fraud
  • Prevented a regulator from taking action against a real estate professional based on unfounded, but highly publicized, allegations
  • Defended a mortgage broker from allegations of fraud - quietly, before formal action
  • Protected a business, its founder, and employees from claims of breach of a non-competition clause
  • Protected the interests of a founding shareholder in an ownership dispute over a publicly-traded pharmaceutical company
  • Defended an individual in a complex multi-jurisdiction action on a financial guarantee
  • Defended a director against Mainland Chinese interests in a debt and corporate dispute for the control of a publicly-traded para-pharmaceutical company, involving a complex conflict of laws issues and the application of Chinese law
  • Helped to defend a former municipal council member defend against allegations of breaches of fiduciary duty and misuse of public office
  • Successfully sued an industry organization in an inter-provincial defamation action, as well as defended a judgment in a subsequent appeal
  • Defended a commercial real estate developer and manager against allegations of negligence, fraudulent misrepresentation, and conspiracy
  • Sued a director for stealing from his company and taking corporate opportunities and business from the company
  • Defended a national retailer in the B.C. proceedings of a multi-provincial dispute involving the carriage of goods
  • Sued a shipbuilder over the failure to complete a commercial fishing vessel and the loss of profits from a missed fishing season
  • Helped to protect a lumber company from a multi-million dollar claim over logging equipment and lost business
  • Helped to defend a pulp and paper company in a multi-million dollar claim over log transport contracts
  • Helped to defend a heli-logging company in a significant logging claim involving a First Nations band
"A debtor owed us a substantial sum of money (a six-figure sum). We found out this person was about to liquidate their main asset without telling us, leaving us no realistic chance to ever get our money back. Ascendion Law worked around the clock to freeze the sale and eventually negotiated a quick settlement where we recovered all of the money owed to us. Ascendion was responsive, stayed on budget, and was highly effective."
Jim deCarle, President, GO WIRELESS INC, Vancouver, BC