Cameron MacCarthy

Cameron MacCarthy
Nerland Lindsey LLP

Cameron MacCarthy, partner with the Calgary firm Nerland Lindsey LLP, focuses on all aspects of business law, with particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, corporate reorganizations, and corporate finance.

Mr. MacCarthy earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science/political theory in 2005 from the University of Victoria and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Calgary in 2010 and was called to the Alberta bar in 2011.

He graduated in 2014 from the CPA Canada In-depth Tax Course, and completed Accounting and Finance for Non-Financial Managers in 2015 from the McGill Executive Institute. 

Mr. MacCarthy has extensive experience in the negotiation of shareholder agreements and investor rights agreements, and advising on corporate governance matters, and works closely with the firm's tax & estate planning group, focusing primarily on corporate structuring, restructuring and private financing transactions.

A council member of the Canadian Bar Association (Alberta Branch), he is also a member of the Canadian Bar Association, Calgary Bar Association, Canadian Tax Foundation, and Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association, and committee member of the Association for Corporate Growth (Calgary Chapter). 

Cameron MacCarthy In The News
Alternative fee structures create alignment, strengthen relationships

For clients, alternative fee arrangements can help provide certainty and clarity with respect to the cost of legal services, helping to eliminate some of the challenges created by the traditional ‘billable hour,’ fee model, Calgary business lawyer Cameron MacCarthy tells . Read more

Understanding objectives key to setting up ideal corporate structure

When it comes to setting up a corporate structure, one size does not fit all — and finding the right approach requires a thorough understanding of the business and its vision for the mid and long-term, Calgary business lawyer Cameron MacCarthy tells . Read more

Adequate preparation time crucial when selling business

Selling a small to medium-sized business requires planning, strategy and due diligence — but many entrepreneurs are surprised by the time commitment required in order to successfully carry out this process, Calgary business lawyer  Cameron MacCarthy tells . Read more

Cryptocurrency offering may come with regulatory requirements

With interest in the Canadian cryptocurrency market growing and attracting the attention of the nation’s securities regulators, fintech businesses need to be aware of the potential regulatory requirements of their offerings, Calgary business lawyer  Cameron MacCarthy tells . Read more

Best practices for board of directors meetings

By Cameron MacCarthy and Joe Rattan. Clients often ask about the role and responsibilities of being a corporate director and whether or not they should accept an offer to join a board of directors (referred to in this blog as a board). Although the decision to join a board is ultimately a personal one and an experience that can be both personally and professionally rewarding, it is a decision that should be carefully made after completing adequate due diligence and obtaining a full and complete understanding of the needs of the business and the other people involved at the board and management levels of a corporation. Read more

Common drafting mistakes in shareholder agreements

By Cameron MacCarthy and Chris Johnston. This is the first article in a two part series discussing common issues arising from or related to shareholder agreements. Read more

Defensive tactics to defend against an unsolicited take-over bid

By Cameron MacCarthy and Joe Rattan . Recent changes  to Canadian securities laws (as of May 2016) have created longer time frames and higher tender bid thresholds, amongst other things, in respect of take-over bids. These changes have been implemented to improve the integrity of the take-over bid regime. However, the receipt of an unsolicited take-over bid is still something that a target’s board of directors is often unprepared for. Thus, a target may be left scrambling for possible alternatives to combat or defeat such a bid, with little time to do so. Therefore, evaluating some of the tactics available to an issuer defending against an unsolicited bid still warrants discussion and consideration. Read more

Locking the box to avoid price chipping

By Cameron MacCarthy . Traditionally, change in control transactions in Canada involving private targets have been completed using a "closing accounts" pricing mechanism under which the parties agree to an enterprise value (often an EBITDA multiple) and a price on a "cash free, debt free" basis. Consideration paid on closing is based on estimated values which are then subject to a post-closing true-up. Read more

Provinces have last word on rules for marijuana distribution, sale

Although much attention has been focused on the federal government's plans for the distribution and sale of marijuana, this legislation is only a framework, as each province will ultimately have the power to implement its own rules and restrictions, Calgary business lawyer  Cameron MacCarthy and Andrew Wong write in The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Bill highlights succession planning issues facing businesses

Although a private member’s bill aimed at making the intergenerational transfer of companies less restrictive is a step in the right direction, it will likely be one of the tools that small business owners can consider, rather than a “silver bullet,” Calgary business lawyer  Cameron MacCarthy  tells  The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Law firm, legal community resources valuable for young lawyers

Although Calgary business lawyer  Cameron MacCarthy  says it was his firm’s strong emphasis on teamwork that helped him navigate his way from summer student to partnership, he tells The Lawyers Weekly that young lawyers also need to consider   other resources that may be available to them. “Our legal community in Calgary is very collegial, very tight,” explains MacCarthy, partner with  Shea Nerland Law . Read more

Alternative financing a solution for energy firms in current market

Traditional debt and equity market activity in the Canadian energy sector has fallen significantly due to depressed commodity prices, leading to challenges in accessing capital — but less conventional arrangements may help corporations obtain the growth they need during this period, Calgary business lawyer  Cameron MacCarthy and Andrew Nichol write in Lawyers Weekly . Read more

Increased reporting requirements for exempt market distributions

By Cameron MacCarthy and Adam Rock. Effective June 30, 2016, issuers will be subject to increased reporting requirements for exempt market distributions with the introduction of a new version of Form 45-106F1, which will apply to exempt market distributions in all provinces and territories of Canada, including British Columbia. Previously, the form of report for exempt distributions in British Columbia was Form 45-106F6, rather than Form 45-106F1.  Read more

Cameron MacCarthy embraces challenge of solving complex problems

What motivates and inspires Calgary business lawyer Cameron MacCarthy  in his day-to-day practice is the privilege of being a trusted adviser to a number of high-growth companies — and the in-depth solicitor-client relationship that comes with that role. Read more

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