Duncan is a US and Canadian cross-border lawyer with broad experience in corporate and securities law matters, mergers and acquisitions, commercial real estate transactions, international trade and other strategic matters of crucial importance to his clients. Duncan has advised on significant and high-profile matters across a broad range of industries, including financial services, technology, forestry, mining and commercial real estate (including REITs and listed real estate funds). A number of these transactions have been cited as “deals of the year” for innovation or significance in international markets.
Over the past 19 years, he has advised on major international transactions originating from clients in more than 25 countries worldwide and more than 40 states. Duncan’s practice includes a significant number of Canadian and international M&A and commercial real estate transactions, with a particular emphasis on cross-border U.S. matters.
Duncan also advises the B.C. forest industry on the Canada-U.S. softwood lumber dispute, one of the world’s largest and most complex international trade matters.
Helping clients of all kinds identify and achieve the best strategic outcome in complex situations is Duncan’s key focus.
Prior to returning home to Vancouver with his family and joining Farris in 2012, Duncan was an Executive Director and Senior Counsel at Goldman Sachs in London and Hong Kong. Before Goldman Sachs, Duncan was an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, one of New York’s leading law firms, in New York and London.
Duncan actively supports many causes in the community. He is Co-Chair of McGill’s Advisory Board for Western Canada, a director of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and an enthusiastic U14 soccer coach.