Brian Lerner


Winnipeg / Services provided by B D Lerner Law Corporation

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Education & Qualifications

  • Manitoba Bar (1989)
  • LLB (Manitoba, 1988)
  • BA, Economics (Manitoba, 1989)

Brian practises corporate and commercial law, advising clients on mergers, acquisitions and divestitures of businesses, leveraged buy-outs, cross-border transactions, corporate finance and secured lending, corporate governance, commercial real estate and other general commercial matters.

  • Acted as lead counsel in the land assembly, financing, construction and leasing of “True North Square”, a major, mixed use development and public plaza in downtown Winnipeg.
  • Acted on behalf WGI Westman Group of Companies in the acquisition of the operations of the national steel drainage solutions division of Armtec LP.
  • Acted on behalf of the founders/owners of Mondetta/MPG, a global manufacturer/distributor of casual apparel and activewear, in connection with the sale of a substantial equity interest to Webster Equity Partners, a U.S. private equity firm.
  • Acted on behalf of the founders/owners of K-Tec Earthmovers Inc., a manufacturer and global distributor of earthmoving equipment, in connection with the sale of substantial equity interest to Owner Resource Group (ORG), a U.S. private equity firm.
  • Acted on behalf of True North Sports+Entertainment to negotiate and conclude the equity and syndicated debt financing for the acquisition and relocation of the NHL “Atlanta Thrashers” to Winnipeg.
  • Acted in the financing and construction of a new downtown sports and entertainment complex, involving public sector and private sector (equity and debt) participation.
  • Acted in the merger of a local private company with a national, publicly-traded company
  • Acted in the sale of a national portfolio of commercial real estate properties.
  • Member of the MLT Aikins Executive Board
  • Director, Health Sciences Centre Foundation
  • Director, True North Youth Foundation
  • Law Society of Manitoba: Bencher (2009-2012), Complaints Investigation Committee, Chair (2011-2012), Investment Committee (2011-present)
  • Director, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada (2009-2012)
  • Past Chair of the Board of Directors, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada (Manitoba Division)


  • Manitoba Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Former Sessional Lecturer – University of Manitoba Faculty of Law, Advanced Corporate Law
  • Lawyer of the Year, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Best Lawyers (Winnipeg, 2022)
  • Lawyer of the Year, Corporate Law, Best Lawyers (Winnipeg, 2021)
  • Recognized by Chambers Canada as a Leading Canadian lawyer in Corporate/Commercial law (since 2021)
  • Lawyer of the Year, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Best Lawyers (Winnipeg, 2020)
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers, Corporate Law (since 2011) and Mergers & Acquisitions Law (since 2020)
  • Named consistently in the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guides as one of leading 500 lawyers in Canada
  • A leading practitioner, Corporate Commercial, Corporate Mid-Market, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory