Kate Bake-Paterson practises in the area of corporate/commercial law with a particular emphasis on advising charities and not-for-profit organizations.

She regularly assists both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations with a wide variety of corporate and commercial issues, and has also developed specialized knowledge of the additional legal and business issues faced by charities and other not-for-profit organizations that go beyond those of for-profit companies.

In her work with charities and other not-for-profit organizations, Kate advises clients on a broad range of issues, including those relating to:

  • incorporating and organizing not-for-profit entities;
  • governance and other structural issues, including relationships with other organizations;
  • obtaining and maintaining charitable registration with the Canada Revenue Agency;
  • assisting donors with pledging and making gifts to charities, foundations with making grants to charitable organizations and charities with receiving and disbursing gifts; and
  • commercial transactions, including obtaining governing funding and loans from other organizations.

In her work with for-profit entities, Kate advises clients on various types of commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, the purchase and sale of businesses, equity and debt financings and the formation and organization of various corporate and partnership structures. She also assists clients with their corporate and governance issues on an on-going basis.

Kate has worked on significant infrastructure projects in Canada, including the Canada Line Project, the Kicking Horse Canyon Project and the Golden Ears Bridge Project in British Columbia and the Calgary Ring Road Project and the Northeast Stoney Trail Project in Alberta.

Kate is also a member of the firm’s health law practice group, and assists both public and private-sector health-care providers with their contractual, administrative and regulatory matters, as well as with their corporate governance concerns.