Kirk Emery

Partner | Toronto


Portrait of Kirk Emery


Kirk represents clients on mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financings, corporate governance, commercial agreements, and general corporate matters.

Kirk advises leading and emerging Canadian, foreign, and multinational businesses. His clients include public and private companies, investment funds, financial institutions, owner managed businesses, and emerging growth companies

Among other industries in which he has expertise, Kirk has deep experience with technology transactions and companies. In addition to advising mature technology companies on corporate and commercial matters, and working with other specialists to calibrate their work for the technology company context, he advises emerging growth companies throughout their lifecycle, including on incorporation, organization, commercialization of intellectual property, venture capital financing, scaling, and exit. Kirk has substantial experience with legal and commercial aspects of the blockchain ecosystem at all levels of the technology stack.

Kirk’s cross border practice involves advising foreign clients on Canadian matters and domestic clients on matters throughout Canada and abroad, as well as multijurisdictional transactions. With law degrees in both common law and civil law, and legal licensure in both Canada and the United States, Kirk is adept at managing legal work that involves assets, ownership, and other touch points in different legal systems.

Formerly the Executive Vice President of Legal & Business Development at a global technology unicorn, Kirk understands the real life pressures and opportunities that his clients face and offers practical, business centric advice in plain English.

Thought leadership

  • Speaker, Web 3 – The Legal Landscape, Metaverse Toronto Summit, April 9, 2024
  • Moderator, Navigating the Liquid Staking Landscape: Legal and Industry Perspectives, Canadian Blockchain Consortium, Summit, November 30, 2023
  • Co-author, The Intersection of Blockchain Technology and Carbon Markets, Communiques, August 15, 2023
  • Author, Blockchain Law: Anatomy of Staking ContractsApril 25, 2023
  • Speaker, Blockchain and Digital Asset Fundamentals, Canadian Association of Alternative Strategies and Assets, Superweek 2022, September 27, 2022

Community involvement

  • Past Councillor, Saint Mary's University Alumni Association

Professional memberships

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association

Bar admissions & education

  • Ontario, 2018
  • New York, 2013
  • LL.B. and B.C.L., McGill Faculty of Law, 2013
  • Canadian Securities Course, 2011
  • B.A. (Honours), Saint Mary’s University, 2009