Kristine M. Di Bacco

Partner
Toronto: 416.865.8115
Fax 416.865.7380

Education

LLB, 1998
McGill University
MBA Cornell University BA, 1995
University of Western Ontario

Bar Admissions

New York, 2017 California, 2008 Ontario, 2000

Overview

As the founder and Chair of Torys’ Emerging Companies and Venture Capital practice, Kristine provides strategic counseling to emerging and high-growth companies primarily in the consumer and enterprise tech, fintech, digital health, social networking and software industries. Kristine also represents and advises leading incubators, angel investors, venture capitalists, and strategic investors as they support and invest in companies across all stages of growth.

Kristine's experience and practice are truly cross-border. Originally from Toronto, Kristine spent over a decade working with notable startups, unicorns and funds in Silicon Valley and New York where she was a partner at a leading Silicon Valley technology law firm. Now based in Canada, Kristine works with leading investors and startups, utilizing her expertise and network to ensure both her Canadian and U.S. clients have access to the highest level of strategic counsel.

Kristine advises clients on all aspects of general corporate and securities law—from formation and corporate governance responsibilities to equity incentives and employment issues to IP and commercial transactions. She has negotiated and structured a wide variety of strategic transactions, including seed and venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, corporate reorganizations, and debt financings.

Representative Clients

  • Academia.edu
  • AirMap
  • CPP Investments
  • Coffee Meets Bagel
  • EtaGen
  • Everlane
  • Evidation Health
  • Expa Capital
  • Facebook
  • Female Founders Fund
  • Gigya
  • GoPro
  • Greatist
  • Hearst Ventures
  • Inovia Capital
  • Knotel
  • LearnVest
  • Lightspeed Venture Partners
  • Metabase
  • OMERS Ventures
  • Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan
  • Pinterest
  • Radical Ventures
  • Real Ventures
  • Rock Health
  • Sawyer
  • Shopify
  • Square
  • Tastemade
  • Tile
  • WeWork
  • Yummly
  • Grovo Learning

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Professional Involvement

Prior to joining Torys, Kristine was a partner at Fenwick & West LLP, a leading U.S. technology law firm. She was a founding partner of Fenwick’s New York City office, and prior to that move she spent eight years in the firm’s Silicon Valley office. During her time at Fenwick, Kristine represented many of the most cutting-edge startups and leading investors in Silicon Valley and New York.

Kristine has lectured frequently at Stanford University, Cornell University, New York University and Columbia University on technology entrepreneurship and venture capital topics.