“Great to work with, is creative, is whip-smart, so you can trust that she will reach the right conclusions.” - LMG Life Sciences
Cheryl is the practice leader of Torys’ Life Science Group, a cross-border group in both Canada and New York. Cheryl represents the whole spectrum of biotech, medical device and health technology companies, from start-ups to large public companies, as well as venture capitalists, investment banks and academic medical centers. She advises companies, in joint ventures and licensing transactions, financing and mergers and acquisitions throughout the world.
Cheryl assists companies in formulating domestic and international growth strategies and in sourcing capital. She advises on venture and later-stage financings, IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, licensing transactions and joint ventures or alliances with strategic partners. She also coordinates domestic and international structuring, intellectual property planning and regulatory strategy.
Cheryl has been named WXN’s Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women four times and inducted into its Hall of Fame.
Prior to joining Torys, Cheryl led the 85 attorney life science group of a U.S. law firm.
Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in life sciences: corporate/commercial (2017-2021); Recognized practitioner in cannabis law (2019-2020)
LMG Life Sciences—Life Sciences Star in financial & corporate (2012-2020); Finance & Transactional Lawyer of the Year (2013); Canadian Finance & Corporate Attorney of the Year (2019-2020)
Women’s Executive Network (WXN)—Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award (2014, 2016, 2017, 2019); Hall of Fame (2019)
Expert Guides: Best of the Best—Leading lawyer in Life Sciences (2019-2020)
Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in biotechnology law, cannabis law (2010-2021)
The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Repeatedly recommended practitioner in biotechnology, technology transactions (2008-2020)
Who’s Who Legal—Leading lawyer in life sciences (2010-2020)
Best Lawyers in Canada—2014 Biotechnology Law Lawyer of the Year in Toronto
Expert Guides: Women in Business Law Guide—Leading practitioner in life sciences (2014-2017)
IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading IP Transactions—Leading lawyer globally (2012-2016)
International Who’s Who of Life Sciences Lawyers—Leading lawyer in transactional law (2010-2014, 2019)
Women of Influence—Canada’s Top 25 Women of Influence: No. 1 in Professional Services category (2013-2014)
IAM Licensing 250: The World’s Leading Patent and Technology Licensing Lawyers—Leading lawyer globally (2010-2012)
Which Lawyer?—Highly recommended lawyer in life sciences: corporate and commercial (2010-2012)
Lexpert/American Lawyer’s Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Leading practitioner in serving the corporate midmarket (2006)
Before joining Torys, Cheryl was a partner of a large international law firm, where she chaired an 85-attorney life sciences group.
HarbourVest Canada Industry Board Canadian Women in Life Science (Founder) The Hospital for Sick Children (Trustee) The Hospital for Sick Children Commercialization Advisory Board The Hospital for Sick Children Finance and Audit Committee The Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute Review Advisory Committee SickKids Foundation, Director Emeritus Institute for the Study of Aging (Business Advisory Board) Genesis, incubator for social entrepreneurship (Chair and Founder) W*I*T*H (women Innovating Together in Health) York University Faculty of Science (Dean’s Special Advisory Board)
TO Health! (Steering Committee) PREVENT (Pan-Provincial Vaccine Enterprise Inc.) (Director) Health Technology Exchange (HTX) (Advisory Board) Health Technologies Fund (External Review Panel (ERP) Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (Director) The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (Director) OCE/CQDM Life Sciences R&D Challenge (Review Panel) Hadassit, the technology transfer subsidiary of Hadassah Medical Center, Jerusalem (Advisory Board) Journal of BioLaw and Business (Editorial Advisory Board) Entrepreneurship Institute (Director) Ontario Genomics Institute (Director) Artists 4 Israel (Director) Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care (Research Advisory Committee) Jerusalem College of Technology (Director) BIO International Committee