2016 Rising Stars Award Winners

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Denise Nawata, Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP

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Denise Nawata is an M&A and securities lawyer focused on cross-border deals and public and private capital market transactions. Denise’s transactions in the past year include: representing Intrexon Corp., a global leader in synthetic biology, in its US$40-million acquisition by plan of arrangement of Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc.; acting as BC counsel for the Orion Mine Finance Group in the US$540-million construction financing package to advance the Pretium Resources Inc. mine; and acting as part of the deal team that represented Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp. in a US$750-million merger with Oncore Biopharma, Inc., to create a global leader focused on an oral cure for hepatitis B. Last year Denise joined the faculty of UBC’s Sauder School of Business as an adjunct professor to help design an inaugural course on international mining law.