Kristen is a partner in the firm and has practiced law at Taylor McCaffrey LLP since her call to the Bar in 1996. Her primary areas of practice are corporate-commercial law and securities, where she has had the opportunity to represent corporations, cooperatives and partnerships in their business endeavors, including identifying and creating appropriate corporate structures within which to operate; raising funds through private means, whether equity or debt, as well as raising funds through more public means of offerings of equity to the public and government funding. Kristen has had the privilege to provide general legal advice to a number of semi-private and private businesses in a variety of industries, including technology, retail; agriculture, insurance, construction, oil and gas and mining.

Specifically, with respect to cooperative law, Kristen successfully completed the only known amalgamation of a corporation with a cooperative in Manitoba in April, 2015. She was invited to participate on a committee of regulators and cooperative developers to recommend legislative changes to The Cooperatives Act relating to multi-stakeholder cooperatives, and subsequently assisted with creating the new Cooperative model by-laws. She has had numerous dealings with a number of individuals at the Manitoba Securities Commission and the Cooperatives Branch. In her practice, Kristen has assisted new generation cooperatives in assembling business plans and equity drives. She represents a number of housing cooperatives, multi-stakeholder cooperatives and worker cooperatives, as well as more traditional producer and consumer cooperatives.

Partner

  • Admitted to the Bar, 1996, Manitoba.

Education

  • University of Manitoba (LL.B., 1995).
 

Member

  • Canadian Bar Association.
  • Manitoba Bar Association.
  • Coop Zone.
  • Canadian Council for Public-private Partnerships.

Positions

  • Bookmates Inc., Director (1998-2016).
  • Winnipeg International Writers' Festival (2014 - present).
  • Red River Co-op Member Relations, Committee Member (2013-present).

Lecturer

  • University of Manitoba Faculty of Law: Solicitors’ Transactions (1996-1998).
  • Hallcrest College: Intro to Commercial Law (1998).
  • Manitoba Bar Admission Courses: Commercial Law (2002, 2003).
  • Business Transactions: the Art of the Deal, Robson Hall, University of Manitoba (2013).

Securities

Involved in numerous initial public offerings; provides local counsel opinions for national public and private offerings.

Commercial

Focus on public private partnerships (P3s), experienced with limited partnerships, general partnerships, limited liability partnerships; mergers and acquisitions; corporate reorganizations.

Estates

Multi-trust wills for high net-worth clients; corporate reorganizations for estate planning purposes.

Environmental

Experienced in advising commercial private enterprises in dealing with government, environmental policies, assisted in public offerings for bio-diesel/ ethanol plants, wind farms.

Other Interests

Published a book of poetry in 2004: “Stone Boat”, Turnstone Press. Passionate about cycling, travel and wine.

Articles by Kristen Wittman

Responsibilities and Liabilities of Directors in Manitoba

This article outlines the more important duties, responsibilities and liabilities imposed on directors of a privately-held, for profit corporation incorporated pursuant to The Corporations Act of Manitoba under the provincial and federal laws applicable in Manitoba.


Limited Partnerships – Benefits of Manitoba

It is my opinion that the greater the nexus or connection to Manitoba, the more likely the flow of benefits from the Manitoba legislation…


Equity Drives For Cooperatives – Private Placement And Prospectus Exemptions

What follows is a summary of the restrictions and options available to a Cooperative registered under Manitoba laws, that wishes to raise funds, either from the public or on a private placement basis