Kevin Schouten
Kevin Schouten
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Kevin Schouten is a business lawyer who applies years of practical corporate experience in helping clients involved in sophisticated commercial transactions with an Alberta connection. He advises businesses of all sizes throughout Canada with corporate and commercial law issues, such as share and asset acquisitions, business formations, drafting and interpreting commercial contracts and commercial property matters, including both acquisitions and commercial leasing. Kevin leads 18 lawyers as our business practice group leader and also heads the firm's residential real estate department with a team of paralegals.

Many professional service providers turn to Kevin. He regularly handles sales and acquisitions for dentists, veterinarians, therapists, architects, physicians and other professionals in Alberta. Kevin estimates that he has handled 150 mergers and acquisitions over the last six or seven years.

In addition to M&A and commercial law, Kevin represents corporate clients in business dissolutions, reorganizations, shareholder agreements, various commercial agreements and often represents borrowers in debt financing matters. "I'm often a business resource in commercial litigation cases, where I can help explain the underlying issues in a contested commercial claim or dispute."

Value to Clients

Kevin thinks like a businessman and holds a Masters of Business Administration.  For 12 years, he worked in marketing and management roles for major Canadian corporations. "For many years as a business person, I consistently saw lawyers impeding deals. I did not want to be that lawyer. I view my role as making sure my clients understand the risks in a transaction's deal-points, without using legalese. Then, I let my clients decide how to handle an issue as it is their money."

As a lawyer now, Kevin's years as a client give him a greater appreciation for the client's perspective. For example, Kevin puts a premium on responsiveness and communication.  "Never any surprises. I instill this in our junior lawyers.  When the work is done and my client gets an invoice, my objective is for the value I provided the client to exceed the amount billed."

Outside the Office

Kevin is a veteran baseball, hockey and lacrosse coach who still plays hockey himself. "I have two knee surgeries and one shoulder surgery to prove it."

Canadian Bar Association
Member
2002-Present
Calgary Bar Association
Member
2005 - Present
Calgary Chamber of Commerce
Member
2008 - Present
NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association
Member
2008 - Present
Bow Ridge Baseball
Baseball Coach
2016 - Present
Calgary Hornets Lacrosse Association
Coach
2014 - Present
Bow River Bruins Hockey Association
Coach
2013 - Present
Calgary Rotary Challenger Park
Director
2010 - Present
Calgary West Soccer Club
Coach
2013 - 2014
Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Soccer
Coach
2011 - 2013
Academic Planning Committee
Representative
2004 - 2006
Student Legal Services of Calgary
Group Leader
2003 - 2005

Helping a client keep their business running despite Calgary's 2013 Flood

  • In June 2013, Calgary had a significant flood, with five deaths, 100,000 people displaced and $5 billion in damages. Downtown Calgary was closed off to the public, seriously disrupting work and life for the region's 1.1 million residents. Meanwhile, a client of Kevin Schouten, ­ a residential builder, ­was ready to close on over 25 deals. This client had customers who wanted to move into their homes, and the client demanded a plan to handle these closings. Kevin quickly came up with a solution. In about an hour, he and four paralegals set up a temporary, fully functioning remote office, with all of the files, faxing and computer capacity he and his client needed. "For five days, we didn't miss a single closing. It was business as usual for us. My client said, 'That's when we knew we had a partner.' "
Education
University of Calgary, 2005, Bachelor of Laws
University of Calgary, 1993, Master of Business Administration
University of Saskatchewan, 1988, Bachelor of Commerce
Admissions
Alberta,2006