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