About the Authors


Joe Chan

profile-joe-chanJoe joined Richards Buell Sutton LLP in 2006. He is a member of the firm’s Craft Breweries and Distilleries, Corporate & Commercial Transactions and Securities, and Asia Pacific practice groups, with an emphasis on securities and corporate finance work.

Joe has assisted a wide array of clients, including owner-operated businesses, as well as mining, oil and gas, “Clean tech”, and real estate companies, and has expertise in a broad range of transactions, including IPO’s and other equity financings, debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, reverse takeovers, plans of arrangements and other corporate restructurings, mining transactions and advising on other corporate/commercial and securities law related matters.

Joe is also fluent in Cantonese.

For further information, visit Joe’s biography on the RBS website.

Direct: 604.661.9263EMAIL


Chris Lennon

profile-chris-lennonChris is a lawyer at Richards Buell Sutton LLP. He advises startup businesses, tech companies, not-for-profits, post-secondary institutions and charities in a broad range of matters and transactions. His advice often involves aspects of intellectual property, corporate finance and technology.

Chris’s experience includes incorporation and early stage financing of startups, commercial agreements, copyright matters, development and drafting of internal governance policies, inter-institutional agreements, licensing, procurement or transfer of intellectual property assets and joint ventures.

Chris is a former director of the Thunderbird Football Association, a supporter of the Strachan Hartley Legacy Foundation and a participant in RBS’ Greater Vancouver Food Bank volunteering sessions.

For further information, visit Chris’s biography on the RBS website.

Direct: 604.661.9289 EMAIL


Aneez Devji

profile-aneez-devjiAneez first joined Richards Buell Sutton LLP as an articled student in 2011 and remains with the firm as an associate in the Commercial Real Estate Department, with a focus on the firm’s development and lending groups.

Aneez’s practice includes assisting clients in the acquisition, development and sale of commercial and residential real estate, acting for landlords and tenants in the review, negotiation and drafting of commercial leases, and drafting and negotiating commercial and residential real estate contracts.

During Law School at UBC, Aneez volunteered with the Law Students Legal Advice Program and performed in the Law Revue. He also worked as a Research Assistant to Professor Bruce MacDougall. Prior to UBC, Aneez graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Simon Fraser University.

For further information, visit Aneez’s biography on the RBS website.

Direct: 604.909.9301 EMAIL


Carlos Mendes

Carlos Mendes blogCarlos joined Richards Buell Sutton LLP in 2014 and is a member of the Craft Breweries and Distilleries and Commercial Real Estate Groups.

Carlos is British Columbia counsel to a large Canadian craft brewery, and has advised clients ranging in size from nano breweries to macro breweries on all aspects of starting and running a commercial brewery. From ensuring compliance with the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch’s ‘Licensing Policy Manual’ and assisting with the Manufacturer License application process, to distribution, leasing, business structuring, financing, intellectual property and trademarks, employment agreements, and municipal permits and licensing, Carlos has every aspect of the brewery start-up process covered.  Carlos also assists established breweries with a variety of day-to-day and ongoing operational matters.

A long-time craft beer writer and advocate, Carlos is passionate about craft beer and the culture that surrounds it, and his thorough understanding of BC’s craft beer industry allows him to provide his clients with creative, timely, and cost-effective legal services.

For further information, visit Carlos’ biography on the RBS website.

Direct: 604.661.9259 EMAIL