Catherine A. Hofmann Partner

Catherine joined Bernard LLP in January 2009. Her practice focuses on the purchase and sale of businesses, vessel and other asset transactions, the organization of new and existing business ventures including incorporations, reorganizations and partnerships. Catherine also advises clients on a variety of commercial contracts including shareholders’ agreements, partnership agreements and distribution agreements and assists clients with their corporate and related governance issues. Additionally, Catherine has assisted clients in negotiating with both federal and provincial environmental officials on a wide range of issues and alleged offences.

Catherine works with clients to achieve practical business results in a broad range of transactions. Catherine is an annual contributor to CLE’s Due Diligence Deskbook on chapters relating to water lots and provincial crown tenures.

Representative Cases

Sale of assets valued at approximately $100 million by a large Vancouver based business to a U.S. public company.

Tax planned corporate reorganizations and multi-staged amalgamations by a large Canadian public company and several of its subsidiaries.

Negotiation, purchase/sale and import/exportation into/out of Canada of numerous pleasurecraft and commercial vessels.

Professional and Other Affiliations

  • Called to the Bar of British Columbia, 1993
  • Called to the Law Society of Upper Canada, 1993
  • Law Society of British Columbia, Member
  • Canadian Bar Association, Member of the Business, Maritime and Environmental Law Subsections
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Current Director, Vancouver Junior Professional Division Ballet Society
  • Former Director, Defenders of Wildlife Canada

Author and Speaker

  • Contributor to Harbour and Shipping and BC Shipping magazines on topical legal issues.
  • Contributor to CLE’s Due Diligence Deskbook on chapters relating to water lots and provincial crown tenures.
  • LL.M. thesis: “Keeping Up With the Feds: The Provincial Response to Canada’s Species at Risk Act”, Master’s Thesis, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Graduate Studies in Law, June 2008.

Other Interests

Catherine’s personal interests include running, skiing, golf and nearly all outdoor pursuits (weather permitting).

Catherine A. Hofmann

Areas of Practice


  • LL.M, University of Ottawa, 2008
  • LL.B., University of Toronto, 1991
  • B.A., (Hons. Economics) University of Alberta, 1988