Faran Umar-Khitab is a partner in Gowling WLG's Toronto office with a very active transactional mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance, corporate governance and commercial law practice. He routinely advises institutional investors, private equity funds, venture capital funds and strategic purchasers on complex investments, acquisitions and dispositions across a number of industries. He also advises a number of TSX and TSXV-listed issuers on public and private financing transactions, securities law compliance, commercial agreements, and provides general counsel services to a number of clients. Along with acting as a mentor to associates and students at Gowling WLG, Faran volunteers as a mentor to undergraduate students of the University of Toronto's Rotman Commerce program, and actively volunteers in other capacities at the University of Toronto. In 2016, Faran received an Arbor Award from the University of Toronto for his volunteer contributions. Faran was recognized as an "Acritas Star" in 2017 and 2018.