Exhibit 5.1

 

 

Our File No. 1007463-275303-Transaction Documents

 

October 5, 2020

 

Electrameccanica Vehicles Corp.
102 East 1st Avenue
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada V5T 1A4

 

Attention: Board of Directors

 

Dear Sirs:

 

Re:Electrameccanica Vehicles Corp. (the “Company”)  

 

2020 Stock Incentive Plan

 

We have acted as legal counsel for the Company in connection with the preparation of a registration statement on Form S-8 (the “Registration Statement”) to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) pursuant to the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Act”).

 

The Registration Statement relates to the registration of 29,683,880 common shares of the Company (the “Shares”) reserved for issuance with respect to the exercise of stock options and other awards that have been granted or may be granted pursuant to and in accordance with the Company’s 2020 Stock Incentive Plan.

 

The Company’s 2015 Share Option Plan (the “2015 Plan”) was superseded and replaced by the 2020 Stock Incentive Plan, and all previously granted awards that were outstanding under the 2015 Plan became subject to the 2020 Stock Incentive Plan.

 

The Registration Statement includes a reoffer prospectus covering the Shares being registered under the Registration Statement.

 

In rendering the opinion set forth below, we have reviewed:

 

(a)the Registration Statement and the exhibits thereto;

 

(b)the Notice of Articles of the Company (the “Notice of Articles”) and Articles of the Company (the “Articles”) as in effect on the date hereof (together, the “Charter Documents”);

 

(c)certain records of the Company’s corporate proceedings as reflected in its minute book, including resolutions of the board of directors approving the 2020 Stock Incentive Plan and various stock options and other awards granted pursuant to the 2020 Stock Incentive Plan;

 

 

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(d)the 2020 Stock Incentive Plan;

 

(e)an officer’s certificate signed by Baljinder K. Bhullar, the Chief Financial Officer of the Company (the “Officer’s Certificate”); and

 

(f)such other documents as we have deemed relevant.

  

Subject to the foregoing and the assumptions, limitations and qualifications set forth in this letter, it is our opinion that the Shares will be validly issued and fully paid and non-assessable common shares in the capital of the Company when issued and sold pursuant to grants of stock options and other awards made pursuant to the 2020 Stock Incentive Plan, provided that:

 

(a)such stock options and awards are granted in accordance with the terms and conditions of the 2020 Stock Incentive Plan; and

 

(b)the persons receiving any stock options or other awards under the 2020 Stock Incentive Plan perform their obligations to the Company in accordance with the terms and conditions of the 2020 Stock Incentive Plan and any agreement evidencing the grant of the stock options or other awards, including the payment of the required exercise price with respect to stock options, the payment of the required purchase price or the performance of the required services with respect to other awards.

 

Our opinion expressed herein is subject in all respects to the following assumptions, limitations and qualifications:

 

(a)the foregoing opinion is limited to the laws of the Province of British Columbia and the federal laws of Canada applicable therein, including all applicable provisions of the Business Corporations Act (British Columbia), as amended (the “BC Business Corporations Act”). We have not considered, and have not expressed any opinion with regard to, or as to the effect of, any other law, rule or regulation, state or federal, applicable to the Company. In particular, we express no opinion as to United States federal securities laws;

 

(b)we have assumed (i) the genuineness of all signatures on documents examined by us, (ii) the legal capacity of the officers of the Company, (iii) the authenticity of all documents submitted to us as originals, (iv) the conformity to authentic originals of all documents submitted to us as certified, conformed, photostatic or other copies, and (v) that the documents, in the forms submitted to us for our review, have not been and will not be altered or amended in any respect;

 

 

 

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(c)we have assumed that (i) each stock option or other award granted or to be granted pursuant to the 2020 Stock Incentive Plan has been or will be duly authorized by the board of directors of the Company in accordance with the Charter Documents of the Company, the BC Business Corporations Act and the 2020 Stock Incentive Plan, and (ii) each agreement governing a stock option or other award under the 2020 Stock Incentive Plan has been or will be duly executed by each party thereto and constitutes or will constitute the legal, valid and binding obligations of the parties thereto, and that such agreements are or will be enforceable against each of the parties thereto in accordance with their respective terms;

 

(d)we have assumed that each of the statements made and certified in the Officer’s Certificate was true and correct when made, has at no time since being made and certified become untrue or incorrect and remains true and correct on the date hereof;

 

(e)the opinion expressed in this letter is rendered as of the date hereof and is based on our understandings and assumptions as to present facts and on the application of the laws of the Province of British Columbia and the federal laws of Canada applicable therein as the same exists on the date hereof. We assume no obligation to update or supplement this opinion letter after the date hereof with respect to any facts or circumstances that may hereafter come to our attention or to reflect any changes in the facts or law that may hereafter occur or take effect;

 

(f)we have assumed that at the time the Company is or becomes obligated to issue any Shares upon exercise of stock options or other awards granted pursuant to the 2020 Stock Incentive Plan, the Company (i) will have adequate authorized and unissued Shares to fulfill such obligations and (ii) will be in good standing with the British Columbia Registrar of Companies; and

 

(g)we have assumed the absence of fraud in any transaction pursuant to which Shares have been or may be issued pursuant to any option or other award under the 2020 Stock Incentive Plan, and that the consideration authorized by the board of directors for the Shares will have been received by the Company prior to their issuance.

 

We consent to the use of this opinion as an exhibit to the Registration Statement and further consent to the use of our name wherever appearing in the Registration Statement, including the reoffer prospectus constituting a part thereof, and in any amendment thereto.

 

Yours truly,

 

/s/ McMillan LLP