On October 25, 2005, Harris Corp. completed its acquisition of Leitch Technology Corp. for a cash price of C$14 per Leitch share and total purchase price, net of Leitch's cash on hand, of approximately US$450 million.
Harris, headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, is an inter-national communications and information technology company serving government and commercial communi-cations markets. Leitch, based in Toronto, is an international provider of digital broadcasting and data distribution equipment.
Harris' legal team was led by Scott Mikuen, vice-president – associate general counsel and corporate secretary, and Robert Johnson, finance counsel. Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP represented Harris with a team that included: Dan Fournier, Chris Hewat, David Toswell, Alan Blackwell, Chris Jones, Doris Reimer, Randy Proulx and Jennifer Suess (corporate/securities); Paul Tamaki (tax); Abdul-Basit Khan (employment); Jeff Galway (litigation); Rob Kwinter (competition and regulatory); Jeremy Forgie and Barbara Austin (pension); and Mark Hayes (IP). Sanjiv Kapur (corporate/securities), Ed Purnell (tax), Tom Smith (antitrust), Daniel Hagen, Tricia Eschbach-Hall and Rory Lyons (employee benefits) and Mary Beth Deemer (environmental) of Jones Day provided US legal advice for Harris.
Torys LLP represented Leitch Technology in Canada and the US. Torys' Toronto team included James Turner, David Chaikof, John Emanoilidis and Sunny Sodhi (corporate/securities); Jay Holsten (competition); Jim Welkoff and Catrina Card (tax); Christina Medland and Nadine Côté (employment); Mitch Frazer (pensions); Dennis Mahony (environmental); Wendy Gross (IP); and Linda Plumpton and Stuart Svonkin (litigation). Torys' New York team included Andy Beck and Gavin Sinclair (US securities); Jay Romagnoli and Mayah Judovits (antitrust); Peter Keenan (employment and pensions); and James Guadiana and Gregg Benson (tax).