On July 15, 2002, Butterworths Canada Ltd., part of the LexisNexis Group, completed its acquisition of Quicklaw Inc. LexisNexis is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc. The value of the deal is undisclosed.
LexisNexis Butterworths Canada’s legal team was led by Richard Jacobs, vice-president, law, and deputy general counsel, LexisNexis; and Henry Horbaczewski, senior vice-president and general counsel, Reed Elsevier Inc.; with assistance from Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP with a team comprised of Michael Beairsto, Chris Turney, Andrea Feltham, Rachael Solursh, Colin Ground and Tom Lo (technology and corporate), Christopher Steeves (tax), Anneli LeGault (employment), Robert Turnbull (financial services) Mark Rowbotham (pensions), John Smith (real estate), Paul Shantz (environmental) and Peter Cooke (trademarks). Rob Kwinter and Ben Little of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP acted as regulatory counsel to LexisNexis.
John Crouchman in Kingston, Ontario represented Quicklaw and its principal shareholders. Richard Johnston and Jean-Pierre Laporte of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP represented two pension funds that were significant shareholders of Quicklaw. The van Tulleken Company, information and media M&A specialists, advised the shareholders of Quicklaw. KPMG acted as advisors to the shareholders of Quicklaw.