Reliance Steel & Aluminum Acquires Encore Group Assets

On February 1, 2007 RSAC Canada Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co., and RSAC Canada (Tube) ULC, a wholly owned subsidiary of RSAC Canada Ltd., completed the purchase of the assets of the Encore Group. The Encore Group is a recognized market leader in the processing and distribution of carbon and alloy bar and stainless steel sheet, plate and bar products for customers in a wide range of industries. Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. is one of the largest metals service centre companies in the United States.

Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. was represented by its general counsel, Kay Rustand, who was assisted in Canada by Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP with a team that included Mungo Hardwicke-Brown, Leigh Peters, Lisa Clarke, Mark Rappaport and Blair McGeough (corporate); Brian Thiessen and Ryan McCay (employment); Caroline Helbronner and Jessica Bullock (pensions); Edward Rowe and Ted Thiessen (tax); Monica Sharma (intellectual property); Gloria Chao (environmental); Davis Foth and Lindsay Keele (real estate) and Jason Gudofsky (competition). David Decker (corporate) of Lord, Bissell & Brock LLP represented Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. in the US.

Lawson Lundell LLP represented the Encore Group with a team that included Khaled Abdel-Barr, Jagdeep Shergill and Lana Shipley (corporate), Greg Hollingsworth and Marjorie Brown (corporate and tax); Valerie Mann (competition); Peggy O'Brien (employment); Ken Burns (pensions) and Mandeep Dhaliwal (lending).