TransGlobe Apartment REIT (“TransGlobe REIT”) was acquired by PD Kanco LP and Starlight Investments Ltd. (collectively “Starlight”), a corporation controlled by Daniel Drimmer. The transaction is valued at approximately $2.0 billion, and represents one of the largest REIT transactions in Canada of 2012.
TransGlobe REIT owns a portfolio of 176 residential rental properties containing approximately 21,771 suites in Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The transaction consisted of the acquisition of the outstanding trust units of TransGlobe REIT by Starlight for $14.25 in cash per unit, paid to holders through a combination of a special cash distribution and redemption proceeds. The transaction was supported by a consortium consisting of Public Sector Pension Investment Board (“PSP”), Canadian Apartment Properties Real Estate Investment Trust and Timbercreek Asset Management Inc., each of which entered into agreements with Starlight to acquire certain of the REIT's properties.
Starlight was represented by Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP and Bloom Lanys Professional Corporation. Cassels Brock's team included David Redmond (real estate and development), Tom Koutoulakis, Lawrence Wilder, Joan Beck, Lindsay Clements, Pollyanna Lord and Adria Leung (securities); Jonathan Freeman (real estate and development); Ken Snider, Michael Platt and Janice Vohrah (corporate tax); Laurie Jessome (employment); Chris Hersh and Imran Ahmad (competition); Jason Arbuck and Suhuyini Abudulai (financial services). Bloom Lanys' team included Barbara Lanys and Jessica Penley (real estate).
TransGlobe REIT and its Board of Trustees and Special Committee were represented by Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. Chris Hewat and Will Fung led the Blakes team that included Michael Gans, Shlomi Feiner, Tim Andison, Matthew Merkley, Saad Ahmad, Julia Tomson and Ken Ng (securities); Silvana D'Alimonte, Lauren Temple and Daniel Ferreira (real estate); Chris Van Loan, Allan Gelkopf, Andrew Spiro and Josh Jones (tax); Kurt Sarno and Thomas Rowe (business); Ryder Gilliland and Kaley Pulfer (litigation); Deborah Salzberger and Lucian Vital (competition). Blakes has represented TransGlobe REIT since 2010, including its initial public offering in 2010 and subsequent acquisition and financing transactions.