Craig Thorburn is a partner who specializes in mergers and acquisitions and restructurings at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. He is also the relationship partner for many major corporate clients. In addition to his role at Blakes, Craig served from 2001 to 2006 as the senior vice-president of mergers and acquisitions, and corporate secretary, of Geac Computer, a large Canadian public software company. Expertise in mergers and acquisitions; Labatt in its take-over bid for Lakeport Brewing Income Fund; AkzoNobel in its take-over bid for Sico; Geac Computer in its acquisition by Golden Gate through a plan of arrangement’ InBev in its acquisition of Companhia de Bebidas das Americas (AmBev) and AmBev's contemporaneous acquisition of Labatt Brewing; Vivendi in its strategic combination with Seagram and Canal+ through a plan of arrangement; Labatt in the sale of the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club to Rogers Communications. Also deals with Restructurings: Nortel Networks; SkyDome; Campeau; Olympia & York; Dome Petroleum. Craig is recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications: The 2016 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Corporate Commercial and Private Equity) and The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016 (corporate law and mergers & acquisitions).