On Oct. 1, Equinix, Inc., a digital infrastructure company, announced the completion of its acquisition of 13 data centres in Canada and their operations from BCE Inc. (Bell). The $1.041-billion all-cash transaction includes more than 600 customers, of which more than 500 are new to Equinix, and approximately 1.2 million gross square feet of data centre space.
The deal solidifies Equinix’s position as a leading digital infrastructure provider in Canada and reinforces Bell's strategy to focus investment on the network infrastructure, content and services necessary to advance how Canadians connect with each other and the world. Equinix and Bell have begun a strategic partnership that delivers industry-leading joint offers in Canada and globally.
Scott Hettema, VP, legal, Americas represented Equinix.
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP also represented Equinix with a team comprised of
Samantha Breaks (corporate/M&A),
Zvi Halpern-Shavim (tax),
Psalm Cheung (competition),
Ora Morison (regulatory),
Alysha Sharma (labour and employment),
Maggie Carmichael (pensions and benefits),
Rachel Lehman (real estate),
Rob Percival (IT).
Bell was represented by
Martin Cossette, VP, legal,
Alexis Cloutier, senior legal counsel (M&A),
Carolyn Ruby, senior legal counsel (real estate),
Nick Koutsoukis, senior legal counsel (commercial).
Stikeman Elliott LLP also represented Bell with a team composed of
Jean Marc Huot,
Alexandra Vall (corporate/M&A),
Nicholas Blach (tax),
Jean-Guillaume Shooner (sales taxes),
Michael Rosenstock (competition),
David Elder (regulatory),
Stephanie Pasternyk (labour and employment),
Allyson Martha (pensions and benefits),
Jordana Levine (real estate).