General Dynamics Acquires SNC-Lavalin Defence Business

On January 5, 2007 General Dynamics Corporation, a diversified US-based defence contractor, acquired SNC-Lavalin's defence business conducted by SNC Technologies Inc. and Expro Technologies Inc. The value of the deal, before adjustments, is approximately $315 million. SNC Technologies Inc. is headquartered in Le Gardeur, Quebec and produces munitions and propellants.

General Dynamics was represented by in-house counsel David Savner, Del Dameron and Arjun Kampani and by Ken Hayduk (tax), Jim Murphy (labour and employment) and Mark Russell (environmental) and was assisted by: Baker & McKenzie LLP with a team that was led by Nurhan Aycan and included William Karam and Alexandra Doerffer (corporate), Lisa Douglas (government contracting), Brian Segal (tax), Cheryl Elliott and Jeremy Hann (labour and employment), Susan Seller (pensions), Janice McAuley and Arlan Gates (antitrust) and Christopher Aide and Ling Wong (intellectual property); in Quebec by Desjardins Ducharme LLP with a team that included Carl Ravinsky (corporate), Lyne Duhaime (pensions), Simon Laberge (labour and employment), Florence Dagicour (environmental) and David Waddell (real estate); and in the US by Jenner & Block LLP by Lynn Grayson (environmental) and Hogan & Hartson LLP by Janet McDavid, Mariabruna Fimognari and Joseph Krauss (US and European antitrust).

Ogilvy Renault LLP acted for SNC-Lavalin under the direction of an in-house legal team led by senior legal counsel Andre Papillon. The Ogilvy team was led by Renaud Coulombe, and included Stephen Kelly and Afroditi Ladovrechis (corporate), Miguel Manzano (real estate), Jules Charette (tax), Marie-Hélène Jetté (labour and employment), Martin Rochette (pensions), Richard Wagner (antitrust and regulatory matters), Jean Piette (environmental) and Leanne Souquet (intellectual property). SNC-Lavalin was represented in the US by Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP by Andrew Nelson and Alexi Poretz (corporate) and Howard Stanislawski (US antitrust).