On October 15, 2003, Vancouver-based Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. completed an equity offering of 25 million common shares for gross proceeds of US$67.5 million. The offering was registered in the U.S. with a prospectus filed in B.C. to qualify the U.S. distribution of the shares. Private placement sales were also made in Canada. SG Cowen Securities Corporation was the lead manager of the offering, and Natexis Bleichroeder Inc. and Thomas Weisel Partners LLC acted as co-managers.
Lions Gate Entertainment was represented in Canada by Heenan Blaikie LLP, with a team that included Rod Kirkham and Farhad Bayati (corporate/securities) in Vancouver, Allen Garson (corporate/entertainment) in Toronto and Manon Thivierge (tax) in Montreal; and in the U.S. by O’Melveny & Myers LLP, with a team that included Allison Keller, Robert Miller and Brenton Pharis in Los Angeles.
SG Cowen Securities was represented in Canada by Robert Lando and Paolo Berard (corporate), Steve Suarez and Drew Morier (tax) and Lorne Abugov (regulatory) of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP; and in the U.S. by Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP, with a team that included Bill Schwitter, Rob Carlson and Clark Miller.