OMERS Capital Partners Acquires CCNMatthews

On December 22, 2006 OMERS Capital Partners, through its related limited partnership, and Manulife Capital Inc. completed their acquisition of CCNMatthews Ltd., including its US and UK subsidiaries. CCNMatthews is one of Canada's foremost full-service news distribution and communications services companies.

OMERS was represented by Stikeman Elliott LLP with a team that included Samantha Horn, Tanya Padberg and Leslie Miller (corporate), Marie Garneau, Kelly Niebergall, Gwen Cheung, Jill Lankin and Himesh Ghai (banking) and John Lorito (tax), Jeffrey Keey and Brian Gordon (London) and in the United States by Chadbourne & Parke LLP with a team that included Jonathan Melmed and Jessica Tsai.

CCNMatthews and its shareholder were represented by Randy Williamson, Rob Wortzman and Ashleigh Frankel (corporate) and Kevin Fritz and George Nehme (tax) at Wildeboer Dellelce LLP.

Acquisition financing was provided to the purchaser by a syndicate of senior lenders comprised of Bank of Montreal and The Bank of Nova Scotia with Bank of Montreal acting as administrative agent, and by John Hancock Life Insurance Company (USA) and The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company, as subordinated lenders. The senior lenders were represented by Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP by a team that included Tom Hunter and Lou Morreale. Manulife Capital Inc. and the subordinated lenders were represented by Michael Slan, Karen Rosen and Lesley Munk of Fogler, Rubinoff LLP in Ontario, by Sharon Druker of Robinson Sheppard Shapiro LLP in Quebec and in the United States by Teresa Johnson of Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin.