On August 21, 2001, BPC Properties Ltd., a related company of OMERS, agreed to make a friendly $1.5 billion takeover bid for all common shares of Oxford Properties Group Inc. Shareholders holding 22 per cent of the company entered into a lock-up agreement in support of the bid.
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP's mergers and acquisitions team acted for OMERS. The team was comprised of Jean-Paul Bisnaire, Vincent Mercier, Warren Katz and Paul Beauregard (corporate), Scott Hyman (financing), David Smith, Stephen Ruby and Siobhan Monaghan (tax) and Paul Crampton, Lori Cornwall, Anita Banicevic and Simon Lockie (competition). Chris Portner, Dale Ponder, Doug Marshall and Lynne Woollcombe of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP represented Oxford Properties. Jon Levin, Alan Schwartz and Bill Bies of the Toronto office of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP advised the lock-up shareholders.
G. Blair Cowper-Smith and Jasprit Gill (business) of McCarthy Tétrault LLP represented TD Securities Inc. in the preparation of an independent valuation pursuant to Canadian securities law, which was provided to the Independent Committee of the Board of Oxford Properties Group Inc.