New Look Vision Group Inc. $800-million sale to NL1 AcquireCo Inc.

Industry: Health - Health care products

New Look Vision Group Inc. completed its $800-million sale to NL1 AcquireCo Inc., an entity created by funds managed by FFL Partners, LLC, a San Francisco-based private equity firm; Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec; and the Dr. H. Doug Barnes Family.

The sale provides New Look with additional capital to further its expansion domestically and internationally and to increase its strategic investments in technology.

National Bank Financial Inc. and HPC Puckett & Company acted as financial advisers to New Look. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP acted as independent financial adviser to the special committee.

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP acted as legal adviser to New Look, with a team comprising

Olivier Désilets,
Richard Cherney,
Elliot Greenstone,
Elise Beauregard,
Amélie Doyon,
Talya Kornitzer,
Tyson Lowrie,
Arianna Yoffe (M&A);
Dan Wolfensohn (financing);
Elisa Kearney (competition);
Brian Bloom,
John Lennard (tax);
Louis-Martin O’Neill,
Faiz Lalani (dispute resolution).

McCarthy Tétrault LLP acted as independent legal adviser to the special committee with a team led by
Clemens Mayr,
and which included
Isabelle Nazon.
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP acted as U.S. legal adviser to the purchaser.

Stikeman Elliott LLP acted as Canadian legal adviser to the purchaser with a team consisting of
Sean Vanderpol,
Jonah Mann,
John Lee,
Alex Carmona,
Mohamed Abdel Hadi,
Anabel Hallewell,
Francis Blais-Lord (M&A);
Dean Kraus,
John O'Connor,
Jean-Guillaume Shooner,
Sarah Visentin,
Vanessa Clusiau (tax);
Serge Levy,
Aude Godfroy,
Jerry Zi Yi Huang,
Jessica Vona (financing);
Doug Klaassen,
Stefan Fews (real estate);
Shawn Neylan,
Sara Zborovski,
Ian Trimble,
Kirsten Cirella (regulatory);
Michael Kilby,
David Feldman (competition);
Eveline Poirier,
Stephanie Weschler,
Khalfan Khalfan,
Stephanie Pasternyk,
David Price,
Caroline Iliescu,
Lucy Carruthers (labour and employment);
Michel Legendre,
Natasha vandenHoven (benefits);
Jonathan Auerbach,
Ingrid Keighan (IP);
Shawn Smith,
Sara Shayan (IT/data privacy);
Stéphanie Lapierre,
Charles Ouimet (litigation).

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP advised Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec with a team consisting of
Niko Veilleux,
Sophie Amyot,
Jordana Corber-Tovel (corporate),
Manon Thivierge,
Paul Seraganian,
David Wilson (taxation),
Michelle Lally (competition).