333 Bay St, Suite 3400, Bay Adelaide Ctr, W Twr, Toronto, ON
Year called to bar: 1993 (ON)
Partner. Specializes in securities & corporate law. Focuses on corporate finance, M&A, corporate governance, and regulatory compliance matters. Co-Chair of Goodmans Technology Group and a member of Goodmans’ Mining and Natural Resources Group. Acts for a range of issuers and underwriters on corporate finance transactions including public offerings and private placements of debt and equity securities. Also has been involved in various complex transactions including restructurings, public/private M&A, financings, and structured product transactions. Provides advice to boards of directors and special committees on governance and compliance matters. Responsible for the firm’s emerging business initiative, particularly its role as “legal counsel in residence” at the DMZ at Ryerson University (ranked the world’s number one university business incubator by UBI), and provides legal advice and mentorship to some of Canada’s most promising start-ups. Recognized by The Best Lawyers in Canada (corporate, governance, mining, and securities) and the Lexpert® Special Edition: Global Mining. Seconded to the Ontario Securities Commission as a corporate finance solicitor in 1995. Has lectured on various securities and corporate law matters for the OBA.
Ceridian HCM Holding Inc. (Ceridian), a global human capital management software company, completed its initial public offering of 24,150,000 shares of common stock, which included 3,150,000 shares of common stock issued pursuant to the exercise by the underwriters of their over-allotment option. The offering was priced at US$22.00 per share, resulting in gross proceeds of US$631,300,000 when combined with the concurrent US$100.0 million private placement and before deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and other offering expenses payable by Ceridian.
On January 23, 2018, H&R Real Estate Investment Trust (H&R REIT) completed a public offering of $250 million principal amount of 3.416 per cent Series O senior unsecured debentures due January 23, 2023.
In the culmination of a complex cross-border bankruptcy sales and auction process, on February 28, 2017, Performance Sports Group Ltd. (PSG) announced the completion of the sale of substantially all of its assets to an investor group led by Sagard Holdings Inc. (Sagard) and Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited (Fairfax) for US$575 million, subject to certain adjustments, and the assumption of related operating liabilities.
On October 28, 2015, Match.com Canada Ltd., a subsidiary of The Match Group, completed its previously-announced acquisition of Canadian online dating service Plentyoffish Media Inc. (POF) for US$575 million in cash. The Match Group, which already owns Match.com, OkCupid and Tinder and has filed its IPO on the NASDAQ, now adds POF, the largest free online dating site in the world, to its portfolio. Match is a wholly-owned subsidiary of US media and internet giant IAC/InterActiveCorp.
On March 13, 2015, Brookfield Asset Management Inc. (Brookfield Asset Management) and Brookfield Residential Properties Inc. (Brookfield Residential) closed the going private transaction of Brookfield Residential, pursuant to which 1927726 Ontario Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Brookfield Asset Management, acquired all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Brookfield Residential that Brookfield Asset Management and its affiliates did not already own by way of a plan of arrangement.
Mandalay Resources Corporation and a fund advised by West Face Capital Inc. completed a secondary offering by West Face of 40,000,000 common shares of Mandalay at a price of $1.10 per common share for gross proceeds to West Face of $44,000,000.
On July 27, 2010, H&R Real Estate Investment Trust (“H&R REIT”) completed a bought deal financing pursuant to which it issued $100,000,000 aggregate principal amount of 5.90 per cent Series D convertible unsecured subordinated debentures due June 30, 2020.