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Year called to bar: 1990 (ON)
Partner and head of the IP Group. Practises IP and technology law focusing on trademarks, copyright, and confidential information, including all aspects of client counselling and portfolio management such as trademark clearance and prosecution (domestic and abroad), opinion work, opposition and cancellation proceedings, enforcement, IP transactional work, licensing, and domain name and e-commerce issues. Registered Trademark Agent. Active member of professional organizations and has sat on committees of several organizations regarding IP law. Currently Chair for the Programming Subcommittee of the Law Firm Committee of INTA. Former member of the Executive Committee of the OBA’s Canadian Corporate Counsel Association Toronto Chapter, former Co-Chair of IPIC's Trademark Legislation Committee (1999–2008), former Chair and current member of the CBA’s National IP Section, and former chair of the OBA’s Information Technology/E-Commerce Section. Regular speaker at conferences on trademark issues. Recognized as a leading IP lawyer by The Best Lawyers in Canada, The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, Chambers Global, and Chambers Canada, and in trademarks by Who’s Who Legal Canada, Euromoney’s Guidesto the World’s Leading Trademark Lawyers and the World’s Leading Women in Business Law.
Morneau Shepell Inc. (TSX: MSI) (Morneau Shepell or the Company) acquired all of the outstanding shares of LifeWorks Corporation Ltd. (LifeWorks) for a total purchase price of approximately $426 million, payable in cash and Morneau Shepell shares.
Ironshore Pharmaceuticals & Development, Inc. (Ironshore), a wholly owned subsidiary of Highland Therapeutics Inc., completed a US$200-million private placement of Senior Secured Notes due 2024. Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC acted as sole placement agent for the transaction.
Vista Equity Partners (“Vista”) acquired all of the outstanding shares of Toronto-based DH Corp. (TSX: DH) (“D+H”), a leading provider of technology solutions to financial institutions globally, by way of a plan of arrangement for $25.50 per share in cash, for a total enterprise value of approximately $4.8 billion, including the assumption of D+H’s debt.
Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (“Sunovion”) completed the acquisition of Cynapsus Therapeutics Inc. (“Cynapsus”) by way of plan of arrangement for approximately $841 million. The acquisition is aligned with Sunovion’s global strategy to expand and diversify its portfolio in key therapeutic areas, including neurology.
On January 3, 2017, Acasta Enterprises Inc. (“Acasta”) completed its $1.2-billion qualifying acquisition of Apollo Health & Beauty Care Partnership (“Apollo”) and JemPak Corporation (“JemPak”), two of North America’s leading private-label consumer staples businesses, and Stellwagen Group (“Stellwagen”), a best-in-class commercial aviation finance advisory and asset management business, based in Ireland and the United States. Concurrent with closing, Acasta completed ...
OMERS Private Equity (OPE), the private equity arm of OMERS, one of Canada’s largest pension funds, completed the sale of its portfolio company, Give & Go Prepared Foods Corp. (Give & Go), to an affiliate of US private-equity firm Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P. (THL).
Insight Equity Holdings LLC, a private equity firm based in Southlake, Texas, through its portfolio company Material Sciences Corporation acquired Continuous Colour Coat Limited, recognized in the market by its tradename Metal Koting.
Cott Corporation completed its acquisition of AquaTerra Corporation (AquaTerra), a portfolio company of Birch Hill Equity Partners Management Inc. (Birch Hill), for approximately $62 million. The acquisition was funded using cash on hand and borrowings under Cott’s asset based lending facility.
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.
Postmedia Network Inc. (Postmedia) completed the acquisition of Sun Media Corporation’s (Sun Media) English language newspapers and speciality publications, as well as digital properties including the Sun chain of dailies, consisting of The Toronto Sun, The Ottawa Sun, The Winnipeg Sun, The Calgary Sun and The Edmonton Sun, as well as The London Free Press and the free 24 Hours dailies in Toronto and Vancouver, from Quebecor Media Inc. (the Sun Media Acquisition).
The current owners of Canada's largest off-airport and only national car park company, Park'N Fly, completed the sale of their parking business assets, including all real estate used in connection with the business located in Montreal; Ottawa; Toronto; Edmonton and Vancouver, along with goodwill and other operating assets, to a joint venture led by Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings Limited and Cheung Kong (Holdings) Limited, both companies whose shares are traded on the stock exchange of Hong Kong, each owning a 50 per cent interest.