22 Adelaide St W, Suite 3400, Bay Adelaide Centre, East Tower, Toronto, ON
Year called to bar: 1989 (ON)
Andrew is the national leader of the firm's Pension and Benefits Group and the Regional Managing Partner at BLG’s Toronto office. He has a financial services and commercial practice, with a focus on pension and benefits law. He has advised many different participants in pension and benefit arrangements, including plan administrators, employers, boards of directors, trustees, insurance companies, investment managers, and plan beneficiaries. Andrew has in-depth experience in a wide range of legal and practical issues relating to pension and benefit plans, including plan design, plan administration, investments and funding, plan restructuring, and corporate transactions. He is an active participant in pension industry groups, and in advocacy on law reform in the pension, benefits, and investment fields. Andrew is experienced in leading teams of lawyers in executing complex transactions. Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2022 edition (and since 2009) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (employee benefits law). Also recognized in the 2022 edition (and since 2013) of Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Pensions & Benefits), and in the 2022 (and since 2019) edition of Legal 500 Canada as a "Leading Lawyer” (Pensions). Called to the Ontario Bar in 1989.
On August 31, 2018, the Government of Canada indirectly acquired the Trans Mountain Pipeline system and the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP), through Trans Mountain Corp. (a subsidiary of the Canada Development Investment Corp. (CDEV)) from a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. (KML) for cash consideration of $4.5 billion.
On June 30, 2017, Stelco Inc. (Stelco), formerly U.S. Steel Canada Inc., emerged from Companies’ Creditors Arrangements Act (CCAA) proceedings through the implementation of a CCAA plan. This involved the compromise of more than $2 billion of debt and the restructuring of approximately $2 billion of pension and benefit obligations.
On March 1, 2016, Moody’s Analytics, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Moody’s Corporation, acquired GGY Consulting, a leading provider of advanced actuarial software for the global life insurance industry.
On December 18, 2015, New Flyer Industries Inc. (New Flyer) completed its acquisition of Motor Coach Industries International, Inc. (MCI) from an affiliate of KPS Capital Partners, L.P. for cash consideration of US$455 million, subject to certain purchase price adjustments.
On January 15, 2016, Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. (MTS) (TSX: MBT) completed the sale of its Allstream division to Zayo Group, LLC (Zayo), a leading provider of communications infrastructure and network-neutral colocation and connectivity, in an all cash transaction for $465 million.
WSP Global Inc., one of the world's leading professional services firms, completed the previously announced acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding capital stock of the entities comprising the business of Parsons Brinckerhoff Group, the professional services division of Balfour Beatty plc.