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Year called to bar: 1994 (ON)
Brian Pukier is a partner in the Securities and Mergers & Acquisitions Groups. His practice is focused primarily on cross-border M&A, private equity investments, corporate finance transactions, complex corporate reorganizations, and public policy. He has extensive experience in counseling senior management and boards of directors of leading public and private corporations. Brian has also advised on a large number of private equity investments. He is recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada, The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, Chambers Global, and Chambers Canada, among others. He is a frequent speaker and writer on M&A and securities regulatory topics. He is a member of the Ontario Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association, and the International Bar Association. He currently serves on the Toronto office’s Management Committee and is former Head of the Mergers & Acquisitions Group. He is also on the Board of Directors of Computershare Trust Company of Canada.
On May 26, 2017, Apax Partners (Apax), one of the world’s leading private equity investment groups, completed the sale of its remaining shares of the parent company (HCA Parent Corp.) of Garda World Security Corp. (Garda World) to Stephan Crétier, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Garda World, along with certain members of management and an entity held by investment funds affiliated with Rhône Capital (Rhone).
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 ...
Johnson Electric Holdings Limited, a global leader in electric motors and motion subsystems, announced on October 27, 2015, that it had completed the acquisition of Stackpole International, a leading supplier of engine and transmission pumps and powder metal components, primarily for automotive applications.
On June 18, 2015, Alltech, Inc. completed its acquisition of all of the outstanding common shares of Ridley Inc., by way of a plan of arrangement, for approximately $521 million. Before its acquisition, Ridley was publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange and was one of the largest commercial animal nutrition businesses in North America. With the completion of the acquisition, the combined company is a global leader is animal health and nutrition with annual revenues in excess of US$1.6 billion and a presence in 128 countries with 77 manufacturing facilities and approximately 4,200 employees globally.
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).
On March 31, 2015, Norbord Inc. (Norbord) and Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd. (Ainsworth) completed their previously announced merger. The merger will create a leading global wood products company focused on oriented strand board across North America, Europe and Asia.
Sagent Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a leader of specialty pharmaceutical products with an emphasis on the injectable market, completed its acquisition of Omega Laboratories Limited, a market leading specialty pharmaceutical company based in Montreal, for approximately US$85.3 million (C$95 million) in cash. The combination of Sagent and Omega creates a premier generic injectable company with a robust product portfolio, deep development pipeline and strong global presence.
On October 3, 2006 Georgia Gulf Corporation of Atlanta, Georgia completed its previously announced acquisition of Royal Group Technologies Limited of Toronto in an all cash and assumed debt transaction, which values Royal Group at approximately $1.7 billion. The closing of the acquisition brings to an end a 16-month public sale process for Royal Group that began in May 2005 ...