100 King St W, Suite 3400, 1 First Canadian Pl, PO Box 130, Toronto, ON
Year called to bar: 1993 (ON); 1991 (Michigan)
For more than 25 years, Curtis has been advising leading public and private companies and private equity groups on domestic and cross-border M&A, divestitures, leveraged and management buyouts, take-over bids, going private transactions, restructuring, initial public offerings, SPACS, PIPES and other strategic investments and capital markets transactions. Prior to joining Bennett Jones, Curtis served as the Managing Partner of the Toronto office, and as a member of the Executive Committee and Partnership Board at another Canadian national law firm, where he also previously served as the National Head of the Corporate Group and Co-Chair of the M&A and Private Equity Group. In recognition of his achievements, Curtis is ranked as a leading lawyer in M&A, private equity, capital markets and corporate and commercial law in Canada, the United States and internationally in multiple legal directories including Chambers Global: the World's Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Corporate and M&A and in the Lexpert/American Lawyer Media Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada in various corporate categories.
Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter, chief visionary officer of The Parent Company, will lead brand strategy and The Parent Company social equity ventures, a corporate venture fund investing in Black- and minority-owned cannabis businesses
On March 23, 2018, Aphria Inc. (Aphria)(TSX: APH and US OTC: APHQF) completed its acquisition of Nuuvera Inc. (Nuuvera) pursuant to a plan of arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (Ontario) for approximately $425 million.
On December 14, 2016, Just Eat plc (LSE: JE), a leading global marketplace for online food delivery, announced its completed acquisition of SkipTheDishes Inc., one of Canada’s largest online food delivery marketplaces.
On October 19, 2016, Tender Choice Foods Inc. and its affiliate (“Tender Choice”), a leading Burlington, Ont.-based processor specializing in the processing, packing and distribution of meat products completed the sale of substantially all of the assets and food processing business of Tender Choice to Blue Goose Pure Capital Corp.
On December 17, 2015, subsidiaries of Waterton Precious Metals Fund II Cayman, LP completed the acquisition of Barrick Gold Corporation's 70 per cent interest in the Spring Valley project and 100 per cent of the Ruby Hill mine for a total of $110 million in cash.
On May 27, 2015, Shopify Inc. completed its initial public offering of 8,855,000 Class A subordinate voting shares at an initial offering price of US$17.00 per share, which included the exercise in full by the underwriters of an over-allotment option to purchase up to 1,155,000 additional shares, for gross proceeds of US$150,535,000.
Waterton Precious Metals Fund II Cayman, LP through a wholly-owned subsidiary, acquired Chaparral Gold Corp., on February 18, 2015. The acquisition was effected under a statutory plan of arrangement pursuant to which holders of Chaparral common shares received $0.61 in cash for each common share. The transaction was valued at approximately $72 million.
Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, through a wholly-owned subsidiary, acquired Pethealth Inc. on November 14, 2014. The acquisition was effected under a statutory plan of arrangement of Pethealth pursuant to which holders of Pethealth common shares received $2.79 in cash per each common share and holders of Pethealth preferred shares received $2.79 in cash per each preferred share plus all accrued and unpaid dividends up to, but excluding, the effective date of the plan of arrangement. The transaction was valued at approximately $100 million.
EnGlobe Corp. acquired substantially all of the assets of LVM Inc., a subsidiary of Dessau Inc., in a transaction led by ONCAP Management Partners. ONCAP is the mid-market private equity platform of Onex Corporation and is EnGlobe’s majority shareholder.