66 Wellington St W, Suite 5300, TD Bank Twr, Toronto, ON
Year called to bar: 2002 (ON)
Debbie is a partner in the Antitrust/Competition & Foreign Investment group, acting for domestic and international clients on merger reviews and clearances, and foreign investment reviews. She provides advice in criminal cartel matters and reviewable practices, including joint-ventures, resale pricing, advertising and distribution issues. Recognized for her experience on complex transactions, Debbie’s practice is marked by her pragmatic, solutions-oriented approach. Her knowledge of the Canadian competition and foreign investment regimes is complemented by her experience across numerous industries, making her a valued business advisor. She is Past Chair of the CBA Foreign Investment Review Committee and Co-Chair of the ABA’s Insurance and Financial Services Committee. Debbie has spoken at firm webinars including “Canada’s Foreign Investment and National Security Regimes in Today’s Geopolitical Climate”, “Lessons from the COVID-19 Era”, “Private Equity Outlook Webinar” (2021), and “Distressed M&A in Canada - Key Issues and Opportunities” (2020). She frequently contributes to antitrust publications including Canada Chapter, Guide to Foreign Direct Investment, GCR Insight (1st Ed. (2022)), and Canada Chapter, Merger Remedies Guide, GCR Insight (1st Ed. (2018) and 2nd Ed. (2019)).
On January 10, 2019, a consortium consisting of Air Canada, Toronto-Dominion Bank (“TD”), Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (“CIBC”) and Visa Canada Corp. (“Visa”) announced the successful closing of its purchase of Aimia Canada Inc., owner and operator of the Aeroplan Loyalty Business, from Aimia Inc.
On August 15, 2018, WillScot Corp. (or Williams Scotsman) completed the acquisition Modular Space Holdings, Inc. for approximately US$1.2 billion. The Canadian Competition Bureau issued a No Action Letter on July 16, 2018.
Intact Financial Corporation, through a wholly owned subsidiary, completed its acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding shares of Canadian Direct Insurance Inc. from Canadian Western Bank. The acquisition was financed by IFC exclusively with excess capital. The acquisition enhances IFC’s position in Canada by extending its direct-to-consumer operations from coast to coast.
Element Financial Corporation acquired the assets and operations of PHH Arval, PHH Corporation's North American fleet management services business, for a purchase price of US$1.4 billion in cash. Element also assumed PHH's obligations under the PHH fleet securitization programs in the US and Canada.