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Year called to bar: 1985 (ON)
Don is a partner in the business law department and former Co-Chair of the M&A practice group. Don's practice focuses primarily on public company mergers & acquisitions. His M&A experience includes advising on public takeover bids, plans of arrangement, restructurings, special committee assignments, hostile proxy solicitations, dealer fairness opinions, government privatizations, and exchangeable share transactions. Don also advises private investors in public corporations including the acquisition and disposition of significant security holdings. He has also acted on public and private securities financings, exchangeable share and restricted share transactions, hostile proxy solicitations and dealer fairness opinions and has advised special committees in related party transactions and insider bids.
On March 22, 2018, Wolf Midstream Inc. (Wolf Midstream) successfully closed the acquisition from MEG Energy Corp. (MEG) of MEG’s 50-per-cent ownership interest in Access Pipeline and a 100-per-cent ownership interest in the Stonefell Terminal for $1.52 billion, including capital commitments of approximately $90 million. Wolf Midstream also completed an amendment and restatement of its senior secured credit facilities, which were upsized on the date of the acquisition to $1.5 billion, in order to provide debt financing for the acquisition.
On September 1, 2015, Enbridge Inc. announced the closing of the transfer of its Canadian Liquids Pipelines business, comprised primarily of Enbridge Pipelines Inc. and Enbridge Pipelines Athabasca Inc., and certain Canadian renewable energy assets (the Transaction) to an indirect subsidiary of Enbridge Income Fund (the Fund) for $30.4 billion together with certain Incentive/Performance Rights. A joint special committee (the Special Committee) of the Board of Directors of Enbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc. (EIFH) and the Board of Trustees of Enbridge Commercial Trust (ECT) was formed to review and consider the Transaction, conduct due diligence and negotiate the terms of the Transaction on behalf of EIFH, the Fund and ECT.
NorthWest Healthcare Properties Real Estate Investment Trust (NWH) and NorthWest International Healthcare Properties Real Estate Investment Trust (NWI) completed a plan of arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (Alberta) in which NWI and NWH combined to create a leading global diversified healthcare real estate investment trust with over $2 billion of assets.
Sears Holdings Corporation completed the sale of 40,000,000 common shares of Sears Canada Inc. at US$9.50 per share for aggregate proceeds of US$380 million pursuant to a rights offering made to the holders of Sears Holdings common shares.
In Canada’s largest M&A transaction of 2014, US-based Burger King Worldwide Inc. acquired Tim Hortons Inc. in a $12.5-billion deal that created a global powerhouse quick service restaurant company based in Canada. Combined, the company now has more than 18,000 restaurants in 100 countries.