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Year called to bar: 1978 (ON); 1985 (New York)
Edward Waitzer is a senior partner and Head of the Corporate Governance Group. His practice focuses on complex business transactions and advising clients in respect of various public policy and governance matters. Ed was Chair of the firm from 1999 to 2006. Ed has served as a director of numerous corporations and community organizations, and writes and speaks extensively on a wide range of legal and public policy issues. He is also a contributing editor on the advisory boards of various publications. Ed was Chair of the Strategy Working Party, which restructured the International Accounting Standards Board. He also served as a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants’ Task Force on Standard Setting, as a public director of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, as a member of the Independent Review Panel on the Comptrollership Function in Canada, as Chair of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, as Vice-Chair of Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile S.A. (SQM) and as President of the Canada-Chile Business Council. Ed is a professor and holds the Jarislowsky Dimma Mooney Chair in Corporate Governance at Osgoode Hall Law School and Schulich School of Business at York University, and is a Director of the Hennick Centre for Business and Law.
In the culmination of a complex cross-border bankruptcy sales and auction process, on February 28, 2017, Performance Sports Group Ltd. (PSG) announced the completion of the sale of substantially all of its assets to an investor group led by Sagard Holdings Inc. (Sagard) and Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited (Fairfax) for US$575 million, subject to certain adjustments, and the assumption of related operating liabilities.
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.
On April 10, 2015, Cara Operations Ltd., Canada’s largest full service restaurant company, completed its $200 million initial public offering. Cara sold 8.7 million subordinate voting shares for $23 each and now trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol CAO.
On March 13, 2015, Brookfield Asset Management Inc. (Brookfield Asset Management) and Brookfield Residential Properties Inc. (Brookfield Residential) closed the going private transaction of Brookfield Residential, pursuant to which 1927726 Ontario Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Brookfield Asset Management, acquired all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Brookfield Residential that Brookfield Asset Management and its affiliates did not already own by way of a plan of arrangement.