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Year called to bar: 1998 (ON)
Emmanuel (Manny) Pressman is the Chair of the Corporate Department and former Head of the M&A Group. He represents public and private companies, private equity sponsors, special committees, boards of directors, and investment banks involved in takeover bids, proxy contests, joint ventures, negotiated and contested mergers and acquisitions, and a range of corporate transactions and restructurings. His clients have included Constellation Brands, Magna International, Blackstone, TPG Capital, KingSett Capital, Vector Capital, Entertainment One, Fairfax Financial, The ADT Corporation, and Shoppers Drug Mart. Mr. Pressman is widely and repeatedly recognized as a leading M&A practitioner including by Who’s Who Legal (Global Leader); Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business; The Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada; The Legal 500; The Best Lawyers in Canada;and The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory. In 2020, Mr. Pressman was recognized by IFLR 1000 as the inaugural recipient of its M&A Lawyer of the Year Award (Canada) and, in 2019, as one of Canada's Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers by Canadian Lawyer in its annual peer survey.
On August 10, 2018, South32 Ltd. (South32) acquired all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Arizona Mining Inc. (Arizona Mining) not already owned by South32 or its affiliates for cash consideration of $6.20 per share by way of a statutory plan of arrangement pursuant to the Business Corporations Act (British Columbia).
Blackstone Property Partners and Ivanhoé Cambridge Inc., a subsidiary of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, completed their all-cash acquisition of Pure Industrial Real Estate Trust (PIRET) for $8.10 per unit in a transaction valued at $3.8 billion including debt. Affiliates of Blackstone Property Partners and Ivanhoé Cambridge Inc. acquired 62% and 38% of PIRET, respectively.
On July 3, 2017, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. (SNC-Lavalin) completed its acquisition of WS Atkins plc (Atkins), one of the world’s most respected consultancies in design, engineering and project management, with a leadership position across the infrastructure, transportation and energy sectors, by means of a Court-sanctioned scheme of arrangement under Part 26 of the U.K. Companies Act 2006 (the Acquisition).
On March 21, 2016, Suncor Energy Inc. (Suncor) completed its acquisition of Canadian Oil Sands Limited (COS). The transaction began as an unsolicited take-over bid made by Suncor on October 5, 2015, under which Suncor offered 0.25 of a Suncor share for each COS share, and was subsequently completed following the signing of a Support Agreement by Suncor and COS on January 17, 2016, pursuant to which Suncor agreed to increase its offer price to 0.28 of a Suncor share for each COS share, with the amended offer supported by the COS board of directors.
Western Lithium) and Lithium Americas Corp. (Lithium Americas) completed their all-stock, strategic business combination creating a leading lithium development company combining expertise, technology, and two significant lithium deposits based in North America and South America. The goal of the merger is to establish market leadership and develop future lithium supply requirements in a disciplined manner to reshape the current fragmented lithium development sector.
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.
The ADT Corp. acquired Reliance Protectron Inc. from Reliance Comfort Limited Partnership, a portfolio company of investment funds managed by Alinda Capital Partners, for an all-cash deal worth $555 million.