199 Bay St, Suite 4000, Commerce Court West, Toronto, ON
Year called to bar: 2000 (ON)
Eric is the Practice Group Leader of the Blakes Toronto Capital Markets practice. His practice focuses primarily on public and private financing transactions, as well as mergers & acquisitions. He also provides ongoing advice on general securities and corporate law matters to a variety of issuer clients. Eric has acted as counsel to issuers, underwriters, and selling shareholders in a number of public financings, including initial public offerings, and private placements of equity and debt securities. He has also acted for purchasers and vendors in a wide range of asset and share purchase transactions, and for many companies in connection with takeover bids, statutory arrangements, and reorganizations. These transactions have involved participants in industries such as real estate, financial services, infrastructure, and media and technology.
Great-West Lifeco Inc., a subsidiary of Power Financial Corporation, itself a subsidiary of Power Corporation of Canada, successfully closed a substantial issuer bid to purchase $2 billion of its common shares
On January 23, 2018, H&R Real Estate Investment Trust (H&R REIT) completed a public offering of $250 million principal amount of 3.416 per cent Series O senior unsecured debentures due January 23, 2023.
HealthLease Properties Real Estate Investment Trust (HealthLease) was acquired by Health Care REIT, Inc. (HCN) for $14.20 (US$13.01) per unit in cash, representing an aggregate transaction value of approximately $1 billion (US$950 million). HealthLease's portfolio consisted of 53 properties (14 in two Canadian provinces and 39 in eight US states) of seniors housing, post-acute care and long-term care facilities.
BCE Inc. completed its privatization of Bell Aliant Inc. and the integration of its Atlantic Canada affiliate into BCE’s national operations, following its successful offer to purchase all of the outstanding publicly-held Bell Aliant common shares for a combination of cash and BCE common shares valued at approximately $3.95 billion.