As a partner who focuses on corporate governance, mergers & acquisitions, private equity, and pension funds, Franziska advises on Canadian and international public and private acquisitions, divestitures, securities issuances, investments, and joint ventures. She frequently advises domestic and foreign corporations, private equity firms, pension funds, and financial advisers on public and private cross-border M&A. Known for her expertise in corporate governance, Franziska regularly advises boards of directors, special committees, senior management, and shareholders on a wide range of transactions, public disclosure issues, and corporate governance matters. Franziska is a director and member of the Corporate Governance and Human Resources Committee of Saputo Inc. and a director and corporate secretary of La Fondation Le Chaînon. She is also a member of Davies’s Management Committee. Select Recognition: Chambers Global; Chambers Canada; IFLR1000; Legal 500 Canada; Lexpert®/ALM 500 Directory; Best Lawyers in Canada's Corporate Governance Practice Lawyer of the Year 2018, Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year 2020, Leveraged Buyouts & Private Equity Law Lawyer of the Year 2019, and M&A Law Lawyer of the Year 2021.
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 June 19, 2017, Pattern Energy Group Inc. (PEGI), Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern Development 1.0), Pattern Energy Group 2 LP (Pattern Development 2.0) and together with Pattern Development 1.0 (Pattern Development), Riverstone Holdings LLC and the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments) announced a series of strategic initiatives
On October 6, 2016, Gaz Métro inc. (“GMi”) announced that it has completed a private placement of $125 million of Series T First Mortgage Bonds (“the Series T Bonds”). The Series T Bonds are secured by a guarantee as to payment of principal and interest by Gaz Métro Ltd. Partnership (“Gaz Métro”), together with collateral security backed by the assets of GMi and Gaz Métro.
OMERS Private Equity (OPE), the private equity investment arm of OMERS, one of Canada’s largest pension funds completed the sale of Canadian healthcare IT company Logibec Inc. to US private equity firm GI Partners. Financing was provided by Macquarie Corporate and Asset Finance Lending. The acquisition price was undisclosed.
Sterigenics International LLC, a sterilization services and a portfolio company of GTCR LLC, a private equity firm based in Chicago, Illinois, acquired Nordion Inc., a provider of products and services to the global health science market.