66 Wellington St W, Suite 5300, TD Bank Twr, Toronto, ON
Year called to bar: 1993 (ON)
Partner in the firm’s Toronto office. Practice covers a broad range of corporate/commercial litigation, including contracts, banking, shareholder disputes, tax, bankruptcy/restructuring, and administrative law and Aboriginal law. In 2018, he was named one of Canadian Lawyer’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada. His recent major engagements include McDonald and Dickson v. TD Bank, 2021 ONSC 3872 (successful defence of a $5 billion action arising from the collapse of Stanford International Bank), 1169822 Ontario Limited v. The Toronto-Dominion Bank, 2018 ONSC 1631 (in which the trial judge commented that the opposing expert’s opinion was “utterly shattered” by Mr. Hall’s cross-examination), and Slate Management Corporation v. Canada (Attorney General), 2017 ONCA 763 (innovative mootness argument on appeal). He is a broadly published author, his most notable work being Canadian Contractual Interpretation Law, which has been cited multiple times by the courts including 17 times by the Supreme Court of Canada. He teaches widely in both contract law and trial advocacy. He clerked for the Supreme Court of Canada from 1991 to 1992. Admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1993.
The sale of Pure Multi-Family REIT LP (“Pure”) to Cortland Partners, LLC (“Cortland”) completed on September 27, 2019. Cortland acquired all of Pure’s outstanding: (i) Class A units for US$7.61 per unit
On January 5, 2018, BCE Inc. (Bell) completed its acquisition of all of the approximately 11.4 million common shares of AlarmForce Industries Inc. (AlarmForce) for a total aggregate consideration of approximately $182 million The Acquisition is part of Bell’s Connected Home strategy.
Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB)(NYSE:ENB) (Enbridge) completed its stock-for-stock transaction with Spectra Energy Corp (NYSE:SE) (Spectra Energy), creating North America’s largest energy infrastructure company with an enterprise value of approximately $165 billion. The transaction valued Spectra Energy’s common stock at approximately $37 billion and is the largest foreign acquisition ever completed by a Canadian company.
On July 2, 2015, Euronet Worldwide, Inc. a leading electronic payments provider, acquired XE.com Inc., a global leader in digital foreign exchange information.
Euronet will use approximately $60 million from its revolving credit agreement together with about 640,000 Euronet shares and an undisclosed amount of cash to complete the deal. The deal provides Euronet a large Internet presence and user base attuned to foreign currency, while Euronet offers XE breadth and depth in foreign currency products, a strong balance sheet and geographic expansion opportunities.
ORBCOMM Inc., a global provider of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) solutions, completed the acquisition of SkyWave Mobile Communications Inc., the largest M2M service provider on the Inmarsat global L-band satellite network for approximately US$130 million. SkyWave, an Ottawa-based company, will add more than 250,000 subscribers, 400 channel partners, and annualized revenues of over $60 million to ORBCOMM.
Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, through a wholly-owned subsidiary, acquired Pethealth Inc. on November 14, 2014. The acquisition was effected under a statutory plan of arrangement of Pethealth pursuant to which holders of Pethealth common shares received $2.79 in cash per each common share and holders of Pethealth preferred shares received $2.79 in cash per each preferred share plus all accrued and unpaid dividends up to, but excluding, the effective date of the plan of arrangement. The transaction was valued at approximately $100 million.