199 Bay St, Suite 4000, Commerce Court West, Toronto, ON
Year called to bar: 1992 (BC)
Geoff is managing partner of the Blakes New York office. He practises corporate law with a focus on cross-border mergers & acquisitions and corporate finance. He advises Canadian, US, and international public and private companies; investment dealers; private equity, venture capital, and alternative investment funds; and family offices with respect to Canadian law matters. Geoff acts as lead special counsel to boards of directors and special committees in mergers & acquisitions, governance shareholder activism, and internal investigation matters. He has been special counsel to the target-company and acquirer in a number of high-profile Canadian hostile transactions. He has led some of the largest public offerings ever completed in Canada. Geoff advises clients in a number of industries, including mining, energy, financial services, gaming, life sciences, and technology. He is part of the firm's US initiative and is a member of the firm's Executive Committee since 2006. He has worked in the firm’s Toronto, Vancouver, and New York offices and has also worked in the UK. Geoff is an active member of the American Bar Association's M&A and Private Equity Committees and is involved in a number of Canada–US business associations, including the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation.
On July 31, 2018, Galaxy Digital Holdings Ltd. (Galaxy) completed an arrangement transaction pursuant to which Bradmer Pharmaceuticals Inc., Galaxy Digital LP and First Coin Capital Corp. combined to form a new enterprise in the blockchain, digital asset and cryptocurrency space.
On November 1, 2017, The Washington Cos. (Washington), a group of privately held North American mining, industrial and transportation businesses founded by industrialist and entrepreneur Dennis R. Washington, completed its acquisition of Dominion Diamond Corp. (Dominion) for approximately $1.5 billion.
On December 14, 2016, Just Eat plc (LSE: JE), a leading global marketplace for online food delivery, announced its completed acquisition of SkipTheDishes Inc., one of Canada’s largest online food delivery marketplaces.
BC-based Hot House Growers Income Fund, a producer of greenhouse tomatoes and sweet bell peppers completed a $70.7 million initial public offering of trust units through a syndicate of underwriters co-led by TD Securities Inc. and RBC Dominion Securities Inc., and included National Bank Financial, HSBC Securities (Canada) Inc., Canaccord Capital Corp. and Raymond James Ltd.