Jean Marc Huot is a partner in the Corporate Group. His practice focuses primarily on securities and M&A. He acts as counsel in Canadian and international public M&A, public offerings and private placements, and advises on securities matters, restructurings, investment funds and derivatives, as well as Canadian and international private M&A and joint ventures. He is involved in many high-profile M&A transactions and equity and debt offerings for large Canadian companies. He is also recognized by the legal industry's most prominent directories, including Chambers (Canada and Global) and The Best Lawyers in Canada 2021.
On March 7, 2019, Bombardier completed its issuance and sale of US$2.0 billion aggregate principal amount of its new 7.875% Senior Notes due 2027 (the “Notes”) (the “Notes Offering”). The proceeds of the Notes Offering were used to finance Bombardier’s tender offers (collectively, the “Tender Offers”) for (i) all of its outstanding 7¾% Senior Notes due 2020 (the “2020 Notes”), which was completed on March 7, 2019, and (ii) up to US$975 million aggregate purchase price of its outstanding 6⅛% Senior Notes due 2021 (the “6⅛ Notes”) and 8.750% Senior Notes due 2021 (the “8.750 Notes,” together with the 6⅛ Notes, the “2021 Notes”), to be completed on March 29, 2019, and to pay related fees and expenses.
On March 23, 2018, Bombardier Inc. (Bombardier) completed its public offering (the Offering) of 168,000,000 Class B shares (subordinate voting) (the Shares) at a purchase price of $3.80 per Share for total gross proceeds of $638.4 million. Bombardier intends to use the net proceeds of the Offering to supplement its working capital and for general corporate purposes, consistent with Bombardier’s continued proactive approach to capital management.
On April 3, 2017, Alithya, one of Canada’s leading strategy and information technology consulting firms, announced its acquisition of Systemware Innovation Corporation (SWI), a Toronto-based information technology and software engineering consulting firm. SWI is a leader in business intelligence and analytic solutions servicing clients mostly in the Ontario region for over 35 years. This transaction will reinforce Alithya’s service offering and enhance its presence within the financial, energy and transportation sectors, in addition to enabling the expansion of its FinTech LAB services to the Ontario market.
On December 11, 2015, BCE Inc. (BCE), Canada’s largest communications company, completed a bought deal common share offering for total aggregate gross proceeds of $862,838,100. BCE issued 15,111,000 common shares at a price of $57.10 per common share, including the 1,971,000 common shares issued as a result of the exercise in full of the over-allotment option granted to the syndicate of underwriters.
On September 22, 2015, Canadian National Railway Company completed the offering of $350 million aggregate principal amount of 2.80 per cent Notes due 2025, $400 million aggregate principal amount of 3.95 per cent Notes due 2045, and $100 million aggregate principal amount of 4.00 per cent Notes due 2065.
On June 22, 2015, Boralex Inc. (Boralex) completed a public offering of $125,000,000 aggregate principal amount of 4.5 per cent convertible unsecured subordinated debentures due June 30, 2020 (the Debentures), and on June 26, 2015, Boralex completed the exercise of an over-allotment option granted to the Underwriters (as defined below) for an additional $18,750,000 aggregate principal amount of Debentures.
On November 2, 2010, Bombardier completed its issuance and sale of €780 million aggregate principal amount of its new Senior Notes due 2021, which carry a coupon of 6.125 per cent sold at 99.0422 per cent.
On December 18, 2006, Bombardier Inc. entered into a new €4.3 billion syndicated letter of credit facility completing its 2006 refinancing initiative, which included, in addition to the letter of credit facility, the issuance in Europe and the United States of €1.9 billion aggregate principal amount of senior notes and a debt tender offer in Europe.
On March 2, 2004, BCE Inc. completed the renewal of its $1 billion medium term note program. The program was established pursuant to a short form base shelf prospectus dated February 24, as supplemented by a prospectus supplement dated March 1, filed in all provinces of Canada.
Bell Nordiq Income Fund, a Montreal-based unincorporated limited purpose trust created to indirectly acquire and hold partnership units of Télébec, Limited Partnership and Northern Telephone, Limited Partnership, completed an initial public offering of its units on April 23, 2002.
BCE Inc. completed the renewal of its $1 billion medium term note programme on March 15, 2002. The programme was established pursuant to a short-form base shelf prospectus dated February 14, 2002 and a prospectus supplement filed in all 10 provinces on March 1, 2002.