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Year called to bar: 1991 (ON)
Jeff is widely recognized as one of Canada's leading M&A lawyers. He has advised purchasers, targets and special committees on many of Canada's most significant M&A transactions, and has extensive experience in both negotiated and unsolicited transactions. He also advises public companies on corporate governance, shareholder activism and securities law matters, and in connection with public offerings of equity and debt securities. He has experience in a wide range of industries, including mining, media and telecommunications, real estate, financial services, power generation and retail/consumer products. Jeff has served as a Practice Group Leader and on various committees at Blakes, including the firm's Executive Committee. He is a director of the Canadian Opera Company.
On Feb. 21, Great Hill Partners, a leading growth-oriented private equity firm, completed its acquisition of VersaPay Corporation pursuant to a statutory plan of arrangement under the Canada Business Corporations Act
On Nov. 25, 2020, Intact Financial Corporation (Intact) completed private placements of subscription receipts to Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board (collectively, the Cornerstones) for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $3.2 billion
On Nov. 24, Granite Real Estate Investment Trust and Granite REIT Inc. completed an offering of 3,841,000 stapled units, inclusive of 501,000 Units issued pursuant to the exercise in full of the over-allotment option, at a price of $75.00 per Unit for total gross proceeds of $288,075,000
On October 23, 2017, Pattern Energy Group Inc. completed an underwritten public offering of 9,200,000 shares of its Class A common stock (including 1,200,000 shares of common stock upon the exercise in full by the underwriters of their over-allotment option), for gross proceeds of approximately US$215 million.
On February 9, 2017, Sprott Resource Corp. (“SRC”) and Adriana Resources Inc. (now re-named Sprott Resource Holdings Inc.) (the “Company”) completed a business combination by way of a court approved plan of arrangement under the Canada Business Corporations Act (the “Arrangement”).
On August 12, 2016, Pattern Energy Group Inc. (“Pattern Energy”) completed an underwritten public offering of 10 million shares of its Class A common stock (“common stock”) and on August 22, 2016, the underwriters partially exercised their over-allotment option to purchase an additional 1,300,000 shares of common stock. In total, Pattern Energy sold 11,300,000 shares of common stock at a price of US$23.90 per share, for proceeds of approximately US$270 million.
On May 31, 2016, TELUS Corporation (TELUS) completed a previously-announced transaction whereby Baring Private Equity Asia (Baring Asia) acquired a 35-per cent equity stake in TELUS International (Cda) Inc. (TELUS International).
On July 28, 2015, Pattern Energy Group Inc. (Pattern Energy) completed an underwritten public offering of shares of its Class A common stock (Class A shares) and a concurrent private placement offering of 4.00 per cent convertible senior notes due 2020 (the notes). In total, Pattern Energy sold 5,435,000 Class A shares at a price of US$23.00 per share, for total gross proceeds of approximately US$125 million, and US$225 million aggregate principal amount of notes.
Johnson Electric Holdings Limited, a global leader in electric motors and motion subsystems, announced on October 27, 2015, that it had completed the acquisition of Stackpole International, a leading supplier of engine and transmission pumps and powder metal components, primarily for automotive applications.
Stornoway Diamond Corporation announced that it had closed its previously announced financing transactions with US private equity firm Orion Mine Finance, Investissement Québec (through its wholly owned subsidiaries Diaquem Inc. and Resources Québec) (“RQ”), and the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec to fund the construction of the Renard Diamond Project, Quebec’s first diamond mine.