Joe Conforti
Joe Conforti
Partner at Goodmans LLP
(416) 597-4177
(416) 979-1234
333 Bay St, Suite 3400, Bay Adelaide Ctr, W Twr, Toronto, ON
Year called to bar: 1987 (ON)
Partner in the Litigation Group and head of Employment and Labour Group at Goodmans. Practice focuses on all aspects of human resources management for public and private sector employers and executives in diverse industry groups. Regularly provides strategic guidance regarding the employment and labour aspects of M&A, divestitures, restructurings and insolvencies, as well as establishing Canadian operations. Employment law practice includes all aspects of human resources management for public and private sector employers and executives, including with respect to negotiating and drafting executive employment and consulting agreements; preparing bonus and compensation plans; implementing severance arrangements, corporate policies and procedures; compliance with occupational health and safety, human rights, employment standards, workplace privacy, and other legal requirements; harassment and other workplace investigations; and restrictive covenants. Appears regularly before the courts and at administrative tribunals and private arbitrations. Recognized in The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory and The Lexpert®/ALM Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada for Employment Law and in Best Lawyers in Canada for labour and employment law.
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Goodmans LLP represented Docebo Inc. in connection with its initial public offering of 4,687,500 common shares at a price of C$16.00 per share for total gross proceeds of $75 million.
On May 31, 2018, an affiliate of Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. (Fairfax) acquired all of the share capital and business of Toys “R” Us (Canada) Ltd. Toys “R” Us (Canada) Ltee (Toys Canada) for a purchase price of $300 million subject to certain working capital adjustments. The share transaction, which was completed in connection with Toys Canada’s emergence from restructuring proceedings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (the CCAA) and Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, has enabled Toys Canada to continue as a going concern without compromising creditor claims and preserved Toys Canada’s position as Canada’s leading toy and baby retailer.
Blackstone Property Partners and Ivanhoé Cambridge Inc., a subsidiary of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, completed their all-cash acquisition of Pure Industrial Real Estate Trust (PIRET) for $8.10 per unit in a transaction valued at $3.8 billion including debt. Affiliates of Blackstone Property Partners and Ivanhoé Cambridge Inc. acquired 62% and 38% of PIRET, respectively.
Vista Equity Partners (“Vista”) acquired all of the outstanding shares of Toronto-based DH Corp. (TSX: DH) (“D+H”), a leading provider of technology solutions to financial institutions globally, by way of a plan of arrangement for $25.50 per share in cash, for a total enterprise value of approximately $4.8 billion, including the assumption of D+H’s debt.
On October 5, 2016, Postmedia Network Canada Corp. (PNCC) (TSX:PNC.A, PNC.B) and Postmedia Network Inc.’s (“PNI” and together with PNCC, the “Company” or “Postmedia”) completed a recapitalization transaction.
Roots Canada Ltd. (Roots) completed the sale of a majority stake in Roots to Searchlight Capital Partners, L.P. (Searchlight), with the co-founders Michael Budman and Don Green retaining a significant equity ownership. This investment will support the brand’s next phase of growth. The terms of the agreement were undisclosed.
Pacific West Commercial Corporation (Pacific West), an affiliate of Vancouver-based Stern Partners Inc. (Stern Partners), completed the acquisition of the business and assets of Comark Inc. (Comark). Financial terms were undisclosed.
On October 3, 2006 Georgia Gulf Corporation of Atlanta, Georgia completed its previously announced acquisition of Royal Group Technologies Limited of Toronto in an all cash and assumed debt transaction, which values Royal Group at approximately $1.7 billion. The closing of the acquisition brings to an end a 16-month public sale process for Royal Group that began in May 2005 ...