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Year called to bar: 1998 (ON); 1999 (New York); 2007 (AB)
John is Vice Chair of Clients and Industries, and head of the Bennett Jones private equity practice. He practises primarily in the area of mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance, and corporate governance, primarily on behalf of US and Canadian financial sponsors and their portfolio companies. Before joining Bennett Jones, John practised as a corporate lawyer with a New York–based law firm, and also was an investment banker focusing on mergers & acquisitions with Merrill Lynch in NY. John is a frequent writer and speaker on matters relating to private equity financings, M&A, and valuation, and has served on the board of a number of portfolio companies. John received his BA (summa cum laude) from Northwestern University, his MA with a concentration in international finance from Yale University, and his LLB from the University of Toronto. John is a member of the law societies of Alberta and Ontario, and remains a member in good standing of the New York State Bar. John is also on the board of the Alberta Children’s Hospital and serves on the governance and investment committees.
Kissner Group Holdings LP (“Kissner”) completed its acquisition of NSC Minerals Ltd. (“NSC”), a market-leading provider of salt products in Western Canada and the North Central United States, from an investor group led by Altas Partners.
On October 17, 2017, Coeur Mining, Inc. (Coeur), a public gold and silver company listed on the New York Stock Exchange acquired all of the outstanding shares of JDS Silver Holdings Ltd. (JDS Silver), a private British Columbia silver mining company, for aggregate consideration of up to US$250 million pursuant to a plan of arrangement.
Vesta Energy Corp. (Vesta) completed a $295-million equity financing co-led by energy private equity firms Riverstone Holdings, LLC (Riverstone) and JOG Capital Corp. (JOG). Other investors included members of the Vesta management team.
On May 11, 2017, companies controlled by Waterous Energy Fund (“WEF”) acquired approximately 67 per cent of the issued and outstanding common shares of Northern Blizzard Resources Inc. (“Northern Blizzard”) from affiliates of Riverstone Holdings, LLC (“Riverstone”), and NGP Energy Capital Management, LLC (“NGP”) in a transaction valued at approximately $244 million.
On December 14, 2016, Tervita Corporation (“Tervita”), a leading environmental solutions provider, implemented its court-approved plan of arrangement under the Canada Business Corporations Act (the “Plan”).
On January 6, 2017, DirectCash Payments Inc. (“DirectCash”) completed an arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (Alberta) involving Cardtronics plc (“Cardtronics”) in which an affiliate of Cardtronics acquired all of the issued and outstanding common shares of DirectCash for cash consideration of $19.00 per common share. Together with the repayment of DirectCash’s third party indebtedness (including the redemption of all of the issued and outstanding ...