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Year called to bar: 1999 (MB); 2000 (BC)
John-Paul (J-P) is a partner in the Corporate Group focused on M&A and private equity transactions. He primarily works with domestic and international private equity funds and their portfolio companies in investment, add-on, recapitalization and exit transactions and with technology-based businesses on transactional matters. J-P is also frequently engaged as special M&A counsel by seller groups and investment banks undertaking competitive auction processes. J-P is recognized as a leading private equity and M&A lawyer in Best Lawyers, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Chambers Global, and Chambers Canada, among other directories. J-P co-leads the national Blakes Private Equity Group, which has been recognized as one of Canada's leading private equity practices, and the Vancouver office's Corporate Group. He regularly speaks at business law conferences on M&A and private equity topics and is a member of the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association, the British Columbia Technology Industry Association and the Association for Corporate Growth (Vancouver Chapter).
PRA Group, Inc. (“PRA Group”), through one of its subsidiaries, completed the acquisition of Resurgent Holdings LLC’s (“Resurgent”) Canadian business. PRA Group is a global leader in acquiring and collecting non-performing loans, and the acquisition supports PRA Group’s position as a market-leading non-performing loan business in Canada.
On May 4, 2018, Frontier Capital completed the acquisition of Agreement Express Inc. and its subsidiary corporations (AEX) through a plan of arrangement. The investment was made through Frontier Capital’s US$700 million Frontier Fund V