Jonathan McCullough is national co-Head of the Corporate Department at Bennett Jones. He has been practising corporate and securities law for over 30 years. He has been recognized by his peers as a leading practitioner in Lexpert®, The Best Lawyers in Canada, International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, IFLR’s Guide to the World’s Leading Private Equity Lawyers, PLC’s Cross-Border Private Equity Handbook, and Chambers Canada. A focus of his practice is private equity, acting on behalf of both fund sponsors and institutional investors in forming private funds to invest in buyouts, mezzanine, venture capital, infrastructure, water, and timber assets. He is familiar with all aspects of structuring, negotiating, and completing such investments and with standards for investment policies, fees, returns, and governance in this expanding asset class. Additionally, he has significant experience in assisting such funds with transactions, including growth investments, mergers & acquisitions, recapitalizations, add-on investments, and exits. Additionally, he frequently represents institutional investors in direct investments and co-investments, including negotiating consortium governance arrangements.
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On Sept. 28, Appnovation announced the closing of a Series B financing, raising $10.55 million from its previous investors, the Canadian Business Growth Fund (“CBGF”) and UK-based Business Growth Fund (“BGF”), as well as new investor crown corporation Export Development Canada (“EDC”) through its investment program
On April 2, 2019, an investor consortium comprised of Anamered Investments Inc., ANTA Sports Limited, FountainVest Partners and Tencent Holdings Limited completed its acquisition of substantially all of the outstanding securities of Amer Sports Corporation for approximately €5 billion in a tender offer on the Nasdaq Helsinki stock exchange.
On April 22, 2015, Petra Petroleum Inc, (Petra) completed the acquisition of all of the outstanding shares of Mitra Energy Limited, a private Bermuda incorporated company. The transaction constituted a reverse takeover transaction of Petra Petroleum Inc. pursuant to TSX Venture Exchange Policies.
Lion Capital and IVEST Consumer Partners acquired the business and assets of Spence Diamonds Ltd. in an all equity transaction. As part of the transaction, the Spence Diamonds Group shareholders will maintain a minority interest in the reconstituted company. Canada’s premier diamond retailer, Spence Diamonds was founded in 1978 and operates out of seven locations across Canada including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto.
TriWest Capital Partners and Alberta Teachers’ Retirement Fund completed their acquisition of a majority interest in NCSG Crane & Heavy Haul Corporation (“NCSG”) from existing shareholders on August 25, 2014. NCSG is one of the largest providers of fully operated and maintained crane and heavy haul services in North America.
Advent International, one of the largest and most experienced global firms dedicated to private equity acquired an approximate 14 per cent stake in lululemon athletica inc. from lululemon founder Dennis “Chip” Wilson for US$845 million on September 9, 2014. In connection with the transaction, Advent, lululemon and Mr. Wilson entered into a support agreement relating to certain governance matters.