Justin is a partner in the Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate, Retail, Life Sciences, Technology, and Communications & Media practices. His clients—primarily venture capitalists; private equity funds; entrepreneurs; large Canadian, US, and international enterprises; and high-net-worth individuals—turn to him for advice in structuring and negotiating mergers & acquisitions, divestitures, private placements, shareholder agreements, and joint ventures in Canada and abroad. Justin regularly advises Canadian companies and foreign companies looking to do business in Canada on issues such as product development, strategic alliances, distribution, franchising, collaboration, and licensing. He has significant experience in advising Canadian and international retailers. He is a member of Davies’ Management Committee. He was Chair of the International Private Equity Committee and vice-Chair of the M&A Committee of the American Bar Association’s International Section. He is a former director of AOL Canada Inc. Justin sits on the board of directors of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (Canada). Select Recognition: Chambers Canada; Lexpert®/ALM 500 Directory; Lexpert® Special Edition – Energy; Lexpert® Special Edition – Technology; Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40.
On September 24, 2018, DCC Technology Ltd. acquired the JAM Group of Companies comprised of JAM Industries Ltd., JAM International Ltd. and their subsidiaries (“JAM”), North America’s largest value-added distributor of musical instruments, professional audio and consumer electronics products, for an initial enterprise value of US$170 million.
On May 1, 2018, Scotiabank announced the completion of its $950 million acquisition of Jarislowsky, Fraser Ltd. to create the third-largest Canadian active asset manager with $166 billion in assets under management (as of December 31, 2017).