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Year called to bar: 1998 (ON)
Kathleen Ritchie is a partner in Gowling WLG's Toronto office. She is the past head of the Toronto office's Business Law Department (2016–2022) and past leader of the firm's Corporate Finance, M&A and Private Equity Group (2010–2013) and currently leads the Capital Markets/Public M&A team within the firm’s Corporate Group. She practises securities and corporate law and has 25 years of experience at the firm advising on public and private M&A and corporate finance transactions, as well as securities regulatory and corporate governance matters. Kathleen provides advice on mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. She acts on behalf of public companies in capital markets transactions. Kathleen also advises on securities regulatory requirements, including disclosure, stock exchange and related requirements, regulatory reviews/investigations of disclosure/trading and matters relating to shareholder meetings, including proxy contests and other shareholder activism. She advises boards of directors and management on corporate governance structures, best practices, as well as external rankings, executive and board compensation, stakeholder activism and D&O liability.
On March 14, 2019, Aleafia Health Inc. (TSX: ALEF) completed its acquisition of Emblem Corp. (TSXV: EMC) by way of a plan of arrangement under the provisions of the Canada Business Corporations Act in an all share transaction valued at approximately $172.3 million at the time of the deal’s announcement. Pursuant to the arrangement, Aleafia acquired all of the common shares of Emblem, to form a new wholly-owned subsidiary continuing as “Emblem Corp.” Following the transaction, Aleafia graduated from the TSX Venture Exchange and commenced trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
On November 30, 2018, Essar Steel Algoma Inc. (“ESAI”) concluded its comprehensive restructuring under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act by way of the sale of substantially all of its assets to Algoma Steel Inc. (“ASI”).
On July 11, 2016, Maverix Metals Inc. and Pan American Silver Corp. closed a plan of arrangement pursuant to which Maverix acquired 13 royalties, precious metals streams and payment agreements from Pan American.