Lawson Hunter is one of Canada’s renowned regulatory and government relations counsel, drawing on a wide range of experience in business, government, and private practice. Most recently, Lawson was awarded the Order of Canada for his distinguished career in government, business, and private practice as one of the country's leading competition
and antitrust lawyers. In 2017, he was awarded the Order of Ottawa for his significant contributions to the City of Ottawa. In 2016, he was the recipient of the Chambers Canada Lifetime Achievement award for his prominent practice and global reputation as a leading life-time practitioner and influential member of the Canadian Bar. Formerly Canada’s senior civil servant in charge of competition policy and enforcement, Lawson was primarily responsible for the drafting of the federal Competition Act. From 1993 to 2003, he was a partner of Stikeman Elliott and head of the firm’s Competition/Antitrust Group. From 2003 to 2008, he served as executive vice-president and chief corporate officer of Bell Canada and BCE Inc., where he was responsible for overseeing regulatory, governmental relations, and corporate affairs. In September 2008, he rejoined the Ottawa office of Stikeman Elliott as counsel.
On December 10, 2018, Empire Company Limited completed the acquisition of Farm Boy, one of Canada’s fastest growing and most successful food retailers, from Berkshire Partners and Farm Boy’s management shareholders based on an enterprise value of $800 million.
On February 1, 2016, GFL Environmental Inc. (GFL) completed the acquisition of the Matrec solid waste division from TransForce Inc. (TSX: TFI, OTCQX: TFIFF) for $800 million. The acquisition was funded in part by the private offering of US$300 million in aggregate principal amount of senior unsecured notes due 2021 (the Note Offering) through a syndicate of broker dealers led by Credit Suisse, BMO Capital Markets and Barclays and including Scotiabank, CIBC Capital Markets, Comerica Securities, National Bank of Canada Financial Markets and Raymond James (the Dealers).
Sterigenics International LLC, a sterilization services and a portfolio company of GTCR LLC, a private equity firm based in Chicago, Illinois, acquired Nordion Inc., a provider of products and services to the global health science market.