Leo Raffin
Leo Raffin
Partner at McMillan LLP
(604) 691-7450
(604) 685-7084
1055 West Georgia St, Suite 1500, PO Box 11117, Royal Ctr, Vancouver, BC
Year called to bar: 1987 (BC)
Leo Raffin is a partner in McMillan's Vancouver office, Co-Chair of the national Capital Markets Group and Co-Chair of the Public M&A Group (BC). His primary practice areas include securities and corporate law, acting for technology, industrial and natural resource issuers. Experience includes public and private offerings, mergers & acquisitions, takeover bids, proxy contests, corporate reorganizations, business alliances, licensing transactions and corporate governance matters. Leo has represented Great Canadian Gaming Corporation in a number of acquisitions of gaming assets in British Columbia, Ontario and New Brunswick. Leo has acted for several bidding groups, led by Great Canadian and one unrelated group, on their bids to be service providers to the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) as part of its modernization process. He acts for three successful bidding groups that now manage or have signed agreements to manage 10 casino or slot facilities in Ontario.
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On May 2, 2018, Aurora Cannabis completed its $1.23 billion (US$950 million) takeover bid for all of the outstanding shares CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. This transaction represents the largest to date (completed) acquisition for the Canadian cannabis sector.
On August 31, 2017, West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. (West Fraser) completed its US$430 million acquisition of the Gilman Group from the Howard Gilman Foundation.
On July 20, 2017, Hytera Communications Co. Ltd. (Hytera) completed its acquisition of Norsat International Inc. (Norsat) (TSX: NII and NYSE MKT: NSAT), by way of plan of arrangement. Pursuant to the arrangement, Hytera Project Corp., a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of Hytera Communications, directly acquired ownership and control over 5,848,808 common shares of Norsat, which represents 100 per cent of the issued and outstanding Norsat Shares.
On June 18, 2015, Energy Fuels. (Energy Fuels) completed the acquisition of Uranerz Energy Corporation (Uranerz) in a merger transaction valued at approximately $135 million. The transaction was a unique and complex cross-border transaction involving the acquisition of a US public corporation (Uranerz) by a Canadian public company (Energy Fuels), with both companies being listed on the TSX and the NYSE MKT stock exchanges.