Matthew Cockburn
Matthew Cockburn
Partner at Torys LLP
(416) 865-7662
(416) 865-7380
79 Wellington St W, Suite 3000, Box 270, TD Ctr, Toronto, ON
Year called to bar: 1995 (ON)
Practises corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on M&A and private equity. Acts for a wide variety of private equity firms and pension funds, advising on all aspects of their investment activities. Advised on public takeover bids, plans of arrangement, and private acquisitions and divestitures. Also has significant experience in the corporate finance area, advising issuers and underwriters on public and private offerings of debt and equity securities. Has represented CPPIB, Ontario Teachers’, OMERS Private Equity, KKR, Onex, TorQuest Partners, Clairvest, Altas Partners, and Birch Hill Equity Partners, among others. Member of the CVCA (Canadian Private Equity Trade Group). Ontario Bar, 1995. LLB, 1993, University of Toronto.
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Kissner Group Holdings LP completed its $2 billion sale of Kissner to Stone Canyon Industries Holdings LLC on Mar. 16, 2020
On August 9, 2019, LGC Standards Canada Limited (“LGC”), a subsidiary of LGC Limited and a portfolio company of KKR & Co. Inc., acquired a majority stake in Toronto Research Chemicals Inc. (“TRC”) and Synfine Research Limited. Financial terms of the investment were not publicly disclosed.
Kissner Group Holdings LP (“Kissner”) completed its acquisition of NSC Minerals Ltd. (“NSC”), a market-leading provider of salt products in Western Canada and the North Central United States, from an investor group led by Altas Partners.
On November 14, 2017, BV Investment Partners (BV), a middle-market private equity firm focused on the business services, software and IT services sectors, completed a strategic investment in Ontario-based Precision Nutrition (PN), the leading nutrition certification and coaching software and services provider in North America.
On October 21, 2016, McKeil Marine (“McKeil”) and TorQuest Partners (“TorQuest”) finalized TorQuest’s investment in McKeil, in partnership with existing management and shareholders, to support the company’s next phase of growth. Terms of the investment were not disclosed.
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).
On October 8, 2015, TorQuest Partners, through a wholly owned acquisition vehicle, successfully acquired from Sentinel Capital Partners, together with the other shareholders of Spinrite Acquisition Corp. (Spinrite), all of the outstanding shares of Spinrite, following the completion of a reorganization of Spinrite.
EnerCare Inc. and EnerCare Solutions Inc. announced on July 24, 2014, that they entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement with Direct Energy Marketing Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Centrica plc, to purchase Direct Energy's Ontario home and small commercial services (OHCS) business for a purchase price of $550 million.