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Year called to bar: 1992 (ON)
Michelle is a senior partner of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP's highly regarded Competition Law and Foreign Investment Group. She has over 30 years of extensive experience in all aspects of competition law and foreign investment review, including mergers & acquisitions, strategic alliances, price-fixing and bid-rigging investigations, and pricing and distribution matters. Michelle has successfully obtained the clearances under the Competition Act, the Investment Canada Act, and the Canada Transportation Act of numerous complex domestic, cross-border, and international transactions. She regularly represents parties facing civil investigations by the Competition Bureau or civil cases before the Competition Tribunal relating to the application of the abuse of dominance, price maintenance, refusal to supply, tied selling, and exclusive dealing provisions of the Competition Act.
On January 10, 2019, a consortium consisting of Air Canada, Toronto-Dominion Bank (“TD”), Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (“CIBC”) and Visa Canada Corp. (“Visa”) announced the successful closing of its purchase of Aimia Canada Inc., owner and operator of the Aeroplan Loyalty Business, from Aimia Inc.
On August 10, 2018, South32 Ltd. (South32) acquired all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Arizona Mining Inc. (Arizona Mining) not already owned by South32 or its affiliates for cash consideration of $6.20 per share by way of a statutory plan of arrangement pursuant to the Business Corporations Act (British Columbia).
On November 1, 2017, The Washington Cos. (Washington), a group of privately held North American mining, industrial and transportation businesses founded by industrialist and entrepreneur Dennis R. Washington, completed its acquisition of Dominion Diamond Corp. (Dominion) for approximately $1.5 billion.
On October 5, 2016, Postmedia Network Canada Corp. (PNCC) (TSX:PNC.A, PNC.B) and Postmedia Network Inc.’s (“PNI” and together with PNCC, the “Company” or “Postmedia”) completed a recapitalization transaction.
On May 2, 2016, Apollo Global Management LLC (Apollo) completed its acquisition of ADT Corp., a leading provider of security and automation solutions in the United States and Canada, for US$6.93 billion.
On April 1, 2016, Corus Entertainment Inc. acquired the business of Shaw Media Inc. from Shaw Communications Inc. This acquisition more than doubled Corus’ size, creating a combined portfolio of brands that encompass 45 specialty television services, including leading women and lifestyle, kids, family and general entertainment brands; 15 conventional television channels; 39 radio stations; a global content business; book publishing; and a growing portfolio of digital assets.
On July 8, 2015, TPG Capital LP (TPG), a global private investment firm, acquired a majority stake in Cirque du Soleil (Cirque), Canada’s iconic entertainment company, for an undisclosed amount. Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec along with Fosun Capital Group, one of China’s leading privately-owned investment groups, also acquired a minority stake in Cirque. In addition, Mitch Garber, Chair of the Cirque Board, Claridge, Stephen Bronfman’s family investment arm, and Cirque President and CEO Daniel Lamarre acquired ownership stakes.
On May 1, 2015, Chorus Aviation Inc. acquired Voyageur Airways, a private company based in North Bay, Ontario. Voyageur is a Transport Canada approved air operator and an integrated provider of specialized aviation services, including contract flying operations both internationally and domestically, and offers advanced engineering and maintenance capabilities.
In Canada’s largest M&A transaction of 2014, US-based Burger King Worldwide Inc. acquired Tim Hortons Inc. in a $12.5-billion deal that created a global powerhouse quick service restaurant company based in Canada. Combined, the company now has more than 18,000 restaurants in 100 countries.
The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Manulife Financial Corporation, acquired the holding company of The Standard Life Assurance Company of Canada and Standard Life Investments Inc. from Standard Life plc in consideration for a payment of CAD$4 billion in cash.
The ADT Corp. acquired Reliance Protectron Inc. from Reliance Comfort Limited Partnership, a portfolio company of investment funds managed by Alinda Capital Partners, for an all-cash deal worth $555 million.