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Year called to bar: 1989 (ON)
Counsel. Tax practice focuses on corporate/commercial transactions, including cross-border mergers & acquisitions, private equity investments, corporate reorganizations, real estate, domestic and international debt financings and debt restructurings. Recognized as a leading practitioner of tax law by Chambers Canada, Chambers Global, Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Tax Advisors, Best Lawyers in Canada, The Legal 500 Canada, The Legal 500’s 2018 Tax Directors Handbook 250 (TDH250), and Law Business Research’s Who’s Who Legal Canada. Author and speaker at conferences on various Canadian tax matters. Frequent contributor to Corporate Finance Tax Journal and the International Taxation Journal. Past Chair of the National Taxation section of the Canadian Bar Association and past member of the Executive of the CICA-CBA Joint Committee on Taxation. Has presented seminars to senior CRA officials on advanced corporate reorganizations and partnerships. Member, CBA and IFA(C). JD, University of Toronto, 1987. Called to the Ontario Bar in 1989.
On December 15th, 2019, Cineplex Inc. signed an arrangement agreement with Cineworld Group, plc, pursuant to which Cineworld Group will acquire Cineplex shares for C$34 per share for a total transaction value of approximately C$2.8 billion.
On April 4, 2018, Coveo Solutions Inc. successfully received its $100-million investment from Elliott Management Corp. Elliott Management Corp., a US investment giant, has purchased a 27-per-cent stake in the company, through its Silicon Valley-based private equity arm, Evergreen Coast Capital. The deal values Coveo at $370 million.
On June 27, 2017, Leadon Investment Inc., as Borrowers’ Representative, and certain of its affiliates, as Borrowers, completed the financing of 22 hotel properties across Canada, for a total amount of approximately $716 million, comprised of a $649-million term credit and a $67-million renovation credit with Aareal Bank AG, as Administrative Agent thereto.
Exxon Mobil Corporation (ExxonMobil) completed its acquisition of all outstanding common shares of InterOil Corporation (InterOil) on February 22, 2017. InterOil’s assets include the Elk-Antelope gas fields in the Gulf Province of Papua New Guinea and exploration licenses covering about 16,000 square kilometers in Papua New Guinea.
Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB)(NYSE:ENB) (Enbridge) completed its stock-for-stock transaction with Spectra Energy Corp (NYSE:SE) (Spectra Energy), creating North America’s largest energy infrastructure company with an enterprise value of approximately $165 billion. The transaction valued Spectra Energy’s common stock at approximately $37 billion and is the largest foreign acquisition ever completed by a Canadian company.
On May 20, 2015, Vicwest Inc. (Vicwest), Kingspan Group Limited (Kingspan) and AG Growth International Inc. (AG Growth) completed a plan of arrangement whereby Kingspan (through its subsidiary) acquired all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Vicwest and AG Growth (through subsidiary) acquired substantially all of the assets of Vicwest’s Westeel division. Pursuant to the terms of the plan of arrangement, each holder of common shares received $12.70 for each common share held. The transaction was valued approximately $360 million.
NorthWest Healthcare Properties Real Estate Investment Trust (NWH) and NorthWest International Healthcare Properties Real Estate Investment Trust (NWI) completed a plan of arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (Alberta) in which NWI and NWH combined to create a leading global diversified healthcare real estate investment trust with over $2 billion of assets.
BCE Inc. completed its privatization of Bell Aliant Inc. and the integration of its Atlantic Canada affiliate into BCE’s national operations, following its successful offer to purchase all of the outstanding publicly-held Bell Aliant common shares for a combination of cash and BCE common shares valued at approximately $3.95 billion.