Natalie is a partner who practises in the areas of pension, benefits and executive compensation and employment and labour law. She has represented clients in numerous business transactions involving complex employee-related and pension and benefits issues and in various litigation concerning, among others, termination of employees, allocation of surplus assets of a pension plan and contribution holidays and the legality of certain plan provisions. Natalie also counsels boards of trustees, pension committees and plan sponsors with regard to plan administration. Natalie has worked extensively in the field of employment law and labour relations, negotiating employment contracts, collective agreements and other agreements, including with respect to issues related to the application of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. She also advises on the transfer, hiring, or termination of senior management and employees, including unionized employees. Natalie has pleaded before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Court of Appeal, the Superior Court, the Federal Court, arbitration tribunals and many specialized administrative tribunals. She is recognized as a leading lawyer in all major legal directories and ranking publications.
In the culmination of a complex cross-border bankruptcy sales and auction process, on February 28, 2017, Performance Sports Group Ltd. (PSG) announced the completion of the sale of substantially all of its assets to an investor group led by Sagard Holdings Inc. (Sagard) and Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited (Fairfax) for US$575 million, subject to certain adjustments, and the assumption of related operating liabilities.
Canada Bread Company, Limited, a subsidiary of Grupo Bimbo S.A.B. de C.V., acquired Saputo Bakery Inc. (Saputo Bakery Division) from Saputo Inc. (Saputo). The purchase price of $120 million was paid in cash at closing.
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.