199 Bay St, Suite 4000, Commerce Court West, Toronto, ON
Year called to bar: 1998 (ON)
Navin is a partner in, and co-chair of, the firm’s top-ranked Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment Group and is among the most highly regarded lawyers practising in these areas in Canada. His clients rely on him for strategic advice on domestic and multinational mergers, joint ventures, strategic alliances, cartels, abuse of dominance investigations, class actions and compliance programs. Navin is also considered an expert on Canada's foreign investment laws and regulations, including those pertaining to national security and state-owned enterprises. In 2021, he was recognized as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers by Canadian Lawyer Magazine. Recent significant matters include advising Secure Energy Services Inc. on its C$2.3-billion enterprise value merger with Tervita Corporation; Fitbit, Inc. on its proposed US$2.1-billion purchase by Google LLC; Elanco Animal Health Incorporated on its US$7.6-billion purchase of Bayer AG’s animal health business; Harris Corporation on its US$34-billion merger with L3 Technologies, Inc.; and Sappi Canada Enterprises Inc. on its acquisition of Rayonier A.M. Canada Enterprises Inc.’s pulp mill and related assets in Quebec.
On February 28, 2019, Tilray, Inc. (“Tilray”), a global leader in cannabis research, cultivation, production and distribution, acquired through a subsidiary all of the issued and outstanding securities of FHF Holdings Ltd. (doing business as “Manitoba Harvest”) from Compass Group Diversified Holdings, LLC (“Compass”) and other shareholders of Manitoba Harvest, by way of a plan of arrangement pursuant to the Business Corporation Act (British Columbia).
On September 5, 2018, Canopy Growth Corp. (Canopy), the largest licensed producer of regulated cannabis in the world, completed its acquisition of Hiku Brands Company Ltd. (Hiku) by way of plan of arrangement (the Arrangement).
On May 1, 2018, Scotiabank announced the completion of its $950 million acquisition of Jarislowsky, Fraser Ltd. to create the third-largest Canadian active asset manager with $166 billion in assets under management (as of December 31, 2017).
On December 2, 2016, DP World Limited (DP World) entered into a joint venture with Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) to create an investment platform focused on investing in ports and terminals globally (excluding the UAE).
On October 3, 2016, Laurentian Bank of Canada (Laurentian Bank) announced the completion of its acquisition of the Canadian equipment financing and corporate financing activities of CIT Group Inc. (CIT), a portfolio valued at approximately $1 billion (the Acquisition).
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.