Neil is a partner in Blakes’ Financial Services and Real Estate Groups. His practice focuses on financing, real estate, private equity, and commercial and business law. Neil has extensive expertise in advising leading public and private companies, institutional investors, private equity sponsors, pension funds, chartered banks and other financial institutions on a wide variety of transactions. He regularly acts for borrowers and lenders on a variety of domestic and cross-border loans and for vendors and purchasers of private companies, business units and real estate assets. Prior to his career in law, Neil worked as an analyst and appraiser for a major real estate developer, the investment banking arm of a Canadian chartered bank and a leading real estate appraisal firm. Neil is a member of Blakes’ Executive Committee.
Digital Colony, the global digital infrastructure investment platform of Colony Capital, Inc., and a leading investor, owner and operator of companies enabling the next generation of mobile and Internet connectivity, acquired Beanfield Technologies Inc. (Beanfield)
A Consortium composed of Placements CMI Inc. (CMI), a holding company controlled by Manac Inc.’s founder Mr. Marcel Dutil, and four Québec-based institutions, namely Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), Fonds de solidarité FTQ (FSTQ), Investissement Québec (IQ) and Fonds Manufacturier Québécois II s.e.c., successfully completed the acquisition of Manac Inc. (Manac), a North American leader in the design and manufacture of specialty trailers, for approximately $186 million, including the assumption of existing net indebtedness.
The Polynt Group, newly acquired CCP Composites, and certain of their subsidiaries (collectively, the Polynt/CCP Group), entered into senior secured US, Canadian, UK and Australian asset-based revolving credit facilities in the aggregate principal amount of US$100 million. The global facility is agented by Wells Fargo Bank, National Association.