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Year called to bar: 1992 (ON)
Partner. Member of Goodmans’ Securities and Corporate Law Group and the firm’s Compensation Committee. Practice focuses on domestic/international M&A, corporate finance, and private equity transactions. Has represented a broad range of clients on cross-border transactions acting for clients purchasing or selling businesses, and for issuers undertaking public offerings and private placements of securities in Canada. On an ongoing basis, advises Canadian reporting issuers in connection with securities compliance and boards of both public and private entities on corporate governance matters. Recognized in Best Lawyers in Canada as 2022 Lawyer of the Year in Leveraged Buyouts & Private Equity Law and as a Leading Lawyer in corporate governance, corporate law, M&A, and securities. Also recommended in The Legal 500 Canada, The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, and Lexpert® Special Edition: Canada’s Leading Finance and M&A Lawyers. Previous Board Chair and President of the World Law Group, an elite global network of leading independent law firms. Current member of the World Law Group’s Membership Committee.
On September 28, 2018, Coca-Cola Canada Bottling Limited (“CCCBL”), a joint venture established between prominent businessman and philanthropist, Larry Tanenbaum O.C., and Junior Bridgeman, a former NBA player, renowned entrepreneur and owner of Kansas City-based Heartland Coca-Cola Bottling Company, completed its previously announced acquisition of Coca-Cola Refreshments Canada Company (“CCRC”) from Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, Inc., a subsidiary of The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO).
On January 30, 2018, Refresco Group N.V. (Euronext:RFRG) completed its US$1.25-billion cash acquisition of Cott Corp.’s (NYSE:COT; TSX:BCB) bottling activities (Cott Beverages). The transaction was announced in July 2017.
Ironshore Pharmaceuticals & Development, Inc. (Ironshore), a wholly owned subsidiary of Highland Therapeutics Inc., completed a US$200-million private placement of Senior Secured Notes due 2024. Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC acted as sole placement agent for the transaction.
OMERS Private Equity (OPE), the private equity arm of OMERS, one of Canada’s largest pension funds, completed the sale of its portfolio company, Give & Go Prepared Foods Corp. (Give & Go), to an affiliate of US private-equity firm Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P. (THL).
Cott Corporation completed its acquisition of AquaTerra Corporation (AquaTerra), a portfolio company of Birch Hill Equity Partners Management Inc. (Birch Hill), for approximately $62 million. The acquisition was funded using cash on hand and borrowings under Cott’s asset based lending facility.