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Year called to bar: 1981 (ON)
Partner and national leader of BLG's Public Mergers & Acquisitions Group. Practice focuses on mergers & acquisitions (particularly in the areas of private equity and cross-border transactions, such as Welltower’s acquisition of HealthLease Properties REIT, Ridley Inc.’s acquisition by Alltech, and Retirement Concepts’ acquisition by Anbang); corporate finance (including debt and equity, acting for both issuers and underwriters, such as IPOs and financings by Loblaws, George Weston, Northland Power, Cameco, and Chartwell Retirement Residences); corporate governance, including acting for special committees, and corporate law in general. Former member, Securities Advisory Committee to the Ontario Securities Commission. Has served as a director of public and private business corporations, as well as community and charitable organizations. Author and speaker at various conferences and programs. Recognized in the 2020 edition of IFLR1000 as a leading lawyer (M&A). Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2021 (securities, corporate, and mergers & acquisitions). LLB from University of Toronto. Called to the Ontario Bar in 1981.
On July 5, 2019, Chaudière Financial L.P. (the “Issuer”) issued $290,541,000 principal amount of 3.525% Senior Secured Amortizing Green Bonds, Series 2019-1 due December 31, 2059 (the “Bonds”) on a private placement basis.
On June 18, 2015, Alltech, Inc. completed its acquisition of all of the outstanding common shares of Ridley Inc., by way of a plan of arrangement, for approximately $521 million. Before its acquisition, Ridley was publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange and was one of the largest commercial animal nutrition businesses in North America. With the completion of the acquisition, the combined company is a global leader is animal health and nutrition with annual revenues in excess of US$1.6 billion and a presence in 128 countries with 77 manufacturing facilities and approximately 4,200 employees globally.
Revera Inc. and Health Care REIT, Inc. (HCN) have completed a transaction resulting in shared ownership of an additional 23 Canadian seniors living residences previously owned by Revera. As a result of the transaction, Health Care REIT owns a 75 per cent interest in the approximately US$634 million portfolio and Revera owns the remaining 25 per cent in Manitoba. Revera continues to manage these residences, earning fees through an incentive-based management contract. The 23 seniors living residences comprising the portfolio have approximately 2,900 suites and are located primarily in major Canadian markets in Ontario, Alberta. The HCN-Revera joint venture now owns a total of 70 seniors living residences across Canada with an aggregate 7,900 suites
Northland Power Inc. completed an offering of $150-million aggregate principal amount of 4.75 per cent convertible unsecured subordinated debentures, Series C. The underwriters exercised their over-allotment option in respect of the offering, bringing the total proceeds for the offering to $157.5 million.
HealthLease Properties Real Estate Investment Trust (HealthLease) was acquired by Health Care REIT, Inc. (HCN) for $14.20 (US$13.01) per unit in cash, representing an aggregate transaction value of approximately $1 billion (US$950 million). HealthLease's portfolio consisted of 53 properties (14 in two Canadian provinces and 39 in eight US states) of seniors housing, post-acute care and long-term care facilities.
Patheon Inc. completed a court-approved statutory plan of arrangement under the Canada Business Corporations Act under which Patheon was acquired for US$9.32 per share in cash resulting in a total enterprise value for Patheon of approximately US$1.98 billion.