199 Bay St, Suite 5300, Commerce Court West, Toronto, ON
Year called to bar: 1982 (ON)
Peter Howard is senior counsel in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Group. His practice focuses on commercial litigation, including securities law, class actions, commercial contracts, oppression, and other types of shareholder and/or joint venture litigation and insolvency matters. Peter also has extensive experience in arbitrations, mediation, and alternate dispute resolution. Peter has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada and the trial and appellate levels of courts in Ontario as well as numerous administrative tribunals including the Ontario Securities Commission. He has also appeared in the Courts of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick. Peter was Assistant Commission Counsel to The Honourable Mr. Justice Estey at the Royal Commission into the collapse of CCB and Northland Bank and Commission Counsel to the Inquiry into the Events at Queen’s Park on March 18, 1996 (the OPSEU-OPP Confrontation).
On May 2, 2018, Aurora Cannabis completed its $1.23 billion (US$950 million) takeover bid for all of the outstanding shares CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. This transaction represents the largest to date (completed) acquisition for the Canadian cannabis sector.
On May 10, 2018, First Majestic acquired all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Primero Mining Corp. (Primero) and shareholders of Primero received 0.03325 First Majestic shares for each share of Primero held pursuant to a court-approved plan of arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (British Columbia).
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.
On January 15, 2016, Sprott Asset Management completed its successful hostile takeover bid to acquire all of the outstanding units of Central GoldTrust in exchange for units of Sprott Physical Gold Trust on a net asset value to net asset value basis. The transaction was valued at over $1 billion.