199 Bay St, Suite 5300, Commerce Court West, Toronto, ON
Year called to bar: 1982 (ON)
Peter Howard is a partner 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. He has experience in domestic and international arbitrations, mediation, and alternate dispute resolution. He has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada, the trial and appellate levels of courts in Ontario and in every Canadian province except Québec and Newfoundland and Labrador, and numerous administrative tribunals including the Ontario Securities Commission. Peter is recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada, Chambers Global, Chambers Canada, The Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, Benchmark Canada, and The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory. He was Assistant Commission Counsel in the Estey Royal Commission inquiry into the collapse of CCB and Northland Banks and Commission Counsel to the inquiry into the violence at Queen’s Park (Ontario Legislature) in March 1996.
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.