Philippe has extensive domestic and international experience advising corporations and financial institutions on mergers & acquisitions, private equity, joint ventures and commercial law matters. He has acted as counsel to numerous investors on structuring and developing their investments, including in the context of regulated industries. As part of his M&A and private equity practice, Philippe is routinely involved in fund investments and in acting for bidders and sellers in both auction and conventional purchase and sale transactions. Philippe has experience in a wide range of industries, including financial services, infrastructure, energy, food and beverage, mining, real estate and retail/consumer products. Philippe’s expertise also includes a wide-ranging exposure to numerous negotiations, agreements and strategic problem-solving in the power industry.
On March 31, 2017, H2O Power Limited Partnership — a joint venture between the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP) and BluEarth Renewables Inc. — completed a $400-million private placement of fixed-rate senior secured notes due November 30, 2029, to finance the long-term operation of eight hydroelectric generating facilities in Ontario.
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 May 27, 2016, EDF EN Canada Inc. (EDF EN), a market leader in renewable energy and subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles Group, completed the sale of a 50-per-cent interest in the 74-megawatt (MW) Mont-Rothery Wind Project located in the province of Québec (the Project) to MD1 Wind, LP (MD1), a limited partnership formed by a consortium (the Consortium) regrouping Régime de rentes du Mouvement Desjardins, Desjardins Financial Security Life Assurance Company, Certas Home and Auto Insurance Company and The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company.
On December 7, 2015, EDF EN Canada Inc. (EDF EN), a market leader in renewable energy and subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles Group, completed the sale of a 42.5 per cent interest in the 350 megawatt (MW) Rivière-du-Moulin Wind Project located in the Province of Québec (the Project) to DIM Wind, Limited Partnership (DIM), a limited partnership formed by a consortium (the Consortium) regrouping Régime de rentes du Mouvement Desjardins, Desjardins Financial Security Life Assurance Company, Certas Home and Auto Insurance Company, Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc. and The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company.