333 Bay St, Suite 3400, Bay Adelaide Ctr, W Twr, Toronto, ON
Year called to bar: 1997 (ON)
Partner and co-chair of the Mergers & Acquisitions Group. Focuses on corporate/securities law, with an emphasis on public/private M&A (including private equity transactions), corporate finance (IPOs and follow-on financings), and contested governance matters (including proxy contests). Represents a variety of public companies, private equity funds and high net worth families. Involved in the structuring and execution of a variety of M&A transactions, including complex international mergers and hostile takeover bids. Has worked extensively with foreign-based private equity funds with Canadian-oriented acquisitions and investments. Significantly involved in assisting companies with various corporate governance matters and in representing companies and individuals with enforcement matters initiated by the Ontario Securities Commission. Recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers Global and Chambers Canada, IFLR 1000, The Legal 500 Canada, Best Lawyers in Canada, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and the Lexpert Special Edition: Canada's Leading Finance and M&A Lawyers. He was honoured as one of Lexpert’s Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40in 2008. Former member of Securities Advisory Committee to the OSC. Teaches at the University of Toronto as an Adjunct Professor.
Exxon Mobil Corporation (ExxonMobil) completed its acquisition of all outstanding common shares of InterOil Corporation (InterOil) on February 22, 2017. InterOil’s assets include the Elk-Antelope gas fields in the Gulf Province of Papua New Guinea and exploration licenses covering about 16,000 square kilometers in Papua New Guinea.
Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB)(NYSE:ENB) (Enbridge) completed its stock-for-stock transaction with Spectra Energy Corp (NYSE:SE) (Spectra Energy), creating North America’s largest energy infrastructure company with an enterprise value of approximately $165 billion. The transaction valued Spectra Energy’s common stock at approximately $37 billion and is the largest foreign acquisition ever completed by a Canadian company.
On April 1, 2016, Corus Entertainment Inc. acquired the business of Shaw Media Inc. from Shaw Communications Inc. This acquisition more than doubled Corus’ size, creating a combined portfolio of brands that encompass 45 specialty television services, including leading women and lifestyle, kids, family and general entertainment brands; 15 conventional television channels; 39 radio stations; a global content business; book publishing; and a growing portfolio of digital assets.
BCE Inc. completed its privatization of Bell Aliant Inc. and the integration of its Atlantic Canada affiliate into BCE’s national operations, following its successful offer to purchase all of the outstanding publicly-held Bell Aliant common shares for a combination of cash and BCE common shares valued at approximately $3.95 billion.
First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (“First Quantum” or the “Company”) and its wholly-owned subsidiary FQM (Akubra) Inc. (together, the “Offeror”) announced that, as of 5:00 p.m. EST on April 1, 2013, a total of 65,206,044 common shares of Inmet Mining Corporation (“Inmet”), representing 92.74 per cent of the outstanding Inmet shares (on a fully diluted basis), had been validly tendered to the Offeror's offer (the “Offer”) to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Inmet.
On October 3, 2006 Georgia Gulf Corporation of Atlanta, Georgia completed its previously announced acquisition of Royal Group Technologies Limited of Toronto in an all cash and assumed debt transaction, which values Royal Group at approximately $1.7 billion. The closing of the acquisition brings to an end a 16-month public sale process for Royal Group that began in May 2005 ...