100 King St W, Suite 3400, 1 First Canadian Pl, PO Box 130, Toronto, ON
Year called to bar: 1987 (ON)
Rob is co-Chair of the firm’s Shareholder Activism and Critical Situations practice group and a Vice-Chair of the firm. He maintains a practice focused on complex securities litigation, securities regulation and enforcement, shareholder activism, and securities class actions. He has a significant trial and appellate practice in all levels of court, including eleven appearances in the Supreme Court of Canada. He also appears regularly in contested proceedings before provincial securities commissions. Rob advises boards of directors and board committees in connection with investigations, shareholder activism, takeover bids, and litigious transactions. He advises both companies and dissidents in proxy contests. Rob is recognized by leading legal directories such as Lexpert®, Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500, Benchmark,and many more as a leading lawyer in dispute resolution. On four occasions Rob has been named as Canada's Securities Litigator of the Year. Peer-review publications have recognized Rob as "a brilliant lawyer" for "his skilled handling of complex cases," as "absolutely first rate at examining and cross-examining witnesses," for his "excellent courtroom presence," his ability to provide "practical and concise advice,” and as "a masterful strategic thinker."
On June 30, 2017, Stelco Inc. (Stelco), formerly U.S. Steel Canada Inc., emerged from Companies’ Creditors Arrangements Act (CCAA) proceedings through the implementation of a CCAA plan. This involved the compromise of more than $2 billion of debt and the restructuring of approximately $2 billion of pension and benefit obligations.
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 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.
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.
Nelson Education Ltd. (Nelson), Canada’s leading education publishing company, completed a sale of substantially all of its assets to 682534 N.B. Inc., now operating as Nelson Education Ltd., in exchange for the compromise and release of approximately US$270 million of first lien secured debt obligations.
NIBE Industrier AB (publ) of Sweden acquired all of the issued and outstanding shares of WaterFurnace Renewable Energy, Inc. pursuant to a plan of arrangement under the Canada Business Corporations Act, for cash consideration of around $378 million.