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Year called to bar: 1976 (QC); 1979 (AB); 1987 (ON)
Counsel after more than 30 years as a partner. Past co-chair of Goodmans LLP's corporate securities group. Focuses on corporate/securities law, domestic/international corporate finance, M&A, and corporate governance including activist shareholders matters. Lead counsel, Pan-Canadian Investors Committee for Third Party ABCP Restructuring (2007–09). Recognized globally in publications including Chambers Canada and Chambers Global, garnering Band 1 rankings for close to two decades. Selected three times as Toronto Corporate Lawyer of the Year, four times as Toronto Corporate Governance Lawyer of the Year and as Toronto Securities Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in Canada. Named by Euromoney as one of the Top 30 Leading Capital Markets, M&A/Corporate Governance Lawyers in the world in its Best of the Best series. Highest ranking in every edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory since inception. Described by Who’s Who Legal as “one of the finest lawyers in the world” in M&A and recognized in Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders – Corporate Governance 2023. Recognized as an Expert Consultant, M&A by IFLR 1000, and as a leading M&A lawyer by The Legal 500 Canada. Director of Primo Water and chair of the board’s HR and Compensation Committee. Governor of McGill University.
Blackstone Property Partners and Ivanhoé Cambridge Inc., a subsidiary of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, completed their all-cash acquisition of Pure Industrial Real Estate Trust (PIRET) for $8.10 per unit in a transaction valued at $3.8 billion including debt. Affiliates of Blackstone Property Partners and Ivanhoé Cambridge Inc. acquired 62% and 38% of PIRET, respectively.
Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (“Sunovion”) completed the acquisition of Cynapsus Therapeutics Inc. (“Cynapsus”) by way of plan of arrangement for approximately $841 million. The acquisition is aligned with Sunovion’s global strategy to expand and diversify its portfolio in key therapeutic areas, including neurology.
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 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 ...