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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' Corporate/Securities group. Focuses on transactional 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). Highest ranking for past 17 years for corporate/M&A by Chambers. Selected three times as Toronto Corporate Lawyer of the Year (most recently in 2019), selected four times as Toronto Corporate Governance Lawyer of the Year (including for 2018), and selected as Toronto M&A Lawyer of the Year in 2017 by TheBest 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 (the only Canadian selected in all three categories). 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 in its 2016 Global M&A Survey, which ranked him as the only Canadian on its list of 7 Most Highly Regarded North American M&A Practitioners. Director of Cott Corporation. Governor of McGill University. Member: Ontario, Alberta, and Québec Bars.
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 ...