Susan Hutton is a partner in the Competition & Foreign Investment Group. She provides Competition Act and Investment Canada Act advice in respect of numerous complex mergers & acquisitions. She provides clients with ongoing compliance advice and has guided clients through civil and criminal investigations, as well as complaints under the Competition Act. Susan has successfully represented complainants and exporter/importers in dumping and countervailing duty actions and also advises with respect to anti-corruption compliance. Susan is a past Chair of the Competition Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association; past Chair of the Editorial Board of the Canadian Competition Law Review, the journal of the Canadian Bar Association’s Competition Law Section; Vice-Chair of the International Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law; and a member of the C.D. Howe Institute’s Competition Policy Council. Susan previously worked in the field of economic research, including econometric modelling with the Bank of Canada, prior to entering law. She has worked in Bangkok and Singapore, and has advised the Government of Vietnam regarding the development of its competition law.
Digital Colony, a global investment firm dedicated to strategic opportunities in digital infrastructure, announced the completion of their purchase of Cogeco Peer 1, a leading provider of colocation, network connectivity and managed services, from Cogeco Communications Inc. (TSX: CCA) for $720 million to create a standalone business under a new brand.
On February 1, 2019, AltaGas Ltd. sold certain of its Canadian midstream and power assets to affiliates of Birch Hill Equity Partners for $165 million. The sale included selected non-core smaller scale gas midstream and power assets in Canada, as well as AltaGas’s commercial and industrial customer portfolio in Canada, and also included the 43.7 million shares of Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure Inc.
In separate closings on August 1 and August 16, 2018, Bayer AG, a global enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science fields of health care and agriculture, completed one of the largest antitrust enforcement divestitures in history by selling their agricultural businesses and assets for US$9 billion to German chemical company BASF SE.
On December 8, 2017, Belgium-based Kinepolis Group NV (Kinepolis) completed its acquisition of Landmark Cinemas Canada Limited Partnership (Landmark Cinemas) from TriWest Capital Partners (TriWest) and management shareholders for approximately $123 million.
On August 18, 2016, Paramount Resources Ltd. (Paramount) completed the sale of oil and gas assets in the Musreau/Kakwa area of west-central Alberta to Seven Generations Energy Ltd. (Seven Generations) for total consideration of approximately $2.1 billion.
On June 24, 2016, Teine Energy Ltd., a private Calgary-based exploration, development and production company focused on acquiring and developing oil and natural gas properties in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin, completed its $975 million asset acquisition of Viking light oil and heavy oil properties located in South Western Saskatchewan from Penn West Petroleum Ltd
On May 2, 2016, Apollo Global Management LLC (Apollo) completed its acquisition of ADT Corp., a leading provider of security and automation solutions in the United States and Canada, for US$6.93 billion.
On February 1, 2016, GFL Environmental Inc. (GFL) completed the acquisition of the Matrec solid waste division from TransForce Inc. (TSX: TFI, OTCQX: TFIFF) for $800 million. The acquisition was funded in part by the private offering of US$300 million in aggregate principal amount of senior unsecured notes due 2021 (the Note Offering) through a syndicate of broker dealers led by Credit Suisse, BMO Capital Markets and Barclays and including Scotiabank, CIBC Capital Markets, Comerica Securities, National Bank of Canada Financial Markets and Raymond James (the Dealers).
On August 1, 2015, The WhiteWave Foods Company (WhiteWave), a leading consumer packaged food and beverage company, completed its US$550 million acquisition of Sequel Naturals Ltd. (dba Vega Foods) (Vega), a Vancouver-based maker of plant-based nutrition products. Before the acquisition, Vega was majority owned by Mr. Charles Chang and VMG Partners.
On September 1, 2015, Acuity Brands, Inc. (Acuity), through its wholly-owned subsidiary Acuity Brands Lighting, Inc. completed the acquisition of Distech Controls Inc. (Distech), a leading provider of building automation and energy management solutions. All of the outstanding capital stock of Distech was acquired for approximately $318 million.
Mullen Group Ltd. acquired Manitoba-based Gardewine Group Limited Partnership from TriWest Capital Partners and Gardewine’s senior management team and other owners in an all cash transaction worth $172 million.
Sterigenics International LLC, a sterilization services and a portfolio company of GTCR LLC, a private equity firm based in Chicago, Illinois, acquired Nordion Inc., a provider of products and services to the global health science market.