79 Wellington St W, Suite 3000, Box 270, TD Ctr, Toronto, ON
Year called to bar: 2001 (ON)
Thomas has a broad corporate practice, advising on matters ranging from corporate governance, procurement, securities law and M&A transactions. He has represented both acquirers and targets in a variety of public and private company M&A transactions, including a number of significant cross-border transactions, and issuers and investment banks in a wide range of domestic and international public offerings. He also works closely with federal and provincial Crown corporations and agencies on a variety of governance, corporate/commercial and procurement matters. Co-head of Torys’ Procurement Group, Thomas advises both procuring entities and bidders on all aspects of the procurement process. Thomas also supports clients as a member of the firm’s Research and Opinions Group, providing assessments of legal risk and solutions to avoid or mitigate those risks in any area of business — addressing contract and statutory interpretation in situations where the contract or the law is unclear or is difficult to apply.
On August 31, 2018, the Government of Canada indirectly acquired the Trans Mountain Pipeline system and the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP), through Trans Mountain Corp. (a subsidiary of the Canada Development Investment Corp. (CDEV)) from a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. (KML) for cash consideration of $4.5 billion.
On June 18, 2015, Alltech, Inc. completed its acquisition of all of the outstanding common shares of Ridley Inc., by way of a plan of arrangement, for approximately $521 million. Before its acquisition, Ridley was publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange and was one of the largest commercial animal nutrition businesses in North America. With the completion of the acquisition, the combined company is a global leader is animal health and nutrition with annual revenues in excess of US$1.6 billion and a presence in 128 countries with 77 manufacturing facilities and approximately 4,200 employees globally.
The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Manulife Financial Corporation, acquired the holding company of The Standard Life Assurance Company of Canada and Standard Life Investments Inc. from Standard Life plc in consideration for a payment of CAD$4 billion in cash.