Tom Zverina
Tom Zverina
Partner at Torys LLP
(416) 865-7674
(416) 865-7380
79 Wellington St W, Suite 3000, Box 270, TD Ctr, Toronto, ON
Year called to bar: 2001 (ON)
With a broad background in debt financing, Tom’s significant experience in lending and financing matters is backed by a pragmatic approach that helps clients successfully execute high-stakes projects and complex domestic and international transactions. Tom’s diverse practice covers a wide range of debt financing work, including the financing of M&A transactions; wind, solar and hydro project financing; asset-backed loans; public and private debt securities; railcar financing; equipment leasing; reinsurance security arrangements; and derivatives products. Tom is also regularly involved in creating and implementing innovative and unique tax-driven structured debt transactions, bringing deep market understanding and insight to his work.
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Victoria Gold Corp. entered into a series of definitive financing agreements with Orion Mine Finance (Orion), Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd. (Osisko) and Caterpillar Financial Services Ltd. (Cat Financial) with respect to a construction financing package totaling approximately $505 million in aggregate (the Financing).
On July 17, 2017, Norgine B.V., a European specialist pharmaceutical company, acquired all issued and outstanding shares of Merus Labs International Inc. (Merus), pursuant to a plan of arrangement for $1.65 per common share in cash, including the assumption of all debt obligations, for a total enterprise value of approximately $342 million.
On October 21, 2016, McKeil Marine (“McKeil”) and TorQuest Partners (“TorQuest”) finalized TorQuest’s investment in McKeil, in partnership with existing management and shareholders, to support the company’s next phase of growth. Terms of the investment were not disclosed.
On June 2, 2016, Premier Gold Mines (Premier) and Orion Mine Finance (Orion) closed a $45 million financing arrangement, pursuant to which Orion provided Premier with a multi-draw senior unsecured term facility in the amount of US$30 million, and subscribed for US$15-million of common shares of Premier.
On April 29, 2016, the Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank) sold the business operations and assets of Roynat Lease Finance, a lease financing business and a division of Roynat Inc., to Meridian Credit Union Limited (Meridian), Ontario’s largest credit union.
On October 8, 2015, TorQuest Partners, through a wholly owned acquisition vehicle, successfully acquired from Sentinel Capital Partners, together with the other shareholders of Spinrite Acquisition Corp. (Spinrite), all of the outstanding shares of Spinrite, following the completion of a reorganization of Spinrite.
On March 3, 2015, Sun Life Financial Inc. and BCE Inc. announced a new agreement that further advances BCE’s pension de-risking strategy by transferring longevity risk for C$5 billion of pension plan liabilities to Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada.
On March 31, 2015, Norbord Inc. (Norbord) and Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd. (Ainsworth) completed their previously announced merger. The merger will create a leading global wood products company focused on oriented strand board across North America, Europe and Asia.
IAMGOLD Corporation completed the sale of its Niobec Mine (Niobec), one of the world’s three niobium producers, for total consideration of US$530 million.
Stornoway Diamond Corporation announced that it had closed its previously announced financing transactions with US private equity firm Orion Mine Finance, Investissement Québec (through its wholly owned subsidiaries Diaquem Inc. and Resources Québec) (“RQ”), and the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec to fund the construction of the Renard Diamond Project, Quebec’s first diamond mine.
Glencore plc acquired Calgary-based Caracal Energy Inc. through a wholly owned subsidiary by way of a plan of arrangement for an all cash consideration of approximately $1.48 billion.
Great Lakes Hydro Income Fund completed the offering of 11,286,000 trust units for gross proceeds of $155.2 million on December 21, 2001.