Recognized by peers and clients as one of the leading M&A lawyers in Canada, Vince has acted on many of Canada’s most important transactions. His practical advice and methodical approach achieve significant success for public and private clients in transactions of all sizes, domestic and international. Vince represents acquirers, targets, controlling shareholders, and committees of independent directors in public company acquisitions, both negotiated and hostile. He also acts for strategic and private equity buyers in private M&A transactions. He has extensive experience in cross-border transactions and across all industries, including financial services, communications and media, technology, mining, and energy. Vince also advises public company boards on activism defence and other corporate governance issues. Select Recognition: Chambers Global; Chambers Canada; IFLR1000; The Legal 500 Canada; The Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada; Lexpert® Special Edition — Energy, Finance and M&A and Technology; The Best Lawyers in Canada’s Toronto Mergers and Acquisitions Law Lawyer of the Year 2018; Who’s Who Legal: Canada.
On December 10, 2019, affiliates of real estate funds managed by The Blackstone Group Inc. (collectively, Blackstone) acquired all of the subsidiaries and assets of Dream Global Real Estate Investment Trust (Dream Global)
TransAlta Corporation, a TSX- and NYSE-listed Calgary-based power generator and electricity marketer, completed the first tranche of a $750-million strategic investment by an affiliate of Brookfield Renewable Partners
On July 18, 2016, Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings Limited (CKI), a Hong Kong-based global infrastructure company that holds diversified investments in energy infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, water infrastructure, waste management, and waste-to-energy and infrastructure-related business, and Power Assets Holdings Limited (PAH), a Hong Kong-based global investor in power and utility-related businesses with investments in electricity generation, transmission and distribution, renewable energy, and energy from waste and gas distribution, completed their $1.7-billion acquisition of 65-per-cent indirect ownership interest in select heavy oil pipeline and storage assets from Husky Energy (Husky) in Alberta and Saskatchewan, and related joint-venture, financing and commercial arrangements.
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 1, 2015, Stericycle, Inc. completed its US$2.3 billion acquisition of Shred-it International, the global leader in secure information destruction services. The transaction was financed by Stericycle through a combination of senior unsecured debt consisting of a term loan credit facility, private placement notes and a public offering of mandatory convertible preferred stock represented by depositary shares. The term loan credit facility was provided by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs & Co, JPMorgan Chase, HSBC and other lenders. The mandatory convertible preferred stock offering was underwritten by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Goldman, Sachs & Co, and J.P. Morgan.
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.
Shaw Communications Inc. acquired the entire share capital of ViaWest Inc., a Colorado-based provider of information technology services, from Oak Hill Capital Partners, and other shareholders including GI Partners and Cox Communications, for an enterprise value of US$1.2 billion. The consideration consisted of US$830 million in cash and the assumption of US$370 million in liabilities.