A senior corporate partner specializing in the areas of Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Governance, Private Equity, and Infrastructure, William has extensive cross-border experience and regularly acts as lead counsel on complex transactions, representing clients from across Canada, the United States, and Europe. William is currently lead Canadian counsel to Alstom SA in its acquisition of Bombardier Transportation, for net proceeds expected to be up to €5.3 billion. William`s representative work also includes having acted as lead counsel to Yara International in its $1.6 billion acquisition of a Canadian nitrogen fertilizer producer, a transaction which received the Foreign In-Bound Acquisition Dealmaker Award, as presented by Canadian Dealmakers. William has the distinction of being the only non-US lawyer to serve as Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Business Law Section, the largest specialty group within the ABA. He is also a past editor-in-chief of The Business Lawyer, the premier peer-reviewed business law journal in the US. Select Recognition: IFLR1000; Lexpert® Special Edition — Finance & M&A; Lexpert® Special Edition — Infrastructure; The Best Lawyers in Canada; Who’s Who Legal: Canada.
CDPQ Infra Inc., a subsidiary of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, announced on April 12, 2018, that construction of the Réseau express métropolitain (REM) project, an automated light-rail transportation system in the greater Montréal area, has officially started. The project comprises 67 kilometres of railway and 26 stations and, once complete, will be one of the largest automated transportation system in the world.
On May 1, 2018, Scotiabank announced the completion of its $950 million acquisition of Jarislowsky, Fraser Ltd. to create the third-largest Canadian active asset manager with $166 billion in assets under management (as of December 31, 2017).