William (Bill) Gorman
William (Bill) Gorman
Partner at Goodmans LLP
(416) 597-4118
(416) 979-1234
333 Bay St, Suite 3400, Bay Adelaide Ctr, W Twr, Toronto, ON
Year called to bar: 1998 (ON)
Partner. Practises corporate law, focusing on corporate finance and M&A. Regularly represents issuers and underwriters on public and private offerings of equity, preferred shares, and debt securities on domestic and cross-border transactions. Has been extensively involved in the development of the Canadian REIT sector and, more recently, the Canadian SPAC sector. Represents issuers and underwriters on in IPOs and has acted on a number of restructuring transactions. Acts as counsel to participants in public and private M&A transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions for private equity sponsors. Recognized as a leading lawyer by The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, Lexpert®/ROB Special Edition: Canada’s Leading Corporate Lawyers, Chambers Canada (capital markets), and The Best Lawyers in Canada (corporate, M&A, securities, and energy). He is highly regarded by IFLR 1000 in the areas of M&A and capital markets. Currently a member of the OSC’s Continuous Disclosure Advisory Committee. Editor and contributor to Real Property Association of Canada’s Canadian REIT Handbook. Prior to joining Goodmans, acted as legal counsel in the Corporate Finance Branch of the OSC.
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Goodmans LLP represented Mercer Park Brand Acquisition Corp. (“BRND”) in connection with its initial public offering of US$402,500,000 of Class A Restricted Voting Units (including US$52,500,000 of Class A Restricted Voting Units issued on the exercise in full of the over-allotment option).
On February 13, 2019, Brookfield Property Finance ULC, a subsidiary of Brookfield Property Partners L.P., announced the completion of an offering of an aggregate principal amount of $350 million of medium term notes, Series 3, due March 1, 2024, bearing interest at a rate of 4.30% per annum. The notes are fully and unconditionally guaranteed by Brookfield Property Partners and certain of its key holding subsidiaries.
Canaccord Genuity Acquisition Corp. (TSX: CGAC.UN, CGAC.WT) (CGAC), a special purpose acquisition corporation, completed its qualifying acquisition and merged with Spark Power Corp. (Spark Power). CGAC was renamed Spark Power Group Inc. (the Company). The qualifying acquisition had no redemptions.
Gibraltar Growth Corp. (TSX: GBG.A, GBG.WT) (Gibraltar Growth), a special purpose acquisition corporation (SPAC), completed its qualifying acquisition of 100 per cent of all the issued and outstanding shares of Montréal-based LXR Produits de Luxe Internationale Inc. (LXR) for an aggregate purchase price of $82.5 million.
Kew Media Group Inc. (TSX: KEW) (Kew), a special purpose acquisition corporation (SPAC), created one of the world’s most significant independent content platforms by directly acquiring six companies - Content Media Corporation plc, Architect Films Inc., Bristow Global Media Inc., Frantic Films Corporation, Media Headquarters Film & Television Inc. and Our House Media Inc. – and indirectly acquiring control of Aito Media Oy, Campfire Film & Television LLC, Collins Avenue Productions LLC, Jigsaw Productions LLC and Spirit Digital Media Limited.
On June 10, 2016, Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P. (Brookfield Renewable) announced the closing of its previously announced bought deal and private placement offerings of limited partnership units for aggregate gross proceeds of $800,190,488.
On October 30, 2015, Brookfield Infrastructure Finance ULC, a subsidiary of Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P., completed a public offering of an aggregate principal amount of $500 million of medium term notes, including $375 million principal amount of Series 3 notes, due October 30, 2020, which will bear interest at a rate of 3.538 per cent per annum, payable semi-annually and $125 million principal amount of Series 4 notes, due October 30, 2018, which will bear interest at a rate of 3.034 per cent per annum, payable semi-annually.
On October 2, 2015, Brookfield Asset Management Inc. (Brookfield) completed its previously announced Class A Preference Shares, Series 44 issue in the amount of $250 million. The offering, announced September 24, 2015, was underwritten by a syndicate led by Scotiabank, CIBC, RBC Capital Markets and TD Securities Inc.
Acasta Enterprises Inc. completed the Corporation’s $350 million initial public offering of Class A Restricted Voting Units on July 30, 2015. On August 5, 2015, the underwriters exercised their over-allotment option in full for additional gross proceeds of $52.5 million.
On April 13, 2015, Brookfield Infrastructure completed a public offering of 12,000,000 limited partnership units at a price of US$45.00 per unit, for total gross proceeds of US$540 million.
On March 11, 2015, Brookfield Infrastructure Finance ULC, a subsidiary of Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P., completed a public offering of an aggregate principal amount of $450 million of medium term notes, Series 2, due March 11, 2022 and which will bear interest at a rate of 3.452 per cent per annum.
On January 15, 2015, Brookfield Asset Management Inc. (Brookfield) completed its previously announced public offering of US$500 million aggregate principal amount of 4.000 per cent senior unsecured notes with a January 2025 maturity.
Western Forest Products Inc. (Western) and Brookfield Special Situations Management Limited (Brookfield), a wholly owned subsidiary of Brookfield Asset Management, closed a $230 million bought deal secondary offering. The common shares were offered by way of a short form prospectus filed in all of the provinces of Canada pursuant to National Instrument 44-101 - Short Form Prospectus Distributions and in the United States pursuant to an exemption from the registration requirements of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the U.S. Securities Act).
On January 6, 2009, Great Lakes Hydro Income Fund completed a public offering of 4,690,000 trust units of the fund at $16 per trust unit for gross proceeds of approximately $75 million on a bought deal basis.