Bill co-leads Dentons’ Banking and Financial Services practice group in Calgary. He is an extremely experienced corporate transactional lawyer with a diverse practice, advising on the structuring and implementation of complex mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings, project financings and joint ventures. Bill was the presiding member of the National Partnership Board of Dentons Canada from 2009 to 2015, and participated in the formation of Dentons, serving as the first Global Vice Chair of Dentons from Canada from 2012 until the end of 2015. Among other recognitions, Bill received the “Client Choice Award” for 2016, 2017, 2018, 2021 and 2022 from Lexology (formerly International Law Office) with respect to M&A in Canada. Bill has also been recognized as a Global Elite Thought Leader with respect to Capital Markets (Debt and Equity) by Who’s Who Legal. Bill represented the Canadian Bankers’ Association in Alberta for many years, and is also a former Chairman of the Securities Law section of the Canadian Bar Association in Southern Alberta.
On February 19, 2016, Shaw Communications completed an offering of $300 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes. The senior notes were made available in Canada under Shaw’s previously filed short form base shelf prospectus.
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 March 1, 2016, Shaw Communications Inc. (Shaw) indirectly acquired (the Acquisition) all of the issued and outstanding shares of Mid-Bowline Group Corp. (Mid-Bowline), the parent corporation of WIND Mobile Corp., pursuant to a plan of arrangement for an enterprise value of approximately $1.6 billion.
On September 1, 2015, Enbridge Inc. announced the closing of the transfer of its Canadian Liquids Pipelines business, comprised primarily of Enbridge Pipelines Inc. and Enbridge Pipelines Athabasca Inc., and certain Canadian renewable energy assets (the Transaction) to an indirect subsidiary of Enbridge Income Fund (the Fund) for $30.4 billion together with certain Incentive/Performance Rights. A joint special committee (the Special Committee) of the Board of Directors of Enbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc. (EIFH) and the Board of Trustees of Enbridge Commercial Trust (ECT) was formed to review and consider the Transaction, conduct due diligence and negotiate the terms of the Transaction on behalf of EIFH, the Fund and ECT.