Bill is co-lead of Dentons’ Banking and Financial Services practice group in Calgary and has a diverse transaction-based practice advising on the structuring and implementation of debt and equity financings, project financings, mergers & acquisitions 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 during the period from 2012 until the end of 2015. Bill received the Client Choice Award for 2016, 2017 and 2018 from the International Law Office with respect to M&A in Alberta. These awards recognize lawyers around the world that stand apart for the excellent client service they provide. Bill represented the Canadian Bankers’ Association in Alberta for many years and has experience advising financial institutions on issues relating to lending practices and capital markets compliance. He is also a former Chairman of the Securities Law section of the Canadian Bar Association in Southern Alberta and a frequent contributor to seminars on corporate finance topics.
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.