OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 


Private Equity

Blakes has one of the largest and strongest private equity practices in Canada, advising on fund formation, Canadian and international investment-related acquisitions and dispositions, financings, governance, and ongoing management of portfolio companies.

Our Private Equity team spans various specialties, including mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, banking, competition, foreign investment review, real estate, intellectual property, pensions, benefits and executive compensation, and tax. We provide strategic advice at each stage of a transaction and drive innovative investment structures and industry trends. We also address tax issues, ensuring tax-effective investments for domestic and non-resident investors.

Fund Formation and Fund Management

With a comprehensive understanding of the market and close connections to Canadian and international financial institutions, our team is regularly retained by Canadian and international fund sponsors to establish funds of all types, as well as fund investors, providing advice on structuring, governance, regulatory compliance and market expectations.

Investments and Exit Strategies

We work closely with our clients, as both buyers and sellers, to provide advice when formulating a strategy and structuring and executing an investment-related transaction, from sourcing investment opportunities and financing through to buyouts, going-private transactions, M&A, initial public offerings and other restructuring and exit strategies.


Representative Matters

  • KSL Capital in connection with the pending sale of Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc. to Vail Resorts, Inc.
  • Norwest Venture Partners on its acquisition of Medgate Inc.
  • Fulcrum Capital on its acquisition of Canstar Restorations.
  • Cerberus Capital Management LP on its acquisition of automotive parts supplier ABC Group Inc.
  • Pet Valu, a portfolio company of Roark Capital Group, on its merger with Pet Supermarket to form Pet Retail Brands.
  • GHO Capital on its acquisition of Caprion Biosciences, Inc.
  • Baring Private Equity Asia on its acquisition of a 35-per-cent stake in TEL​US International.
  • Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, as Canadian counsel, on its acquisition of 40 per cent of Glencore Agricultural Products (Glencore Agri) valuing Glencore Agri at US$6.25-billion.
  • Macquarie Infrastructure Partners III L.P. on its C$393-million investment in GFL Environmental Holdings Inc.
  • LifeMark Health Corp. and Viewpoint Medical Assessments Inc., portfolio companies of Audax Private Equity, in connection with their acquisition of the physiotherapy, rehabilitation and medical assessments businesses of Centric Health Corporation.
 

 INDUSTRY RECOGNITION

 

According to mergermarket, Blakes is the No. 1 Canadian firm in global private equity announced by deal value in the first half of 2017.

In 2016, Blakes was Canada’s most active law firm for private equity. We assisted numerous clients on their financing and investment transactions. Our top rankings included:

  • No. 1 Canadian firm in Global Private Equity Buy Side Announced by deal count
  • No. 1 in Canada Private Equity and Venture Capital Buy Side Announced by deal count
  • No. 1 in Canada Private Equity Buy Side Announced by deal count
  • No. 1 Canadian firm in Global Private Equity Fundraising Announced by deal count
  • No. 1 in Canada Fundraising Announced by deal count
  • No. 1 in Canada Private Equity Fundraising Announced by deal count

[Source: PitchBook] 

Our Private Equity group is a well-known leader, having been recognized in the following surveys and publications:

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 
 

 PEOPLE

 
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Associate | Vancouver, Toronto
Vancouver: 604-631-4201
Toronto: 416-863-3338
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Private Equity, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Pension Fund Investment
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4295
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets, Private Equity, Technology, Communications, Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets, Corporate Governance, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4117
Areas of Expertise: Tax, Tax Controversy & Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Venture Capital, Technology, Private Equity, Life Sciences, Aviation/Aerospace, Cannabis, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9682
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Governance, Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Shareholder Activism, Climate Change, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Transmission & Distribution
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-5827
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Life Sciences, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Private Equity, Energy
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4003
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Equity Capital Markets, Automotive, Mining, Investment Products & Asset Management, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties
Partner | New York
New York: 212-893-8223
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets, Corporate Governance, Corporate & Commercial, Private Equity, Mining, Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets, United States, Venture Capital, Life Sciences, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9720
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Energy, Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Private Equity, REITs, Shareholder Activism, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles
Consultant | Al-Khobar, Bahrain
Al-Khobar: +966-13-847-5050 x9338
Bahrain: +973-1715-1500
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Oil & Gas, Energy, Middle East, Foreign Investment, Nuclear Energy, Private Equity
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3375
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Information Technology, Private Equity, Infrastructure, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4061
Areas of Expertise: Infrastructure, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Energy, Corporate & Commercial, Commercial Real Estate, Plan Nord, Construction, Mining, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5023
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Corporate Governance, Financial Services, Banking, Korea, Europe
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3054
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Capital Markets, Private Equity, Banking, Life Sciences
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4273
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Corporate Governance, Private Equity, Venture Capital, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2492
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Financial Services Regulatory, Financial Services, Life Sciences, Private Equity, Venture Capital, Technology, Mining, Insurance, Pension Funds Investment
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2393
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets, Corporate Governance, Private Equity, Equity Capital Markets, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3314
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Governance, Private Equity, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Retail & Consumer Products, Corporate & Commercial
Counsel | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4293
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Corporate Governance, Investment Funds, Energy, China, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Corporate & Commercial, Power, Technology
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5025
Areas of Expertise: Tax, Tax Controversy & Litigation, Africa, Private Equity, Mining, Plan Nord, Mining Streaming & Royalties
Partner | Toronto, New York
Toronto: 416-863-2286
New York: 212-893-8416
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Governance, Private Equity, Equity Capital Markets, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3307
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Equity Capital Markets, Corporate & Commercial, Life Sciences, Private Equity, Technology
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5086
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Private Equity, Banking, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Project Finance, Africa, Europe, Real Estate Financing
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3296
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Private Equity, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Capital Markets, Pensions & Benefits, Equity Capital Markets, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4294
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Equipment Financing, Mergers & Acquisitions, Pension Fund Investment, Venture Capital, Investment Products & Asset Management, Power, Banking, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2704
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Equity Capital Markets, Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Manufacturing, Life Sciences, Mining, Private Equity, Retail & Consumer Products, Africa, Europe, India, United States, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties
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