OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

With more than 100 lawyers who focus on M&A, we are frequently retained by major domestic and international companies, financial institutions, private equity funds and leading international law firms to provide strategic counsel in M&A transactions. Our cross-Canada and international presence gives Blakes exceptional cross-border capability in pri​ncipal markets.

Transactions on which we regularly advise range from privately negotiated transfers of shares or assets to the largest public company or trust mergers and acquisitions completed by way of take-over bids, amalgamations and plans of arrangement. We advise clients on structuring considerations, related-party rules, special committee obligations, take-over defences and contested shareholder meetings.

Blakes also provides its M&A clients with the benefit of strategic advice from our Competition & Antitrust group, Canada's top-ranked competition law practice that has unparalleled experience in representing clients before the Canadian Competition Bureau in domestic and cross-border mergers. Our Competition & Antitrust lawyers have successfully represented clients in four of the five contested merger cases that have been litigated in Canada.

Our expertise in securities regulatory matters, tax structuring and addressing benefits, litigation, real estate, environmental, intellectual property and information technology issues, together with industry knowledge gained in serving a diverse client base, ensures that we are able to provide highly effective and specialized advice to clients.

Blakes has one of the largest and most active mergers and acquisitions practices in Canada, having been involved in more than 1,500 public and private M&A transactions with an aggregate dollar value in excess of US$1.5-trillion in the past 10 years. According to Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters, Blakes is No. 1 in Canadian M&A deals by deal value and count and the No. 1 Canadian law firm in global M&A deals by deal count for this period, 2007-2016.


Representative Experience

  • DigitalGlobe, Inc. in connection with its pending US$3-billion acquisition by MacDonald, Dettwiler & Associates.
  • BlueCat Networks, Inc. on its acquisition by Madison Dearborn Partners LLC.
  • The executive chairman of Halogen Software Inc. in connection with its pending MBO/LBO transaction.
  • Agrium Inc. on its proposed US$38-billion merger of equals with Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc.
  • IGM Financial Inc.’s subsidiary, Mackenzie Investments, on its acquisition of 13.9 per cent interest in China Asset Management Co., Ltd. for C$647-million.
  • Sagard Holdings and Fairfax Financial’s US$575-million acquisition of the business of  Performance Sports Group Ltd.
  • Cerberus Capital Management LP on its acquisition of automotive parts supplier ABC Group Inc.
  • Husky Energy on their C$1.7-billion sale of 65 per cent of certain midstream assets to Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings Limited and Power Assets Holding Limited (three other law firms also advised Husky) 
  • The Bank of Nova Scotia on the sale of the business and assets of Roynat Lease Finance, a division of its subsidiary Roynat Inc., to Meridian Credit Union Limited.
  • TransCanada Corporation on its US$13-billion acquisition of Columbia Pipeline Group, Inc.
  • Suncor Energy Inc. on its purchase of all of the shares of Canadian Oil Sands Limited valued at C$6.6-billion.
  • Capstone Infrastructure Corporation on iCON Infrastructure Partners III's acquisition of Capstone for approximately C$480-million.
  • Johnson Electric Holdings Limited on its C$800-million acquisition of Stackpole International.
  • Cenovus Energy Inc. on the sale of its wholly owned subsidiary Heritage Royalty Limited Partnership to Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan for C$3.3-billion.
  • Element Financial Corporation on its US$8.6-billion acquisition of the U.S., Mexico, Australia and New Zealand fleet businesses of GE Capital Fleet Services, a division of GE Capital Corporation.
  • UnitedHealth Group on its subsidiary OptumRx’s US$12.8-billion combination with Catamaran Corporation.
 

 INDUSTRY RECOGNITION

 

Blakes lawyers in the Mergers & Acquisitions group have been recognized as leaders in the most recent editions of the following publications:

  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
  • The Legal 500 Canada
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada
  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 
  • Who’s Who Legal: Business
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
 
 

 PEOPLE

 
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Partner | New York
New York: 212-893-8418
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Equity Capital Markets, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, United States, Private Equity
Associate | Vancouver, Toronto
Vancouver: 604-631-4201
Toronto: 416-863-3338
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Private Equity, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Competition & Antitrust, Pension Fund Investment
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2654
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Financial Services, Corporate & Commercial, Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions
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 | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4236
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Restructuring & Insolvency, Australia, Equity Capital Markets, Mining, Corporate Governance, Life Sciences, Technology
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4117
Areas of Expertise: Tax, Tax Controversy & Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3341
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Equity Capital Markets
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9682
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Governance, Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Equity Capital Markets, Shareholder Activism
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
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2710
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4290
Areas of Expertise: Infrastructure, Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, International Trade, Africa
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4284
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services Regulatory, Insurance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Investment Products & Asset Management, Banking, Consumer/Retail Financial Services, Payment Cards & Technologies, Residential Mortgage Business, Reinsurance, Financial Services, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response, Government & Public Sector, Fintech
Managing 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
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4118
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Environmental Assessment & Approvals, Lobbying, Environmental & Aboriginal
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5021
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Technology, Intellectual Property, Copyright, Privacy
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9704
Areas of Expertise: Energy, Joint Venture & Co-ownership Structuring, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Pipeline & Midstream, Oil Field Services, E&P Conventional, E&P Unconventional, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Transportation, Major Projects, LNG, Oil Sands, Downstream & Marketing
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3375
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Information Technology, Private Equity, Infrastructure, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4133
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Environmental & Aboriginal, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining, Mining Streaming & Royalties
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
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9622
Areas of Expertise: Energy, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Oil & Gas, Power, Infrastructure, Transportation, E&P Unconventional, Joint Venture & Co-ownership Structuring, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Pipeline & Midstream
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2237
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining, Energy, Middle East, Mining Lending
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4119
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3391
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Procurement, Outsourcing, Information Technology, Construction, China, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
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