André Perey
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2291

André's is a partner who practises in the areas of corporate, mergers and acquisitions, and venture capital financing law at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. André advises a broad range of foreign and Canadian clients operating in various industries, including software, digital media, online commerce, financial services, retail, food and renewable energy. André represents emerging and growth stage businesses, and strategic and financial investors in and acquirers of such businesses, and he is involved in numerous local and national innovation, incubator and business accelerator initiatives. André regularly advises foreign companies investing in or establishing Canadian ventures and helps structure, negotiate and implement a variety of complex commercial contracts involving the development, licensing and acquisition of intellectual property and technology.

He has developed expertise in international joint venture transactions and has assisted clients in incorporating and investing in new ventures and related governance matters. André represents several domestic and international investment funds in connection with their Canadian activities. André''s M&A practice has a particular industry focus on (i) media, technology, and e-commerce, (ii) alternative asset funds and wealth management, and (iii) retail and consumer products.

André provides legal services to a broad range of entrepreneurs and media and technology start-ups.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

  • Growth equity investments by Georgian Partners in technology startups Influitive, eSentire, Kinnser Software and TeraPeak
  • Sale of ByTheOwner Inc. to Yellow Pages
  • Sale of ESC Corporate Services Ltd. to Information Services Corp.
  • Growth equity investment by Goodwater in Frank & Oak
  • Growth equity investment by Square Victoria Digital Properties in Checkout51

  • Sale of DNNresearch Inc. to Google
  • Various acquisitions and joint ventures for Workopolis
  • Merger of Quebec-based group buying business Tuango and Le Renard and related investment by Square Victoria Digital Properties
  • Sale by Macquarie of its Canadian wealth management business to Richardson GMP
  • Sale by Macquarie of its insurance premium funding business to Lake Forest Bank and Trust
  • Sale by Macquarie of its mortgage lending business to Paradigm Quest and National Bank
  • Investment by Cleantech Europe II Fund in OZZ Electric
  • Purchase by Stress Engineering of Zeus Engineering
  • Purchase by Ascent Media of Monitronics International
  • Purchase by Torstar Digital of Travelalerts
  • Merger of Pegasystems and Chordiant Software

Select Startup Experience

  • XOR-Labs, Collective Arts Brewing, Rover Parking, Smithery Style, Velocity Trade, RadiantGroup Media, VSETA Technologies, WinerytoHome, Brican Aviation, Yava Technologies, Sowingo, Traddo, Switch Marketing, Dick Duff's, Bubl
AWARDS & RECOGNITION

André is recognized by:

  • Who’s Who Legal: M&A and Governance 2017

  • Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2017 (M&A)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017 as one of Canada’s leading lawyers in the areas of Corporate Mid-Market and Private Equity.

  • The 2016 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada in the area of Mergers & Acquisitions
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015 as one of Canada's leading lawyers in the areas of Private Equity, Cleantech and Corporate Mid-Market transactions