Matthew Merkley
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3328

Matthew represents clients in a wide variety of capital markets transactions and securities regulatory matters. He has acted for issuers and underwriters in initial public offerings and other Canadian and cross-border public offerings of equity and debt. He also has expertise in advising public issuers and their boards on various matters, including: governance, compensation and disclosure; normal course, program share repurchase and substantial issuer bids; and dual-class share structures.

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Representative transactions include advising:

Initial Public Offerings

  • Underwriters on US$151-million initial public offering of common shares by Shopify Inc. on the Toronto Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange
  • Starlight U.S. Multi-Family Core Fund and related issuers on four initial public offerings of an aggregate of US$181-million of limited partnership units on the TSX Venture Exchange
  • TransGlobe Apartment REIT on its C$247-million initial public offering of trust units on the Toronto Stock Exchange
  • Capital Power Corporation on its C$500-million initial public offering of common shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange

Other Equity Offerings

  • H&R REIT on five offerings of an aggregate of C$835-million of trust units and TransGlobe Apartment REIT on its C$58-million offering of trust units and two offerings of an aggregate of C$305-million of subscription receipts exchangeable for trust units
  • The Descartes Systems Group Inc. on its US$147-million offering of common shares in Canada and the U.S.
  • Underwriters on C$28-million secondary offering of common shares of Alliance Grain Traders Inc. by The Carme Trust, C$21-million offering of subscription receipts by Aston Hill Financial Inc. and C$12.6-million offering of trust units by True North Commercial REIT

Debt Offerings

  • H&R REIT on six offerings of an aggregate of C$950-million of senior unsecured debentures and three offerings of an aggregate of C$340-million of convertible unsecured subordinated debentures and TransGlobe Apartment REIT on its C$50-million offering of extendible convertible unsecured subordinated debentures.
  • Caterpillar Financial Services Limited on seven offerings of an aggregate of C$2.8-billion of medium term note offerings and C$1.5-billion commercial paper program

Reorganizations and Substantial Issuer Bids

  • Celestica Inc. on its US$350-million and US$175-million issuer bid repurchases and cancellation of subordinate voting shares
  • Granite REIT on its conversion from a corporation to a stapled unit real estate investment trust structure
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