Neil Katz
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5090

Neil's practice focuses primarily on bank financing, real estate, private equity and venture capital and commercial and business law.

Neil has extensive expertise in advising leading public and private companies, institutional investors, private equity sponsors, chartered banks and other financial institutions on a wide variety of transactions.

Prior to his career in law, Neil worked as an analyst and appraiser for a major real estate developer, the investment banking arm of a Canadian chartered bank and a leading real estate appraisal firm.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Among others, Neil has acted as legal counsel to:

Banking and Financial Services

  • A syndicate of lenders in connection with the financing of GDI Integrated Facility Services Inc. in relation to its initial public offering
  • A consortium composed of Placements CMI Inc., Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Fonds de solidarité des travailleurs du Québec (F.T.Q.), Fonds Manufacturier Québécois II s.e.c. and Investissement Québec in connection with the financing of its acquisition of Manac Inc., a North American leader in the design and manufacture of specialty trailers
  • A syndicate of lenders in connection with the financing of Knowlton Development Corporation, a Novacap portfolio company
  • Hewitt Equipment Ltd. in connection with its operating facilities with a syndicate of lenders and its term facility with Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Real Estate

  • An institutional investor in connection with its acquisition of two shopping centres in the Greater Montreal Area
  • HOOPP Realty Inc. in connection with its sale of a portfolio of properties jointly held with Ivanhoé Cambridge to Cominar REIT
  • Great West Life Assurance Company in connection with its acquisition of four shopping centres from Walmart Canada Realty Inc. and SmartCentres Realty Inc.
  • The underwriters in connection with the initial public offering of Choice Properties REIT

Private Equity and Venture Capital

  • Apax Partners LLP in connection with its acquisition of Ideal Protein, a proprietary weight loss and wellness solutions company
  • A consortium led by Fulcrum Capital Partners in connection with its acquisition of G.I. Group, the leading global manufacturer and distributor of paintballs, markers and other paintball products
  • Various sponsors in connection with the formation of their investment funds

Commercial and Business Law

  • An international hospitality group in connection with its corporate and commercial affairs in Canada

  • A Portuguese conglomerate in connection with its operations in Canada

  • A Scandinavian shipping company in connection with its operations in Canada

  • A Canadian eyewear manufacturer and distributer in connection with its operations in Canada and abroad
AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Neil has been recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018 (Banking and Finance, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, and Mergers and Acquisitions Law)
  • The 2017 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Corporate Mid-Market)
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017 (Banking, Corporate Commercial, Corporate Mid-Market, Private Equity)
PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Co-presenter: Market Trends in the Bank Financing Sector
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Centre Mont-Royal, Montréal, QC, December 2, 2015.
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