Paul Singh
Partner | Toronto, Calgary
Toronto: 416-863-2385
Calgary: 403-260-9605

Paul is a Blakes M&A and Private Equity Partner. He has broad experience in business law with a particular focus on assisting his strategic (public and private corporations) and private equity clients on complex domestic, cross-border and international mergers and acquisitions. He has extensive experience in divestment work in relation to regulatory requirements and effectively completing transactions as part of regulatory approvals. Paul frequently acts as lead counsel on both buy and sell side mandates.

Paul also advises on a broad range of other corporate matters, including partnerships, strategic alliances, joint ventures, reorganizations and financing transactions. He also advises clients, both foreign and domestic, with their day to day legal matters and foreign corporations on establishing and structuring their Canadian operations.

Paul works from both the Firm's Toronto and Calgary offices. He previously spent three years with the Firm in the U.S., where he further developed his cross-border transactional expertise.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Certain of Paul's representative transactions include advising:

  • Agrium Inc. on its US$38-billion merger of equals with Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. including the required divestiture of Agrium’s Conda facility in Idaho and its North Bend Nitrogen facility in Ohio

  • Superior Plus on its purchase from Gibson Energy ULC of an option to acquire the retail propane business of Canwest Propane and associated divestiture

  • Aura Minerals on its sale of the Serrote da Laje Copper Gold project to a purchaser group being advised by Appian Capital Advisory LLP

  • Agrium Inc. on its acquisition of Starpharma Holding Ltd.'s Australian agrochemical business and its proprietary dendrimer polymer technology portfolio

  • Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), as Canadian counsel, on its acquisition of 40 per cent of Glencore Agricultural Products (Glencore Agri), valuing Glencore Agri at US$6.25-billion

  • Suncor on the sales of its half interest in the Cedar Point II wind project to Fiera Capital and its half interest in the Ripley Wind Project to Acciona Energy International

  • H.I.G. Capital on various private equity acquisitions and divestitures

  • Inverness Capital on an unannounced private equity acquisition

  • Agrium Inc. on its C$85-million sale of its U.S.-based turf and ornamental business to Koch Agronomic Services, LLC

  • Agrium Inc. in connection with its C$1.8-billion supported funding of Glencore International plc's C$6.1-billion acquisition of Viterra Inc. and the subsequent acquisition by Agrium from Glencore of Viterra's wholesale and retail agri-products division, including businesses, properties and assets in Canada and Australia and a series of related third-party sale and required divesture transactions

  • Mueller Water Products on various strategic cross-border acquisitions and divestitures

  • Agrium Inc. in connection with a series of acquisitions related to its retail agriculture and fertilizer businesses in Alberta and Saskatchewan

  • RR Donnelley on the restructuring of its Canadian business in preparation for the spin-offs of its publishing and retail-centric print services and office products business and its financial communications and data service business

  • Safeway on its C$5.8-billion sale of Canada Safeway to Sobeys

  • Echelon Wealth Partners in connection with the acquisition of Dundee Goodman Private Wealth from Dundee Securities Ltd.

  • First Asset Capital Corp in connection with its sale to CI Financial Corp.

  • Element Financial Corporation on its acquisitions of PHH Corporation's fleet business, GE Capital's Canadian fleet portfolio, TLS Fleet Management and CoActiv Capital Partners

  • Pearson plc in connection with its global trade book publishing joint venture with Bertelsmann to form Penguin Random House, creating the world's leading consumer publishing company

  • ENMAX on its sale of a 50 per cent interest in the Shepard Energy Centre to Capital Power L.P., for a joint venture between ENMAX and Capital Power relating to the Shepard Energy Centre

  • McKesson on its acquisition of the banner and franchised retail pharmaceutical businesses of Katz Group Canada Inc. for C$920-million

  • Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. on its C$4.9-billion acquisition of Consolidated Thompson Iron Mines Ltd.

  • Teachers' Private Capital on its acquisition of Dynea North America

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Paul was previously named as one of Lexpert magazine's Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 in Canada. He is also consistently recognized as a leading lawyer, including by the following publications:

  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers (Leading Lawyer and Corporate Lawyers to Watch)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Repeatedly Recommended - multiple categories)