Alex Moore
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2754

Alex's practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, and corporate governance. Clients value his practical approach and strategic advice and his success in helping them achieve creative solutions to their objectives.

Alex advises Canadian and international clients on public and private M&A transactions and has experience in both negotiated and unsolicited transactions. He also advises issuers on equity and debt financings, public company corporate governance, and securities law matters.

Alex has represented boards and shareholders in many shareholder activism matters and has played a central role in some of Canada’s most high-profile proxy contests. His extensive experience in corporate governance matters provides him with valuable insight as a key member of the Firm's Corporate Governance practice.

Prior to joining Blakes, Alex practised corporate and securities law at other leading law firms in Toronto and San Francisco.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Examples of Alex’s experience include:

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Acted for a TSX and NASDAQ listed company in the organic and natural food industry in connection with its strategic alternatives review process which culminated in a US$85-million equity investment by a U.S. based private equity firm in exchangeable preferred shares of a subsidiary.

  • Acted for the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of INNOVA Gaming Group in connection with its response to an unsolicited take-over bid by Pollard Banknote and in the ultimate sale of the company in a negotiated transaction.

  • Acted for the acquirer in its US$12.5-billion acquisition of TSX and NYSE listed Canadian issuer in the quick service restaurant business.  The transaction created the third-largest quick service restaurant company in the world with approximately US$23-billion in system sales and over 18,000 restaurants in 100 countries.

  • Acted for J.P. Morgan Securities Inc., financial advisor and soliciting dealer to Suncor Energy Inc., in connection with Suncor’s $6.6-billion take-over bid for Canadian Oil Sands Limited.

  • Acted for a 50% owner of a fuel distribution company in connection with the sale of the company for approximately $378-million.

  • Acted for one of Canada's largest TSX-listed gold mining companies in connection with a $3.9-billion acquisition of a TSX-listed gold company, and on the formation of a 50-50 partnership with a co-acquiror. The transaction also resulted in a spin-out of a new TSX-listed company which continues to hold a 5% royalty interest in one of Canada's largest gold mining projects.

  • Acted for Montclair Energy LLC in connection with its proposal to acquire Equal Energy Ltd., an oil and gas exploration and production company with assets principally located in Oklahoma and in connection with the ultimate sale of Equal Energy to PetroFlow Energy Corporation.

  • Acted for Steelhead Partners, LLC in connection with the take-over bid for Fibrek Inc. by Resolute Forest Products Inc.

  • Acted for Qatar Holding LLC in connection with its acquisition of its interest in European Goldfields Limited and its agreement to finance the development of European Goldfields' Skouries and Olympias gold projects in Greece.

  • Acted for GrowthWorks Ltd. in connection with the merger of GrowthWorks Canadian Fund Ltd. with the VenGrowth group of funds. The transaction represented the first hostile merger proposal in the labour sponsored investment fund sector.

  • Acted for an acquirer of an electric distribution business in Northern Ontario.

  • Acted for BCE Inc. and Bell Canada in connection with a proposed $51.7-billion private acquisition of BCE by way of a plan of arrangement with a private equity group led by Teachers' Private Capital and Providence Equity Partners. Successfully defended the transaction in related court proceedings brought by Bell Canada bondholders.

Capital Markets

  • Acted for VN Capital Management in a $75-million backstopped rights offering by Ceres Global Ag Corp., qualified by way of a short form prospectus filed in each of the provinces and territories of Canada.

  • Acted for a company developing a potash mine in Utah in connection with its initial public offering on the TSX and in subsequent financing transactions.

Shareholder Activism and Corporate Governance

  • Acted for Pershing Square Capital Management in connection with its successful proxy contest to replace seven of twelve directors on the board of Canadian Pacific Railway Company.

  • Acted for a major shareholder of Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. in successfully defending against Icahn Partners LP's hostile bid and proxy contest for control of the company.

  • Acted for the Special Committee of a TSX-listed mining company in its successful defence of a proxy contest for board control initiated by Clarke Inc.

  • Acted for TELUS Corp. on empty­ voting issues arising in connection with Mason Capital Management's opposition to TELUS's proposed collapse of its dual­ class share structure.

  • Acted for Steelhead Partners, LLC in connection with a proxy contest to replace three of seven directors on the board of Gold Reserve Inc.

  • Acted for the Special Committee of Espial Group Inc. in successfully defending against a proxy contest brought by Vantage Asset Management Inc.

  • Acted for CIBC World Markets, the financial advisors to the Special Committee of Magna International Inc., in connection with litigation before the Ontario Securities Commission and the Superior Court of Ontario arising from the elimination by Magna of its dual class share structure and the creation by Magna of a single class of equity securities by way of a plan of arrangement.

  • Acted for Steelhead Partners, LLC in connection with the take-over bid for Fibrek Inc. by Resolute Forest Products Inc.

  • Acted for GrowthWorks Ltd. in connection with the merger of GrowthWorks Canadian Fund Ltd. with the VenGrowth group of funds. The transaction represented the first hostile merger proposal in the labour sponsored investment fund sector.

  • Acted for VN Capital Management in its successful requisition of a shareholders meeting of Ceres Global Ag Corp. to terminate the company’s external management contract.

  • Acted for Scion Capital (Michael Bury) in connection with its opposition to the acquisition of Bolivar Gold Corporation by Gold Fields Limited.

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Alex is continuously recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Corporate/Commercial: Ontario)

  • Lexpert Special Edition on Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining

  • Lexpert Special Edition on Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers

  • Lexpert Special Edition on Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers

  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Mergers & Acquisitions; Corporate Finance & Securities)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Corporate Finance & Securities; Mergers & Acquisitions; Corporate Mid-Market; Corporate Commercial Law)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada (Corporate Governance; Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Securities Law)

  • Who's Who Legal: Capital Markets (Debt and Equity)

  • The Legal 500 Canada (Corporate and M&A)