Chris Hewat
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2761

Chris's practice consists of advising on securities and business law matters, with focus on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and private equity transactions. He has particular expertise in advising issuers, investment dealers and investors in the technology sector.

Chris has also been involved in the development of securities regulation in Canada, having advised the Ontario Securities Commission in connection with its rules reformulation project, and the Toronto Stock Exchange in its review of rules governing listed companies.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Representative transactions include advising:

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • The Special Committee of Patheon Inc. on its sale to a joint venture established by its significant shareholder JLL Partners and Koninklijke DSM N.V. for US$2-billion

  • The Brick Ltd. on its sale to Leon's Furniture Limited for C$700-million

  • Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. on its acquisition of Consolidated Thompson Iron Mines Ltd. for C$4.9-billion, and its contested acquisitions of Freewest Resources Inc. for C$240-million and Spider Resources Inc. for C$107-million

  • TransGlobe Apartment REIT on its sale to PD Kanco LP and Starlight Investments Ltd. valued at C$2-billion, which was supported by a consortium consisting of PSP Investments, Canadian Apartment Properties REIT and Timbercreek Asset Management Inc.

Capital Markets

  • Open Text Corporation on its US$585-million cross-border equity offering and concurrent US$250-million offering of senior unsecured notes

  • The underwriters for Shopify Inc. on its US$150-million cross-border initial public offering (IPO) and US$234-million follow-on offering

  • The Descartes Systems Group Inc. on its US$147-million cross-border equity offering

  • The underwriters on the C$460-million IPO by way of secondary offering of Subordinate Voting Shares of Aritzia Inc.

  • The underwriters on the secondary offering of US$1.39-billion of common shares of Canadian Pacific Railway Limited

Private Equity

  • Open Text Corporation as lead industry sponsor in the venture fund of funds established under the federal Venture Capital Action Plan

  • Redknee Solutions Inc. on the equity investment of US$83.2-million by ESW Capital, LLC

  • D2L Inc. in connection with its C$85-million Series B financing

  • Macquarie Capital on its investment in the Advantage Rent A Car business of Hertz Corporation

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Chris is recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms - 2018 Edition (Capital Markets; M&A)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018 (Corporate Governance Practice; Corporate Law - Finance; Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Securities Law; Technology Law)

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2017 (Corporate/M&A)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2017 (Corporate/Commercial)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2017 (Corporate and M&A)

  • The 2017 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Corporate Finance & Securities)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017 (Corporate Finance & Securities; Mergers & Acquisitions; Private Equity; Technology Transactions; Corporate Commercial Law)

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2017 (Leading Lawyer - Capital Markets; M&A)

  • The 2017 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Corporate Finance & Securities; Mergers & Acquisitions)

PUBLICATIONS
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