Chris Barker
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2710

Chris's practice focuses on capital markets transactions and mergers and acquisitions. He advises issuers and underwriters on a variety of public and private offerings of equity and debt securities. He also advises clients on M&A and reorganization transactions and regularly advises public issuers on corporate governance and securities law matters.

Chris has experience working with clients in a wide range of industries, including financial services, real estate and natural resources.


Representative transactions include advising:

M&A and Reorganizations

  • Lundin Petroleum AB in the cross-border spin-off of International Petroleum Corporation as a public company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq First North exchange with an initial market capitalization in excess of C$500-million on day of listing, and the associated US$100-million issuer bid launched by International Petroleum's wholly-owned subsidiary Lundin Petroleum BV

  • Element Financial Corporation on its C$8.6-billion acquisition of GE Capital's fleet operations in the United States, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand; its US$5-billion cross-border acquisition of the vehicle fleet management services business of PHH Corporation; its C$300-million acquisition of CoActiv Capital Partners, Inc.; and its C$20-million acquisition of Nexcap Finance Corporation

  • FAM REIT on its responsorship transaction with Slate Capital and subsequent acquisition of seven office properties in the Greater Toronto Area for C$190-million

  • A TSX-listed mortgage investment corporation on its transition from the Canadian securities regulatory regime for investment funds to the Canadian securities regulatory regime for non-investment fund public companies, its C$150-million base shelf prospectus and its subsequent C$10-million public offering of common shares

Capital Markets

  • Granite Real Estate Investment Trust on a C$400-million offering of senior unsecured debentures, and a prior C$250-million offering of senior unsecured debentures, by Granite REIT Holdings Limited Partnership

  • The underwriters in connection with various public offerings of securities, including a C$160-million offering of common shares and prior offerings of C$115-million of common shares and C$138-million of subscription receipts of Sienna Senior Living, Inc., an offering of subscription receipts of Champion Iron Limited, a C$58-million offering of trust units of Slate Office REIT, a C$46-million offering of units of Agellan Commercial Real Estate Investment Trust, and a C$69-million offering of convertible unsecured subordinated debentures of Exchange Income Corporation

  • A private equity investor in connection with a C$250-million investment in high-yield notes and partnership units of a privately held natural resources issuer

  • The underwriters in connection with Stornoway Diamond Corporation's C$946-million comprehensive financing transaction, including a C$132-million public offering of subscription receipts, to fund the construction of its Renard diamond project in Quebec

  • A Canadian financial institution in connection with its C$5-billion medium term notes (principal at risk structured notes) program, a C$450-million offering of preferred shares and an C$800-million offering of preferred shares

  • TransCanada PipeLines Limited on a novel US$750-million hybrid trust note offering

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