David C. Kruse
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2467

David's practice focuses primarily on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and corporate law. He provides strategic advice on many of Canada's largest and most complex asset and share transactions.

David has extensive experience working with Canada's top foreign investment and competition law team in connection with complex regulated transactions. David also regularly advises foreign companies on establishing and structuring their Canadian operations. His experience includes structuring and negotiating various domestic and cross-border commercial arrangements, including joint venture, shareholder, partnership and commercial agreements.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Recent representative M&A transactions include advising:

  • Suncor on its C$1.13-billion sale of its Petro-Canada lubricants division to HollyFrontier
  • Frontier Capital on its acquisition of cfactor Works
  • BCE's on its C$675-million acquisition of the remaining interest in Q9 Networks
  • McKeil Marine on its sale to TorQuest Partners
  • Johnson Electric on its C$800-million purchase of Stackpole
  • LafargeHolcim on its €6.5-billion divestiture of assets to CRH
  • Holcim in connection with its C$50-billion merger with Lafarge
  • Suncor on the sale of its 50 per cent interest in Pioneer Energy to Parkland
  • Safeway on its C$5.8-billion sale of Canada Safeway to Sobeys
  • Agrium on its acquisition of Viterra's wholesale and retail Agri-products division
  • BCE and Rogers joint venture on its C$1.1-billion acquisition of 75 per cent of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment

  • H.I.G. on its disposition of Signature Aluminum to Global Aluminum and on its strategic investment in CDI

  • Hapag-Lloyd on the sale of the Montreal Gateway Terminal

  • Daimler on its disposition of Setra to Motor Coach Industries and on the sale of its bus parts business to New Flyer

  • Suncor Energy on its divestiture of retail gas stations to Husky Energy

  • A major automotive group on its multinational dispositions of three luxury-car manufacturers

  • Suncor Energy on its C$43.3-billion strategic merger with Petro-Canada
AWARDS & RECOGNITION

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

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017 and past years (Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity and Corporate Mid-Market)
  • Lexpert Special Edition on Canada's Leading Lawyers in Energy 2015
PUBLICATIONS
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MEDIA APPEARANCES
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Mentioned: Johnson Electric completes $800M acquisition of Stackpole International
Lexpert Business of Law, January 2016.
Mentioned: Holcim and Lafarge merge to create LafargeHolcim
Lexpert Business of Law, October 2015.
Mentioned: Parkland Fuel Acquires Pioneer Energy
Big Deals, Lexpert Magazine, October 2015.
Mentioned: CRH Acquires Certain Assets from LafargeHolcim
Big Deals, Lexpert Magazine, October 2015.
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