Daniel McLeod
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9629

Dan's practice focuses on corporate finance, private equity and M&A transactions, as well as corporate governance, shareholder activism, and general securities and corporate law compliance.

Dan has extensive experience acting for issuers, underwriters and investors in capital market financing transactions, including initial public offerings, public and private debt and equity financings, private equity fund formation, and strategic investments by private equity groups.

In his M&A practice, Dan advises companies and investors on public and private M&A and reorganization transactions, including public take-over bids, amalgamations, plans of arrangement and private sales. He also advises companies in respect of shareholder activism, take-over defence preparedness and corporate governance issues.

In addition to his experience with the Firm, Dan worked for more than three years as a lawyer in the corporate and M&A practice groups of a major Wall Street law firm.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Recent representative transactions include advising:

M&A, Reorganizations and Shareholder Activism

  • Lundin Petroleum AB on the spin-out of its international business into International Petroleum Corporation (IPCO) and the related listing of IPCO on the Toronto Stock Exchange
  • Cenovus Energy Inc. on its C$17.7-billion acquisition of assets from ConocoPhillips
  • TransCanada Corporation on its US$13-billion acquisition of Columbia Pipeline Group Inc.
  • Arcan Resources Ltd. in connection with its C$171.25-million debt for equity exchange and subsequent C$300-million acquisition by Aspenleaf Energy Ltd.
  • Agrium Inc. in connection with its successful proxy contest with JANA Partners LLC

Corporate Finance and Private Equity

  • Cenovus Energy Inc. on its C$3-billion offering of common shares and US$3-billion offering of senior notes to finance a portion of the purchase price for the acquisition of assets from ConocoPhillips
  • The underwriters in connection with the C$2.2-billion public offering and C$400-million private placement of subscription receipts by AltaGas Ltd. to finance a portion of the purchase price for its acquisition of WGL Holdings Ltd.
  • TransCanada Corporation on its C$4.4-billion offering of subscription receipts to finance a portion of the purchase price for its acquisition of Columbia Pipeline Group Inc.
  • The underwriters in connection with the C$650-million offering of subscription receipts by Inter Pipeline Ltd. to finance a portion of the purchase price for its acquisition of the Canadian operations of The Williams Companies Inc. and Williams Partners LP
  • The underwriters in connection with the C$930-million initial public offering (IPO) and TSX listing of Seven Generations Energy Ltd.
  • The underwriters in connection with the C$500-million IPO and TSX listing of Northern Blizzard Resources Inc.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Dan is recognized as a leading lawyer in several publications:

  • Who's Who Legal: Energy - 2013-2017
  • Who's Who Legal: M&A and Governance 2017
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2016 (Private Equity)
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017 (Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers and Acquisitions)
  • The 2011 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Corporate Lawyers to Watch)
  • Lexpert magazine, November/December 2010 (Rising Stars: Canada's Leading Lawyers 40 and Under)
PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Speaker: Recent Developments in Proxy Contests and Contested Meetings
Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, Calgary, Alberta, March 28, 2013
Speaker: Key Considerations in Drafting Unanimous Shareholder Agreements
Business Law Subsection, Canadian Bar Association, Alberta Branch, Calgary, Alberta, February 19, 2015.
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MEDIA APPEARANCES
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Interviewed: Activism Gets Granular
Interviewed by Sandra Rubin, Lexpert Magazine, February 2015.
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