Rory ffrench
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3314

Rory's practice covers a wide set of corporate and commercial matters with a primary focus on transactions involving mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and reorganizations. He advises purchasers, vendors and targets on domestic and international transactions as well as on various forms of investments and exits. Rory provides legal services to a broad range of clients, from large financial institutions, retailers and manufacturing companies to entrepreneurs, start-ups and venture capital funds.

In 2014, Rory completed a secondment in the Amsterdam office of a major international law firm where he worked on a number of multi-jurisdictional merger and acquisition transactions. In addition, Rory previously completed a secondment at a foreign investment bank where he was engaged on a variety of corporate and securities matters.

Prior to joining Blakes, Rory worked in the financial advisory group of one of the big four accounting firms and was principally focused on business valuations, financial analysis and the provision of private transaction services.

SELECT EXPERIENCE Recent representative matters include advising on:

  • Agrium Inc. on its acquisition of Viterra's wholesale and retail Agri-products division from Glencore International plc and a related third party sale and divesture transaction.
  • Element Financial Corporation on its acquisitions of GE Capital's Canadian fleet portfolio, TLS Fleet Management and CoActiv Capital Partners
  • BCE and Rogers on their C$1.1 billion acquisition of 75 per cent in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment
  • CBS Corporation on its worldwide reorganization of its Outdoor Advertising Business
  • Granite REIT on its conversion from Granite Real Estate Inc.
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Co-author: Mergers & Acquisitions
4th Edition, Global Legal Insights, March 30, 2015.
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