Howard Levine
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4005

Howard advises clients on a broad range of M&A, corporate and securities transactions, both nationally and internationally. His experience covers all aspects of securities and business law, including initial public offerings, private placements, counsel to special committees of boards of directors, take-over bids, reverse take-over bids, plans of arrangement and proxy battles. He also represents clients before various securities regulatory authorities for disciplinary or other regulatory matters, as well as advising on continuous disclosure and corporate governance compliance.

Howard's clientele ranges from start-up companies obtaining their first round of financing to larger, more established companies listed on the TSX Venture Exchange, the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) or the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), and includes investment dealers and pension funds. His clients operate in a wide range of industries, including mining, manufacturing, software, information technology, financial services, transaction processing, energy, telecommunications, biotechnology, health products, consumer products and entertainment.

Howard is fluent in English and French and has a working knowledge of Hebrew.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Matters on which Howard has acted recently as lead or co-lead counsel include representing:

  • A TSX-listed company operating in the mobility sector in its acquisition of a division of another TSX-listed company

  • A TSX-listed company operating in the mining sector in a bought-deal public offering of subscription receipts and a related acquisition of a milling facility in Mexico

  • The underwriters in multiple series of bond offerings made by a Canadian airport authority

  • A TSX-listed company operating in the mining sector in the first business combination by way of plan of arrangement to occur under the Quebec Business Corporations Act

  • An NYSE-listed consumer products company in its acquisition of all of the assets of a TSX-listed income trust

  • A Canadian-based pension fund in a series of private placement investments in a TSX-listed professional services company

  • A TSX-listed company in its dissolution and the distribution of its assets to its shareholders

  • A TSX-listed company operating in the mobility sector in a number of bought deal private placements

  • A TSX Venture Exchange-listed company in its reverse take-over transaction pursuant to which it migrated its listing to the Canadian Securities Exchange

  • A Tokyo Stock Exchange-listed company in its acquisition of an agricultural equipment manufacturer

  • A TSX Venture Exchange company operating in the oil and gas sector in its business combination by way of plan of arrangement

  • An NYSE-listed forestry company in its strategic investment in a technology joint venture

  • A TSXV-listed nutraceutical company in its business combination by way of plan of arrangement

  • A mining company with assets located in Greenland in connection with its initial public offering and listing on the TSX Venture Exchange

  • A NYSE-listed biotechnology company in its Canadian special warrant financing and accompanying filing of a Canadian prospectus and listing on the TSX

  • A TSX-listed company operating in the mobility sector in its acquisition of a NASDAQ-listed company and concurrent debt and equity financings

  • A TSX-listed company operating in the mobility sector in its acquisition of a U.S.-based elevator manufacturer

  • A NYSE-listed consumer products company in its investment in a technology company

  • A TSX-listed investment company in connection with its investment in a virtual-reality company

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Howard has been recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018 (Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Mining Law and Securities Law)
  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2018 (Corporate/Commercial)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017 (Corporate Commercial Law; Corporate Mid-Market; Private Equity and Mining)
  • Lexpert's Special Edition on Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining, 2013/2014
PUBLICATIONS
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Trends and Insights, Blakes Business Class, September 25, 2015.
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PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Moderator: Trends of Interest to Issuers
25th Annual Seminar for Lawyers Specializing in Securities, Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, October 27-28, 2016.
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MEDIA APPEARANCES
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Interviewed: Bye-bye OPA, bonjour plan d'arrangement
Journal Les Affaires, Montreal, November 19, 2016.
Quoted: Quels sont les leaders du marché F&A?
Interviewed by Jean-François Parent, Droit-Inc, October 12, 2016.
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