John-Paul Bogden
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3375

John-Paul (JP) has a practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, infrastructure and projects work, and general corporate law. He is Co-Leader of the Firm's Private Equity Group, which has been recognized as one of Canada's leading private equity practices by, among others, Chambers Canada and Lexpert.

JP acts for a broad range of clients, ranging from startups and venture-financed businesses to large, publicly traded corporations. A significant portion of his practice involves working with private equity funds (including buyout, infrastructure and venture capital funds) and their portfolio companies in investment, add-on, recapitalization and exit transactions; technology-based businesses in relation to both operational and transactional matters; and investment banks and other corporate finance professionals in relation to merger and acquisition and financing transactions. JP is also frequently engaged as special M&A counsel by seller groups and investment banks undertaking competitive auction processes.


Representative transactions in which JP has been involved include:

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Transferra Nanosystems' sale to an affiliate of Evonik Industries
  • Twitter's acquisition of Summify
  • BrightSide Technologies' sale by way of plan of arrangement to Dolby Laboratories
  • Confidential buyer's acquisition of a significant seniors home business

Private Equity

  • CAI Capital's acquisition of Canadian Heating Products
  • Foley's Candies on its sale to Yellow Point Equity Partners
  • Norwest Venture Partners' investment in Medgate Inc.
  • Apax Partners' acquisition of Ideal Proteins
  • Fulcrum Capital Partners on numerous private equity transactions, including its investment in Vitalus Nutrition, its acquisition of Canstar Restorations and the sale of A & B Rail Services to TorQuest Capital and other institutional investors (selected by the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA) as the 2014 Private Equity Deal of the Year)
  • Macquarie Essential Assets Partnership's sale, via a controlled auction process, of its equity interests in the Sea-to-Sky Highway project and the Edmonton Ring Road project to a Fiera Axium-led consortium
  • Vista Equity Partners' sale of the Communities and Sports divisions of its portfolio company, Active Networks
  • AEA Investors' acquisition of Salbro Bottle through its portfolio company, TricorBraun

Infrastructure and Projects

  • Shell Canada in connection with its role in the LNG Canada joint venture proposing to build and operate a LNG export terminal in Kitimat, British Columbia
  • SNC-Lavalin in its successful bid for the John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project in Campbell River, British Columbia
  • Concert Infrastructure, Bird Construction and Bird Capital in their successful bid to construct, finance and maintain nine P3 schools in Saskatchewan

JP is recognized as a leading Canadian lawyer by the following publications:

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory - 2012-2017 (Corporate-Commercial, Corporate Mid-Market, Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity)
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada - 2013-2017 (Corporate Law and Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law)
  • The 2016 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Mergers & Acquisitions)
  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2016 and 2017 (Corporate-Commercial)
  • Business in Vancouver's "Forty under 40" (Recognized as one of Vancouver's top executives and professionals under 40)