Justin Drake
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2492

Justin's practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, divestments, joint ventures and financing transactions. He works on a broad range of matters by type, size and industry focus. His experience includes cross-border leveraged transactions, management buyouts, acquihires, carve-outs, earn-outs, service and supply arrangements, structured acquisitions, restructurings, joint ventures and early-stage company structuring and financing.

Justin has developed particular expertise in working on strategic transactions between large entities and early-stage technology companies.

Justin also has significant corporate finance and securities experience, including acting for issuers, advisors, dealers, sponsors and institutional investors in public and private offerings of securities, fund formation, investment management and regulatory compliance matters.


Recent representative transactions include advising:

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • The Toronto-Dominion Bank on its acquisition of artificial intelligence firm Layer 6 Inc.
  • Celestica on its acquisition of Atrenne Integrated Solutions
  • A private equity firm in connection with the establishment of a dental service organization and its continuing consolidation of specialist dental and orthodontist practices across Canada
  • Transamerica/Aegon on the C$600-million sale of its Canadian business to Wilton Re, a subsidiary of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
  • Questcor Pharmaceuticals on its C$100-million acquisition of BioVectra
  • BTG plc on its C$200-million acquisition of the Targeted Therapies business from Nordion
  • Private equity transactions, including MidOcean Partners in the US$560-million sale of the Noranco business to Precision Castparts Corp; KingSett Capital and AIMCO in their $2-billion acquisition of ING Summit Industrial Fund; VRG Capital in its acquisitions of Jones Brown and Pearson Dunn; Lone Star Funds in its US$700-million acquisition of the North American gypsum division of Lafarge; and Advent International in its acquisition of Distribution International

Corporate Finance and Fund Formation

  • McCain Foods on its investment in TruLeaf Sustainable Agriculture Limited
  • Khosla Ventures on its investment in Deep Genomics
  • IGM Financial on its investments in Personal Capital
  • Emerging companies in connection with financing transactions and other matters, including Blueprint Software, Koho Financial, Langhaus Financial, Functional Neuromodulation, Interface Biologics and Profound Medical