Chris Flood
Counsel | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4293

Chris advises Canadian and international clients on a broad range of transactions, focusing on public and private mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital investments, joint ventures and restructurings.

He has extensive experience advising Asian corporate and financial investors on M&A and other investment transactions in Canada and internationally. He also advises international investors on their investments in China and elsewhere in Asia.

For almost eight years beginning in 2005, he was based in Beijing, where he advised Chinese and international clients on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, complex joint ventures, and private equity investments while working with leading U.S.-based international law firms. Before moving to China, he practised corporate law in Toronto for five years with another leading Canadian law firm.

Chris has lived in Beijing, Hong Kong and Taipei and is a proficient speaker of Mandarin Chinese.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Chris's Asia-related experience includes advising on the following selected transactions:

  • IGM Financial Inc.'s subsidiary Mackenzie Financial on its acquisition of a 13.9 per cent interest in China Asset Management Co., Ltd. for C$647-million
  • Hong Kong-listed Kuangchi Science on its strategic investment in Toronto-based Solar Ship
  • Sinochem on its strategic cooperation agreement with Kazphosphate
  • China Netcom on U.S. law aspects of its US$24-billion acquisition by China Unicom
  • Sina Corporation on its proposed US$1.3-billion acquisition of the principal assets of Focus Media
  • China Minsheng Banking Corporation on its strategic investment in UCBH Holdings, the bank holding company of California-based United Commercial Bank
  • Management on its proposed US$5.2-billion buyout, with The Carlyle Group, of Taipei-based Advanced Semiconductor Engineering
  • Huawei Technologies on its US$882-million sale of its 49 per cent interest in Huawei-3Com, its Chinese joint venture with 3Com Corporation, to 3Com
  • Taipei-based E-Ton Solar Tech on its C$150-million cash and stock acquisition of California-based Adema Technologies
  • China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) on its US$2.27-billion acquisition of an interest in a Nigerian offshore exploration and development licence
  • China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) on its US$4.2-billion acquisition of PetroKazakhstan and related transactions
PUBLICATIONS
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PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Co-presenter: China: Law and Government
Access China: Gaining Inroads into Chinese Markets, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the China Canada Angels Alliance (CCAA), Toronto, Ontario, October 1, 2015.
Moderator: CAMP Mentorship and Approaching the Chinese Market
Access China: Gaining Inroads into Chinese Markets, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the China Canada Angels Alliance (CCAA), Toronto, Ontario, October 1, 2015.
Co-presenter: Doing Business With China
MaRS Best Practices, MaRS Discovery District, Toronto, Ontario, September 11, 2015.
Presenter: China's New Normal: Investment Opportunities for Canadian Manufacturers
China Day, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, Winnipeg, Manitoba, June 24, 2015.
Moderator: Collaboration Models and IP Protection
The 4th Ontario-China R&D and Commercialization and Collaboration Forum, Toronto, Ontario, April 27, 2015.
Moderator: Outbound Renewable Energy Projects: Worldwide Investment Opportunities
Beijing and Shanghai, China, March 21-22, 2012.
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MEDIA APPEARANCES
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Interviewed: New Chinese Foreign Investment Law
Lexpert, April 2015.
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