Geoffrey S. Belsher
Partner | New York
New York: 212-893-8223

Geoff practises in the area of corporate law with a focus on cross-border mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. He advises Canadian, U.S. and international public and private companies; investment dealers; private equity, venture capital and alternative investment funds; and family offices with respect to Canadian law matters.

Geoff frequently acts as special counsel to boards of directors and special committees in mergers and acquisitions, as well as governance and internal investigation matters. He has been special counsel to the target company and acquirer in a number of high-profile Canadian hostile take-over bids. He has also led some of the largest public offerings ever completed in Canada at the time.

Geoff has experience advising clients in a number of industries, including mining, energy, life sciences, financial services, gaming, technology and manufacturing.

He is one of the partners responsible for the Firm's U.S. initiative. Geoff has been a member of the Firm's Executive Committee since 2006 and previously was a member of the Partnership Committee. He relocated to the U.S. in 2004 and, prior to that time, worked in the Vancouver and Toronto offices.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

The following is a list of certain matters in which Geoff has acted:

  • Lead counsel to Washington Companies in connection with its C$1.5-billion acquisition of Dominion Diamond Corporation and related debt financings

  • Lead Blakes counsel to KPS Capital Partners, LP in connection with its acquisition of TaylorMade, Adams Golf and Ashworth golf brands from Adidas AG

  • Lead counsel to Sojitz Corporation in connection with a debt financing of Quebec Iron Ore and related framework offtake agreement

  • Lead counsel to Just Eat PLC in connection with its acquisition of SkipTheDishes Inc., one of Canada’s largest online food marketplaces
  • Lead Blakes counsel to Catalent Pharma Solutions on its acquisition of Accucaps Industries Limited
  • Lead counsel to the special committee of Amaya Inc. on its consideration of a C$8-billion enterprise value going-private transaction proposal received by its founder and certain other matters
  • Lead counsel to Sojitz Corporation in connection with its acquisition of an interest in Cad Railway Industries Limited
  • Lead Blakes counsel to BBA Aviation Plc in connection with its US$2-billion acquisition of Landmark Aviation
  • Lead Blakes counsel to UnitedHealth Group in connection with its US$15-billion acquisition of Catamaran Corporation, the largest transaction in Canada in 2015
  • Lead counsel to Quadra FNX Mining Ltd. in connection with over C$10-billion in transactions, including its C$3.5-billion sale to KGHM Polska Miedz S.A., its C$1.5 billion acquisition of FNX Mining Company and its C$3-billion joint venture with Sumitomo Metal Mining/Sumitomo Corp. for the Sierra Gorda project in Chile and numerous equity and debt capital markets transactions
  • Lead Blakes counsel to HUB International Inc. on over C$7-billion in transactions, including its going-private sale to Apax Partners and others for C$2.1-billion and its subsequent sale to Hellman & Friedman for C$5.2-billion, which was the largest ever acquisition in the insurance brokerage industry
  • Lead counsel to the financial advisers in connection with Mosaid Technologies Inc.'s successful defence to a C$600-million hostile take-over bid made by WiLAN
  • Lead counsel to the financial adviser in connection with Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation's successful defence to numerous attempts by Carl Icahn to acquire control
  • Lead counsel to JDS Energy and Mining Group in connection with a number of equity and debt investments by U.S. private equity firms for a variety of projects
  • Lead counsel to a number of private equity firms in undisclosed matters
  • Lead Blakes counsel to Brockway Moran & Partners Inc. on its acquisition of the DayMen Group
  • Lead Blakes counsel to P.H. Glatfelter Company on its C$250-million purchase of Concert Industries Corp.
  • Counsel to Suncor Energy Inc. on its C$43-billion strategic merger with Petro-Canada
  • Lead counsel to Stornoway Diamonds Corporation on its C$110-million successful unsolicited take-over bid for Ashton Mining
  • Lead counsel to Kinross Gold Corporation on its C$2-billion three-way merger with Echo Bay Mines and TVX Gold Inc.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Geoff has been ranked as one of the leading lawyers in Canada by a number of publications:

  • Who's Who Legal: M&A and Governance 2017

  • The 2017 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada - Mining

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017 (Ranked as a leading lawyer in Mining Law and Private Equity)
  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2017 (Canada: Corporate/M&A - Foreign Expert Based in USA)
  • The Legal 500 Canada 2016 (Recommended - Corporate and M&A)
  • Who's Who Legal: M&A and Corporate Governance 2017
  • Who's Who Legal: Mining 2017 (One of only four lawyers recommended in New York)
  • The 2007 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada ("40 Corporate Lawyers to Watch")
  • Lexpert magazine's "Rising Stars: Top 40 Lawyers Under 40" - 2004 and 2006)
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