OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

Chambers 2018 Corporate Law Firm of the Year
 


 

Recipient of the 2018 Corporate Law Firm of the Year Award


With more than 100 lawyers who focus on M&A, we are frequently retained by major domestic and international companies, financial institutions, private equity funds and leading international law firms to provide strategic counsel in M&A transactions. Our cross-Canada and international presence gives Blakes exceptional cross-border capability in principal markets.

Transactions on which we regularly advise range from privately negotiated transfers of shares or assets to the largest public company or trust mergers and acquisitions completed by way of take-over bids, amalgamations and plans of arrangement. We advise clients on structuring considerations, related-party rules, special committee obligations, take-over defences and contested shareholder meetings.

Blakes also provides its M&A clients with the benefit of strategic advice from our Competition & Antitrust group, Canada's top-ranked competition law practice that has unparalleled experience in representing clients before the Canadian Competition Bureau in domestic and cross-border mergers. Our Competition & Antitrust lawyers have successfully represented clients in four of the five contested merger cases that have been litigated in Canada.

Our expertise in securities regulatory matters, tax structuring and addressing benefits, litigation, real estate, environmental, intellectual property and information technology issues, together with industry knowledge gained in serving a diverse client base, ensures that we are able to provide highly effective and specialized advice to clients.

Blakes has one of the largest and most active mergers and acquisitions practices in Canada, having been involved in more than 2,000 global public and private M&A transactions, with an aggregate dollar value in excess of US$1.6-trillion, in the past 10 years. According to Bloomberg and Refinitiv, Blakes is the No. 1 Canadian law firm in global M&A by deal count and value for this period, 2009-2018.


 Representative Experience

 
  • Starlight U.S. Multi-Family (No. 5) Core Fund on the US$1.4-billion acquisition by Tricon Capital Group    In​c. of all of the partnership units of the Fund, resulting in the acquisition of the Fund's portfolio of 23 multi-family properties totalling 7,289 units located primarily in the U.S. Sun Belt.
  • ENMAX Corporation on its US$1.3-billion acquisition of Emera Inc.’s interest in Emera Maine.
  • Nutrien Ltd. on its A$470-million acquisition of Ruralco Holdings Limited.
  • Tilray, Inc. on its acquisition of FHF Holdings Ltd. (doing business as Manitoba Harvest) by way of a plan of arrangement for total consideration of up to C$419-million.
  • The Descartes Systems Group Inc. on the C$330-million acquisition of Visual Compliance, a software solutions and services company. 
  • CREIT on its security-holder-approved and court-approved arrangement transaction pursuant to which it combined with Choice Properties REIT to create Canada’s largest diversified REIT with a C$16-billion enterprise value.

  • Agrium Inc. on its proposed US$38-billion merger of equals with Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. to form Nutrien Ltd.
  • The Stars Group Inc. on its C$6-billion acquisition of Sky Betting & Gaming, together with related debt financings, resulting in the world’s largest public online gaming company.
  • Macquarie Infrastructure Partners III L.P. on the sale of its private equity investment in the C$5.125-billion recapitalization of GFL Environmental Inc.
  • Kinder Morgan Canada on its proposed C$4.5-billion sale of the Trans Mountain Pipeline system and expansion project to the Government of Canada.
  • Cronos Group Inc. in connection with the C$2.4-billion strategic equity investment in Cronos Group by Altria Group, Inc.
  • SOL Investments Limited on its C$1.57-billion sale of 75 per cent of SOL to Parkland Fuel.
  • Nevsun Resources Ltd. on its proposed C$1.5-billion acquisition by Lundin Mining Corp. and Euro Sun Mining Inc.
  • Gypsum Management & Supply, Inc. on its C$800-million acquisition of WSB Titan from TorQuest Partners.
  • The Toronto-Dominion Bank on its C$792-million proposed acquisition of Greystone Capital Management Inc. 
  • International Petroleum Corp. on its C$675-million acquisition of BlackPearl Resources Inc. by way of a plan of arrangement.  
  • PayPal Holdings, Inc. on its US$400-million acquisition of Hyperwallet Systems Inc.
  • Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. on its C$331-million acquisition of Enbridge Gas New Brunswick, Inc.
  • Savaria Corporation on its C$100-million acquisition of Garaventa Accessibility AG, a Swiss company with operations in North America, Europe and China. 
  • Maverix Metals Inc. on its purchase of 54 royalties from Newmont Mining Corporation for 60 million common shares, 10 million warrants and US$17-million.
  • Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan on an agreement with IFM Investors and British Columbia Investment Management Corporation to become equity partners in GCT Global Container Terminals Inc.
  • Shell Canada Energy on the purchase by Petronas-owned North Montney LNG Limited Partnership of a 25% stake in the LNG Canada project JV from Shell, PetroChina Kitimat LNG Partnership and Kogas Canada LNG Ltd. (subject to regulatory approvals and closing)


 

Additional Experience

 

 INDUSTRY RECOGNITION

 

“Blake Cassels & Graydon is the leading firm in the Canadian market....”

Who’s Who Legal: M&A and Governance

Blakes is the No. 1 Canadian firm in several M&A categories for the first quarter of 2019, according to rankings from Bloomberg, Refinitiv (formerly Thomson Reuters) and Mergermarket.

A selection of our No. 1 rankings is below:

Bloomberg

  • No. 1 in Canada announced deals by deal count 
  • No. 1 in Canada announced deals – counsel to principals by deal count
  • No. 1 Canadian firm in global mid-market announced deals – values up to US$500-million by deal value 
  • No. 1 Canadian firm in global mid-market announced deals – values up to US$250-million by deal count
  • No. 1 Canadian firm in Untied States mid-market announced deals – values up to US$250-million by deal count

Refinitiv 

  • ​No. 1 in Canada mid-market announced deals – values up to US$500-million by deal value 
  • No. 1 in Canada mid-market announced deals – values up to US$500-million by deal count
  • No. 1 Canadian firm in global mid-market announced deals – values up to US$500-million by deal value
  • No. 1 Canadian firm in United States announced deals by deal value

Mergermarket

  • ​No. 1 in Canada mid-market announced deals – values up to US$250-million by deal count
  • No. 1 Canadian firm in global announced deals by deal value 
  • No. 1 Canadian firm in global mid-market announced deals – values up to US$500-million by deal value 
  • No. 1 Canadian firm in global mid-market announced deals – values up to US$250-million by deal value
  • No. 1 Canadian firm in Americas announced deals by deal value
  • No. 1 Canadian firm in United States announced deals by deal value


 
 

 PEOPLE

 
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Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4297
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Information Technology, Cannabis, Cybersecurity, Privacy, Technology, Fintech, Trademarks, Anti-Spam, Mergers & Acquisitions, IP Licensing & Agreements
Partner | Vancouver, Toronto
Vancouver: 604-631-4201
Toronto: 416-863-3338
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Private Equity, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Pension Funds Investment
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2654
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Financial Services, Corporate & Commercial, Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4236
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Restructuring & Insolvency, Australia, Equity Capital Markets, Mining, Corporate Governance, Life Sciences, Technology
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4117
Areas of Expertise: Tax, Tax Controversy & Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Technology, Private Equity, Life Sciences, Aviation/Aerospace, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital, Cannabis
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9682
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Governance, Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Shareholder Activism, Climate Change, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Transmission & Distribution
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-5827
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Life Sciences, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Private Equity, Energy
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4003
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Equity Capital Markets, Automotive, Mining, Investment Products & Asset Management, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Debt Capital Markets
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2710
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets, Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets, Corporate Governance
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4290
Areas of Expertise: Infrastructure, Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, International Trade, Africa
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4284
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services Regulatory, Insurance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Investment Products & Asset Management, Banking, Consumer/Retail Financial Services, Payment Cards & Technologies, Residential Mortgage Business, Reinsurance, Financial Services, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Government & Public Sector, Fintech, Credit Unions
Office Managing Partner | New York
New York: 212-893-8223
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets, Corporate Governance, Corporate & Commercial, Private Equity, Mining, Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets, United States, Life Sciences, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9720
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Energy, Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Private Equity, REITs, Shareholder Activism, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5021
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Technology, Intellectual Property, Copyright, Privacy, Information Technology
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9704
Areas of Expertise: Energy, Joint Venture & Co-Ownership Structuring, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Pipeline & Midstream, Oil Field Services, E&P Conventional, E&P Unconventional, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Transportation, Major Projects, LNG, Oil Sands, Downstream & Marketing, Investment Treaty Arbitration
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3375
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Information Technology, Private Equity, Infrastructure, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4061
Areas of Expertise: Infrastructure, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Energy, Corporate & Commercial, Commercial Real Estate, Plan Nord, Construction, Mining, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Credit Unions
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9684
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Governance, Corporate & Commercial, Debt Capital Markets, Equity Capital Markets, Energy, Mergers & Acquisitions
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3322
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-5281
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9622
Areas of Expertise: Energy, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Oil & Gas, Power, Infrastructure, Transportation, E&P Unconventional, Joint Venture & Co-Ownership Structuring, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Pipeline & Midstream
Associate | London
London: +44-20-2074-293554
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Corporate Governance, Capital Markets, Private Equity, Oil & Gas
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4185
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3391
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Procurement, Outsourcing, Information Technology, Construction, China, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Government & Public Sector
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4216
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Equity Capital Markets, Corporate Governance
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