OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

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

Who’s Who Legal: M&A and Governance 2017

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 public and private M&A transactions, with an aggregate dollar value in excess of US$1.5-trillion, in the past 10 years. According to Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters, Blakes is the No. 1 Canadian law firm in both global and Canadian M&A deals by deal count for this period, 2008-2017.

 


 

 

Representative Experience

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • PayPal Holdings, Inc. on its US$400-million acquisition of Hyperwallet Systems 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).
  • Cenovus Energy Inc. on its C$17.7-billion acquisition of assets from ConocoPhillips.
  • Pembina Pipeline Corporation on its proposed US$9.7-billion acquisition of Veresen Inc.
  • DigitalGlobe, Inc. in connection with its US$3-billion acquisition by MacDonald, Dettwiler & Associates to form Maxar Technologies Ltd.
  • CCCC International Holding Limited in connection with its proposed C$1.51-billion acquisition of Aecon Group Inc.
  • Delek Group Ltd. on its C$830-million acquisition of Ithaca Energy Inc., which values Ithaca’s enterprise at C$1.68-billion.
  • CI Financial Corp. on its C$780-million acquisition of Sentry Investments Corp.
  • Kinross Gold Corporation on the sale of its 25 per cent interest in the Cerro Casale project and 100 per cent interest in the Quebrada Seca project to Goldcorp Inc. for US$300-million in cash, the assumption by Goldcorp of a US$20-million payment obligation and the issuance of a 1.25 per cent Goldcorp royalty relating to such projects.
  • Nextview New Energy Lion Hong Kong Limited on the purchase of all shares of Vancouver-listed company Lithium X Energy Corp. for C$265-million.
  • Audax Capital in connection with the leveraged buyout of Altasciences Company, Inc.
  • Lavazza S.p.A. on its acquisition of Kicking Horse Coffee Co. Ltd.




Additional Experience

 

 INDUSTRY RECOGNITION

 
In the second quarter of 2018, Blakes was Canada’s busiest M&A law firm. We were No. 1 in multiple M&A categories in Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters and Mergermarket league tables, including:
 
Bloomberg
  • No. 1 in Canada announced by deal count
  • No. 1 in Canada announced – Counsel to principals by deal count
  • No. 1 in Canada mid-market announced by deal count
  • No. 1 Canadian firm in global announced by deal count
  • No. 1 Canadian firm in global announced – Counsel to principals by deal count
  • No. 1 Canadian firm in global mid-market announced by deal count
  • No. 1 Canadian firm in global cross border announced by deal count
  • No. 1 Canadian firm in United States announced by deal count 
Thomson Reuters
  • No. 1 in Canada announced by deal count
  • No. 1 in Canada completed by deal count
  • No. 1 in Canada mid-market announced by deal value
  • No. 1 in Canada mid-market announced by deal count
  • No. 1 Canadian firm in global announced by deal count
  • No. 1 Canadian firm in global mid-market announced by deal value
  • No. 1 Canadian firm in global mid-market announced by deal count
  • No. 1 Canadian firm in global completed by deal count
  • No. 1 Canadian firm in cross border announced by deal count
  • No. 1 Canadian firm in United States announced by deal count
Mergermarket
  • No. 1 in Canada announced by deal count
  • No. 1 in Canada mid-market announced count
  • No. 1 Canadian firm in global announced by deal count
  • No. 1 Canadian firm in global mid-market announced by deal value
  • No. 1 Canadian firm in global mid-market announced by deal count
  • No. 1 Canadian firm in Americas announced by deal count
  • No. 1 Canadian firm in cross border announced by deal count
 
Blakes lawyers in the Mergers & Acquisitions group have been recognized as leaders in the most recent editions of the following publications:
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
  • The Legal 500 Canada
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada
  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 
  • Who’s Who Legal: Business
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
 

 PEOPLE

 
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Associate | 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 | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4295
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets, Private Equity, Technology, Communications, Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets, Corporate Governance, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles
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, Cannabis, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital
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: Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial
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, Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response, 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
Associate | 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
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9684
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Governance, Corporate & Commercial, Debt Capital Markets, Equity Capital Markets, Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response, Energy, 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 | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4185
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2237
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining, Energy, Middle East, Mining Lending
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4119
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, Cannabis, Government & Public Sector
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-5251
Areas of Expertise: Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Governance
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