Kim Harle
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4294

Kim's practice includes a broad range of mergers and acquisitions, private equity, pension fund investment, and other transactional work. She has advised Canadian and multinational clients in many sectors, including technology, energy, chemical, retail, publishing, financial services, consumer products, pulp and paper, and real estate.

Kim has significant experience providing advice on private equity investments by institutional investors and on investment funds generally. She regularly advises pension funds and other investor clients on their private equity, infrastructure, hedge fund, real estate and other investments, both in Canada and abroad.

In addition to her transactional work, Kim provides practical ongoing general corporate and commercial advice to her clients. Kim worked as in-house legal counsel with a publicly traded equipment financing company for a year and a half, gaining valuable experience practising law in an in-house environment. She works with clients of all sizes - from entrepreneurs and family-owned businesses to large multinational corporations and institutional investors.


Transactions representative of Kim's experience include advising:

Private Equity and Fund Experience

  • Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) on direct investments in Ducati (motorcycles), KGS-Alpha Capital Markets (U.S. fixed income broker-dealer), St. James's Gateway (an English mixed-use real estate development) and two Czech shopping malls

  • Teachers Private Capital in connection with its acquisition of Dynea North America (now known as Arclin), a resins/overlays business, from a Finnish private equity group

  • On several other direct investments by pension plans, including investments in the U.S., South America and Europe

  • Various pension plans and other institutional investors on their private equity, real estate, hedge, fixed income, emerging markets and infrastructure fund investments

  • A Bear Stearns Merchant Manager (now Irving Place Capital) fund in connection with its acquisition of Alter Moneta, a Canadian leasing business, from the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • GrainCorp in connection with the Canadian components of its approximately C$750-million acquisition of the United Malt business

  • Algonquin Power in connection with its California electric utility joint venture with Emera Inc. and related equity financing

  • Algonquin Power in connection with its trust conversion transaction with Hydrogenics Inc.

  • A multinational conglomerate in connection with its acquisition of a medical device business

  • CIBC in connection with the global restructuring of Visa and Visa's subsequent initial public offering

  • International Paper Company in connection with C$1.26-billion sale of Weldwood Company of Canada Limited to West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd.


Kim is recommended by PLC Which Lawyer? in the area of Private Equity: Fund Formation and is recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory in the areas of Corporate Mid-Market and Private Equity.

Kim has been recommended as a “stand out” lawyer by Acritas.