Markus Viirland
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3097

Markus's primary focus is on international and Canadian domestic merger and acquisition transactions. He has acted for offerors and targets on negotiated and unsolicited acquisitions, as well as purchasers and vendors in connection with asset and share purchase transactions.

Markus also has an active capital markets practice acting for both issuers and dealers, with a particular focus on cross-border offerings and structured finance. In addition, he has acted for international issuers in connection with their secondary listings on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Markus also advises Canadian and international entities on a wide range of securities compliance and general corporate and commercial matters. He regularly acts for participants in mining and numerous other industry sectors.

Markus has been practising with Blakes for over 15 years, including in the Firm's London, England, office from 2007 to 2011.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Selected transactions include advising:

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • 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 pe rcent Goldcorp royalty relating to such projects
  • Delek Group Ltd. on its acquisition of all of the outstanding common shares in the capital of Ithaca Energy Inc. not already owned by Delek by way of a supported take-over bid and subsequent compulsory acquisition, which values Ithaca's enterprise at C$1.68-billion
  • The Chief Executive Officer of Migao Corporation on his acquisition of all of the outstanding common shares in the capital of Migao, not already owned by him
  • Bell on its C$670-million acquisition of GLENTEL Inc. and subsequent sale of a 50 per cent interest in GLENTEL Inc. to Rogers Communications Inc.
  • Element Financial Corporation on its US$5-billion acquisition of the PHH Arval vehicle fleet management services business
  • The Special Committee of Patheon Inc. on its sale to a joint venture established by its significant shareholder JLL Partners and Koninklijke DSM N.V. for US$2-billion
  • H&R REIT on its C$2.75-billion acquisition of Primaris Retail REIT and subsequent agreement to sell a portfolio of 18 Primaris properties to a syndicate led by KingSett Capital for C$1.28-billion
  • Nord Gold N.V. on its insider bid to acquire the minority interest in High River Gold Ltd., in a deal valuing High River at US$1.2-billion
  • Denison Mines Corp. on the sale of its U.S. mining division to Energy Fuels Corp. valued at C$83-million and related capital reorganization
  • MBNA Canada on the acquisition of MBNA Canada's credit card portfolio by TD Bank Group in a transaction valued at C$8.5-billion
  • Solway Investment Group Limited on its US$170-million acquisition of the Fenix ferro-nickel project from HudBay Minerals Inc.
  • Oranje-Nassau Energie B.V. on its C$102-million acquisition of Cirrus Energy Corporation
  • Randgold Resources Limited on its C$578-million joint acquisition of Moto Goldmines Limited with AngloGold Ashanti Limited
Financing

  • Intact Financial Corporation on its US$1.7-billion proposed acquisition of OneBeacon Insurance Group, Ltd., and its related offerings of C$754-million of subscription receipts, C$150-million of preferred shares and C$425-million of medium term notes
  • Lundin Petroleum AB in the cross-border spin-off of International Petroleum Corporation as a public company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq First North exchange with an initial market capitalization in excess of C$500-million on day of listing, and the associated US$100-million issuer bid launched by International Petroleum's wholly owned subsidiary Lundin Petroleum BV
  • The underwriters in connection with an offering by Liquor Stores N.A. Ltd. of approximately C$77-million aggregate principal amount of convertible unsecured subordinated debentures
  • R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company on the cross-border spin-off of LSC Communications, Inc. and Donnelley Financial Solutions, Inc.
  • The underwriters in connection with an offering by Guyana Goldfields Inc. and secondary offering of approximately C$130-million of common shares in aggregate
  • The underwriters in connection with an offering by Kinross Gold Corporation of approximately US$287-million of common shares
  • Zeg Oil and Gas Ltd in connection with its private placement investment of approximately US$30-million in Oryx Petroleum Corporation Limited
  • Citigroup Inc. on its C$600-million offering of maple bonds
  • Delek Group Ltd in connection with its private placement investment of approximately US$66-million in Ithaca Energy Inc.
  • Fiat Chrysler Finance Canada Ltd. in connection with the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. €20-billion global medium term note program
  • MBARC Credit Canada Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler AG and a direct wholly owned subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Canada Corporation, on its offerings of an aggregate of more than C$1.3-billion asset-backed notes
  • MCAP CMBS Issuer Corporation on its offering of approximately C$224-million commercial mortgage-backed securities
  • Nissan Canada Financial Services Inc. in connection with its C$300-million commercial paper program
  • MCAP RMBS Issuer Corporation on its offering of approximately C$197-million residential mortgage-backed securities
  • BHP Billiton Finance Limited on its C$750-million offering of maple bonds
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Blakes Bulletin on Mergers & Acquisitions, February 16, 2018.
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