Norbert Knutel
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4013

Norbert provides advice on all facets of securities laws with particular emphasis on public and private funds and other forms of structured products. He has extensive experience in structuring, development, offering and sale of both domestic and offshore funds, including alternative, closed-end, private equity, mortgage, infrastructure and real estate funds. Norbert regularly provides advice to fund managers and dealers on securities registration, regulatory and compliance matters.

Norbert has significant experience acting as counsel for purchasers and vendors in a wide range of purchase transactions and for many companies in connection with amalgamations, statutory arrangements and reorganizations in industries such as asset management, financial services, technology, gold and precious metals, and pharmaceutical. He has also acted as counsel to issuers and underwriters in public financings and private placements of equity and debt securities.

Norbert has also advised special purpose acquisition corporations (SPACs), including advising on the first two initial public offerings of Canadian SPACs. He is a member of the Blakes Investment Products & Asset Management group.

Norbert has also spent time working at the legal departments of two public companies as part of secondments to the Firm's clients.


Recent representative work includes:

Retail Structured Products

  • INFOR Acquisition Corp. on its initial public offering

  • Various investment fund managers and dealers in connection with public offerings of investment funds including closed end funds, split shares companies and other structured projects

  • A Canadian hedge fund in structuring and development of a Canadian feeder/master fund structure

Mergers, Acquisitions and Reorganizations

  • Redknee Solutions Inc. in connection with its transaction with and equity investment by ESW Capital, LLC

  • Stellwagen Group on its acquisition by Acasta Enterprises Inc.

  • Compañia Española de Petroleos, S.A.U. (CEPSA) and Strategic Resources (Global) Limited on their acquisition of Coastal Energy Company valued at C$2.3-billion

Equity and Debt Finance

  • Syndicate of agents in connection with Toronto Hydro Corporation's public offering of C$450-million of debentures

  • Underwriters in connection with a US$100-million offering of common shares and gold-linked preferred shares by Banro Corporation

  • Redknee Solutions Inc. in connection with public offerings of common shares

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Speaker: Securities Law Update
Association of Corporate Counsel (Ontario) 5th Annual Securities Law Symposium, Toronto, Ontario, October 18, 2018.
Speaker: Navigating the Alternative Funds Landscape
The Alternative Investment Management Association, Toronto, Ontario, February 28, 2018.
Speaker: SPAC Revisited
Securities Law Update, The Law Society of Upper Canada, Toronto, Ontario, November 17, 2016.
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