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 and other pooled investments. 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, cannabis, 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 played a significant role in the development and growth of Canada’s special purpose acquisition corporation (SPAC) sector, including advising on the first two initial public offerings of Canadian SPACs, and has acted as counsel to SPACs and targets on various qualifying transactions. He is a member of the Blakes Cannabis group and Investment Products & Asset Management group.


Recent representative work includes:

Structured Products

  • Various SPACs including most recently Subversive Capital Acquisition Corp. and Bespoke Capital Acquisition Corp. on their initial public offerings

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

  • Canadian funds including hedge funds and alternative funds in structuring and creation of Canadian feeder/master fund structures

Mergers, Acquisitions and Reorganizations

  • Canaccord Genuity Growth Corp. on its acquisition of Columbia Care Inc. valued at US$1.35-billion

  • Sagicor Financial Corporation Limited in connection with its business combination with Alignvest Acquisition II Corporation

  • 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


Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2020 (Private Equity: Fund Formation - Nationwide - Canada)

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Author: Canadian Regulatory Landscape
AIMA Canada Handbook 2019: A Report on the Canadian Alternative Investment Landscape, October 15, 2019.
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Speaker: AIMA Canada 2019 Handbook Launch Event: Report on the Canadian Alternative Investment Landscape
Scotiabank Conference Centre, Toronto, Ontario, October 3, 2019.
Speaker: Leverage, Liquidity & Regulatory Guidance for Canadian Markets & Funds
AIMA Canada, Toronto, Ontario, April 24, 2019.
Speaker: Securities Law Update
Association of Corporate Counsel (Ontario) 5th Annual Securities Law Symposium, Toronto, Ontario, October 18, 2018.
Co-speaker: Marketing and Branding, Cannabis Summit 2018
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, May 17, 2018.
Speaker: Navigating the Alternative Funds Landscape
The Alternative Investment Management Association, Toronto, Ontario, February 28, 2018.
Co-speaker: Blakes Cannabis Summit 2018
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Montréal, Quebec, February 15, 2018.
Co-speaker: Blakes Cannabis Summit 2017
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, October 3, 2017.
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