Tom McKee
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2747

Detailed Profile

Tom provides advice on a wide variety of business law matters for domestic and international clients, corporations and other business organizations, both publicly traded and private. His principal expertise involves structuring, negotiating and completing mergers and acquisitions transactions (including take-over bids, management and leveraged buyouts and divestitures), financings, reorganizations, securities offerings, foreign direct investment, joint ventures, mining projects and transportation undertakings, and advising as to all corporate-commercial issues relating to ongoing operations and legal compliance issues.

Tom's clients have spanned across a wide variety of industries, including mining, pharmaceutical and health-care services, life science, venture capital, private equity, pension investment, franchising, manufacturing, retail sales, distribution, railway transportation, construction, infrastructure, business and financial services, book publishing, entertainment, real estate and communications.


Recent representative transactions include advising on:

  • Multiple transactions for the Bloom Lake Group and Wabush Group (CCAA Parties) under Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) protection pursuant to orders of the Quebec Superior Court, including the following principal transactions:

    • The sale to Noront Resources Ltd. of Chromite mining claims located in the "Ring of Fire" in northern Ontario for US$27.5-million

    • The sale by Bloom Lake Group to Quebec Iron Ore Inc. and Champion Iron Limited of the Bloom Lake Mine and related assets for C$10.5-million and the assumption of certain liabilities

    • The sale by certain of the CCAA Parties to Investissement Quebec of certain port and rail assets for C$66.75-million

    • The sale of the Wabush Mine located in Newfoundland and Labrador

  • Pearson plc's worldwide merger/joint venture between its Penguin Books division and Bertelsmann's Random House Books division, thus creating the world's leading consumer publishing company with pro forma revenues of €3.2-billion

  • Pearson plc's potential sale of Pearson Canada's Copp Clark Division to its Singapore distributor; potential sale by Pearson Canada of the eSISjx division assets to Dataflow International; sale of Pearson Canada's Power School Division for US$340 million; and sale of Pearson English Corporation

  • Pearson plc's US$650-million acquisition of Embanet Compass

  • Ecolab Inc.'s acquisition of Champion Technologies for US$2.3-billion and the reorganization of the Champion Technologies business in Canada

  • Ecolab Inc.'s acquisition for US$106.7-million of Ultrafab Industries' cross-border business of manufacturing and selling hydrogen sulfide scavenging equipment for operations in the oil and gas industry

  • McKesson Corporation's acquisition of the banner and franchised retail pharmaceutical businesses of Katz Group Canada Inc. for C$920-million

  • Cliffs Natural Resources Inc.'s C$4.9-billion acquisition of Consolidated Thompson Iron Mines Limited and its joint venture interest in the Bloom Lake iron ore mine

  • BHP Billiton's proposed rail project for its multibillion-dollar potash mine development in Jansen, Saskatchewan

  • Canadian National Railway Company, Limited's development of CN's intermodal yard and staging facility in Milton, Ontario

  • TPG's proposed acquisition by TPG Global of Twin Rivers Paper Company Inc. and Dunn Paper Holdings Inc.

  • Yokogawa's acquisition of Industrial Evolution

  • Ryder Properties and the Ryder Shareholder Trusts' sale of Ryder Investments Limited to Crown Equipment Corporation

  • The Narang Family's various matters for Capri Capital Corp. and Capital Leasing Investment Corporation


Tom is continuously recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada (Corporate Law)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Corporate Mid-Market)

  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms (Mergers and Acquisitions)