Chris Hewat
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2761

Chris' practice consists of advising on securities and business law matters, with focus on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and private equity transactions. He has particular expertise in advising issuers, investment dealers and investors in the technology sector.

Chris has also been involved in the development of securities regulation in Canada, having advised the Ontario Securities Commission in connection with its rules reformulation project, and the Toronto Stock Exchange in its review of rules governing listed companies. Chris is a former member of the Securities Advisory Committee to the Ontario Securities Commission.


Representative transactions include advising:

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • The Special Committee of Callidus Capital Corporation in its proposed going private transaction by way of plan of arrangement with Braslyn Ltd.

  • FLIR Systems, Inc. on its US$200-million acquisition of Aeryon Labs Inc.

  • The Descartes Systems Group Inc. on its C$330-million acquisition of Visual Compliance

  • The Toronto-Dominion Bank on its acquisition of artificial intelligence firm Layer 6 Inc. and acquisition of institutional asset manager Greystone Managed Investments Inc.

  • BlueCat Networks Inc. on its sale to Madison Dearborn Partners LLC

  • 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

  • The Brick Ltd. and its Special Committee on its sale to Leon's Furniture Limited for C$700-million

  • Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. on its acquisition of Consolidated Thompson Iron Mines Ltd. for C$4.9-billion, and its contested acquisitions of Freewest Resources Inc. for C$240-million and Spider Resources Inc. for C$107-million

Capital Markets

  • Open Text Corporation on its US$585-million cross-border equity offering and concurrent US$250-million offering of senior unsecured notes

  • The underwriters for Shopify Inc. on its US$150-million cross-border initial public offering and subsequent follow-on offerings

  • The Descartes Systems Group Inc. on its US$147-million cross-border equity offering

  • The underwriters on the C$460-million IPO by way of secondary offering of Subordinate Voting Shares of Aritzia Inc.

  • The underwriters on the secondary offering of US$1.39-billion of common shares of Canadian Pacific Railway Limited

Private Equity

  • Lindsay Goldberg on its controlling interest in Bedrock Industries, the owner of Stelco Holdings Inc., and its participation in Stelco’s C$230-million initial public offering and subsequent secondary offerings

  • Open Text Corporation as lead industry sponsor in the venture fund of funds established under the federal Venture Capital Action Plan

  • Redknee Solutions Inc. on the equity investment of US$83.2-million by ESW Capital, LLC

  • D2L Inc. in connection with its C$85-million Series B financing

  • Macquarie Capital on its investment in the Advantage Rent A Car business of Hertz Corporation


Chris is recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2020 (Corporate Governance Practice; Corporate Law - Finance; Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Securities Law; Technology Law)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2020 (Corporate/Commercial)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2020 (Capital Markets)

  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial and Corporate Law Firms - 2020 Edition (Capital Markets; M&A)

  • Who's Who Legal: Capital Markets 2019 (Debt and Equity Chapter)

  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 2019 (Corporate Finance & Securities, Corporate Commercial Law)

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2019 (Corporate/M&A)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2019 (Corporate Finance & Securities; Mergers & Acquisitions; Private Equity; Technology Transactions; Corporate Commercial Law)

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2018 (Leading Lawyer - Capital Markets; M&A)

  • Acritas Stars 2018: Independently Rated Lawyer (Nominated as a stand-out lawyer by senior in-house counsel)

  • The 2017 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Corporate Finance & Securities; Mergers & Acquisitions)

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