Chris Barker
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2710

Chris advises clients on capital markets and business transactions, including public and private financings, mergers and acquisitions, and reorganization transactions. He acts on deals involving a wide range of industry sectors, including financial services, real estate, technology, mining and agribusiness. Chris also provides ongoing advice to public issuers regarding corporate governance, continuous disclosure and securities law matters.

Chris completed a secondment to a major real estate investment trust client of the Firm, where he worked closely with management on transactional and public disclosure matters.


Representative transactions include advising:

M&A and Reorganizations

  • Lundin Petroleum AB on 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 of over C$500-million

  • Element Financial Corporation on its C$8.6-billion acquisition of GE Capital's fleet operations in the United States, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand; its US$5-billion cross-border acquisition of the vehicle fleet management services business of PHH Corporation; its C$300-million acquisition of CoActiv Capital Partners, Inc.; and its C$20-million acquisition of Nexcap Finance Corporation

  • FAM REIT on its responsorship transaction with Slate Capital and subsequent acquisition of seven office properties in the Greater Toronto Area for C$190-million

  • A TSX-listed mortgage investment corporation on its transition from the Canadian securities regulatory regime for investment funds to the Canadian securities regulatory regime for non-investment fund public companies, its C$150-million base shelf prospectus and its subsequent C$10-million public offering of common shares

Capital Markets

  • Granite Real Estate Investment Trust on offerings of C$400-million and C$250-million of senior unsecured debentures

  • A private equity investor on a C$250-million investment in high-yield notes and partnership units of a privately held food and agribusiness issuer

  • The underwriters on the C$132-million public offering of subscription receipts of Stornoway Diamond Corporation forming part of the C$948-million financing package to fund the construction of its Renard diamond project in Quebec

  • The underwriters on Globalive Technology Inc.’s C$30-million private placement of subscription receipts and its going public transaction and TSX Venture Exchange listing by way of reverse take-over

  • A private equity investor on a C$70-million precious metals stream of Nevada Copper Corp.

  • The underwriters on various public offerings of securities, including offerings by Sienna Senior Living, Inc. of an aggregate of C$413-million of common shares and subscription receipts; a C$55-million offering of trust units of Automotive Properties REIT; a C$58-million offering of trust units of Slate Office REIT; a C$46-million offering of trust units of Agellan Commercial REIT; and a C$69-million offering of convertible unsecured subordinated debentures of Exchange Income Corporation

  • A Canadian financial institution on its C$5-billion medium term notes (principal at risk structured notes) program, and offerings of an aggregate of over C$1.2-billion of preferred shares