Frank D. Guarascio
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3296

Frank's practice focuses on complex transactions involving acquisitions, divestitures, mergers, reorganizations, and international and domestic joint ventures. He has over 30 years of experience in structuring and negotiating acquisitions and divestitures of both private and public companies.

Frank has represented clients in the food, beverage, agribusiness, manufacturing, service, technology and retail sectors, among others. He leverages his legal expertise, deal experience and understanding of clients and their businesses to provide efficient and effective management of transactions and successful outcomes.

Frank also has substantial experience with private equity funds, private equity investors, managers, sponsors, funds, financial advisers, pension funds and other institutional investors.

  • Maple Leaf Foods Inc. on the acquisition of LightLife Foods; the sale of its animal nutrition and Rothsay businesses (agribusiness and manufacturing); and the sale of its sandwich, dairy, edible oils, pet foods and Country Style businesses (food products)

  • Canada Bread Company, Limited on its acquisition of Saputo Bakery Inc., Stonemill Bakery, Sobeys Bakery, Italian Home Bakery, GD Bakery Group, Olafson's Bakery Group and Parisco Limited (food products)

  • VerticalScope Inc. on its sale of a 55 per cent equity interest to Torstar Corporation (technology) and its purchase of several forum/digital media platforms

  • Cognizant on their acquisition of Idea Couture, a company that offers a broad range of digital innovation, strategy design and technology services

  • Ceres Global Ag Corp. on its acquisition of Whitebox and the development and construction of its Northgate Commodities Logistics Centre (agribusiness)

  • Syngenta International AG on its acquisition of Conrad Fafard, Inc. (agricultural products) and its sale to ChemChina

  • Structuring and formation of pooled fund investment vehicles for pension funds and other institutional investors, including Bentall Kennedy (real estate)

  • Private equity investments by Canadian pension funds and other financial institutional investors (direct investments and fund investments)


Frank has been recognized as a leading Canadian lawyer in the following publications:

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2019 (Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2018 (Corporate Mid-Market and Private Equity)