Justin Drake
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2492

Justin's practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, divestments, joint ventures and financing transactions in both domestic and international markets. He works on a broad range of matters by type, size and industry focus. Clients appreciate his practical and business minded approach in managing transactions and navigating critical deal issues.

He has developed particular expertise in working on strategic transactions between large entities and early-stage technology companies.

Justin also has significant expertise in dealing with regulated industries, including financial services, cannabis, national defense and life sciences. He is skilled in advising clients through competitive situations, including auctions on both the buy and sell sides.


Recent representative transactions include advising:

Mergers & Acquisitions

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

  • The Toronto-Dominion Bank on its acquisitions of artificial intelligence firm Layer 6 Inc. and asset management firm Greystone Capital Management

  • Celestica on its acquisitions of Atrenne Integrated Solutions and Impakt Holdings

  • A private equity firm in connection with the establishment of a dental service organization and its continuing consolidation of specialist dental and orthodontist practices across Canada

  • OmniTRAX on its sale of the Hudson Bay Rail Line and the Port of Churchill

  • Sagard Holdings on its joint venture with Fairfax and US$575-million acquisition of the business of Performance Sports Group

  • Transamerica/Aegon on the C$600-million sale of its Canadian business to Wilton Re, a subsidiary of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

  • Questcor Pharmaceuticals on its C$100-million acquisition of BioVectra

  • BTG plc on its C$200-million acquisition of the Targeted Therapies business from Nordion

  • Private equity transactions, including MidOcean Partners in the US$560-million sale of the Noranco business to Precision Castparts Corp; KingSett Capital and AIMCO in their $2-billion acquisition of ING Summit Industrial Fund; GPS Products on the sale of its classroom furniture business to Ironbridge Equity Partners; VRG Capital in its acquisitions of Jones Brown and Pearson Dunn and subsequent disposition to Arthur Gallagher; Lone Star Funds in its US$700-million acquisition of the North American gypsum division of Lafarge; and Advent International in its acquisition of Distribution International

Venture Capital

  • McCain Foods on its investments in TruLeaf Sustainable Agriculture Limited and NUGGS Labs

  • Koho on its C$42-million Series B investment led by Portag3

  • IGM Financial on its investments in Personal Capital

  • Khosla Ventures on its investment in Deep Genomics

  • Emerging companies in connection with financing transactions and other matters, including Senso.ai, for.ai, Yuhu, Caribou, Blueprint Software, Koho Financial and Langhaus Financial