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Cross-Border M&A

Cross-Border M&A
Cross-Border M&A
Expertise / Practices / Mergers & Acquisitions / Cross-Border M&A

For the past 10 years (2011-2020), we have been the No. 1 Canadian law firm in global M&A by deal value, according to Bloomberg and Refinitiv.
We are well-positioned to advise on strategic considerations, potential risks, investment protection, regulatory framework and other issues that arise in the context of Canadian and international transactions.

We regularly work alongside foreign law firms and other advisors on cross-border transactions that require an understanding of Canadian and other international requirements.
In addition to our Canadian M&A team, Blakes has lawyers in our New York and London offices who practise Canadian law only and lead and coordinate cross-border M&A transactions involving Canadian targets and acquirors.

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Recent Experience
  • Canadian counsel to Periscope Holdings, Inc., as Canadian counsel, on its US$210-million acquisition by mdf commerce inc.

  • ​Great Hill Partners on its US$250-million investment in Auvik Networks Inc.

  • ​Canadian counsel to KPS Capital Partners on the sale of TaylorMade Golf to Centroid Investment Partners

  • Apax Partners on its acquisition of a majority stake of Herjavec Group.

  • The Board of Directors of Canadian Pacific Railway Limited on CP's proposed acquisition of Kansas City Southern, a transaction representing an enterprise value of approximately US$29-billion.

  • ​Canadian counsel to Intact Financial Corporation on connection with its proposed C$12.3-billion acquisition, together with Tryg A/S, of RSA Insurance Group Plc and related private placements of C$4.45-billion of subscription receipts.

  • Canadian counsel to Nasdaq on its US$2.75-billion acquisition of Verafin, an industry leader specializing in enterprise financial crime management solutions.

  • Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners in connection with its acquisition of Xplornet Communications Inc., Canada’s largest rural-focused broadband service provider. This was the largest private equity transaction in Canada in 2020.

  • Equinix, Inc. on its C$1.04-billion acquisition of 25 data-centre facilities across Canada from Bell Canada 

  • Alio Gold Inc. on its acquisition by Argonaut Gold Inc.

  • Nutrien Ltd. on its proposed acquisition of 100 per cent of the equity of the Tec Agro Group, a leading agricultural retailer and owner of one of the largest branded soybean seeds businesses in Brazil.

  • Canadian counsel to Dell Technologies Inc. on its US$2.075-billion sale of RSA Security LLC to a consortium of investors led by Symphony Technology Group and including Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board and AlpInvest Partners.

  • Gemspring Capital and its portfolio company Crafty Apes, LLC on Crafty Apes’ acquisition of CVD VFX, an award-winning, full-service visual effects studio based in Vancouver, B.C.

  • Great Hill Partners in connection with its acquisition of VersaPay Corporation for approximately C$125-million.

  • Americold Realty Trust in connection with its acquisition of Nova Cold Logistics.

  • Pattern Energy Group Inc. on its approximately US$6.1-billion all-cash acquisition by Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.

  • Hudson’s Bay Company in connection with its C$2-billion privatization transaction with a shareholder group led by the Company's Executive Chairman.

  • The Stars Group Inc. on its US$15-billion enterprise value merger of equals with Flutter Entertainment Inc., one of the largest transactions in Canada in 2019.

  • Kinder Morgan in connection with the C$4.35-billion acquisition of Kinder Morgan Canada Limited and the Cochin pipeline system by Pembina Pipeline Corporation.