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Public M&A

Public M&A
Public M&A

The Blakes M&A team has extensive experience structuring and negotiating complex public M&A transactions, across a wide cross-section of industry sectors. We provide strategic counsel to Canadian and international companies, private equity funds, financial advisors and international law firms on transactions within Canada and across borders.

In both negotiated and unsolicited transactions, we offer guidance on structuring considerations, regulatory issues, related-party rules and fiduciary duties. Our M&A team also advises boards and special committees on governance, fiduciary duties, director and officer liabilities, shareholder engagement and other strategic considerations.

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Recent Experience
  • Pretium Resources Inc. in connection with the proposed C$3.5-billion acquisition by Newcrest Mining Limited.

  • ​WPT Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust on its US$3.1-billion acquisition by Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust, Inc.

  • ​Canadian counsel to Allied Universal on its US$5.3-billion takeover of G4S.

  • 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.

  • Genworth MI Canada Inc. on its C$1.6-billion acquisition by Brookfield Business Partners L.P.

  • Torstar Corporation on its acquisition by NordStar Capital LP.

  • The Special Committee of Balmoral Resources Limited on its C$110-million acquisition by Wallbridge Mining Company Limited.

  • Starlight Investments, KingSett Capital and other investors on their C$4.8-billion acquisition of Northview Apartment REIT.

  • Equinox Gold Corp. on its US$578-million all-stock acquisition of Leagold Mining Corporation and concurrent private placement of US$170-million and debt financing of US$500-million.

  • Great Hill Partners on the C$126-million acquisition of VersaPay Corporation.

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

  • Cona Resources Ltd., a portfolio company of Waterous Energy Fund, on its C$740-million acquisition of Pengrowth Energy Corporation.

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

  • Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Alberta Teachers’ Retirement Fund Board on their C$1.7-billion acquisition of AltaGas Canada Inc.

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

  • Atlantic Gold Corporation on its C$802-million sale to St Barbara Limited.

  • WestJet on its acquisition by Onex for approximately C$5-billion.