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Worldwide, Blakes Means Business in Canada

As your Canadian strategic advisors, we work across borders to deliver world-class results

Assisting Clients on Their Business in Canada
Assisting Clients on Their Business in Canada

Blakes advises clients around the world on all aspects of doing business in Canada. We are one of Canada’s leading law firms, with offices in all major Canadian business centres —  TorontoCalgaryVancouver and Montréal. Outside of Canada, our New York and London offices enhance our international focus by helping to facilitate our advice on cross-border mergers & acquisitions and other cross-border transactions, disputes and advisory matters. Practising Canadian law exclusively, we draw on our deep bench strength across all core practice areas and industries to help our clients achieve their business objectives in Canada.

Assisting Clients on Their Business Abroad
Assisting Clients on Their Business Abroad

Beyond Canada, we regularly assist clients on achieving their international business objectives. In collaboration with global legal teams, we work closely with our clients’ international advisors and seamlessly address cross-border legal challenges. Drawing from these relationships and leveraging an extensive network of global connections, we identify the very best representation for our clients in every international jurisdiction. 

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Blakes works closely with a wide range of clients and their international law firms and advisors on high-profile matters. We bring our hallmark practice area and industry strength and coordination across offices to assist our clients in areas including: 


International & Cross-Border Business Topic Centre
International & Cross-Border Business Topic Centre

Navigating the waves of change in the complex legal market to help you focus on new opportunities that await you in Canada.

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Recent Experience

Select significant cross-border transactions include acting as Canadian counsel to:

  • Advent International on its US$6.3-billion acquisition of Canadian fintech payment platform Nuvei Corporation 

  • AstraZeneca AB on its US$2-billion acquisition of Fusion Pharmaceuticals Inc.  

  • Enerplus Corporation in its US$11-billion merger with Chord Energy Corporation  

  • SPX Technologies, Inc. on itsC$405-million acquisition of Ingénia Technologies Inc.  

  • Paramount Global on the US$1.6-billion sale of Simon & Schuster, a global leader in general interest publishing, to KKR & Co. Inc.  

  • Saint-Gobain in its C$1.325-billion acquisition of Building Products of Canada Corp.  

  • The Special Committee of Teck Resources Limited in connection with the sale of a majority stake in its steelmaking coal business to Glencore plc for an implied enterprise value of US$9.0 billion and the sale of a minority stake to Nippon Steel Corporation  

  • JX Nippon Mining & Metals Corporation has acquired all the shares of eCycle Solutions Inc. 

  • Pacific Woodtech Corporation, a subsidiary of Japan-based ITOCHU Corporation, on its acquisition of Louisiana-Pacific Corporation’s EWP (I-Joist and LVL) division. 

  • The Special Committee of Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd., owner of the Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold mine in Mongolia, on its C$4.3-billion going private acquisition by its controlling shareholder Rio Tinto plc  

  • Nordic Paper Holding AB, a Scandinavian specialty paper producer, on its acquisition of Glassine Canada Inc.  

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

  • Apollo Global Management on its US$5-billiion privatization of The Michaels Companies, Inc.   

  • L Catterton, a U.S.-headquartered private equity firm, on its €4-billion acquisition of Birkenstock   

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

  • Sheridan Capital Partners in the sale of Canadian Orthodontic Partners to Pamlico Capital   

  • Penn National Gaming, Inc. on its US$2-billion acquisition of Score Media and Gaming, Inc.   

  • Canadian counsel to Intact Financial Corporation in connection with its C$12.3-billion acquisition, together with Tryg A/S, of RSA Insurance Group Plc  

  • Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe S.A.S., a global publisher and developer of entertainment content, on its acquisition of Reflector Entertainment Ltd., and its subsidiary Reflector Interactive Productions Ltd.   

  • RTL Group (a listed international media company majority-owned by Bertelsmann) on the sale of its interest in BroadbandTV for C$159-million in cash plus a promissory note as part of a management buyout and IPO   

  • Wheatsheaf Group Limited, the food and agriculture investment arm of the UK-based Grosvenor Estate, in its acquisition of all of the shares of Ostara Nutrient Recovery Solutions Inc.   

  • Labomar in its acquisition of ImportFab   

  • Cube Transportation (a subsidiary of TIP Trailer Services) in the acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding shares of Trailer Wizards Ltd.   

  • Canadian competition counsel to LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE on its US$16.2-billion acquisition of Tiffany & Co.   

  • A consortium led by Arjun Infrastructure Partners Limited, the UK-based infrastructure asset management company, and Fengate Capital Management Ltd., a Canada-based investment firm, in the acquisition of a Canada-based motorway travel center business of HMSHost Corporation, the US-based provider of food and beverage services for travelers, and KD Infrastructure L.P., a Canada-based provider of long-term funding, for a consideration of C$255-million   

  • The Stars Group Inc. on its US$15-billion enterprise value merger of equals with Flutter Entertainment Inc., to form the world's largest online betting and gaming operator   

  • The London Stock Exchange Group in connection with its US$27 billion acquisition of Refinitiv   

  • Europack S.A., a subsidiary of H.I.G. Europe’s portfolio company Maillis Group, on the sale of its wholly owned subsidiary Wulftec International Inc. to Duravant, a portfolio company of Warburg Pincus   

  • Huada Semiconductor Co., Ltd. on its acquisition of Solantro Semiconductor Corp.   

  • Canadian counsel to Kongsberg Gruppen ASA in respect of its acquisition of the assets of the marine products, systems and aftermarket services business carried on by Rolls-Royce Canada Limited   

  • The Washington Companies, a group of privately held North American mining, industrial and transportation businesses, on its C$1.5-billion acquisition of Dominion Diamond Corporation and various related debt financings   

  • Bregnerød Investeringsselskab ApS, a Danish company, in relation to an equity and debt investment in Argon-Cycles-18 Inc.   

  • Marine Harvest in its C$315-million acquisition of Northern Harvest Sea Farms Inc.   

  • Nextview New Energy Lion Hong Kong Limited on the purchase of all shares of Vancouver-listed company Lithium X Energy Corp. for C$265-million   

  • Capstone Infrastructure Corporation in its friendly C$480-million acquisition by Irving Infrastructure Corp., a subsidiary of iCON Infrastructure Partners III, L.P.   

  • Johnson Electric Holdings Limited in its C$800-million acquisition of Stackpole International   

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