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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:

  • 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

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

  • Citation Group, a UK based portfolio company of HG Capital and KKR, on its acquisition of HRdownloads Inc.

  • 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.

  • Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners, a North America-focused private equity firm, on its US$2.4-billion acquisition of the emergency telecom unit of Intrado Corporation

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

  • Imperial Oil Resources Limited and ExxonMobil Canada Ltd. on the disposition of their interest in XTO Energy Canada to Whitecap Resources Inc. for C$1.9-billion.

  • BHP in connection with its take-over bid for Noront Resources Ltd.

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

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

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

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

  • AMC Networks on its strategic partnership with and investment in Shaftesbury Inc., an award-winning creator and producer of original content

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Nextview New Energy Lion Hong Kong Limited, a Chinese investment firm, on its C$263-million acquisition of Lithium X Energy Corp.

  • 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.

  • Baring Private Equity Asia on its acquisition of a 35% stake in TELUS Internation.

  • Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV in connection with its approximately £71-billion business combination with SABMiller plc and the US$12-billion sale of the Miller Brands business to Molson Coors.

  • Aecon Group Inc. and Airport Development Corporation on the sale of their majority interest in the Quito, Ecuador International Airport to Grupo Odinsa and CCR.

  • Gilead Sciences, Inc., a California-based biopharmaceutical company, on its US$500-million acquisition of YM BioSciences Inc.

  • GlaxoSmithKline plc on its acquisition of Novartis AG's Vaccines business.

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