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With a sophisticated economy, close proximity to the U.S. and familiar business culture, Canada is a safe and secure place for U.S. companies looking to do business. Canada does, however, have a different legal and regulatory regime, and it is important to retain experienced counsel with a deep understanding of cross-border transactions. While Blakes does not practise U.S. law, we partner with our U.S. and international clients and their legal and financial advisers to provide advice on the Canadian aspects of transactions.

Since opening our U.S. office in 2004, we have worked closely with strategic and financial buyers, sellers and targets involved in the acquisition and disposition of public and private Canadian companies, as well as U.S. and international lenders and financial advisers involved in such transactions. We regularly advise U.S.-based clients with respect to Canadian components of cross-border corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions and capital markets transactions, and all other aspects of doing business in Canada. We also work closely with our clients’ in-house counsel and external U.S. law firms, as well as with other professional advisers, to assist with our clients’ cross-border legal needs and offer Canadian legal advice to those seeking to invest or do business in Canada. We are highly regarded for our advice on outbound investment in Canadian mining ventures and assistance with capital raising and TSX and dual-country listings. Recognizing our expertise, U.S. law firms call on us to serve as special counsel to advise their clients on doing business in Canada. We also counsel Canadian companies considering expansion into the U.S. or engaging in joint ventures with U.S. entities.

Our U.S.-based lawyers specialize in handling Canada/U.S. corporate transactions, especially cross-border mergers and acquisitions and all aspects of corporate finance. In fact, both our M&A and financial services practice groups are ranked among the top Canadian firms. U.S. and other non-Canadian financial institutions and investors seek our advice on the Canadian regulation of international and U.S. financial institutions doing business in Canada. With renowned practices in each area, we regularly advise on competition and antitrust regulation, foreign investment review, corporate finance and securities regulation, taxation, commodities tax and customs, employment and labour, litigation and dispute resolution including class actions, intellectual property and information technology, and international trade. We also counsel U.S. and international investors and issuers on Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and TSX Venture Exchange listings and listed companies, as well as advise on and assist with capital raising and investment in Canadian companies.

Clients appreciate our comprehensive knowledge of and guidance through Canada’s regulatory regime. We advise on securities and banking regulations, the regulation of financial products, Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) and TSX and TSX Venture Exchange rules, environmental regulations, disclosure rules and more. We also represent clients in Canadian regulatory enforcement actions and investigations and in all levels of Canadian courts.

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Recent Experience

New York:

  • Assisted Perella Weinberg Partners in its capacity as financial adviser to Lions Gate Entertainment in connection with Carl Icahn's C$768-million unsolicited bid for Lions Gate.

  • Represented Jefferies & Co. in connection with its role as financial adviser in the going-private transaction of Q9 Networks.

  • Assisted Credit Suisse in connection with its role as financial adviser in the going-private transaction of SkyPower Wind Energy.

  • Advised BHP Billiton on its US$40-billion offer to acquire Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan.

  • Represented Biovail Corporation in its US$8-billion merger with U.S. public company Valeant Pharmaceuticals International.

  • Acted for P.H. Glatfelter Company on its C$250-million acquisition of Concert Industries Corp.

  • Advised Brockway Moran & Partners on its acquisition of DayMen Photo Marketing LP.