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About Arash

Arash's practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and private equity fund formation. In addition to transactional mandates, he provides real time strategic, corporate governance and risk management advice. His experience includes acting for Canadian and international private equity sponsors on a broad range of M&A matters; pension fund and institutional investors on private equity fund investments; and a broad base of Canadian and international businesses across industries on complex joint ventures, business structuring, and commercial matters.

Arash has a diverse portfolio of experience, and knowledge across sectors having assisted clients in the food, beverage and agribusiness, retail, health care, transportation, financial services, and information technology industries.

In addition, Arash has completed a secondment to one of the Firm's foreign investment banking clients, where he worked on a broad range of corporate and securities matters. Prior to joining Blakes, he worked as a management and strategy consultant with a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company.

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Recent examples of Arash's experience include acting for:

Private Equity

  • Nordic Capital on the acquisition of Zafin, a leading provider of SaaS Core Modernization and Transformation solutions

  • CAI Capital on its investment in DWB Consulting Services Ltd., a leading multi-disciplinary consulting firm providing environmental, forestry and engineering services

  • New Water Capital on its acquisition of Bagwell Supply Ltd., a designer, developer and distributor of flexible intermediate bulk containers and complimentary packaging products

  • CAI Capital on the acquisition of LineStar Utility Supply Inc.

  • Goldner Hawn on the sale of Terra Firma to DKSH

  • Terra Firma (a Goldner Hawn portfolio company) on its investment in Northspec Chemical Corp.

  • Goldner Hawn on its acquisition of Nuco Inc.

  • CAI Capital on the sale of its interest in Javelin Technologies

  • Norwest Venture Partners on the acquisition of the equity interests in Medgate Inc.

  • Norwest Venture Partners on its investment in ACL Services Inc.

  • CAI Capital on the acquisition of Canadian Heating Products

  • CAI Capital on the acquisition of CustomAir

  • Foley's Candies on its sale to Yellow Point Equity Partners

  • Fulcrum Capital Partners on its acquisition of Canstar Restorations

  • Wynnchurch Capital on its investment in Carson Air

  • Wynnchurch Capital on its sale of NSC Minerals, a leading producer and distributor of highway de-icing and rock salt in Canada and the U.S.

  • Wynnchurch Capital on its acquisition of select assets of Uponor Infra Ltd.

  • Pension fund and institutional investors on private equity fund investments

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • HP Inc. on its acquisition of Teradici Corporation, a global investor in remote computing software

  • GAF, a Standard Industries company, on its acquisition of FT Synthetics

  • JX Nippon Mining & Metals on its acquisition of eCycle Solutions

  • Viad Corp. on the acquisition of the interest in Golden Skybridge

  • Instacart on its acquisition of Unata Inc.

  • Verico Financial Group's sale to M3 Mortgage Group

  • Johnson Electric on its C$800-million purchase of Stackpole

  • Brewster Travel Canada Inc. (an affiliate of Viad Corp.) on its acquisition of a majority equity interest in Mountain Park Lodges

  • Brewster Inc. (an affiliate of Viad Corp.) on its acquisition of Flyover Canada

  • DP World Limited on its joint venture with Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec to create an investment platform focused on investing in ports and terminals globally

  • Agrium Inc. on its C$1.8-billion supported funding of Glencore International plc's C$6.1-billion acquisition of Viterra Inc., and the subsequent acquisition by Agrium of Viterra's wholesale and retail Agri products division

  • Safeway C$5.8-billion sale of Canada Safeway to Sobeys

  • Sun-N-Fun RV Resort, Sherkston Shores RV Resort, and an interest in Tropical Palms RV Resort to National RV Communities LLC

  • Suncor Energy on its C$43.3-billion strategic merger with Petro-Canada

  • Snyder's-Lance on its sale of its private brands division to Shearer's Foods LLC

  • Maple Leaf Foods on the sale of its potato-processing business to Cavendish Farms

  • UView Ultraviolet Systems on the sale of its aftermarket automotive tools and equipment business to CPS Products, a portfolio company of Harbour Group

Awards & Recognition

Arash has been recognized as a leading Canadian lawyer in the following publications:

  • Lexpert Special Edition: Finance and M&A 2024

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2021–2024: Corporate Mid-Market, Private Equity; 2024: Corporate Commercial Law, Mergers & Acquisitions)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (2023–2024: Corporate/Commercial; 2022: Corporate Law)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada – 2022–2024 (Corporate Law)

  • Lexpert Rising Stars 2023: Leading Lawyers Under 40
Professional Activities

Arash provides advice to a number of not-for-profit and charitable organizations on a pro-bono basis, including Right to Play International, Connect Legal and Habitat for Humanity Canada.

Arash is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association, Young Canadians in Finance and an alumnus executive member of the Vancouver Bar Association. He is also a past director of Touchstone Theatre.

Arash is a sessional instructor at The Law Society of British Columbia's PLTC training program on mergers and acquisitions, as well as an adjunct instructor at the University of Victoria Law School (where he has taught Advanced Corporate Transactions).

Arash sits on the Firm's Recruitment Committee and Business Development Committee.

Media Activities
  • Interviewed : Dealmaking is down, but not out, says Blakes M&A lawyer Arash Amouzgar
    Article by Zena Olijnyk, Canadian Lawyer, July 21, 2023.

Admitted to the British Columbia Bar – 2014
Admitted to the Ontario Bar – 2011
JD, University of British Columbia – 2010
Certificate in International Public Law, Hague Academy of International Law – 2009
BA (Interdisciplinary Studies), University of British Columbia – 2006

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