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Ross A. Bentley

Ross A. Bentley
Ross A. Bentley Partner | Calgary, London
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Examples of recent transactions include advising:

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • WestJet in connection with its C$5.0-billion acquisition by Onex Corporation

  • Cenovus Energy Inc. on its C$17.7-billion acquisition of assets from ConocoPhillips

  • Agrium Inc. on its US$38-billion merger of equals with Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc.

  • TransCanada Corporation on its US$13-billion acquisition of Columbia Pipeline Group Inc.

  • Cenovus Energy Inc. on the sale of its wholly-owned subsidiary Heritage Royalty Limited Partnership to Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan for C$3.3-billion

Activism

  • Agrium Inc. on its successful proxy contest with dissident shareholder JANA Partners LLC

  • The Forzani Group Ltd. on its successful proxy contest with dissident shareholders Crescendo Investments II, LLC and Crescendo Investments III, LLC

Financing

  • Canadian Pacific Railway Company on its offering of US$500-million of senior unsecured notes

  • Cenovus Energy Inc. on its C$3-billion offering of common shares in connection with the acquisition of assets from ConocoPhillips

  • TransCanada Corporation on its C$4.4-billion offering of subscription receipts in connection with the acquisition of Columbia Pipeline Group Inc. (the largest bought deal offering in Canadian history)

  • TransCanada Corporation and its subsidiaries on over $25-billion of other financing transactions comprised of offerings of preferred shares, senior notes, subordinated trust notes, and common shares

  • Agrium Inc. on over $6.5-billion of financing transactions comprised of offerings of US$5.3-billion of senior notes in aggregate and an offering of C$1.375-billion of common shares

Awards & Recognition

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

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2023 – Lawyer of the Year (Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada – 2021–2023 (Corporate Governance Practice, Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Securities Law, Structured Finance Law)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2022 (Capital Markets & Corporate and M&A)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2022 (Corporate/Commercial)

  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 2022 (Corporate Finance & Securities Law)

  • Who's Who Legal: Global 2022 (Capital Markets – Debit & Equity and M&A)

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2022 (Corporate/M&A) (Band 2)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2022 (Corporate Finance & Securities, Corporate Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions – Most Frequently Recommended)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada – 2021–2022 – Lawyer of the Year (Corporate Governance Practice – Calgary)

  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms – 2021–2022 (Mergers & Acquisitions – Market Leader)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2021 (Corporate/Commercial) (Band 1)

  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 2021 (Corporate Commercial Law, Corporate Finance & Securities Law, Mergers & Acquisitions)

  • Thomson Reuters Stand-out Lawyer 2021 – Independently Rated Lawyers (As nominated by senior in-house counsel)

  • Who's Who Legal: Thought Leaders 2021 (M&A and Governance)

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2021 (Capital Markets and M&A)

  • Best Lawyers' Securities Law "Lawyer of the Year" – 2016, 2018 and 2020 (Calgary)

  • The 2017 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Corporate Finance & Securities, Mergers & Acquisitions)
Professional Activities

Ross is a former member of the Listing Advisory Committee to the Toronto Stock Exchange, a member of the board of directors of YMCA Calgary, and formerly served as the chair of the board of directors of West Island College in Calgary.

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Education
Admitted to the Alberta Bar – 1995
LLB, University of Alberta – 1994
MBA, University of Alberta – 1993
BComm, University of Alberta – 1989
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