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Justin Drake

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Recent representative transactions include advising:

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Mackenzie Financial Corporation in connection with its joint venture with Great-West Lifeco Inc. and their acquisition of a 49.9% non-controlling interest and 70% economic interest in Northleaf Capital Partners

  • Mackenzie Financial Corporation on its acquisition of Greenchip Financial Corp.

  • Kognitiv Corporation on its combination transaction with Aimia's Loyalty Solutions business

  • Sagard Holdings on its strategic investment in Grayhawk Investment Strategies

  • FLIR Systems, Inc. on its US$200-million acquisition of Aeryon Labs Inc.

  • The Toronto-Dominion Bank on its acquisitions of artificial intelligence firm Layer 6 Inc. and asset management firm Greystone Capital Management

  • Celestica on its acquisitions of Atrenne Integrated Solutions and Impakt Holdings

  • A private equity firm in connection with the establishment of a dental service organization and its continuing consolidation of specialist dental and orthodontist practices across Canada

  • OmniTRAX on its sale of the Hudson Bay Rail Line and the Port of Churchill

  • Sagard Holdings on its joint venture with Fairfax and US$575-million acquisition of the business of Performance Sports Group

  • Transamerica/Aegon on the C$600-million sale of its Canadian business to Wilton Re, a subsidiary of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

  • Questcor Pharmaceuticals on its C$100-million acquisition of BioVectra

  • BTG plc on its C$200-million acquisition of the Targeted Therapies business from Nordion

  • Private equity transactions, including MidOcean Partners in the US$560-million sale of the Noranco business to Precision Castparts Corp; KingSett Capital and AIMCO in their $2-billion acquisition of ING Summit Industrial Fund; GPS Products on the sale of its classroom furniture business to Ironbridge Equity Partners; VRG Capital in its acquisitions of Jones Brown and Pearson Dunn and subsequent disposition to Arthur Gallagher; Lone Star Funds in its US$700-million acquisition of the North American gypsum division of Lafarge; Advent International in its acquisition of Distribution International; and Sheridan Capital Partners on the disposition of Canadian Orthodontic Partners

Venture Capital

  • Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board as lead investor in the C$375-million Series D financing of ApplyBoard

  • Koru LP, a venture foundry created by the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, on various matters including the founding of Elovee, Fyld, Vayda and ReturnBear

  • The controlling shareholder of Wealthsimple in respect of its investments in Wealthsimple, including in respect of the C$750-million financing round led by Meritech and Greylock, which involved a C$500-million secondary sale of shares by the controlling shareholder

  • McCain Foods on its investments in TruLeaf Sustainable Agriculture Limited, Simulate Labs and Fiddlehead Technologies

  • Koho Financial on various matters, including investment rounds led by Portag3 and Drive Capital

  • IGM Financial on its investments in Personal Capital and subsequent disposition to Empower

  • Various emerging companies in connection with financing transactions and other matters

Awards & Recognition
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2022 (Corporate)
Education
Admitted to the Ontario Bar – 2010
LLB, Dalhousie Law School – 2009
BComm, Saint Mary's University – 2006
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