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About Eric

Eric's practice focuses primarily on public and private financings, and mergers and acquisitions. He also provides ongoing advice on general securities and corporate law matters to a variety of issuer clients.

Eric has acted as counsel to issuers, underwriters and selling shareholders in a number of public financings and private placements of equity and debt securities. He has also acted for purchasers and vendors in a wide range of asset and share purchase transactions, and for many companies in connection with statutory arrangements, take-over bids and reorganizations. These transactions have involved participants in industries such as real estate, financial services, technology, infrastructure and communications and media.

Eric served as the Practice Group Leader of the Blakes Toronto Capital Markets practice from 2019 to 2023.

Select Experience

Recent examples of Eric's transactional experience include acting for:

Equity and Debt Offerings

  • Great-West Lifeco Inc. in connection with its public offerings of C$1.5-billion principal amount of 3.60% limited recourse capital notes, C$500-million principal amount of 2.981% debentures due July 2050, C$600-million principal amount of 2.379% debentures due May 2030, C$500-million principal amount of 3.337% debentures due February 2028 and 8,000,000 First Preferred Shares, Series Y for gross proceeds of C$200-million

  • H&R Real Estate Investment Trust in connection with its public offerings of C$300-million principal amount of 2.633% debentures due February 2027 and C$400-million principal amount of 4.071% debentures due June 2025

  • Underwriters in connection with public offerings by American Hotel Income Properties REIT LP (including its IPO), Automotive Properties REIT, BSR Real Estate Investment Trust (including its IPO), Choice Properties REIT, Exchange Income Corporation, First Capital Realty Inc., Inovalis REIT (including its IPO), Invesque Inc. (formerly Mainstreet Health Investments Inc.) (including its IPO), Restaurant Brands International Inc., Tricon Residential Inc. and True North Commercial REIT

  • IGM Financial Inc. in connection with its public offerings of C$300-million principal amount of 5.426% debentures due May 2053, C$250-million principal amount of 4.206% debentures due March 2050 and C$200-million principal amount of 4.174% debentures due July 2048

  • Centana Growth Partners as lead investor on the C$25-million Series B financing of Operto Guest Technologies, C$27-million Series B financing of Plooto and C$33-million Series B financing of Athennian

  • Blueprint Software Systems Inc. in connection with its Class D Preferred Share financing

Mergers, Acquisitions and Reorganizations

  • IGM Financial Inc. in connection with its purchase of an approximately 20.5% equity interest in Rockefeller Capital Management for US$622-million

  • IGM Financial Inc. in connection with its pending sale of Investment Planning Counsel for C$575-million

  • H&R REIT on its spin-off of its Primaris properties, including all of H&R’s enclosed malls, to a new stand-alone, publicly traded REIT

  • Torstar Corporation in connection with its acquisition by NordStar Capital L.P.

  • Great Hill Partners in connection with its investment in Auvik Networks Inc.

  • Great Hill Partners in connection with its acquisition of IBM Corporation's sales performance management business operating as Varicent Software

Awards & Recognition

Eric has been recognized as a leading lawyer by the following publications:

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2024 (Securities Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2024 (REITs)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2024 (Capital Markets)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2024 (Corporate Finance & Securities, Mergers & Acquisitions)

  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial and Corporate Law Firms 2023 (Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions)

  • Who's Who Legal: Global 2023 (Capital Markets – Debt & Equity)

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2023 (Capital Markets)

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

  • The 2013 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada as one of the "Corporate Lawyers to Watch"

  • Lexpert magazine, November/December 2012 (One of the "Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40" in Canada)

Professional Activities

Eric is a member of the board of directors of Lay-up Youth Basketball.

Eric was a member of the Ontario Securities Commission's Securities Advisory Committee for a three-year term from 2016 to 2018.

Eric served as co-chair of the Blakes Legal Personnel Committee from 2015 to 2019, the Blakes Toronto Articling Program from 2011 to 2015, and the Blakes Toronto Summer Student Program from 2007 to 2011.

Media Activities
  • Quoted : Interest Rate Jitters, Summer Break Slowing Down Deal Activity in Canada
    Article by Gail J. Cohen, International - North America, August 1, 2022.

Admitted to the Ontario Bar – 2000
LLB, University of Toronto – 1998
MBA, University of Toronto – 1998
BA (Economics), University of Western Ontario – 1994

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