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Jacob Gofman

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Recent representative transactions include acting as counsel to:

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Danaher Corporation in connection with its acquisition of Aquatics Informatics, Precision NanoSystems Inc. and VanRx Pharmasystems

  • Electrical Components International, Inc., a portfolio company of Cerberus Capital Management L.P., on its acquisition of Promark Electronics Inc.

  • Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. on its entry into a definitive agreement to acquire a majority interest in Dorel Industries, Inc. (TSX: DII.B, DII.A), a global organization operating three distinct businesses in juvenile products, bicycles and home products, in a take-private transaction, valuing Dorel at approximately C$470-million

  • The Stars Group on its US$15-billion enterprise value combination with Flutter Entertainment to form the world’s largest online betting and gaming operator, which includes the PokerStars, Fox Bet and FanDuel businesses in the U.S.

  • Cronos Group Inc. in connection with the C$2.4-billion strategic equity investment in Cronos Group by Altria Group, Inc.

  • Delek Group Ltd. on its acquisition of all of the outstanding common shares in the capital of Ithaca Energy Inc. not already owned by Delek by way of a supported takeover bid and subsequent compulsory acquisition which valued Ithaca's enterprise value at C$1.68-billion

  • Kognitiv Corporation on its C$525-million acquisition of Aimia Inc.'s Loyalty Solutions business

  • Element Financial Corporation on its "butterfly" spin-out transaction by way of plan of arrangement pursuant to which Element separated into two new public companies: Element Fleet Management Corp. (TSX:EFN) and ECN Capital Corp. (TSX:ECN)

  • Kinross Gold Corporation on the sale of its 25 per cent interest in the Cerro Casale project and 100 per cent interest in the Quebrada Seca project to Goldcorp Inc. for consideration including US$300-million in cash

  • Element Financial Corporation in its US$5-billion acquisition of the PHH Arval vehicle fleet management services business and its related C$1.4-billion public offering of subscription receipts, extendible convertible debentures and cumulative five-year rate reset preferred shares

  • The Brick Ltd. in connection with its sale to Leon's Furniture Limited for C$700-million

  • The Special Committee of InterRent REIT in connection with the internalization of the REIT’s property management functions at a price of C$38-million

  • Several U.S. private equity firms in connection with their acquisitions of Canadian companies operating across the technology, travel, consumer goods and manufacturing sectors

Corporate Finance

  • Magnet Forensics Inc. in connection with its C$115-million initial public offering of subordinate voting shares

  • Intact Financial Corporation on its US$1.7-billion acquisition of OneBeacon Insurance Group, Ltd., and related C$700-million equity financing consisting of a C$360-million bought deal public offering of subscription receipts and a C$340-million private placement of subscription receipts

  • The underwriters in connection with the C$1-billion initial public offering of REIT units and senior unsecured debentures of Choice Properties REIT, as well as follow-on offerings of partnership notes and senior unsecured debentures for approximately C$1.9-billion since its IPO in 2013

  • The underwriters in connection with the US$1.39-billion cross-border secondary offering of common shares of Canadian Pacific Railway Limited by certain funds managed by Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P.

  • Element Financial Corporation on public financings aggregating more than C$5-billion, including a C$2.8-billion prospectus offering (the third largest bought deal in Canadian capital markets history), comprising C$2.04-billion of subscription receipts (for underlying common shares), C$575-million extendible convertible subordinated debentures and C$172.5-million of rate reset preferred shares

  • Cronos Group Inc. on public offerings of common shares aggregating more than C$140-million, including the first MJDS offering by a cannabis issuer

  • The underwriters in connection with the US$600-million cross-border secondary offering of common shares of Restaurant Brands International Inc. by an affiliate of 3G Capital Partners LP

  • The underwriters in connection with an offering by Kinross Gold Corporation of US$287.7-million of common shares

  • The underwriters in connection with the US$75-million initial public offering of Mainstreet Health Investments Inc. as well as its follow-on offering of subscription receipts for US$75-million

  • The underwriters in connection with various offerings of Canadian-dollar high-yield notes, including offerings by Source Energy Services, DHX Media Ltd., Wajax Corporation and GFL Environmental Inc.

Proxy Contests/Shareholder Activism Matters

  • Element Fleet Management Corp. on shareholder activism and governance matters in connection with its 2018 shareholders’ meeting

  • Bill Wells and Greg Gubitz, former senior executives of Biovail Corporation, on their successful shareholder activism resulting in Board and management changes at Bioniche Inc.

Awards & Recognition

Jacob has been recognized as a leading lawyer by:

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

Professional Activities

Jacob serves as a member of the Blakes Student Committee.  He is actively involved in mentoring and is a past recipient of the Firm's "Mentor of the Year" award.

Jacob is a member of the Law Society of Ontario and the Canadian Bar Association.

Admitted to the Ontario Bar - 2012
J.D., University of Toronto - 2011
B.A. (Hon.), Queen's University - 2008
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