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Caroline L. Helbronner

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Recent representative transactions include advising:

  • Conexiom, a Luminate Capital Partners portfolio company, on its US$130-million growth investment from Warburg Pincus

  • FirstGroup plc in the US$4.6-billion sale of First Student and First Transit to EQT Infrastructure

  • AST Investor Services Inc. (Canada) in its C$165-million acquisition by TMX Group Limited

  • Canadian counsel to Coty Inc. on its strategic transaction with KKR for Coty’s Professional and Retail Hair business valued at US$4.3-billion

  • Torstar Corporation in its acquisition by NordStar Capital LP

  • A syndicate of underwriters led by TD Securities, JPMorgan and Citi in connection with Air Canada’s public offering of C$500-million of voting shares and US$650-million of convertible senior notes

  • SilverMill, LLC in the acquisition of all of the shares of Cedarlane Corporation (and its US affiliate) by a joint venture of private equity funds SilverMill and PNC Riverarch Capital

  • Carillion Canada Inc., Carillion Canada Finance Corp. and TWD Roads Management Inc. in the sale of certain assets and liabilities used in the operation of Carillion Canada Inc.'s road plowing and maintenance business in the Province of Alberta, Province of Ontario and City of Toronto to Emcon Services Inc.

  • Silicon Valley Bank on the establishment of a Canadian branch

  • Outland-Carillion Services, a subsidiary of Carillion Canada Inc., in the sale of certain assets and liabilities to a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fairfax Financial Holdings

Awards & Recognition

Caroline received a 2014 Lexpert Zenith Award for excellence and thought leadership in the area of pensions and benefits law. She is also recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2023 (Employee Benefits Law)

  • Who’s Who Legal: Global 2022 (Global Elite Thought Leader - Pensions & Benefits)

  • Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders – Global Elite 2022 (Pensions & Benefits)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2022 (Consistently Recommended - Pensions & Employee Benefits – Employer)

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2021 (Labour, Employment & Benefits)

  • Lexology Client Choice Awards 2020 (Employment & Benefits)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2019 (Pensions)
Professional Activities

Caroline is a member of the Ontario Regional Council of the Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute.  She is also a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation, the American Bar Association, the International Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Association, the Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute, the Association of Canadian Pension Management and the Ontario Bar Association.

Caroline has written and spoken across Canada and internationally on a wide range of topics in the areas of pension and employee benefits

Professional Appearances
  • Co-speaker: Pensions Webinar Series: Key Topics and Developments in the Pensions and Benefits Sector
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, June 9, 2022.
  • Co-speaker: Annual Pensions Webinar Series: Webinar #1 - HR Legal Considerations for Remote Workers: Legal Foundation
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, February 10, 2022.
  • Co-speaker: Fall Pensions Webinar Series: Webinar #2 - Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: Key Topics and Developments in the Pensions & Benefits Sector
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, November 18, 2021.
  • Co-speaker: New updates, same pandemic: Pensions regulatory and employment updates for 2021
    CPBI Live session – Webinar, Toronto, Ontario, September 14, 2021.
  • Co-speaker: Blakes Pensions Update for Multinational Employers
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, June 2, 2021.
  • Co-speaker: Employee Benefits Round-Up
    Spring Webcast Series: Recent Developments in Pension and Employee Benefits Law, Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, May 20, 2021.
  • Co-speaker: Fall Pensions Webcast Series: Regulatory Round-up and Family Law Challenges: A Year in Review for Pension Plan Administrators
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, November 18, 2020.
  • Moderator: Fall Pensions Webcast Series: Updated FSRA Guidance on Missing Members and Pension Asset Transfers
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, September 30, 2020.
  • Speaker: Regulatory Updates Across Canada
    CPBI Live session - Webinar, Toronto, Ontario, September 15, 2020.
  • Moderator: Electronic Communications in the Pension Industry
    Blakes Client Webinar on Recent Developments in Pensions, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Law, Toronto, Ontario, May 5, 2020.
  • Speaker: Governance Documents and Checklists
    Recent Developments in Pension and Employee Benefits Law, Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, October 30, 2019.
  • Speaker: Governance Documents and Checklists What Plan Sponsors Should Do Now About Enhanced Benefit Security
    ACPM Webinar, Toronto, Ontario, October 29, 2019.
Media Activities
  • Mentioned: Is your pension plan audit ready?
    Reported by Emily Douglas, HRD – Human Resources Director, October 22, 2019.
Education
Admitted to the Ontario Bar - 1987
LL.B., University of Toronto - 1985
B.A., Queen's University - 1982
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