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Chris Hewat

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Representative transactions include advising:

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • The Special Committee of Callidus Capital Corporation in its proposed going private transaction by way of plan of arrangement with Braslyn Ltd.

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

  • The Descartes Systems Group Inc. on its C$330-million acquisition of Visual Compliance

  • The Toronto-Dominion Bank on its acquisition of artificial intelligence firm Layer 6 Inc. and acquisition of institutional asset manager Greystone Managed Investments Inc.

  • BlueCat Networks Inc. on its sale to Madison Dearborn Partners LLC

  • The Special Committee of Patheon Inc. on its sale to a joint venture established by its significant shareholder JLL Partners and Koninklijke DSM N.V. for US$2-billion

  • The Brick Ltd. and its Special Committee on its sale to Leon's Furniture Limited for C$700-million

  • Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. on its acquisition of Consolidated Thompson Iron Mines Ltd. for C$4.9-billion, and its contested acquisitions of Freewest Resources Inc. for C$240-million and Spider Resources Inc. for C$107-million

Capital Markets

  • Open Text Corporation on its US$585-million cross-border equity offering and concurrent US$250-million offering of senior unsecured notes

  • The underwriters for Shopify Inc. on its US$150-million cross-border initial public offering and subsequent follow-on offerings

  • The Descartes Systems Group Inc. on its US$147-million cross-border equity offering

  • The underwriters on the C$460-million IPO by way of secondary offering of Subordinate Voting Shares of Aritzia Inc.

  • The underwriters on the secondary offering of US$1.39-billion of common shares of Canadian Pacific Railway Limited

Private Equity

  • Lindsay Goldberg on its controlling interest in Bedrock Industries, the owner of Stelco Holdings Inc., and its participation in Stelco’s C$230-million initial public offering and subsequent secondary offerings

  • Open Text Corporation as lead industry sponsor in the venture fund of funds established under the federal Venture Capital Action Plan

  • Redknee Solutions Inc. on the equity investment of US$83.2-million by ESW Capital, LLC

  • D2L Inc. in connection with its C$85-million Series B financing

  • Macquarie Capital on its investment in the Advantage Rent A Car business of Hertz Corporation

Awards & Recognition

Chris is recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2020 (Corporate Governance Practice; Corporate Law - Finance; Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Securities Law; Technology Law)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2020 (Corporate/Commercial)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2020 (Capital Markets)

  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial and Corporate Law Firms - 2020 Edition (Capital Markets; M&A)

  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 2020 (Corporate Finance & Securities, Corporate Commercial Law)

  • Who's Who Legal: Capital Markets 2019 (Debt and Equity Chapter)

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2019 (Corporate/M&A)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2019 (Corporate Finance & Securities; Mergers & Acquisitions; Private Equity; Technology Transactions; Corporate Commercial Law)

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2018 (Leading Lawyer - Capital Markets; M&A)

  • Acritas Stars 2018: Independently Rated Lawyer (Nominated as a stand-out lawyer by senior in-house counsel)

  • The 2017 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Corporate Finance & Securities; Mergers & Acquisitions)

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Education
Admitted to the Ontario Bar - 1987
LL.B., M.B.A., Western University - 1985
B.A., Queen's University - 1981
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