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About Hani

Hani is a corporate lawyer and a member of the Firm's Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity groups. He is focused on providing pragmatic and business-oriented advice to his clients and centers his practice on complex corporate and commercial arrangements, including leveraged buyouts, cross-border M&A, carve-out transactions, equity investments, commercial contracts, and joint ventures.

Hani is a member of the Firm's Student Committee. Prior to joining Blakes, he practiced in the corporate group of the New York and London offices of a leading New York-based international law firm.

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Hani's representative experience includes advising:

  • Royal Bank of Canada on its pending C$13.5-billion acquisition of HSBC Bank of Canada

  • Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners in its acquisition of Xplornet Communications Inc, Canada's largest rural-focused broadband service provider, and as Canadian counsel in its acquisition of the safety business of Intrado

  • Scotiabank on the establishment of its joint venture with Cineplex, Canada's largest movie theatre chain, and Empire, one of Canada's largest grocery retailers, and the launch and expansion of the Scene+ national loyalty program

  • Esko, a subsidiary of Danaher, in its acquisition of AI software company Tilia Labs

  • The Citation Group, an Hg-backed company, in its acquisition of HrDownloads, a provider of HR software, content and advisory support

  • Intervest (formerly Wafra Capital Partners) in its acquisition of Financeit, a consumer lending platform and Financeit in its acquisition of the consumer loan business of Simply Group Financial

  • TruArc Partners in its investment in New Directions Aromatics, a supplier of natural ingredients to beauty and personal care markets

  • Apollo Global Management and its affiliates on various transactions, including acquisitions of Smart Start, EmployBridge, The Michaels Companies, and Tech Data Corp.

  • Barentz, a Cinven portfolio company, in its acquisition of Pestell Nutrition from Wind Point Partners

  • AMC Networks in its strategic partnership with Shaftesbury Inc., a leading Canadian TV production company

  • Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan in the disposition of a 150,000 sqm logistics portfolio in several German cities and its formation of several global joint ventures

  • GI Partners as Canadian counsel in acquisitions by, and the sale of, Generate Life Sciences, a life sciences platform

  • Centerbridge Capital Partners in its acquisition of Walmart Canada Bank

  • Parthenon Capital Partners in its acquisition of BluePay Canada, a payment processor

  • CI Capital Partners in various acquisitions and dispositions, including on behalf of its portfolio companies Maroon Group and Epiphany Dermatology, and in various acquisition financing arrangements

  • Encore Consumer Capital in connection with its investment in Open Farm, a premium pet food brand

  • iA Financial Group in its sale of iA Investment Counsel Inc. to affiliates of Canadian Western Bank

  • WeWork in its acquisition of Waltz Canada, and other strategic transactions

  • Bartek Ingredients Inc. on its sale to TorQuest Partners

  • The Descartes Systems Group Inc. in its acquisition of the Management Systems Resources Inc. (e-customs) group of companies, and in its acquisition of PinPoint GPS Solutions

  • Hassad Food, Qatar's leading investor in the food sector, as Canadian counsel in its acquisition of a significant minority equity stake in Sunrise Foods International, the world's largest supplier of organic grains and oilseeds

  • Searchlight Capital Partners in its acquisition of TouchTunes Interactive Networks Inc.

  • A portfolio company of Cerberus Capital Management, in connection with its disposition of the Polybottle Companies

  • HLS Therapeutics Inc. in its reverse takeover of Automodular Corporation and its contemporaneous listing on the TSX Venture Exchange

  • Smashburger in its partial sale to Jollibee Foods Corp.

  • General Atlantic in various transactions, including its investment in Adyen, a Dutch payment processor

  • Representation & Warranty insurance providers in underwriting M&A transactions
Professional Activities

Hani is a member of the American Bar Association and the Law Society of Ontario. He has also completed the Canadian Security Institute's Canadian Securities Course.


Admitted to the Ontario Bar – 2016
Admitted to the New York State Bar – 2015
JD, University of Toronto – 2014
BBA (Hon., Gold Medalist), Wilfrid Laurier University – 2011

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