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David Kruse

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Recent representative M&A transactions include advising:

  • SOL Limited on its C$1.57-billion sale of 75 per cent of SOL Investments Limited to Parkland Fuel

  • A major automotive OEM in a global reorganization

  • GMS Inc. on its C$800-million acquisition of WSB Titan from TorQuest Partners

  • Frontier Capital on its acquisitions of cfactor Works, Igloo Inc. and Agreement Express

  • PHI, Inc. on its C$233-million acquisition with Don Wall of HNZ Group Inc.

  • A major automotive OEM in acquiring multiple automotive tech companies

  • CI Financial on its C$780-million purchase of Sentry Investments and its purchase of Virtual Brokers

  • Siemens on its US$200-million purchase of Epocal from Alere

  • StructureTone on its acquisition of Govan Brown

  • KPS Capital on its US$425-million purchase of TaylorMade Golf from adidas

  • Gauge Capital on its acquisition of eDynamic Learning

  • The North West Company on its acquisition of North Star Air

  • Robert Bosch on its acquisition of TrustPoint

  • Summit Park on the formation of Arkive and purchase of assets from Iron Mountain

  • A major automotive OEM in its disposition of a bus business

  • Agrium on its C$36-billion merger of equals with Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan

  • Suncor on its C$1.13-billion sale of its Petro-Canada lubricants division to HollyFrontier

  • BCE on its C$675-million acquisition of the remaining interest in Q9 Networks

  • McKeil Marine on its sale to TorQuest Partners

  • Johnson Electric on its C$800-million purchase of Stackpole

  • LafargeHolcim on its €6.5-billion divestiture of assets to CRH

  • Holcim in connection with its C$50-billion merger with Lafarge

  • Safeway on its C$5.8-billion sale of Canada Safeway to Sobeys

  • BCE and Rogers joint venture on its C$1.1-billion acquisition of 75 per cent of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment

  • A major automotive OEM in its disposition of non-core brands

Awards & Recognition

David has been recognized in the following publications:

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

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2019 (Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity)

Blakes was named Corporate Law Firm of the Year and ranked number one in national practice rankings for the second consecutive year in Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2019.

Professional Activities

David is actively involved in mentoring and served as Co-chair of the Blakes Legal Personnel Committee. He is also a legal innovator and sits on the Firm’s Legal Innovation Counsel.

David is committed to participating in legal education. He often leads seminars and lectures on several facets of business law, including M&A, innovation, legal service delivery and the negotiation and drafting of complex transaction agreements.

Publications
Media Activities
  • Mentioned: Don Wall and PHI, Inc. acquire HNZ Group Inc.
    Lexpert Business of Law, May 2018.
  • Quoted: Siemens piloted AI diligence tools on recent transaction
    Canadian Lawyer, April 16, 2018.
  • Interviewed: Artificial Intelligence: Due Diligence 3.0
    Lexpert, September 13, 2017.
  • Mentioned: TorQuest Partners completes investment in McKeil Marine
    Lexpert Business of Law, March 2017
Education
Admitted to the Ontario Bar - 2000
LL.B., Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University - 1998
B.A., McGill University - 1995
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