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Norbert Knutel

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Recent representative work includes:

Structured Products

  • Investment fund managers and dealers in connection with public offerings of investment funds including closed end funds, split shares companies and other structured products

  • Various SPACs with respect to their IPOs and qualifying transactions, including Subversive Capital Acquisition Corp., Bespoke Capital Acquisition Corp. and Choice Consolidation Corp. 

  • Canadian funds including hedge funds and alternative funds in structuring and creation of Canadian feeder/master fund structures

  • Asset managers with respect to innovative products including in the crypto, blockchain and other digital asset sectors

Mergers, Acquisitions and Reorganizations

  • Subversives Capital Acquisition Corp. (now TPCO Holding Corp.) on its acquisition of CMG Partners, Inc. (Caliva) and Left Coast Ventures, Inc. (LCV) and partnership with Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter and Roc Nation

  • Bespoke Capital Acquisition Corp. on its proposed acquisition of Vintage Estates Wines, Inc. and listing on Nasdaq

  • Canaccord Genuity Growth Corp. on its acquisition of Columbia Care Inc. valued at US$1.35-billion

  • Sagicor Financial Corporation Limited in connection with its business combination with Alignvest Acquisition II Corporation

  • Compañia Española de Petroleos, S.A.U. (CEPSA) and Strategic Resources (Global) Limited on their acquisition of Coastal Energy Company valued at C$2.3-billion
Awards & Recognition
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2022 (Corporate Finance & Securities)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2022 (Investment Funds)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business - 2020-2021 (Private Equity: Fund Formation - Nationwide - Canada)

Professional Activities

Norbert is actively engaged in the funds industry and is a member of the Legal and Finance Committee of The Alternative Investment Management Association Canada (AIMA).  He also sits as a participant on the Legal and Compliance Issues Working Group of The Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC).

Professional Appearances
  • Moderator: AIMA Canada Regulatory Forum
    AIMA Canada Webinar, Toronto, Ontario, November 8, 2022.
  • Moderator: AIMA Canada Regulatory Forum
    AIMA Canada Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, December 2, 2021.
  • Speaker: SPACs: A Trending Way to Go Public
    Episode 15, The Blakes Continuity Podcast, May 27, 2021.
  • Speaker: AIMA Regulatory Deep Dive Programme
    Canada Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, October 21, 2020.
Media Activities
  • Quoted: Six months after launch, the NEO Exchange’s G-Corp listing vehicle has failed to gain traction
    Article by Vanmala Subramaniam, The Globe and Mail, October 14, 2021.
  • Quoted: The specs on SPACS: The mining world is turning to special purpose acquisition companies when big deals are on the line
    Article by Carolyn Gruske, CIM Magazine, Volume 16, No. 6, October 11, 2021.
  • Mentioned: The top 7 law firms advising on marijuana megadeals worth billions
    Article by Jeremy Berke, Yeji Jesse Lee and Jack Newsham, Insider, May 27, 2021.
  • Quoted: SPACs were all the rage in U.S. investing this year. Could the trend return to Canada in 2021?
    Financial Post, Toronto, December 30, 2020.
Admitted to the Ontario Bar - 2007
LL.B., Queen's University - 2006
B.A., University of Toronto - 2002
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