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Lindsay McLeod

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Recent representative transactions include advising:


  • Equinix, Inc. on its C$1.04-billion acquisition of 25 data-centre facilities across Canada from BCE Inc.

  • Intact Financial Corporation with its C$1-billion acquisition of The Guarantee Company of North America and MGA Frank Cowan Company Limited

  • Carillion Canada Inc. in connection with the sale of its services business (including relating to facilities management of airports, commercial and retail properties, defense facilities and select hospitals) to an affiliate of Fairfax Financial Holdings

  • PHI, Inc. in connection with its acquisition, with Don Wall, of HNZ Group Inc. in a transaction valued at C$240-million

  • Lavazza S.p.A. on its acquisition of Kicking Horse Coffee Co. Ltd.

  • Just Eat plc, the world's leading online takeaway order company, on its acquisition of SkipTheDishes Restaurant Services

  • Catalent Pharma Solutions Ltd. on its acquisition of Accucaps Industries Ltd. from Apotex Holdings Inc.

Private Equity

  • Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners on its acquisition of Xplornet Communications Inc, Canada’s largest rural-focused broadband service provider

  • Digital Colony Partners and EQT Infrastructure IV Fund in connection with their consortium’s US$14.3-billion agreement to acquire, recapitalize and take private Zayo Group Holdings, Inc.

  • A U.S. private equity fund in connection with its acquisition of BioVectra Inc.

  • A private equity firm in connection with its acquisition and continuing consolidation of specialist dental and orthodontist practices across Canada

Awards & Recognition

Lindsay has been recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

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

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2022 (Pensions & Benefits)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2022 (Employee Benefits Law)

  • The Legal 500 Canada - 2021-2022 (Pensions - Next Generation Partner)

Professional Activities

Lindsay is the former chair of the Ontario Bar Association's Pension & Benefits Law Section executive and is also a member of the Canadian Bar Association Pension & Benefits Law Section executive.

Lindsay serves on the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) Technical Advisory Committee for Multi-Employer Pension Plans.

  • Co-author: Top 5 Employer Questions on the Canada Emergency Response Benefit
    Employment and Labour Law Reporter, LexisNexis Canada, July 2020.
  • Co-author: Top 5 Employer Questions on the Canada Emergency Response Benefit
    Blakes Bulletin on Employment & Labour, May 28, 2020.
Professional Appearances
  • Co-speaker: Executive Compensation and Employment Considerations for Cross-Border Private Equity Funds
    Blakes 2022 Canada/U.S. Legal Update Seminar Series, Toronto, Ontario, May 10, 2022.
  • Co-speaker: HR Legal Considerations for Remote Workers: Legal Foundation
    Blakes Annual Pensions Webinar Series: Webinar #1, February 10, 2022.
  • Co-speaker: The Taxman Cometh (and Has Always Been Here-eth): Refresher on Pension Plan Expenses and HST
    Blakes Fall Pensions Webinar Series: Webinar #2, November 18, 2021.
  • Co-speaker: Blakes Pensions Update for Multinational Employers
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, June 2, 2021.
  • Co-speaker: Equity Incentive Plans: New Stock Option Rules and Administration Issues
    Blakes Spring Pensions Webcast Series - Webcast #1, February 23, 2021.
  • Co-speaker: Issues to Think About at the End of 2020: Pensions, Incentive Plans and Working from Home Arrangements
    Blakes Fall Pensions Webcast Series - Webcast #5, December 16, 2020.
  • Speaker: COVID-19: The Regulatory Impact on Pensions
    Episode 3, The Blakes Continuity Podcast, April 24, 2020.
  • Co-speaker: CPBI Ontario: Looking Towards 2020
    Canadian Pension & Benefits Institute (CPBI), Toronto, Ontario, November 14, 2019.
  • Speaker: Case Law and Regulatory Round-Up Recent Developments in Pensions and Employee Benefits Law
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, October 30, 2019.

Admitted to the Ontario Bar - 2009
LL.B. (Co-op), University of Victoria - 2008
B.Comm. (Hon.), McMaster University - 2004

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