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Robert is a member of the Corporate & Commercial group at Blakes, recognized as a Band 1 practice for M&A and Corporate & Commercial in the 2024 edition of Chambers Canada, the top Corporate & Commercial practice in The Globe and Mail's 2024 edition of "Canada's Best Law Firms," and Law Firm of the Year in corporate law by Best Lawyers 2022.

Robert's practice covers an array of corporate and commercial matters, including both domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity, complex corporate restructurings, bespoke corporate governance and commercial transactions. He has experience acting for domestic and foreign clients in a variety of sectors and also represents award winning emerging and growth-stage businesses.

Robert advises clients on day-to-day corporate and commercial matters and regularly liaises with Blakes specialists from various areas of practice to provide targeted advice to clients operating in diverse sectors. He also routinely provides pro bono legal advice to community and non-profit organizations.

Robert joined Blakes as a summer student in 2015 and completed his articles with the Firm in 2016/2017. During his articles, he was seconded to an international bank, where he worked on a variety of corporate governance and regulatory matters.

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Financial Services

  • Financeit on its acquisition of the Simply Group of companies

  • InterVest Capital Partners on its acquisition of leading point-of-sale financing provider Financeit Inc.

  • Pacific Equity Partners on its C$165-million divestiture of AST Investor Services Inc. (Canada) and AST Trust Company (Canada) to the TMX Group Limited

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

  • A multinational bank in connection with multiple corporate reorganizations

Private Equity

  • Gemspring Capital Management, LLC on its acquisition of pipe, valve and fitting distributor, Midland Industries

  • J.F. Lehman & Company on its sale of BEI Precision Systems & Space Company, Inc.

  • Solamere Capital Partners on its equity investment in Daley Seafoods

Life Sciences

  • A private equity firm in connection with the establishment of a dental service organization and its continuing consolidation of specialist dental and orthodontist practices across Canada

  • L Catterton on its minority equity investment in FYidoctors


  • Northwestel Inc. on its acquisition of telecommunications assets in northern British Columbia

  • Upchain Inc., a cloud based product life cycle management (PLM) service, on its sale to Autodesk Inc.

  • A major shareholder of Mazooma Technical Services Inc. in connection with its sale to Nuvei Corporation for as much as US$315-million

  • A leading software company in sales performance management on its acquisition of revenue operations assets

Oil & Gas

  • Superior Plus LP on its strategic divestiture of propane assets in Northern Ontario

Other Recent M&A

  • Cox Enterprises on its strategic investment in Mucci Farms

  • Canadian Pacific Railway Company on its US$312-million acquisition of OMERS Infrastructure's 83.5% interest in the Detroit River Tunnel Partnership

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

  • Global Infrastructure Solutions Inc. on its acquisition of GM BluePlan Engineering Inc.

  • United Star Suites Inc. on the sale of its business to Starline Group Inc.

  • ByTheOwner Inc. on the sale of its business to Yellow Pages


  • Bridging North America General Partnership on a C$3.8-billion public-private partnership project to design, construct, finance, operate, maintain and rehabilitate the Gordie Howe International Bridge, a new publicly owned international bridge crossing between Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit, Michigan

  • EllisDon on its C$288-million project to design, build, finance and maintain a new Patient Care Tower at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, British Columbia

Professional Activities

Robert provides advice to a number of organizations on a pro bono basis, including Right To Play, Pro Bono Ontario and Pro Bono Students Canada. He also sits on the board of directors of the Canadian Art Song Project.

Robert is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, the Canadian Bar Association and the Ontario Bar Association.

  • Co-author : Private Mergers and Acquisitions in Canada: Overview
    Practical Law UK, Thomson Reuters, December 1, 2022.

Admitted to the Ontario Bar – 2017
JD, University of Windsor – 2016
JD (Magna Cum Laude), University of Detroit Mercy, School of Law – 2016
BA (Hon., With Distinction), Wilfrid Laurier University – 2013

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