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Andrew Spiro

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Recent representative matters include advising:

  • UnitedHealth Group on its subsidiary OptumRx's US$12.8-billion combination with Catamaran Corporation

  • Hudson’s Bay Company in connection with its C$2-billion privatization transaction with a shareholder group led by the Company's Executive Chairman

  • Starlight U.S. Multi-Family (No. 5) Core Fund in connection with its US$1.4-billion acquisition by Tricon Capital Group

  • Canadian Real Estate Investment Trust (CREIT) on its C$3.9-billion combination with Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust

  • Nexus REIT (formerly Edgefront REIT) on its friendly merger with Nobel REIT to create a $300-million diversified REIT

  • H&R Real Estate Investment Trust on its C$2.75-billion acquisition of Primaris Retail Real Estate Investment Trust and concurrent C$1.28-billion sale of retail real estate assets to the Kingsett group of funds

  • Transglobe Real Estate Investment Trust in connection with its C$2-billion acquisition by PD Kanco LP and Starlight Investments Ltd., with support from PSP Investment Board, CAPREIT and Timbercreek Asset Management

  • Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. on its acquisition of Consolidated Thompson Iron Mines Ltd. for approximately C$4.9-billion

  • Edgefront Realty Corp. on its conversion into a real estate investment trust by plan of arrangement and its subsequent acquisitions of real estate assets from RTL-Westcan Limited Partnership

  • Starlight U.S. Multi-Family Core Fund in connection with its C$48-million IPO of limited partnership units to acquire a portfolio of U.S. apartment properties

  • Roark Capital Group in connection with its C$143-million leveraged buyout of Pet Valu, Inc. and Pet Valu Canada Inc. and the related unwinding of Pet Valu's exchangeable share structure

Awards & Recognition

Andrew is recognized as a leading tax lawyer in the following publications:

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Tax)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada (Tax Law)

  • The Legal 500 Canada (Tax)

Admitted to the Ontario Bar – 2005
LLB, University of British Columbia – 2004
Canadian Securities Course – 2000
BComm (Hon.), Queen's University – 1999
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