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Representative transactions include advising:

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Turquoise Hill Resources Limited, owner of the Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold mine in Mongolia, on its C$4.3-billion going private acquisition by its controlling shareholder Rio Tinto plc

  • The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of GCM Mining Corp. on its related party privatization of Aris Gold Corporation

  • BHP in connection with its board-supported take-over bid for Noront Resources Ltd.

  • Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund Board on their C$1.7-billion acquisition of AltaGas Canada Inc.

  • CCCC International Holding Limited in connection with its proposed C$1.51-billion acquisition of Aecon Group Inc.

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

  • Capstone Infrastructure Corporation in connection with its C$480-million acquisition by iCON Infrastructure Partners III

  • DigitalGlobe, Inc. in connection with its US$3-billion acquisition by MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates

  • KSL Capital in connection with the sale of its 24% interest in Whistler-Blackcomb Holdings to Vail Resorts as part of Vail Resorts' C$1.4-billion acquisition of Whistler-Blackcomb Holdings

  • UnitedHealth Group in connection with its US$15-billion acquisition of Catamaran Corporation

  • The Special Committee of Patheon Inc. on its sale to a joint venture established by its significant shareholder JLL Partners and Koninklijke DSM N.V. for US$2-billion

  • BlackBerry Limited on a US$4.7-billion acquisition proposal from Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited

  • Maple Group Acquisition Corporation, as co-counsel, in connection with its offer to acquire TMX Group Inc. in a transaction valued at C$3.7-billion

  • BHP on its US$40-billion offer to acquire Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan


  • BHP on its private placement investment in Brixton Metals Corporation

  • The Hawthorne Collective, Inc., a subsidiary of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, on its US$150-million strategic investment in RIV Capital Inc.

  • The dealer syndicate on the C$4-billion medium term note program of Hydro One Inc. under a base shelf prospectus

  • Verizon Communications Inc. on its C$1.5-billion offering of maple bonds

  • Canadian counsel to Intact Financial Corporation on its offering of C$4.45-billion of subscription receipts in connection with its proposed C$12.3-billion acquisition, together with Tryg A/S, of RSA Insurance Group Plc

  • BHP on its private placement investment in Midland Exploration Inc.

  • The underwriters in connection with a C$100-million offering of convertible debentures of Atlantic Power Corporation

  • The underwriters in connection with the C$1.54-billion offering of convertible debentures of Hydro One Limited represented by instalment receipts relating to its proposed acquisition of Avista Corporation

  • Intact Financial Corporation on its C$700-million equity financing (consisting of a C$360-million bought deal public offering of subscription receipts and a C$340-million private placement of subscription receipts), C$150-million issuance of preference shares and C$425-million issuance of medium term notes, all relating to its acquisition of OneBeacon Insurance Group, Ltd.

  • The underwriters in connection with the C$1.8-billion initial public offering of common shares of Hydro One Limited, as well as secondary offerings of C$2-billion and C$2.8-billion

  • The underwriters in connection with Stornoway Diamond Corporation's C$946-million comprehensive financing transaction, including a C$132-million public offering of subscription receipts, to fund the construction of its Renard diamond project in Quebec

Awards & Recognition

Richard is recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial and Corporate Law Firms 2023 (Capital Markets: Equity, Mergers & Acquisitions)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2022 (Private Equity, Mergers & Acquisitions)


Admitted to the Ontario Bar – 2007
JD, University of Toronto – 2006
BComm, Queen's University – 2002

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