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About Tim

Tim's practice focuses on a wide variety of M&A and debt and equity capital markets transactions, including initial public offerings (IPOs), high-yield and other debt offerings, restructurings, and liability-management transactions. He also advises corporations and boards on governance matters. He has acted for numerous underwriters, issuers, financial sponsors, lenders and borrowers based in Canada, the United States, South America, Europe and Asia.

Before joining Blakes, Tim practised as a member of the capital markets group of a leading U.S. law firm in its London, New York, Singapore and Toronto offices.

Select Experience

Tim's recent experience includes advising:

  • dentalcorp in connection with its $950-million IPO and concurrent private placement

  • Cronos Group in connection with its C$2.4-billion strategic investment from Altria Group

  • Various issuers in connection with numerous offerings of equity and debt securities, including Cronos Group, goeasy, Vesta Energy, Painted Pony, Granite REIT, MCAP, and Iamgold

  • The underwriters in connection with numerous IPOs and other equity offerings, including offerings by LifeSpeak, Air Canada, Source Energy Services, Champion Iron, Leagold, Wajax, and Banro Corporation

  • The underwriters in connection with numerous offerings of Canadian-dollar high-yield notes across all industry sectors as well as numerous offerings of investment-grade notes

  • The underwriters in connection with numerous offerings of convertible debentures, including offerings by Air Canada, Ivanhoe Mines, Aurora Cannabis, Gran Colombia Gold, Primero, and Dorel Industries Inc.

  • BlackBerry Limited in connection with its US$1-billion private placement of convertible debentures to Fairfax and other institutional investors

  • Certain shareholders of MI Developments (now Granite REIT) in connection with the elimination of the company's dual-class share structure and the associated sale of the company's racing and gaming business

  • The Brick in connection with its sale to Leon's Furniture for C$700-million as well as its earlier debenture buyback, its credit facility amendment, and the restructuring of its warrants

  • TransGlobe Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust in connection with its sale to PD Kanco LP and Starlight Investments Ltd., valued at C$2-billion

  • Cliffs Natural Resources in connection with its C$4.9-billion acquisition of a Canadian mining company and the related reorganization of the acquired company's outstanding debt and convertible debt securities

Awards & Recognition

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

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2024 (Corporate Finance & Securities)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2024 (Capital Markets)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2024 (Capital Markets: Debt & Equity)

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2024 (Capital Markets: Debt & Equity)

  • Thomson Reuters Stand-out Lawyers 2024 – Independently Rated Lawyers (As nominated by senior in-house counsel)

  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 2023 (Corporate Finance & Securities)

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

  • Who's Who Legal: Global 2023 (Capital Markets – Debt & Equity)

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2023 (Capital Markets)

  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada 2016

Education

Admitted to the Ontario Bar – 2011
LLB, University of Toronto – 1999
BA (Hon.), Queen's University – 1995

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