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Catherine Youdan

Catherine Youdan
Catherine Youdan Partner | Toronto
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Recent representative transactions include advising:

Capital Markets

  • Definity Financial Corporation on its C$1.6-billion initial public offering and C$800-million concurrent private placements completed in connection with the demutualization of Economical Mutual Insurance Company

  • Flagship Communities REIT on its C$72-million bought deal offering of trust units

  • Lower Mattagami Energy Limited Partnership, a limited partnership established by Ontario Power Generation, on its inaugural green bond offering by way of private placement of C$375-million aggregate principal amount of senior secured bonds

  • HLS Therapeutics Inc. on its US$385-million private placement financing of debt and equity, which proceeds were used to acquire the Clozaril rights from Novartis, and its C$50-million bought deal offering of common shares

  • The successful proponents on bond offerings to finance numerous public-private partnership projects, including the Gordie Howe International Bridge Project, the Royal Inland Hospital Project, the Macdonald Block Reconstruction Project and the Highway 104 Sutherlands River to Antigonish Twinning Project

  • Pattern Energy Group Inc. on its C$352-million initial public offering

  • ViXS Systems Inc. on its going-public transaction by way of reverse take-over

  • The underwriting syndicate on numerous public equity offerings, including offerings by Automotive Properties REIT, Slate Office REIT, Restaurant Brands International Inc., Concordia Healthcare Corp., Guyana Goldfields Inc., American Hotel Income Properties REIT LP, Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership and Bell Aliant Preferred Equity Inc.

  • The underwriting syndicate on numerous offerings of high-yield notes across industry sectors, including offerings by Bausch Health Companies, MEG Energy, Eldorado Gold Corporation, Tervita Corporation, Brookfield Residential Properties, Concordia Healthcare Corp and GFL Environmental

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Great Hill Partners on its acquisition of VersaPay Corporation

  • Hassad Food, an investment arm of the Qatar Investment Authority, on its significant minority investment in Sunrise Foods International

  • HLS Therapeutics Inc. on its going-public transaction by way of reverse take-over of Automodular Corporation implemented through a plan of arrangement

  • Sprott Resource Corp. on its business combination by way of plan of arrangement with Adriana Resources Inc.

  • BCE Inc. on its C$594-million acquisition of Glentel Inc. and subsequent sale of a 50 per cent interest in Glentel to Rogers Communications Inc.

  • Bell Aliant Inc. and Bell Aliant Preferred Equity Inc., and the special committees of their board of directors, on BCE Inc.’s C$4-billion privatization of Bell Aliant

  • Bluedrop Performance Learning Inc. on its merger by way of plan of arrangement with Atlantis Systems Corp.

  • The Brick Ltd. on its sale to Leon’s Furniture Limited for C$700-million

  • A U.S.-based private equity fund on its acquisition of Access Cash General Partnership

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

  • Tarpon Investimentos Ltd. (Brazil) on numerous capital commitments by Canadian pension funds

Awards & Recognition

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

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2023 (Securities Law)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2023 (Capital Markets)

  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial and Corporate Law Firms - 2022 (Banking, Capital Markets: Debt, Equity and High Yield)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2022 (Corporate Finance & Securities)

Professional Activities

Catherine currently serves as co-chair of the Firm's Legal Personnel Committee and as a member of the Firm's Partnership Committee.

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

Media Activities
  • Interviewed: FP Dealmakers: Law firms on overdrive amid 'hunger and urgency to get deals done'
    Interviewed by Julius Melnitzer, Legal Post feature, National Post, Toronto, Ontario, February 1, 2022.

Admitted to the Ontario Bar - 2003
LL.B., University of Toronto - 2002
B.A. (Hon.), University of Western Ontario - 1998

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