Corporate Finance + Securities

Our Corporate Finance and Securities practice group is experienced in a broad range of public and private financings including both equity and debt. Our lawyers have acted for a wide range of public and private issuers, underwriters, institutional investors, venture capital and private equity funds, and other market participants.

The expertise we bring includes representing acquirers, targets, boards, committees, shareholder groups, and financial advisors in a wide range of mergers and acquisitions including negotiated (friendly), and non-negotiated (hostile) take-over bids, plans of arrangement, divestitures, corporate reorganizations, proxy contests, going private transactions, and similar transactions, both domestic and cross-border.

In addition to transactional work, our lawyers assist clients with compliance, including corporate governance, disclosure obligations, stock exchange requirements, and other securities regulatory matters.

Our lawyers have acted for clients that operate in a multitude of business sectors and jurisdictions. We have particular expertise in the energy, forestry, industrial, life sciences (including pharmaceuticals), mining and technology sectors.

We regularly draw upon the skills and expertise of legal practitioners in other areas of the firm including corporate, mergers & acquisitions, competition, regulatory, labour and employment, and litigation.

Our Services

  • Public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities;
  • Amalgamations, mergers, arrangements, acquisitions, divestitures and reorganizations, including “going private” transactions;
  • Pre-public financings, including angel and venture capital investments;
  • POP system, MJDS, cross-border and shelf offerings;
  • Takeover bids and issuer bids;
  • Stock exchange listings;
  • Related party transactions
  • Ongoing compliance with securities law including corporate governance and continuous disclosure requirements; and
  • Proxy contests.

Representative Matters

Our lawyers have represented:

  • An industrial issuer in connection with the filing of a $500,000,000 shelf registration of debt securities, common stock and preferred stock;
  • A pharmaceutical issuer in connection with the filing of a $80,000,000 base shelf prospectus of debt securities, common shares, subscription receipts, warrants, preferred shares and units;
  • An industrial issuer in connection with a $300,000,000 senior note issuance;
  • An industrial issuer in connection with a $80,000,000 issuance of common stock;
  • An industrial issuer in connection with a $1,000,000,000 merger by way of plan of arrangement;
  • A pharmaceutical issuer in connection with a $54,000,000 acquisition of pharmaceutical products;
  • A technology issuer in connection with a $100,000,000 merger by way of plan of arrangement;
  • A syndicate of underwriters in connection with a $164,000,000 initial public offering by an industrial issuer;
  • A syndicate of underwriters in connection with a $54,000,000 initial public offering by an industrial issuer;
  • A syndicate of underwriters in connection with a $76,000,000 secondary offering by an industrial issuer;
  • A syndicate of underwriters in connection with a $75,000,000 secondary offering by an natural resource issuer;
  • A syndicate of agents in connection with a $18,000,000 private placement by an industrial issuer;
  • A pharmaceutical issuer in connection with a $54,000,000 debt financing facility;
  • An industrial issuer in connection with a successful defense to a proxy contest;
  • A natural resource issuer in connection with a successful defense to a proxy contest;
  • A dissident group in connection with the removal of the board in a successful proxy contest;
  • An industrial issuer in connection with a successful defense to a hostile takeover;
  • A natural resource issuer in connection with a successful defense to a hostile takeover;
  • A dissident group in connection with a successful takeover bid;
  • A Canadian lender in connection with a $90,000,000 senior debt financing;
  • A Canadian lender in connection with a $60,000,000 commercial real estate asset acquisition;
  • A Canadian lender in connection with a $54,000,000 industrial real estate asset acquisition;
  • A Canadian lender in connection with a $20,000,000 senior debt financing;
  • The acquirer in the financing of a $10,000,000 acquisition of an energy company;
  • An industrial sector company in connection with a $30,000,000 senior debt financing; and
  • A building supplies company in connection with a $10,000,000 subordinate financing.