Our Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group in Canada advises on all aspects of public and private M&A for domestic and international organizations of all sizes. We represent bidders, targets, boards of directors and special committees, controlling shareholders, institutional and private equity investors, financial institutions, investment dealers and regulatory authorities.
We lead successful M&A deals for several reasons:
- Problem-solving and comprehensive advice – Our M&A lawyers are known for finding innovative solutions to complex issues that arise in deal environments. We advise on a variety of M&A matters including take-over bids, plans of arrangement, spin-offs and divestitures, going-private transactions, recapitalizations and reorganizations, dissent and appraisal rights, private equity investments, proxy contests, related party transactions, acquisition financing, shareholder rights plans, strategic alliances and joint ventures.
- Meeting our clients’ objectives – We obtain a clear understanding of our clients’ business objectives and partner with them to achieve those objectives. Any M&A transaction, large or small, represents a business-critical undertaking. Working as integral members of a client’s transaction team results in successfully planned and well executed deals.
- Full service support – Our full service legal practice enables us to provide comprehensive advice at all stages of an M&A mandate – from the planning phase to the post-closing integration phase. We provide expertise in related areas including tax, banking, capital markets, competition/antitrust, foreign investment review, litigation, employment and labour, pensions and benefits, intellectual property, environmental and real estate. We use experience and expertise to add certainty to the dynamic deal environment.
- Global M&A expertise – We have M&A expertise across the world including in the United States, Europe, Australia, Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Norton Rose Fulbright can advise on any transaction almost anywhere our clients are located.
Rankings and accolades
- Chambers Canada, Quebec: Corporate Commercial: The Elite (Band 1), Chambers and Partners, 2018
- Chambers Canada, British Columbia: Corporate Commercial: Highly Regarded, Chambers and Partners, 2018
- Chambers Canada, Alberta: Corporate Commercial: The Elite, Chambers and Partners, 2018
- Chambers Canada, Ontario: Corporate Commercial: The Elite, Chambers and Partners, 2018
- Chambers Canada, Nationwide: Corporate/M&A, Chambers and Partners, 2018
- Chambers Global, Canada: Corporate/M&A, Chambers and Partners, 2018
- Legal 500, Canada: Corporate and M&A, The Legal 500, 2018
- IFLR 1000, Canada: Mergers and Acquisitions, IFLR 1000, 2018
Select client work
- ING Groep NV in the C$3.1 billion sale of ING Direct Canada to The Bank of Nova Scotia, the largest banking sector M&A in Canada in more than a decade.
- PETRONAS in its acquisition of Progress Energy Resources Corp. for approximately C$5.8 billion. The transaction was completed by way of plan of arrangement and was subject to regulatory approval under the Investment Canada Act and the Competition Act (Canada).
- Special Committee of the trustees of Enbridge Commercial Trust on a C$1.164 billion acquisition of crude oil storage and renewable power generation assets from Enbridge Inc.
- Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. in its C$500 million acquisition of C&C Energia Ltd. by way of plan of arrangement and in its C$230 million acquisition of PetroMagdalena Energy Corp. by way of plan of arrangement.
- Crescent Point Energy Corp. in connection with four acquisition transactions completed during 2012 including, its C$610.9 million acquisition of Wild Stream Exploration Inc., its C$99.1 million acquisition Reliable Energy, its acquisition of Ute Energy Upstream Holdings LLC for US$784 million and its C$425 million acquisition of Cutpick Energy Inc.
- Resolute Forest Products in its C$130 million unsolicited takeover bid (tender offer) of Fibrek Inc.
- Semtech Corporation in its C$500 million acquisition of Gennum Corporation by way of plan of arrangement.
- Enobia Pharma Corp. in the negotiation and execution of a Merger Agreement with Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. whereby Enobia was aquired by Alexion for US$1,080 billion.
- Weather Investments II S.à r.l. in its $502 million acquisition of La Mancha Resources Inc., a Canadian headquartered international gold producer with four mines in Australia and Africa.
- Royal DSM N.V. and DSM Acquisition Canada Inc. in its acquisition of all of the outstanding shares of Ocean Nutrition Canada Limited.
- Wajax Corporation in its purchase of Ace Hydraulic Ltd.
- Ivanhoé Cambridge Inc. in the purchase of the 50% interest held by its partner, German asset manager Commerz Real Investmentgesellschaft mbH, in four prominent Canadian shopping centres.
- Rambler Metals & Mining plc in a two-stage strategic investment by Tinma International Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of a China-based investor.
- TransGaming Inc. in its acquisition of the iTV and Connected TV division of Oberon Media, Inc.
- Barrick Gold Corporation in its C$7.3 billion acquisition of Equinox Minerals Limited.
- Provident Energy Ltd. in its C$3.2 billion acquisition by Pembina Pipeline Corporation.