Justin E. Ferrara

Senior Partner
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Justin E. Ferrara

Justin E. Ferrara


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Justin Ferrara’s main practice is in securities law, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. Mr. Ferrara has represented a number of both publicly traded and privately held clients in a broad range of matters, including mergers and acquisitions, public and private equity financings, corporate reorganizations and corporate governance issues. Mr. Ferrara has also advised special committees regarding numerous types of strategic and related-party transactions.

Professional experience

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LL.B., Dalhousie University, 1995
M.B.A., Finance, Dalhousie University, 1992
B.Com., (Accounting), McMaster University, 1990
  • Alberta 1996
  • Ontario 2001

Clients for whom Mr. Ferrara has acted include the following:

  • Benevity, Inc. on its sale to private equity firm HG Capital LLP, such sale being one of the largest software transactions completed in Canada
  • Solium Capital Inc. on its sale to Morgan Stanley by way of a plan of arrangement for a transaction value of $1.1 billion
  • Public Sector Pension Investment Board in the strategic affiliation of its long-term timber investment, TimberWest Forest Corporation (co-owned with British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCI)), with Island Timberlands Limited Partnership, a long-term timber investment of BCI and the Alberta Investment Management Corporation
  • The special committee of independent directors of Enbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc. (ENF) in connection with the sale to Enbridge Inc. of all the outstanding shares of ENF not owned by Enbridge Inc. for $4.7 billion
  • The special committees of the board of directors of Enbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc. and the board of trustees of Enbridge Commercial Trust in connection with (i) the acquisition by an indirect subsidiary of Enbridge Income Fund from Enbridge Inc. of its Canadian liquids pipelines business and certain renewable energy assets for $30.4 billion, together with the issuance of certain incentive/performance rights; (ii) the acquisition of a 50% interest in the US portion of Alliance Pipeline and an interest in the Southern Lights Pipeline for $1.8 billion; (iii) the acquisition of the Amherstburg and Tilbury Solar and Greenwich Wind energy projects and the Hardisty crude oil storage facilities for $1.7 billion; and (iv) the acquisition of the Ontario Wind, Sarnia Solar and Talbot Wind energy projects for $1.2 billion
  • Petro‑Canada on its share exchange merger with Suncor Energy Inc. by way of a plan of arrangement for a transaction value of $55 billion
  • Provident Energy Ltd. on its sale to Pembina Pipeline Corporation by way of a plan of arrangement for a transaction value of $3.8 billion
  • Crescent Point Energy Corp. on its acquisition of CanEra Energy Corp. by way of a plan of arrangement for a transaction value of $1.1 billion
  • Crescent Point Energy Corp. on its acquisition of Wild Stream Exploration Inc. by way of a plan of arrangement for a transaction value of $770 million
  • Mistral Energy Inc. on the sale of Vantage Pipeline Canada ULC, Vantage Pipeline US LP and Mistral Midstream Inc. to Pembina Pipeline Corporation for a transaction value of $650 million
  • Profiled as a leading lawyer in Lexpert Special Editions: Technology, 2020, 2021; Finance and M&A, 2021; Energy, 2019, 2021; Technology and Health Sciences, 2022
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2016-2022
  • International Financial Law Review 1000, Canada, 2019-2022: Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Chambers Canada, Alberta, 2019-2022: Corporate/Commercial, Chambers and Partners
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019 - 2022: recommended in Corporate Finance & Securities; 2017, 2020 - 2022: recommended in Mergers & Acquisitions; 2021: recommended in  Energy (Oil & Gas); 2020 - 2021 Corporate Commercial Law; 2022 recommended in Private Equity
  • Thomson Reuters Stand-out Lawyers, 2022
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Law Society of Ontario