Mergers and Acquisitions

Mergers and Acquisitions

Successful mergers and acquisitions depend on a clear strategic vision and integrated management of the full range of legal and business issues. Enhancing your competitive edge, accelerating growth, diversifying the business and divesting a subsidiary or division all rely on insightful leadership and meticulous transaction execution to achieve your value creation goals.

Our business-savvy professionals offer public and private companies a unique, highly effective, professional and creative approach. We represent homegrown businesses and international conglomerates with the same unflagging dedication in carrying out complex cross-border transactions.

After helping close transactions in a host of industries, we know how important teamwork is to your success. That is why our lawyers work closely with you, and the accountants, financial intermediaries and other professionals involved in your transactions. This collaborative spirit and deep understanding of your risks and business goals guide our lawyers in executing all types of transactions, across all industries and under all financial conditions. From due diligence through to closing, in drafting and negotiating all documents, our informed advice, a pragmatic approach and attention to detail make all the difference.

We provide mergers and acquisitions services in the following areas:

  • Anti-takeover defence mechanisms
  • Approval processes with regulatory authorities
  • Assistance with private placements and public offerings, including initial public offerings (IPOs) and stock market listings
  • Capital restructuring
  • Contested transactions, including hostile takeovers and proxy contests
  • Drafting all related agreements, such as officer employment and stock option plan and award agreements
  • Drafting and negotiating agreements relating to reorganizations, amalgamations and takeovers
  • Drafting applicable agreements and negotiating outsourcing arrangements in various industries
  • Drafting shareholder agreements
  • Due diligence
  • Equity and asset acquisitions and sales, including auction sales
  • Going-private transactions
  • Governance advice to boards in connection with public or private transactions
  • Leveraged buyouts (LBOs)
  • Management buyouts (MBOs)
  • Public and private financing for mergers and acquisitions transactions
  • Reverse takeover bids
  • Setting up joint ventures and strategic alliances
  • Starting businesses with local entrepreneurs or entities from other jurisdictions entering the Canadian market
  • Succession planning
  • Takeovers by way of a plan of arrangement
  • Transactions relating to non-strategic subsidiary or asset sales or sector exits
  • Venture capital, equity and commercial debt financing