Pierre-Hubert Séguin

Partner
Key practice areas
Securities, Capital Markets, Mergers and Acquisitions
Québec Bar 1995

Pierre-Hubert Séguin has 25 years of leading expertise in providing advice on Canadian securities laws in connection with mergers and acquisitions, including reverse takeovers of public companies, as well as extensive capital markets expertise including the issuance of debt and equity securities.

Pierre-Hubert has led a number of high-profile mandates, including working on the largest private equity buyout transaction in Canadian history, the C$5.2 billion recapitalization of multinational Garda World Security Corporation in 2019 (Lexpert’s 2020 Private Equity Deal of the Year) and participating in the £3.6 billion hostile takeover bid for multinational G4S plc, including obtaining its bridge loan.

With more than a hundred private placements in his career, Pierre-Hubert has participated on his clients’ behalf in corporate financing transactions in excess of C$12 billion over the past seven years. In addition, actively seeking to help Québec entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, he has completed more than 60 public offerings, stock market listings and reverse takeover bids in Canada.

In the course of his practice, Pierre-Hubert regularly advises his clients on governance, securities regulation, including ESG standards, and compliance issues relating to stock markets and public company disclosure requirements. He represents public issuers, emerging companies, multinationals, venture capital firms, funds and private investors.

Pierre-Hubert is a partner in the Corporate and Commercial Law group, head of the capital markets section and lawyer in charge of securities at the firm. He sits on the board of directors of dozens of companies around the world and also acts as corporate secretary for companies in some 40 jurisdictions.

Pierre-Hubert is recognized for having completed the largest number of commercial transactions and financings in the security services sector in Canada, both in terms of number and value.

Mergers and acquisitions

Pierre-Hubert has represented and led teams of lawyers in the following recent files:

  • Sesami Cash Management Technologies Corporation in connection with an acquisition to purchase US-based Tidel Group, a world leader in cash management systems and technology, for US$700 million.
  • A private investment fund in connection with the acquisition of the assets of one of the most prominent wineries in Napa Valley, California, for US$47 million.
  • Crisis24 Group in connection with a strategic alliance valued at US$60 million and a prior corporate reorganization.
  • Fleming Capital Corporation in its hostile offer of £3.6 billion for the multinational G4S plc.
  • The shareholders of CR-Honos Parent Ltd during the C$5.2 billion recapitalization of the multinational Garda World Security Corporation in 2019.
  • ZoomMed Inc. in connection with its corporate reorganization, the sale of its assets and a change in its business model with a view to transferring its intellectual property to the TSX Venture Exchange listed company KDA Group Inc.
  • Sesami Cash Management Technologies Corporation in connection with a proposal to purchase the cash management division of the Gunnebo Group, a Sweden-based corporation with operations across Europe, for €45 million.
  • GardaWorld Cash Services Canada Corporation in a transaction valued at C$65 million with INTRIA Items Inc. and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), including the acquisition of certain assets, transfer of hundreds of employees and assumption of leases across Canada, all in connection with the operation of Currency Operation Centers.
  • Crisis24 Intelligence Services Corporation in connection with the acquisition of Patriot Group, a US-based provider of protective services, for US$70 million.
  • Sesami Cash Management Technologies Corporation, as Canadian advisor, in connection with its acquisition of Germany-based Planfocus Software GmbH, a leading global fintech offering a cutting-edge AI cash management optimization technology, for €15 million.
  • Sesami Intelligence Services LLC in connection with a US$220 million acquisition of the Arca Group, based in the United States and Europe, a global leader in cash technology solutions and the manufacture of teller cash recyclers for financial institutions.
  • Whelan Corporation in connection with the purchase of assets in the United States for more than US$70 million.
  • Signalisation GW in connection with the purchase of a services business established in Québec, for nearly $10 million.
  • Garda Alarm in connection with the purchase of Liberty Group, a leader in alarm services, for approximately $50 million.
  • Garda USA in its acquisition of Whelan Security in the United States for more than C$200 million.
  • Baylin Technologies in its acquisition of the Advantech – Wireless division for C$49 million and a concurrent financing of C$33 million.
  • Les Films Christal in connection with its debt restructuring (C-36 proceeding) and sales of its film catalogues for C$21.9 million.
  • CREPAX Acquisition Corporation in the privatization of Garda World Security Corporation via a plan of arrangement and a going-private transaction on the Toronto Stock Exchange worth C$1.083 billion.

Capital markets

Pierre-Hubert has represented and led teams of lawyers in the following recent files:

  • Garda World Security Corporation in connection with the increase of its term loan to US$2.327 billion; the amendment was concluded with a syndicate of North American lenders headed notably by JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. of New York.
  • Garda World Security Corporation in its issuance of senior secured notes in the North American market for gross proceeds totalling US$400 million.
  • SCW Fund Corp. in relation to C$60 million in expansion financing for its North American operations.
  • LSL Pharma Group in connection with its TSX Venture Exchange listing through a reverse takeover transaction and a concurrent private placement with a total value of C$55.9 million.
  • Show Canada Industries and its subsidiaries relating to new credit facilities totalling C$18 million granted jointly by Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and Investissement Québec.
  • Garda World Security Corporation relating to incremental syndicated financing under its credit agreement, increasing its existing term loan by approximately C$925 million.
  • Garda World Security Corporation with respect to a private placement of preferred shares for a gross proceeds of C$300 million with Investissement Québec.
  • Garda World Security Corporation in its issuance of senior unsecured notes in the North American market totalling US$500 million.
  • Baylin Technologies in connection with a C$19.835 million prospectus distribution.
  • CR-Honos Parent Ltd in syndicated financing of credit facilities with a group of financiers led by Barclays, for US$1.775 billion.

Mines and natural resources

  • Pershimex Resources Corporation, a Québec gold mining company, in connection with the acquisition of all of Pershimex’s outstanding shares by Abcourt Mining Inc. through a tripartite merger under the Canada Business Corporations Act.
  • Atico Mining Corporation and Toachi Mining in connection with a plan of arrangement and a concomitant financing of C$7.6 million.
  • Orla Mining Ltd. and Pershimco Resources in connection with a merger via a plan of arrangement and concomitant financing of C$217.7 million.
  • Pershimco Resources in connection with a strategic private placement of C$11.2 million with Agnico Eagle and Groupe Sentient.
  • Scandium Canada (Imperial Mining Group), a publicly listed scandium exploration company, in multiple private placements totalling over C$6.5 million.
  • Perisson Petroleum Corporation in connection with a stock exchange listing and concomitant private placement worth C$33.5 million.
  • Nevado Ressources in its stock exchange listing and the subsequent sale of its Projet Fayolle gold property.
  • Joint venture project and option to acquire Plan Nord properties between IAMGold Corporation and Tomagold Corporation in exchange for C$20.9 million.
  • Pershimco Resources, a publicly listed gold exploration company, in several successive private placements totaling over C$64 million.
  • Canadian Law Awards – Gold Winner – Private Equity Deal of the Year, 2020
  • Canadian Law Awards – Excellence Award – Canadian Deal of the Year, 2020

LL.M. (courses), Université de Montréal, 1996

LL.B., Université de Montréal, 1993

Attestation of Law Studies, Université de Poitiers, France, 1993