Davies

Capital Markets

Davies is a leader in capital markets transactions. Prominent companies and financial institutions, in Canada, the United States and abroad, rely on our lawyers for advice on a broad range of securities transactions, particularly where the complexity of the financing demands sophisticated and creative solutions. Our expertise spans the full spectrum of capital markets transactions, including IPOs and offerings of high-yield and investment-grade debt, and a broad range of industries and issuers, including REITs and income trusts. We also have extensive experience in the structuring and offering of innovative financing structures and products.

Our leading position in capital markets transactions is not limited to Canada. We draw on our deep experience and knowledge in this and related practice areas to provide seamless advice on cross-border financings by Canadian issuers and Canadian financings by international issuers. Davies continues to be a key player in offerings employing MJDS, an initiative of the U.S. and Canadian regulators that permits Canadian issuers efficient access to the public U.S. capital markets. We have also assisted Canadian clients with listings and financings involving foreign stock exchanges such as NYSE and AIM. Our expert advice is also not limited to financings by public companies. We advise issuers and investors through all stages of the capital-raising cycle, including seed and venture capital and private equity investments. We also have significant experience structuring and negotiating private investments in public issuers (so called "PIPE" transactions).

In addition to transactional work, we advise public companies on their corporate governance and disclosure obligations and assist them with securities compliance issues, including securities regulatory and enforcement matters and internal investigations. We also advise Canadian and foreign investment dealers on their compliance with registration requirements and trading issues. Our frequent interactions with Canadian  securities regulators and the TSX allow us to help our clients stay ahead and navigate the constantly evolving securities regulation.

Our Clients

Our expertise in capital markets attracts a wide variety of clients, including some of the most significant Canadian issuers of securities, many of the leading investment banks in Canada and the United States and a number of prominent private equity funds, venture capitalists and hedge funds.

We are also frequently called upon to provide counsel in the area of policy development for the Ontario Securities Commission, the Autorité des marchés financiers (Québec), the Securities and Exchange Commission, The Toronto Stock Exchange and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada.

Recognition

Our Capital Markets practice is recognized internationally by clients, peers and third-party agencies as a leader in its field. We consistently receive the highest ranking of ''most frequently recommended'' firm in The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory in the area of Corporate Finance & Securities. Members of our Capital Markets practice are also highly ranked in The Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in Canada and IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms.

Recent Work

  • Milestone Apartments Real Estate Investment Trust's $115-million bought deal public offering of trust units
  • Tembec Industries Inc.'s US$375-million private placement of senior secured notes due 2019

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Key Contacts

Patricia Olasker Patricia L. Olasker
Partner
Toronto
416.863.5551
Neil Kravitz Neil Kravitz
Partner
Montréal
514.841.6522
Jeffrey Nadler Jeffrey Nadler
Partner
New York
212.588.5505

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