Davies

Mergers & Acquisitions

Our Mergers & Acquisitions practice is widely regarded as the leading practice of its kind in Canada with over 90 practitioners in Toronto, Montréal and New York. Our practice spans every industry and service business sector in Canada and the U.S. and includes representation in transactions of every size. It includes large, complex, multi-jurisdictional transactions where we provide sophisticated corporate, securities, tax, capital markets, antitrust, litigation, real estate and environmental law expertise. It also includes many transactions which are small in comparison, but are also often extremely complex and require significant expertise.

We are well known in Canada as its leading "bet the farm" law firm. For ordinary run of the mill M&A transactions that often inflate various law firms' league table results, there are a number of acceptable choices in Canada. For hostile M&A or complex, multijurisdictional M&A transactions and bet the farm, large cap proxy contests, the list narrows dramatically, and Davies is at the top of that list. In some cases our clients are already represented by one or more other major Canadian law firms, but the importance of the transaction and complexity of the issues to be addressed demands the quality of advice that can only be provided by an elite M&A firm such as Davies.

Our Clients

We have represented acquirers and targets in negotiated/friendly transactions, including management buy-outs (MBOs), as well as independent committees of directors. We also have market-leading experience in hostile transactions, the most complex and demanding of M&A transactions, as well as representing clients on cross-border, infrastructure and income fund M&A transactions.

Our reach extends well beyond our borders, having been engaged in numerous matters for our clients throughout the world, acting in M&A transactions spanning numerous jurisdictions and, in some cases, having no relationship to Canada whatsoever.

Recognition

As a result of our continuing involvement year after year in most M&A transactions of size completed in Canada, as well as our representation of a number of the world's leading companies in M&A transactions in Canada, the United States and various other countries around the world, our practice standards and capabilities in M&A are world-class. Davies is consistently recognized by its peers, clients and third-party organizations for its standard of excellence as listed below:

  • Ranked as a top-tier firm in Canada for Corporate/M&A in the 2014 Chambers Global: Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers for Business; from its superb bench strength to the depth of knowledge of the team, Davies is noted to be a "corporate powerhouse".
  • Led the rankings in The 2014 Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada for corporate transactions.
  • Ranked in the top tier in the PLC Cross-border M&A Handbook, as well as the IFLR 1000, and as "most frequently recommended" in The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory.
  • Recognized in the top tier of firms in the Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms, stating that "mergers and acquisitions is where the firm really takes off”.
  • Awarded the M&A Advisory Excellence in Canada Award by Corporate INTL Magazine.
  • Awarded Best M&A Team in Canada by World Finance Magazine.

We achieved this recognition because we excel at the most complex forms of transactions and apply our experience, depth and integrated team approach to achieve the best result for each of our clients.

Recent Work

  • Lundin Mining Corporation's acquisition of Freeport-McMoRan Inc. for US$1.8 billion
  • Blue Mountain Resorts Holdings Inc.'s sale of its remaining 50% interest in Blue Mountain Resorts Limited to a subsidiary of Intrawest Resorts Holdings Inc.

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Key Contacts

Patricia Olasker Patricia L. Olasker
Partner
Toronto
416.863.5551
William Ainley William M. Ainley
Partner
Toronto
416.863.5509
Vince Mercier Vincent A. Mercier
Partner
Toronto
416.863.5579
Neil Kravitz Neil Kravitz
Partner
Montréal
514.841.6522
Franziska Ruf Franziska Ruf
Partner
Montréal
514.841.6480
Jeffrey Nadler Jeffrey Nadler
Partner
New York
212.588.5505

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