Private Equity

We are a leader in the representation of private equity firms and funds, as well as their financial sponsors, investors and portfolio companies, in connection with all aspects of their business. The execution of private equity transactions requires not only expertise in all the core areas of business and tax law, but also in-depth knowledge of the private equity marketplace in Canada, the United States and internationally. Among Canadian-based firms, we believe we are without peer in the depth of expertise and experience we offer to our private equity clients.

Our private equity activities, including venture capital, mezzanine lending and specialized investing, have grown out of our leading mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, banking, tax and general corporate transaction practices, and we have a long history of involvement in major private equity transactions.

We are particularly attuned to transactional and internal issues that need to be dealt with by private equity firms and funds in their transactions given our leading private equity funds practice. In addition to structuring and organizing private equity funds, we also represent our private equity clients in connection with their investing activities. We advise on the acquisition and financing of portfolio companies, as well as the design and implementation of exits from private equity investments. The firm also has expertise in recapitalizations, restructurings and work outs and sophisticated management compensation arrangements. In addition, we are often consulted with respect to the business activities of our private equity clients' portfolio companies.

The lawyers of our firm who practise in the private equity area are members of our larger corporate group. Although we have some of the most experienced and well-respected lawyers practising in the private equity area in Canada, none of our lawyers is dedicated solely to private equity matters, and many have extensive expertise within other specialized areas of our corporate practice. This allows us to bring a broad perspective to private equity transactions. In addition to the corporate lawyers who regularly practice in this area, the firm draws on lawyers within all of our core practice areas in connection with our private equity activities.


Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business

  • Investment Funds: Private Equity (Fund Formation) (Band 1 firm)
  • Private Equity: Buyouts & Venture Capital Investments

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Private Equity

The Best Lawyers in Canada

  • Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
  • Private Funds Law

Who's Who Legal: Canada—Private Funds

Expert Guides' Guide to the World’s Leading Banking, Finance and Transaction Lawyers—Private Equity

Recent Work

  • Birch Hill Equity Partners acquires a majority stake in Cozzini Bros
  • 500 Startups' formation of first Canadian venture capital seed fund


Key Contacts

Pat Barry Patrick G. Barry
Sarbjit Barasa Sarbjit S. Basra
Cameron Rusaw Cameron M. Rusaw
Richard Cherney Richard Cherney