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 business sector, and includes representation in transactions of every size. It includes large, complex, multijurisdictional transactions where we provide sophisticated corporate, securities, tax, capital markets, antitrust, litigation, real estate and environmental law expertise. It also includes many transactions that are smaller in comparison but often extremely complex, and require significant expertise.

We are well known in Canada as the leading "bet the farm" law firm for hostile M&A or complex, multijurisdictional transactions and large cap proxy contests.  

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 have market-leading experience in the most demanding M&A transactions, and also represent clients on cross-border, infrastructure and income fund M&A transactions.

Our reach extends well beyond our borders, having been engaged in matters for our clients throughout the world, acting in M&A transactions spanning jurisdictions.


The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada and The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory place Davies Toronto and Montréal at the centre of their bull’s eyes for corporate transactions, relative to firm size, a category that includes our Mergers & Acquisitions practice

Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Corporate M&A

Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business

  • Corporate/M&A (Band 1 firm)
  • Corporate/Commercial – The Elite: Québec
  • Corporate/Commercial – The Elite: Ontario

IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms—M&A

The Legal 500: Canada—Corporate and M&A (Tier 1 firm)

The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada

  • Mergers & Acquisitions: Toronto and Montréal
  • Corporate Finance & Securities: Toronto and Montréal
  • Corporate Mid-Market: Montréal

Report on Business/Lexpert Special Edition Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

  • Corporate Finance & Securities: Toronto and Montréal (Most Frequently Recommended firm)
  • Mergers & Acquisitions: Toronto (Most Frequently Recommended firm)
  • Mergers & Acquisitions: Montréal

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Mergers & Acquisitions Law

Who's Who Legal: Canada—Mergers & Acquisitions

Recent Work

  • Restaurant Brands International Inc.'s US$1.8-billion acquisition of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc.
  • TIO Networks Corp.'s $304-million acquisition by PayPal Holdings, Inc.


Key Contacts

Patricia Olasker Patricia L. Olasker
William Ainley William M. Ainley
Vince Mercier Vincent A. Mercier
Franziska Ruf Franziska Ruf
Jeffrey Nadler Jeffrey Nadler
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