Mergers & Acquisitions

Business leaders running transformational deals – or smaller strategic ones – want a winning path to the finish line. When faced with hostile situations, they expect no less. Our focus is always on getting the deal done as we tackle issues and create strategies that simply work.

Public or private, buy or sell, we excel at the most business-critical transactions with a precise combination of creativity and practicality – meaning that our clients get the best possible business terms on the tightest closing schedules. Whether large, small or multijurisdictional, complex transactions require a firm grasp of a wide range of sophisticated issues. All demand the same level of rigour and depth of experience. Which is why we take a lean, cross-practice team approach, helping you achieve the best results, whether you’re a publicly traded company, a private equity firm or an ambitious entrepreneur.

We use our deal fluency and track record for trailblazing to get the deal done. Clients such as Burger King, in its groundbreaking US$12.5-billion acquisition of Tim Hortons, Fortis, in its US$11.3-billion transformative acquisition of ITC, and Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., in its US$4.4-billion acquisition of CST Brands Inc., rely on us to achieve their strategic goals.

Representative Work

Barrick Gold Corporation, 2017

Acting for Barrick Gold Corporation in connection with a transaction with Shandong Gold that includes the sale of a 50% interest in the Veladero gold mine for US$960 million; the negotiation of a 50/50 joint venture arrangement in respect of the Veladero gold mine; the negotiation of a strategic cooperation agreement to explore the joint development of the Pascua-Lama deposit located along the Chilean-Argentinean border; and the evaluation of additional investment opportunities on the highly prospective El Indio Gold Belt on the border of Argentina and Chile.

Barrick Gold Corporation, 2017

Acting for Barrick Gold Corporation in connection with its sale of a 25% stake in the Cerro Casale Project to Goldcorp, and the negotiation of a 50/50 regional joint venture over the Cerro Casale, Quebrada Seca and Caspiche projects in Chile's Maricunga district. This highly complex and multi-faceted transaction involves the acquisition by Goldcorp of Kinross' entire 25% interest in the Cerro Casale Project and a 25% interest in the project from Barrick, whose holding in the project will fall from 75% to 50%. Upon closing of the transaction, the joint venture will be established.

Key Contacts

Patricia Olasker
Patricia L. Olasker

Partner

416.863.5551

Vincent A. Mercier
Vincent A. Mercier

Partner

416.863.5579

Melanie A. Shishler
Melanie A. Shishler

Partner

416.863.5510

Richard Cherney
Richard Cherney

Partner

514.841.6457

Franziska Ruf
Franziska Ruf

Partner

514.841.6480