Brett achieves success for clients by immersing himself in their businesses and finding creative solutions to the challenges in their transactions.
Canadian and international clients – both public and private – choose Brett to advise on their domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, capital market transactions, going-private transactions and corporate governance matters. Brett’s big-picture approach has earned the trust of clients across a broad range of industries, including telecommunications and media, manufacturing, energy, mining and private equity.
Brett teaches an advanced course in corporate law at Queen’s University’s Faculty of Law.
Blackstone Tactical Opportunities
Acted for Blackstone Tactical Opportunities, a fund managed by Blackstone, in its sale of TITUS Inc., an Ottawa-based leading provider of data classification and categorization solutions, to an affiliate of HelpSystems Holdings, Inc.
Waterton Global Resource Management, Inc.
Acting for Waterton Global Resource Management, Inc. in its sale of the Getchell gold project in Nevada to Premier Gold Mines Limited for consideration of up to US$85 million.
Acted for the lead investor in a US$30-million private placement of special warrants issued by Acreage Holdings, Inc., one of the largest vertically integrated cannabis operators in the United States.
Hostess Brands, Inc.
Acted as Canadian counsel to Hostess Brands Inc. in its $425-million acquisition of Voortman Cookies Limited from Swander Pace Capital.
Greenhill & Co. Canada Ltd.
Advising Greenhill & Co. Canada Ltd. in its fairness opinion and formal valuation to the special committee and board of directors of Canfor Corporation in Canfor's going-private transaction with Great Pacific Capital Corporation for approximately $1 billion.
Russel Metals Inc.
Acted for Russel Metals Inc. in its $160-million acquisition of City Pipe & Supply Corp., a Texas-based supplier of pipe, valves, and fittings to oil and gas companies in the United States.
Shaw Communications Inc.
Acted for Shaw Communications Inc. in a $548-million secondary bought deal offering of 80,630,383 Class B non-voting participating shares of Corus Entertainment Inc.
AirBoss of America Corp.
Acted for AirBoss of America Corp. to form a new defense business, AirBoss Defense Group, through the merger of its AirBoss Defense business and other operations in Acton Vale, Québec, with privately owned, U.S.-based Critical Solutions International, Inc., in a transaction valued at approximately US$132.7 million.
Acted for French biopharmaceutical company Ipsen in the acquisition of Québec-based Clementia Pharmaceuticals for a purchase price of US$25.00 per share in cash upfront, plus a contingent value right (CVR) of US$6.00 per share, for a total transaction value of up to US$1.31 billion.
Management Systems Resources Inc.
Acted for Management Systems Resources Inc., a leading provider of automated global trade compliance software solutions, in the sale of the Visual Compliance and eCustoms business to Descartes Systems Group for $330 million.
Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Corporate/Commercial: Ontario
IFLR1000: Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms—Capital Markets; Corporate and M&A
The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Corporate Commercial Law
The Best Lawyers in Canada—Mergers and Acquisitions Law