D. Shawn McReynolds

Managing Partner

D. Shawn McReynolds

D. Shawn McReynolds

Managing Partner

Bar Admissions
  • Ontario, 1984

“Clients tell me they come to us for our agility and expertise. This is because we remain singularly focused in our approach – speed, clarity and bold solutions for our clients’ most critical matters.”

Managing Partner in Toronto since 2010, Shawn leads the firm’s strategic direction. He sets the standard for our partnership with his measured and exacting focus on client service.

A leading capital markets and M&A lawyer, Shawn has served as lead counsel to issuers and underwriters, advising on many of Canada’s most significant public and private financings. Bringing his broad perspective to both hostile and negotiated mergers and acquisitions, he has acted for acquirers, targets, controlling shareholders and committees of independent directors. Senior executives and institutional investors regularly turned to Shawn for advice on their corporate governance matters. After more than 30 years of practice, Shawn’s clients have come to rely on his “great judgment,” with one peer stating that he is “absolutely superb” (Chambers Global).

Shawn has been a member of our Management Committee since 2007. He is a former lecturer in securities regulation at McGill University and Osgoode Hall Law School. Among other aspects of his community involvement, Shawn serves on the board of directors of the St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation in Toronto.

D. Shawn McReynolds

Managing Partner

“Clients tell me they come to us for our agility and expertise. This is because we remain singularly focused in our approach – speed, clarity and bold solutions for our clients’ most critical matters.”

Managing Partner in Toronto since 2010, Shawn leads the firm’s strategic direction. He sets the standard for our partnership with his measured and exacting focus on client service.

A leading capital markets and M&A lawyer, Shawn has served as lead counsel to issuers and underwriters, advising on many of Canada’s most significant public and private financings. Bringing his broad perspective to both hostile and negotiated mergers and acquisitions, he has acted for acquirers, targets, controlling shareholders and committees of independent directors. Senior executives and institutional investors regularly turned to Shawn for advice on their corporate governance matters. After more than 30 years of practice, Shawn’s clients have come to rely on his “great judgment,” with one peer stating that he is “absolutely superb” (Chambers Global).

Shawn has been a member of our Management Committee since 2007. He is a former lecturer in securities regulation at McGill University and Osgoode Hall Law School. Among other aspects of his community involvement, Shawn serves on the board of directors of the St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation in Toronto.

BMO Capital Markets, Credit Suisse Securities Canada and Scotiabank

Acted for a syndicate of underwriters BMO Capital Markets, Credit Suisse Securities Canada and Scotiabank in connection with Centerra Gold Inc.'s $195-million public offering of subscription receipts. The proceeds of the offering were used to partially finance Centerra's $1.1 billion purchase of Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc.

RBC Dominion Securities Inc. and CIBC World Markets Inc.

Acted for a syndicate of agents led by RBC Dominion Securities Inc. and CIBC World Markets Inc. in connection with the initial public offering of Energy Credit Opportunities Income Fund, a closed-end investment fund which is managed by Purpose Investments Inc.

Rothschild Inc.

Acted for Rothschild Inc., the financial advisor to MEGA Brands Inc. in connection with Mattel, Inc.'s US$460-million acquisition of MEGA Brands Inc.

BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. and CIBC World Markets Inc.

Acted for a syndicate of underwriters led by BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. and CIBC World Markets Inc. in connection with the $228-million initial public offering of Milestone Apartments Real Estate Investment Trust, the first IPO in the world of a qualifying U.S. REIT by a non-U.S. entity.

ING Groep N.V.

Acted as Canadian counsel to ING Groep N.V. in the transfer of a portion of the business of the Canadian branch of its subsidiary, ReliaStar Life Insurance Company, to Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated.

Speaking Engagement

Moderator, ALM, Global Independent Law Firms Forum, “People Issues In Times of Turbulence and Change”; London, UK

Mar. 27, 2019

Speaking Engagement

International Bar Association, annual conference, “Managing Partners’ Breakfast: Law Firm of the Future”; Sydney, Australia

Oct. 11, 2017

Speaking Engagement

Advisory board and speaker, ALM, Global Independent Law Firms Forum, “Looking forward - key strategies for independents”; London, UK

Apr. 25, 2017

In the News

Bought Deals in Canada Still Healthy Despite Choppy Market – Lexpert

Apr. 14, 2016 - In a Lexpert article examining why “bought deal” structures remain popular in Canada despite uncertain market conditions, Davies partner Jim Reid discusses why these deals are attractive to issuers, and managing partner Shawn McReynolds explains why the development of bought deals in...

Expert Guides’ Best of the Best; Expert Guides—Capital Markets

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

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Corporate Commercial Law; Corporate Finance and Securities; Mergers and Acquisitions

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Securities Law

Who’s Who Legal: Canada—Capital Markets; Who’s Who Legal: Capital Markets—Debt and Equity

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 1984

Education

McGill University, LLB, 1982
Royal Military College of Canada, BA, 1975

Board Memberships

St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation

Community Involvement

Ontario Securities Commission, Securities Advisory Committee, former chairman

Teaching Engagements

Shawn was a lecturer in securities regulation at McGill University and an adjunct professor teaching securities regulation at Osgoode Hall Law School.

“Clients tell me they come to us for our agility and expertise. This is because we remain singularly focused in our approach – speed, clarity and bold solutions for our clients’ most critical matters.”

Managing Partner in Toronto since 2010, Shawn leads the firm’s strategic direction. He sets the standard for our partnership with his measured and exacting focus on client service.

A leading capital markets and M&A lawyer, Shawn has served as lead counsel to issuers and underwriters, advising on many of Canada’s most significant public and private financings. Bringing his broad perspective to both hostile and negotiated mergers and acquisitions, he has acted for acquirers, targets, controlling shareholders and committees of independent directors. Senior executives and institutional investors regularly turned to Shawn for advice on their corporate governance matters. After more than 30 years of practice, Shawn’s clients have come to rely on his “great judgment,” with one peer stating that he is “absolutely superb” (Chambers Global).

Shawn has been a member of our Management Committee since 2007. He is a former lecturer in securities regulation at McGill University and Osgoode Hall Law School. Among other aspects of his community involvement, Shawn serves on the board of directors of the St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation in Toronto.

BMO Capital Markets, Credit Suisse Securities Canada and Scotiabank

Acted for a syndicate of underwriters BMO Capital Markets, Credit Suisse Securities Canada and Scotiabank in connection with Centerra Gold Inc.'s $195-million public offering of subscription receipts. The proceeds of the offering were used to partially finance Centerra's $1.1 billion purchase of Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc.

RBC Dominion Securities Inc. and CIBC World Markets Inc.

Acted for a syndicate of agents led by RBC Dominion Securities Inc. and CIBC World Markets Inc. in connection with the initial public offering of Energy Credit Opportunities Income Fund, a closed-end investment fund which is managed by Purpose Investments Inc.

Rothschild Inc.

Acted for Rothschild Inc., the financial advisor to MEGA Brands Inc. in connection with Mattel, Inc.'s US$460-million acquisition of MEGA Brands Inc.

BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. and CIBC World Markets Inc.

Acted for a syndicate of underwriters led by BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. and CIBC World Markets Inc. in connection with the $228-million initial public offering of Milestone Apartments Real Estate Investment Trust, the first IPO in the world of a qualifying U.S. REIT by a non-U.S. entity.

ING Groep N.V.

Acted as Canadian counsel to ING Groep N.V. in the transfer of a portion of the business of the Canadian branch of its subsidiary, ReliaStar Life Insurance Company, to Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated.

Speaking Engagement

Moderator, ALM, Global Independent Law Firms Forum, “People Issues In Times of Turbulence and Change”; London, UK

Mar. 27, 2019

Speaking Engagement

International Bar Association, annual conference, “Managing Partners’ Breakfast: Law Firm of the Future”; Sydney, Australia

Oct. 11, 2017

Speaking Engagement

Advisory board and speaker, ALM, Global Independent Law Firms Forum, “Looking forward - key strategies for independents”; London, UK

Apr. 25, 2017

In the News

Bought Deals in Canada Still Healthy Despite Choppy Market – Lexpert

Apr. 14, 2016 - In a Lexpert article examining why “bought deal” structures remain popular in Canada despite uncertain market conditions, Davies partner Jim Reid discusses why these deals are attractive to issuers, and managing partner Shawn McReynolds explains why the development of bought deals in...

Expert Guides’ Best of the Best; Expert Guides—Capital Markets

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

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Corporate Commercial Law; Corporate Finance and Securities; Mergers and Acquisitions

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Securities Law

Who’s Who Legal: Canada—Capital Markets; Who’s Who Legal: Capital Markets—Debt and Equity

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 1984

Education

McGill University, LLB, 1982
Royal Military College of Canada, BA, 1975

Board Memberships

St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation

Community Involvement

Ontario Securities Commission, Securities Advisory Committee, former chairman

Teaching Engagements

Shawn was a lecturer in securities regulation at McGill University and an adjunct professor teaching securities regulation at Osgoode Hall Law School.