Dan Wolfensohn

Partner

Dan Wolfensohn

Dan Wolfensohn

Partner

Expertise
Bar Admissions
  • Ontario, 2005
    Québec, 2003

Clients turn to Dan for his steadfast dedication and keen insight into their most complex legal problems and transactions.

Dan advises clients on the arrangement and implementation of a wide range of domestic and cross-border financing transactions. He works with borrowers and lenders on secured and unsecured commercial credit and finance transactions, including syndications, asset-based financings, acquisition financings, bond offerings and project financings. Dan serves clients across a broad range of industries – including retail, financial services, manufacturing, technology and pharmaceuticals.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Dan played jazz saxophone and performed throughout the United States and Canada.

Dan Wolfensohn

Partner

Clients turn to Dan for his steadfast dedication and keen insight into their most complex legal problems and transactions.

Dan advises clients on the arrangement and implementation of a wide range of domestic and cross-border financing transactions. He works with borrowers and lenders on secured and unsecured commercial credit and finance transactions, including syndications, asset-based financings, acquisition financings, bond offerings and project financings. Dan serves clients across a broad range of industries – including retail, financial services, manufacturing, technology and pharmaceuticals.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Dan played jazz saxophone and performed throughout the United States and Canada.

Knight Therapeutics Inc.

Acted for Knight Therapeutics Inc. in its US$5-million secured bridge loan to Triumvira Immunologics Inc. (Triumvira) to accelerate product development and the negotiation of an exclusive licence to commercialize Triumvira's future approved products for Canada, Israel, Mexico and Colombia.

The Carlyle Group

Acted as Canadian counsel to The Carlyle Group for the term loan and senior note offering financing for its joint acquisition with GIC of the global specialty chemicals business of Akzo Nobel N.V.

Golden Gate Capital

Acted as Canadian counsel to Golden Gate Capital in its acquisition of 20-20 Technologies, Inc.

Knight Therapeutics Inc.

Acted for a subsidiary of Knight Therapeutics Inc. on a secured loan of US$10 million to Synergy CHC Corp. to support product acquisitions as well as for general working capital purposes.

New Look Vision Group Inc.

Acted for New Look Vision Group Inc. in its $120-million acquisition, by way of plan of arrangement, of Iris, le groupe visuel (1990) Inc., which has a network of 147 retail locations across Québec, British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and New Brunswick. The purchase was financed through various arrangements, including an increase of New Look's senior secured term facility with its bank syndicate, a new junior unsecured debt facility and an equity private placement.

Restaurant Brands International Inc.

Acted as Canadian counsel for Restaurant Brands International Inc. in a US$1.5-billion private placement of first lien senior secured notes due 2024 issued by two of its subsidiaries.

Hale Capital Partners

Acted for Hale Capital Partners in connection with a debtor in possession loan to RB Energy Inc. in a Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act proceeding.

Group of Leading Financial Institutions

Acted for a group of leading financial institutions in connection with the $1.25-billion refinancing for Air Canada. The group included TD Securities Inc., as representative of the initial purchasers of $200-million of Air Canada's 4.75% senior secured notes due 2023, and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as administrative agent and lender under a new US$1.1-billion senior secured credit facility.

Knight Therapeutics Inc.

Acted for Knight Therapeutics Inc. in connection with the entering into a distribution, license and supply agreement with Profound Medical Inc.

AirBoss of America Corp.

Acted for AirBoss of America Corp. in connection with its successfully amended $138-million senior secured credit facilities.

Plusgrade L.P.

Acted for Plusgrade L.P. and its partners in connection with an investment by Boston-based private equity firm TA Associates and related financing. Plusgrade is a leading provider of revenue solutions to the travel industry, such as seat upgrades and other premium services, through its proprietary software platform.

Restaurant Brands International Inc.

Acted as Canadian counsel for Restaurant Brands International Inc. in connection with a US$1.25-billion private placement of first lien senior secured notes due 2022 issued by two of its subsidiaries.

The Blackstone Group

Acted as Canadian counsel to The Blackstone Group in connection with the acquisition of GE Capital Real Estate's assets in a transaction valued at approximately US$23 billion.

Manulife Financial Corporation

Acted for a group of lenders, comprising the Manufacturers Life Insurance Company, the Caisse de Dépôt et placement du Québec and the Canada Life Assurance Company, in connection with the $491.6-million non-recourse construction and term project financing for the Upper Lillooet River and Boulder Creek run-of-river hydroelectric projects owned by Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. and Ledcor Power Group Ltd.

National Bank of Canada

Acted for National Bank of Canada in connection with its amendment of senior secured credit facilities provided to Groupe V Média with respect to its acquisition of MusiquePlus and MusiMax.

Amcor Limited

Acted for Australian packaging company Amcor Limited and its U.S. and European affiliates to establish a joint venture with equipment manufacturer Sidel for the development, licensing and commercialization of Amcor's revolutionary LiquiForm bottling technology.

New Look Eyewear Inc.

Acted for New Look Vision Group Inc. in connection with its acquisition of substantially all the assets of Optic Direct Inc., doing business in Québec as Greiche & Scaff, for a purchase price of $17.75 million, and its financing arrangements to finance such acquisition, including a $10 million increase of its senior secured debt facility with its bank syndicate to $53 million, and a bought deal private placement of 500,000 subscription receipts at a price of $20.00 per receipt with a syndicate of Canadian investment firms led by GMP Securities L.P.

American Apparel

Acted for American Apparel in connection with the establishment of its Canadian credit facilities.

Black Property Holdings L.P.

Acted as counsel to a limited partnership, the direct and indirect partners of which include The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board, in connection with a $155-million construction loan by The Toronto-Dominion Bank for the construction of Deloitte Tower, a multi-purpose state-of-the-art tower to be constructed in a historic and high profile part of downtown Montréal, Québec.

J.P. Morgan Securities Inc.

Acted for J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. as joint book runner and representative of the initial purchasers in connection with US$400-million unsecured notes of Air Canada.

New Look Eyewear Inc.

Acted for New Look Vision Group Inc. in connection with the establishment of acquisition credit facilities comprised of a $75-million senior secured syndicated credit facility and a $15-million junior unsecured debt facility.

Tour des Canadiens L.P.

Acted for Tour des Canadiens L.P., a limited partnership, the direct and indirect partners of which include The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board, Canderel, CH Group Limited Partnership and Fonds Immobilier de Solidarité FTQ Inc. in connection with a $150-million construction facility by a consortium of lenders for the construction financing of Tour des Canadiens in Montréal, Québec.

New Look Eyewear Inc.

Acted for New Look Vision Group Inc. in connection with its acquisition of all the assets and business of Vogue Optical Inc. New Look financed the acquisition through new credit facilities and the private placement of subscription receipts.

Citibank Canada

Acted for the initial purchasers and lenders in connection with Air Canada's $1.4 billion refinancing transaction, consisting of private offerings of new senior secured notes and a new senior secured credit facility.

Paladin Labs Inc.

Acted for Paladin Labs Inc. in connection with the acquisition of Bioniche Life Sciences Inc.'s debt facility with Capital Royalty Partners II L.P. and its affiliates for approximately US$22 million, the entering into of an amended loan agreement whereby Paladin Labs Inc. provided an additional US$8-million facility and the entering into of a licensing agreement for Bioniche Life Sciences Inc.'s bladder cancer product.

Hydroméga Services Inc.

Acted for Hydroméga Services Inc. in connection with a bridge financing and project financing provided by Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada for the development and construction of four hydro projects on the Kapuskasing River in Ontario developed in partnership with certain First Nations.

Manulife Financial Corporation

Acted for The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company in connection with the project financing for the Mont-Louis Wind Farm project near the municipality of Mont-Louis in the Gaspésie region of Québec.

Mill Road Capital, L.P.

Acted for U.S.-based private equity firm Mill Road Capital, L.P. in its successful "white knight" bid for Cossette Inc. for approximately $134 million.

Gordon Brothers Merchant Partners LLC

Acted for Gordon Brothers Merchant Partners LLC, a private equity fund, in its acquisition of a significant interest in Les Produits Aromatiques Clair de Lune Inc.

IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms—Banking

The Legal 500 Canada—Banking and Finance (Recommended)

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Banking and Finance Law

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 2005
Québec, 2003

Education

McGill University, BCL/LLB (with Distinction), 2002
McGill University, BA (Political Science & Economics), 1999
McGill University, BMus (Jazz Performance), 1996

Clients turn to Dan for his steadfast dedication and keen insight into their most complex legal problems and transactions.

Dan advises clients on the arrangement and implementation of a wide range of domestic and cross-border financing transactions. He works with borrowers and lenders on secured and unsecured commercial credit and finance transactions, including syndications, asset-based financings, acquisition financings, bond offerings and project financings. Dan serves clients across a broad range of industries – including retail, financial services, manufacturing, technology and pharmaceuticals.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Dan played jazz saxophone and performed throughout the United States and Canada.

Knight Therapeutics Inc.

Acted for Knight Therapeutics Inc. in its US$5-million secured bridge loan to Triumvira Immunologics Inc. (Triumvira) to accelerate product development and the negotiation of an exclusive licence to commercialize Triumvira's future approved products for Canada, Israel, Mexico and Colombia.

The Carlyle Group

Acted as Canadian counsel to The Carlyle Group for the term loan and senior note offering financing for its joint acquisition with GIC of the global specialty chemicals business of Akzo Nobel N.V.

Golden Gate Capital

Acted as Canadian counsel to Golden Gate Capital in its acquisition of 20-20 Technologies, Inc.

Knight Therapeutics Inc.

Acted for a subsidiary of Knight Therapeutics Inc. on a secured loan of US$10 million to Synergy CHC Corp. to support product acquisitions as well as for general working capital purposes.

New Look Vision Group Inc.

Acted for New Look Vision Group Inc. in its $120-million acquisition, by way of plan of arrangement, of Iris, le groupe visuel (1990) Inc., which has a network of 147 retail locations across Québec, British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and New Brunswick. The purchase was financed through various arrangements, including an increase of New Look's senior secured term facility with its bank syndicate, a new junior unsecured debt facility and an equity private placement.

Restaurant Brands International Inc.

Acted as Canadian counsel for Restaurant Brands International Inc. in a US$1.5-billion private placement of first lien senior secured notes due 2024 issued by two of its subsidiaries.

Hale Capital Partners

Acted for Hale Capital Partners in connection with a debtor in possession loan to RB Energy Inc. in a Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act proceeding.

Group of Leading Financial Institutions

Acted for a group of leading financial institutions in connection with the $1.25-billion refinancing for Air Canada. The group included TD Securities Inc., as representative of the initial purchasers of $200-million of Air Canada's 4.75% senior secured notes due 2023, and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as administrative agent and lender under a new US$1.1-billion senior secured credit facility.

Knight Therapeutics Inc.

Acted for Knight Therapeutics Inc. in connection with the entering into a distribution, license and supply agreement with Profound Medical Inc.

AirBoss of America Corp.

Acted for AirBoss of America Corp. in connection with its successfully amended $138-million senior secured credit facilities.

Plusgrade L.P.

Acted for Plusgrade L.P. and its partners in connection with an investment by Boston-based private equity firm TA Associates and related financing. Plusgrade is a leading provider of revenue solutions to the travel industry, such as seat upgrades and other premium services, through its proprietary software platform.

Restaurant Brands International Inc.

Acted as Canadian counsel for Restaurant Brands International Inc. in connection with a US$1.25-billion private placement of first lien senior secured notes due 2022 issued by two of its subsidiaries.

The Blackstone Group

Acted as Canadian counsel to The Blackstone Group in connection with the acquisition of GE Capital Real Estate's assets in a transaction valued at approximately US$23 billion.

Manulife Financial Corporation

Acted for a group of lenders, comprising the Manufacturers Life Insurance Company, the Caisse de Dépôt et placement du Québec and the Canada Life Assurance Company, in connection with the $491.6-million non-recourse construction and term project financing for the Upper Lillooet River and Boulder Creek run-of-river hydroelectric projects owned by Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. and Ledcor Power Group Ltd.

National Bank of Canada

Acted for National Bank of Canada in connection with its amendment of senior secured credit facilities provided to Groupe V Média with respect to its acquisition of MusiquePlus and MusiMax.

Amcor Limited

Acted for Australian packaging company Amcor Limited and its U.S. and European affiliates to establish a joint venture with equipment manufacturer Sidel for the development, licensing and commercialization of Amcor's revolutionary LiquiForm bottling technology.

New Look Eyewear Inc.

Acted for New Look Vision Group Inc. in connection with its acquisition of substantially all the assets of Optic Direct Inc., doing business in Québec as Greiche & Scaff, for a purchase price of $17.75 million, and its financing arrangements to finance such acquisition, including a $10 million increase of its senior secured debt facility with its bank syndicate to $53 million, and a bought deal private placement of 500,000 subscription receipts at a price of $20.00 per receipt with a syndicate of Canadian investment firms led by GMP Securities L.P.

American Apparel

Acted for American Apparel in connection with the establishment of its Canadian credit facilities.

Black Property Holdings L.P.

Acted as counsel to a limited partnership, the direct and indirect partners of which include The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board, in connection with a $155-million construction loan by The Toronto-Dominion Bank for the construction of Deloitte Tower, a multi-purpose state-of-the-art tower to be constructed in a historic and high profile part of downtown Montréal, Québec.

J.P. Morgan Securities Inc.

Acted for J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. as joint book runner and representative of the initial purchasers in connection with US$400-million unsecured notes of Air Canada.

New Look Eyewear Inc.

Acted for New Look Vision Group Inc. in connection with the establishment of acquisition credit facilities comprised of a $75-million senior secured syndicated credit facility and a $15-million junior unsecured debt facility.

Tour des Canadiens L.P.

Acted for Tour des Canadiens L.P., a limited partnership, the direct and indirect partners of which include The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board, Canderel, CH Group Limited Partnership and Fonds Immobilier de Solidarité FTQ Inc. in connection with a $150-million construction facility by a consortium of lenders for the construction financing of Tour des Canadiens in Montréal, Québec.

New Look Eyewear Inc.

Acted for New Look Vision Group Inc. in connection with its acquisition of all the assets and business of Vogue Optical Inc. New Look financed the acquisition through new credit facilities and the private placement of subscription receipts.

Citibank Canada

Acted for the initial purchasers and lenders in connection with Air Canada's $1.4 billion refinancing transaction, consisting of private offerings of new senior secured notes and a new senior secured credit facility.

Paladin Labs Inc.

Acted for Paladin Labs Inc. in connection with the acquisition of Bioniche Life Sciences Inc.'s debt facility with Capital Royalty Partners II L.P. and its affiliates for approximately US$22 million, the entering into of an amended loan agreement whereby Paladin Labs Inc. provided an additional US$8-million facility and the entering into of a licensing agreement for Bioniche Life Sciences Inc.'s bladder cancer product.

Hydroméga Services Inc.

Acted for Hydroméga Services Inc. in connection with a bridge financing and project financing provided by Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada for the development and construction of four hydro projects on the Kapuskasing River in Ontario developed in partnership with certain First Nations.

Manulife Financial Corporation

Acted for The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company in connection with the project financing for the Mont-Louis Wind Farm project near the municipality of Mont-Louis in the Gaspésie region of Québec.

Mill Road Capital, L.P.

Acted for U.S.-based private equity firm Mill Road Capital, L.P. in its successful "white knight" bid for Cossette Inc. for approximately $134 million.

Gordon Brothers Merchant Partners LLC

Acted for Gordon Brothers Merchant Partners LLC, a private equity fund, in its acquisition of a significant interest in Les Produits Aromatiques Clair de Lune Inc.

IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms—Banking

The Legal 500 Canada—Banking and Finance (Recommended)

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Banking and Finance Law

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 2005
Québec, 2003

Education

McGill University, BCL/LLB (with Distinction), 2002
McGill University, BA (Political Science & Economics), 1999
McGill University, BMus (Jazz Performance), 1996