Gilles R. Comeau

Partner

Gilles Comeau

Gilles R. Comeau

Partner

Hard-working and methodical, Gilles is known for immersing himself in his clients’ deals and being a strategic thinker.

Gilles has a broad generalist practice that is primarily transactional in nature. He is often called upon to advise on complex, time-sensitive transactions, and clients value his ability to think strategically in helping them achieve their goals.

Gilles has experience in advising clients on a wide range of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, secured lending, securities offerings, and various other general corporate matters. He also regularly advises clients on corporate governance issues and their ongoing securities and corporate law obligations.

Gilles R. Comeau

Partner

Hard-working and methodical, Gilles is known for immersing himself in his clients’ deals and being a strategic thinker.

Gilles has a broad generalist practice that is primarily transactional in nature. He is often called upon to advise on complex, time-sensitive transactions, and clients value his ability to think strategically in helping them achieve their goals.

Gilles has experience in advising clients on a wide range of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, secured lending, securities offerings, and various other general corporate matters. He also regularly advises clients on corporate governance issues and their ongoing securities and corporate law obligations.

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Xplornet Communications Inc.

Acted for Xplornet Communications Inc., Canada's largest rural-focused broadband service provider, in its sale to Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners.

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Digital Colony

Acted for Digital Colony, the global digital infrastructure investment platform of Colony Capital, Inc., in its acquisition (and related bank financing) of Beanfield Technologies Inc., an independent bandwidth infrastructure provider serving the enterprise, carrier and multi-dwelling unit markets in Toronto and Montréal over its owned fibre network.

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Arizona Mining Inc.

Acted for Arizona Mining Inc. in its sale to South32 Limited in an all-cash transaction valuing Arizona Mining at approximately $2.1 billion, by plan of arrangement.

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Fortis Inc.

Acted for Fortis Inc. in its $500-million at-the-market public offering of common shares, which will be sold through the Toronto Stock Exchange, the New York Stock Exchange or on any other marketplace in Canada or the United States on which the common shares are traded.

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Bank of Montreal

Acted as Canadian counsel to Bank of Montreal and a syndicate of lenders in connection with the refinancing of the (i) US$900 million term loan and the (ii) C$575 million revolving credit facility made available to certain wholly-owned subsidiaries of BRP Inc.

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Minmetals Resources Limited

Acted for Minmetals Resources Limited in its successful $1.33-billion friendly take-over bid for Anvil Mining Limited.

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INNOVA Gaming Group Inc.

Acted for Special Committee of the Board of Directors of INNOVA Gaming Group Inc. in the unsolicited takeover by Pollard Banknote Limited of all of the outstanding common shares of INNOVA.

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Celestica Inc.

Acted for Celestica Inc. in connection with various matters involving the US$550-million revolving credit facility agreement it has entered into with a syndicate of lenders.

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Shaw Communications Inc.

Acted for Shaw Communications Inc. in its $2-billion acquisition through Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act proceedings of the conventional and specialty television business of Canwest Global Communications Corp., now known as Shaw Media.

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Postmedia Network Inc.

Acted for Postmedia Network Inc. in connection with its acquisition of the publishing business of Canwest LP under a sale proceeding conducted pursuant to the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act. The aggregate enterprise value of the assets was estimated to be $1.1 billion.

Speaking Engagement
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Ontario Bar Association, Professionalism Issues for Business Lawyers, “Duties of Nominee Directors”; Toronto, ON

Oct. 23, 2019

Bulletin
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Shareholder Engagement – ICD Provides Guidance for Canadian Companies

Mar. 10, 2016 - On March 7, 2016, the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), a not-for-profit director association consisting of more than 10,000 members across Canada, published guidance to help boards of Canadian public companies develop a shareholder engagement approach to corporate governance. Recent changes...

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The Best Lawyers in Canada—Securities Law

Bar Admissions
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Ontario, 2009

Education
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University of Ottawa, LLB (Cum Laude), 2008
University of Ottawa, MBA, 2008
Université Sainte-Anne, BBA (Very High Distinction), 2004

Board Memberships
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Alliance Française Toronto

Teaching Engagements
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Gilles has been a guest lecturer on corporate financing matters at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law and on corporate governance matters at Osgoode Hall Law School’s Professional Development LLM Program.

Hard-working and methodical, Gilles is known for immersing himself in his clients’ deals and being a strategic thinker.

Gilles has a broad generalist practice that is primarily transactional in nature. He is often called upon to advise on complex, time-sensitive transactions, and clients value his ability to think strategically in helping them achieve their goals.

Gilles has experience in advising clients on a wide range of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, secured lending, securities offerings, and various other general corporate matters. He also regularly advises clients on corporate governance issues and their ongoing securities and corporate law obligations.

Xplornet Communications Inc.

Acted for Xplornet Communications Inc., Canada's largest rural-focused broadband service provider, in its sale to Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners.

Digital Colony

Acted for Digital Colony, the global digital infrastructure investment platform of Colony Capital, Inc., in its acquisition (and related bank financing) of Beanfield Technologies Inc., an independent bandwidth infrastructure provider serving the enterprise, carrier and multi-dwelling unit markets in Toronto and Montréal over its owned fibre network.

Arizona Mining Inc.

Acted for Arizona Mining Inc. in its sale to South32 Limited in an all-cash transaction valuing Arizona Mining at approximately $2.1 billion, by plan of arrangement.

Fortis Inc.

Acted for Fortis Inc. in its $500-million at-the-market public offering of common shares, which will be sold through the Toronto Stock Exchange, the New York Stock Exchange or on any other marketplace in Canada or the United States on which the common shares are traded.

Bank of Montreal

Acted as Canadian counsel to Bank of Montreal and a syndicate of lenders in connection with the refinancing of the (i) US$900 million term loan and the (ii) C$575 million revolving credit facility made available to certain wholly-owned subsidiaries of BRP Inc.

Minmetals Resources Limited

Acted for Minmetals Resources Limited in its successful $1.33-billion friendly take-over bid for Anvil Mining Limited.

INNOVA Gaming Group Inc.

Acted for Special Committee of the Board of Directors of INNOVA Gaming Group Inc. in the unsolicited takeover by Pollard Banknote Limited of all of the outstanding common shares of INNOVA.

Celestica Inc.

Acted for Celestica Inc. in connection with various matters involving the US$550-million revolving credit facility agreement it has entered into with a syndicate of lenders.

Shaw Communications Inc.

Acted for Shaw Communications Inc. in its $2-billion acquisition through Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act proceedings of the conventional and specialty television business of Canwest Global Communications Corp., now known as Shaw Media.

Postmedia Network Inc.

Acted for Postmedia Network Inc. in connection with its acquisition of the publishing business of Canwest LP under a sale proceeding conducted pursuant to the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act. The aggregate enterprise value of the assets was estimated to be $1.1 billion.

Speaking Engagement

Ontario Bar Association, Professionalism Issues for Business Lawyers, “Duties of Nominee Directors”; Toronto, ON

Oct. 23, 2019

Bulletin

Shareholder Engagement – ICD Provides Guidance for Canadian Companies

Mar. 10, 2016 - On March 7, 2016, the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), a not-for-profit director association consisting of more than 10,000 members across Canada, published guidance to help boards of Canadian public companies develop a shareholder engagement approach to corporate governance. Recent changes...

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Securities Law

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 2009

Education

University of Ottawa, LLB (Cum Laude), 2008
University of Ottawa, MBA, 2008
Université Sainte-Anne, BBA (Very High Distinction), 2004

Board Memberships

Alliance Française Toronto

Teaching Engagements

Gilles has been a guest lecturer on corporate financing matters at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law and on corporate governance matters at Osgoode Hall Law School’s Professional Development LLM Program.