Clients turn to Jim for his strategic and insightful approach to their critical matters – whether capital markets financings, public mergers or private acquisitions. His business-minded approach adds value on complex transactions. “Jim understands our needs well and is effective in getting things done.” (Client – Chambers Canada 2017)
Jim advises clients on a broad range of transactions, including public offerings of equity and debt, and the sale and acquisition of public and private companies. He has particular expertise in the real estate and energy sectors.
Large, sophisticated clients value Jim’s ongoing advice. Fortis Inc. has relied on his experience and judgment for all its mergers and acquisitions, and capital markets transactions. Highly regarded for his technically sound and creative solutions, Jim achieves great success for clients in transformative financings – both Canadian and cross-border.
Jim is an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, where he teaches the Advanced Business Law Workshop on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance.
Acted for Fortis Inc. in connection with its issuance of an aggregate principal amount of approximately US$2 billion of registered notes in exchange for notes previously issued to U.S. investors on a private placement basis. The new notes issued as a result of the exchange offer were qualified by a prospectus supplement under a cross-border shelf prospectus filed under the multi-jurisdictional disclosure system.
Desjardins Capital Markets, CIBC Capital Markets and RBC Capital Markets
Acted for a syndicate of underwriters co-led by Desjardins Capital Markets, CIBC Capital Markets and RBC Capital Markets on a US$115-million bought deal treasury and secondary public offering of trust units of WPT Industrial REIT.
Desjardins Capital Markets and National Bank Financial
Acted for a syndicate of underwriters co-led by Desjardins Capital Markets and National Bank Financial on a $55-million bought deal public offering of trust units of Nexus REIT and a concurrent private placement of $15 million.
Merrill Lynch Canada Inc., HSBC Securities (Canada) Inc. and TD Securities Inc.
Acted for a syndicate of underwriters, comprising Merrill Lynch Canada Inc., HSBC Securities (Canada) Inc. and TD Securities Inc., in connection with the offering by United Parcel Services, Inc., of $750 million of 2.125% notes due 2024.
Acted for Fortis Inc. in connection with its $500-million direct registered offering of common shares to a U.S. institutional investor. The shares were sold pursuant to a cross-border shelf prospectus filed by Fortis under the multi-jurisdictional disclosure system.
Acted for Fortis Inc. in its $500-million public offering, by way of prospectus supplement, of 2.85% senior unsecured notes due 2023. Fortis established its first cross-border shelf prospectus on November 30, 2016, using the multijurisdictional disclosure system.
BMO Capital Markets and CIBC World Markets Inc.
Acted for a syndicate of underwriters co-led by BMO Capital Markets and CIBC World Markets Inc. in connection with a $193-million bought deal public offering of trust units of Milestone Apartments Real Estate Investment Trust. The REIT intends to use the proceeds from the offering to fund a portion of the purchase price for its US$242-million acquisition of a portfolio of six multi-family properties.
Acted for Fortis Inc. in its US$2 billion notes offering under Rule 144A with registration rights in the United States. The net proceeds were used to finance a portion of the cash consideration for the previously announced acquisition of ITC Holdings Corp.
DAK Americas LLC
Acted for DAK Americas LLC, a producer of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) resins, in connection with its acquisition of a controlling interest in Selenis Canada from IMG Group. Selenis Canada operates a PET plant in Montréal.
Acted for Fortis Inc. in the US$1.2-billion sale of a 19.9% interest in ITC Holdings Corp. to GIC, a sovereign wealth fund of the Government of Singapore.
In the News
Jim Reid Talks to the Financial Post About Canadian Utilities Acquiring U.S. Assets
July 27, 2017 - Davies partner Jim Reid spoke to the Financial Post about Hydro One’s planned acquisition of the U.S. utility Avista Corp. and the recent trend of Canadian utilities purchasing U.S. energy providers. The article outlines the differences between the Canadian and U.S. markets and how they are...
Canadian Capital Markets Report 2017: Looking Back, Looking Ahead
Mar. 31, 2017 - Canadian capital markets in 2016 were turbulent and unpredictable, to say the least. Factors that contributed to shaky investor confidence included the unprecedented British vote to exit the European Union, the hard fought and (to some) surprising result of the U.S. presidential election, a...
Public Company Disclosure in the Age of Social Media: A Canadian Perspective
Mar. 14, 2017 - Could your company’s next tweet or post violate Canadian securities rules? The answer may be yes, according to a Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) report on a review of social media practices conducted by the regulatory authorities in Alberta, Ontario and Québec. Businesses are increasingly...
Canadian Electricity Association, “Cross-Border M&A in the Electric Utility Sector”; Toronto, ON
Oct. 27, 2016
BMO Capital Markets, “Due Diligence for Capital Markets Transactions”; Calgary, AB
May 18, 2016
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...
2016 Canadian Capital Markets Report: Looking Back, Looking Ahead
Mar. 09, 2016 - The past year was a roller coaster of a year for Canadian capital markets, beginning much how it ended – with a devalued Canadian dollar, lower interest rates in Canada and a shift in regional growth from the west to central Canada. Against the background of these market realities, the focus of ...
Federated Press, Preparing the MD&A course, “Objective and Evolution of MD&A Requirements: Underlying Principles and Goals”; Toronto, ON
Sept. 17, 2015
OSC Provides New Guidance on Disclosure Regarding REIT Distributions
Jan. 27, 2015 - The Ontario Securities Commission has conducted a review of the disclosure of selected Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), and on January 26, 2015 published OSC Staff Notice 51-724 – Report on Staff’s Review of REIT Distributions Disclosure. The Notice identifies four areas in which the...
New Guidance to Codify Underwriting Due Diligence Best Practices
Mar. 06, 2014 - The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, or IIROC, published today proposed guidance on underwriting due diligence for public offerings. The guidance, while largely reflecting current best practices, represents an attempt to promote consistency and enhanced standards among...
Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business—REITs
IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms—Capital Markets: Debt; Capital Markets: Equity
Report on Business/Lexpert Special Edition Canada’s Leading Energy Lawyers
The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Corporate Finance and Securities; Corporate Commercial Law
The Best Lawyers in Canada—Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40