Jessica uses her deep knowledge of pensions, benefits and executive compensation structures to provide clients with strategic and practical solutions for their most complex business arrangements. She is recognized for her ability to adapt, both proactively and reactively, in a dynamic regulatory environment.
Clients rely on Jessica’s advice in their challenging mergers, acquisitions and insolvencies. She advises on intricate issues relating to pension plan investments and administration, on the design and implementation of executive compensation arrangements and on sensitive employment issues.
Her clients – large Canadian and U.S. public issuers, private equity funds and pension funds – trust her ability to understand their business objectives. In deal and non-deal contexts, they appreciate her pragmatic advice, down-to-earth approach and sophisticated understanding of their issues.
Jessica provides pro bono legal services to Own the Podium and the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research and is an active mentor for Young Women in Law.
TIO Networks Corp.
Acting for the Special Committee of the board of directors of TIO Networks Corp., in connection with its $304-million acquisition by PayPal Holdings, Inc. TIO is a North American cloud-based multi-channel bill payment processing and receivables management company.
Acting as Canadian counsel to HP Inc., a world leader in printing, in connection with its US$1.05-billion acquisition of the printer business from Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Vista Equity Partners III, LLC
Acted for Vista Equity Partners portfolio companies in connection with (i) an acquisition by Aptean, a leading provider of enterprise software solutions and a Vista Equity portfolio company, of the Government & Enterprise Management Solutions Division from StarDyne Technologies Inc.; and (ii) an acquisition by PowerSchool Group LLC, the leading education technology platform for K-12 and another Vista Equity portfolio company, of the SRB Education Solutions Division of StarDyne Technologies Inc.
PPG Canada Inc.
Acted for PPG Industries in connection with its agreement to sell the assets of its flat glass manufacturing and glass coating operations to Vitro S.A.B. de C.V., a leading producer of flat glass and specialty products, for approximately US$750 million in gross cash proceeds.
Amcor Rigid Plastics USA, Inc.
Acted for Amcor Rigid Plastics USA, Inc. in connection with its US$280-million acquisition of the North American rigid plastics blow molding operations of Sonoco Products Company, a global packaging company based in the United States.
Panolam Industries International, Inc.
Acted as Canadian counsel to Panolam Industries International, Inc., a portfolio company of funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC, in connection with its acquisition by Insight Equity Management Company LLC, a leading middle market private equity firm.
Unique Fabricating, Inc.
Acted as Canadian counsel to Unique Fabricating, Inc. in connection with its $27.5-million acquisition of all of the assets of Intasco Corporation and all of the outstanding capital stock of Intasco-USA Inc., Intasco's U.S. affiliate, and in connection with a related US$62-million senior credit facility.
Management Shareholders of Give and Go Prepared Foods Corp.
Acted for the Management Shareholders of Give and Go Prepared Foods Corp., a market leader in the North American bakery industry, in connection with its sale by OMERS Private Equity and Management Shareholders to Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P.
Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.
Acted for Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., the leader in the Canadian convenience store industry, in connection with its $1.68-billion acquisition of 279 Esso-branded fuel and convenience sites; 229 of these sites are located in Ontario and 50 are located in Québec. The acquisition also includes land banks and dealer-operated sites, as well as a long-term supply agreement with Imperial Oil.
Acted for McKesson Corporation, a leading international healthcare services and information technology company, in connection with its $3-billion acquisition of Rexall and Rexall Pharma Plus, which operate approximately 470 pharmacies in Canada, from Katz Group, one of Canada's largest privately owned enterprises.
Fintech TIO Networks to Be Acquired by PayPal for C$304 Million
Mar. 09, 2017 - Davies is advising the Special Committee of the board of directors of TIO Networks Corp., a leading North American cloud-based multi-channel bill payment processor, in its acquisition by PayPal Holdings, Inc. TIO accelerates PayPal’s entry into bill payments with 14 million consumer bill pay...
In the News
Legal Post: Employers Need to Take a Look at the OSC’s Whistleblower Program
Sept. 09, 2016 - An article in the September 6, 2016, Legal Post focused on the Ontario Securities Commission’s new whistleblower program and how it affects employers. The piece acknowledged and quoted from a recent client communication written by Davies lawyer Jessica Bullock. Jessica’s insights are originally...
The OSC whistleblower program and employment agreements
Aug. 29, 2016 - On July 14, 2016, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) launched the Office of the Whistleblower, the first paid whistleblower program by a securities regulator in Canada. The OSC whistleblower program offers compensation of up to C$5 million to individuals who come forward with tips on ...
Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, International Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Association, IACA, PBSS, and IAAHS Joint Conference, “Pension (& Benefits?) Aspects of Cross-Border M&A”; St. John’s, NL
June 28, 2016
Couche-Tard Enters into Agreement to Acquire Imperial Oil Retail Assets in Ontario and Québec for $1.68 Billion
Mar. 09, 2016 - Davies is acting for Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (Couche-Tard), the leader in the Canadian convenience store industry, in connection with its $1. 68-billion acquisition of 279 Esso-branded fuel and convenience sites; 229 of which are located in Ontario and 50 are located in Québec. The...
McKesson Enters into Agreement to Acquire Rexall for $3 Billion
Mar. 02, 2016 - Davies is acting for McKesson Corporation, a leading international healthcare services and information technology company, in connection with its $3-billion acquisition of Rexall and Rexall Pharma Plus, which operate approximately 470 pharmacies in Canada, from Katz Group, one of Canada’s...
The Association of Canadian Pension Management, Pensions Conference, “Defined Benefit Plans: Why Are We Moving Away from Them? What Are We Leaving Behind?” (co-presented with Malcolm Hamilton, Senior Fellow, C.D. Howe Institute; Jim Keohane, president and CEO, Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan; and Jeff Richardson, staff representative, United Steelworkers); Toronto, ON
Dec. 01, 2015
Two Davies Lawyers Named Lexpert Rising Stars
Nov. 20, 2015 - Lexpert has recognized Davies partners Jessica Bullock and Elisa Kearney as 2015 Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40. Jessica is a partner in the Pensions & Benefits, Labour & Employment, Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets practices. With her expertise in executive compensation,...
The Canadian Institute, Canadian Workplace Pensions Forum, “Meeting Your Fiduciary Duties” post-conference master class; Toronto, ON
Sept. 30, 2015
Davies Honoured at The American Lawyer’s 2015 Global Legal Awards Gala
Sept. 29, 2015 - Last night, at The American Lawyer’s 2015 Global Legal Awards gala in New York City, Davies was honoured for the firm’s role in the acquisition of Tim Hortons Inc. by Burger King Worldwide, Inc. and the creation of Restaurant Brands International, which was recognized as Global M&A Deal of the...
Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40
The Best Lawyers in Canada—Employee Benefits Law
Lexpert Zenith Award—Innovative Student Program—Non-Law-Student Innovation
Winner of the Tony Thurman Award for best international pension paper published between 2007 and 2009 (“Plan Sponsors and Service Providers—Allocating Risks and Responsibilities”)