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.
Blue Wolf Capital Partners LLC
Acted as Canadian counsel to Blue Wolf Capital Partners LLC on the acquisition and related financing of a majority stake in The State Group Inc., a leading North American multi-trade industrial and specialty services contractor.
Zinc Oxide LLC
Acted for Zinc Oxide LLC in its acquisition of Zochem Inc. from American Zinc Recycling LLC, creating the largest producer of zinc oxide in North America.
Kinepolis Group NV
Acted for Kinepolis Group NV in its $123-million acquisition of Landmark Cinemas Canada LP, Canada's second-largest movie theatre exhibition company.
Toromont Industries Ltd.
Acted for Toromont Industries Ltd. in its acquisition of Hewitt Equipment in a $1-billion transaction that expands Toromont's Caterpillar dealership into Québec, Western Labrador and the Maritimes, and strengthens its expertise in the mining, construction, power systems and forestry sectors.
20 VIC Management Inc.
Acted for the shareholders of 20 VIC Management Inc., one of Canada's leading commercial real estate management firms, in the sale of 20 VIC to Cushman & Wakefield.
Birch Hill Equity Partners
Acted for Birch Hill Equity Partners in its acquisition of CCM Hockey from Adidas.
United Steelworkers Union
Acted as co-counsel on behalf of the United Steelworkers Union in connection with the restructuring of Stelco Inc. under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act and the establishment of Legacy Lands L.P.
TIO Networks Corp.
Acted 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.
Acted 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.
Davies Governance Insights 2017
Oct. 02, 2017 - Davies Governance Insights 2017 provides analysis of the top governance trends and issues important to Canadian boards, senior management and governance observers. The 2017 edition provides readers with Davies’ take on important topics ranging from shareholder engagement and activism to...
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
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
The Canadian Institute, Canadian Workplace Pensions Forum, “Meeting Your Fiduciary Duties” post-conference master class; Toronto, ON
Sept. 30, 2015
In the News
Focus: Employers’ Counsel Unhappy with Navistar Pension Ruling – Law Times
Aug. 25, 2015 - In a Law Times article detailing the Divisional Court’s July 2015 decision in Navistar Canada Inc. v. Superintendent of Financial Services, Davies partner Jessica Bullock outlines some concerns regarding the ruling, which requires Navistar to include certain former employees in...
International Pension & Employee Benefits Law Association, 15th International Conference, “Pension Pitfalls in Cross Border M&A” and “Changing World of Deferred Compensation”; Brussels, Belgium; May 17 to 20, 2015
May 17, 2015
Federated Press, 18th Executive Compensation Course, “Compensation Governance: Opportunities and Risks for Directors”; Toronto, ON
Mar. 25, 2015
Osgoode Hall Law School, Board of Directors 6735, “The Compensation Committee and the Board’s Role in Executive Compensation”; Toronto, ON
Feb. 19, 2015
Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40
The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Pensions & Employee Benefits: Employer
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”)