Marc Pontone

Associate

Marc Pontone

Marc Pontone

Associate

Expertise
Bar Admissions
  • Ontario, 2016

Marc is developing a broad corporate practice.

He has assisted clients with private and public mergers and acquisitions, financings, corporate governance and other corporate matters.

Marc Pontone

Associate

Marc is developing a broad corporate practice.

He has assisted clients with private and public mergers and acquisitions, financings, corporate governance and other corporate matters.

Agnico Eagle Mines Limited

Acted for Agnico Eagle Mines Limited in its exploration, earn-in and option agreement with Arcelia Gold Corp. to form property-level joint venture in respect of the La Millionaria property in the State of Chihuahua, Mexico.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation in its historic joint venture with Newmont Goldcorp Corporation, which combined their respective mining operations, assets, reserves and talent in Nevada to create the world's largest gold complex.

Axium Infrastructure Inc. and The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company

Acted for Axium Infrastructure Inc. and The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company in a private placement in Canada and the United States of over $1 billion of fixed rate bonds in order to refinance bridge loans used to complete their recent acquisition of AltaGas Ltd.'s remaining 55% interest in three hydroelectric projects in northwest British Columbia.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation in its unsolicited proposal to the Newmont Goldcorp Corporation (Newmont) Board of Directors to merge with Newmont in an all share transaction to combine the world's two largest gold companies. Under the proposal, Barrick shareholders would own approximately 55.9 percent and Newmont shareholders would own approximately 44.1 percent of the combined company with an approximate market capitalization of US$42 billion.

Axium Infrastructure Inc. and The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company

Acted for Axium Infrastructure Inc. and The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company in their joint $1.4-billion acquisition of AltaGas Ltd.'s remaining 55% interest in three hydroelectric projects in northwest British Columbia: the 195 MW Forrest Kerr Hydroelectric Facility, the 66 MW McLymont Creek Hydroelectric Facility and the 16 MW Volcano Creek Hydroelectric Facility.

Sleep Country Canada Holdings Inc.

Acted for Sleep Country Canada Holdings Inc. in its $88.7-million acquisition of Endy, one of Canada's leading mattress-in-a-box e-commerce players, and the financing of this acquisition through an increase in and amendment to its $210-million senior secured syndicated credit facility.

Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation and Baffinland Iron Mines LP

Acted as Canadian counsel to Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation and Baffinland Iron Mines LP in their U.S. and Canadian private placement of US$575 million 8.750% senior secured notes, the repurchase and redemption of an existing series of US$350 million senior secured notes, an associated consent solicitation and an amendment and joinder to the existing revolving credit agreement to increase the aggregate of incremental commitments.

Berkshire Partners

Acted as Canadian counsel to Berkshire Partners in the $800-million sale of Farm Boy, a fast-growing and successful Canadian food retailer, to Empire Company Limited.

Axium Infrastructure Inc. and The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company

Acted for (i) Axium Infrastructure Inc. and The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company in their joint $922-million acquisition from AltaGas Ltd. of a 35% interest in three hydroelectric projects in northwest British Columbia: the 195 MW Forrest Kerr Hydroelectric Facility, the 66 MW McLymont Creek Hydroelectric Facility and the 16 MW Volcano Creek Hydroelectric Facility; and (ii) Northwestern Hydro Acquisition Inc. (NWHA), the special purpose acquisition vehicle formed to complete the acquisition, in a subsequent $650 million senior secured bond financing and related letter of credit facility.

Nomura Securities International, Inc.

Acted for Nomura Securities International, Inc. in the refinancing of credit facilities in an aggregate amount of approximately $230 million made available for the long-term operation of seven 10-MW ground-mount solar photovoltaic projects in Ontario, each of which had been awarded a 20-year power purchase contract with the IESO.

Agnico Eagle Mines Limited

Acted for Agnico Eagle Mines Limited in its equity investment in Orla Mining Ltd. and negotiation of an investor rights agreement.

Agnico Eagle Mines Limited

Acted for Agnico Eagle Mines Limited in its acquisition of all of the exploration assets of Canadian Malartic Corporation, including the Kirkland Lake and Hammond Reef projects, for an aggregate purchase price of US$325 million.

Breton Hill Capital Ltd.

Acted for Breton Hill Capital Ltd., a Canadian investment firm managing approximately US$2 billion in client assets, in its sale to Neuberger Berman Group LLC, a global, independent, employee-owned investment manager.

Agnico Eagle Mines Limited

Acted for Agnico Eagle Mines Limited in its US$80-million acquisition of the Santa Gertrudis gold project in Mexico from GoGold Resources Inc. In connection with the acquisition, Agnico Eagle provided GoGold with a US$7.5 million term loan, secured by a second ranking charge on all of GoGold's assets, which will be set off against the purchase price at the closing of the acquisition.

PSP Investments

Acted for PSP Investments in its strategic initiatives with Pattern Energy Group Inc., including (i) the acquisition of a 9.9% interest in Pattern Energy; (ii) the joint venture between PSP and Pattern Energy to co-invest in various renewable projects; (iii) the joint acquisition with Pattern Energy of a 51% and 49% interest, respectively, in the 179 MW Meikle wind project in British Columbia and the 143 MW Mont Sainte-Marguerite wind project in Québec; and (iv) the acquisition of 49% of the Class B interests held by Pattern in the Panhandle 2 wind project in Texas.

Agnico Eagle Mines Limited

Acted for Agnico Eagle Mines Limited in connection with its strategic equity investment in GoldQuest Mining Corp. and negotiation of an investor rights agreement.

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.

Kirkland Lake Gold Inc.

Acted for the Special Committee of the board of directors of Kirkland Lake Gold Inc. in connection with its $1-billion combination with Newmarket Gold Inc., by way of a Plan of Arrangement, to create a new low-cost, mid-tier gold producer.

Spectrum Health Care LP

Acted for Spectrum Health Care LP in connection with its $16.5-million acquisition of the Preferred Health Care Services division of Sienna Senior Living Inc.

Bank of Montreal

Acted for Bank of Montreal and a syndicate of lenders on an increase and amendment of GFL Environmental Inc.'s revolving credit facility in connection with its $800-million acquisition of TransForce Inc.'s Matrec solid waste division.

McKesson Corporation

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.

Shaw Communications Inc.

Acted for Shaw Communications Inc. in connection with its sale of Shaw Media Inc. to Corus Entertainment Inc. for $2.65 billion. Shaw Media is the owner of the Global Television Network and 19 specialty channels including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada and Showcase. Davies acted for Shaw in 2010 on the purchase of these assets from CanWest Global Communications for $2 billion. The proceeds from this sale were used to finance Shaw's acquisition of WIND Mobile for $1.6 billion. Davies acted for WIND Mobile.

Ironbridge Equity Partners

Acted for Ironbridge Equity Partners in its acquisition of Advance Engineered Products Ltd.'s tank production and services business under a sale proceeding conducted pursuant to the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act. The assets purchased also include the mobile vacuum systems business carried on under the Westech Vac Systems name and the metal fabrication and machining business carried on under the Dumur Industries name.

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 2016

Education

Osgoode Hall Law School, JD, 2015
Wilfrid Laurier University, BBA (Honours) (with Distinction), 2011

Marc is developing a broad corporate practice.

He has assisted clients with private and public mergers and acquisitions, financings, corporate governance and other corporate matters.

Agnico Eagle Mines Limited

Acted for Agnico Eagle Mines Limited in its exploration, earn-in and option agreement with Arcelia Gold Corp. to form property-level joint venture in respect of the La Millionaria property in the State of Chihuahua, Mexico.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation in its historic joint venture with Newmont Goldcorp Corporation, which combined their respective mining operations, assets, reserves and talent in Nevada to create the world's largest gold complex.

Axium Infrastructure Inc. and The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company

Acted for Axium Infrastructure Inc. and The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company in a private placement in Canada and the United States of over $1 billion of fixed rate bonds in order to refinance bridge loans used to complete their recent acquisition of AltaGas Ltd.'s remaining 55% interest in three hydroelectric projects in northwest British Columbia.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation in its unsolicited proposal to the Newmont Goldcorp Corporation (Newmont) Board of Directors to merge with Newmont in an all share transaction to combine the world's two largest gold companies. Under the proposal, Barrick shareholders would own approximately 55.9 percent and Newmont shareholders would own approximately 44.1 percent of the combined company with an approximate market capitalization of US$42 billion.

Axium Infrastructure Inc. and The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company

Acted for Axium Infrastructure Inc. and The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company in their joint $1.4-billion acquisition of AltaGas Ltd.'s remaining 55% interest in three hydroelectric projects in northwest British Columbia: the 195 MW Forrest Kerr Hydroelectric Facility, the 66 MW McLymont Creek Hydroelectric Facility and the 16 MW Volcano Creek Hydroelectric Facility.

Sleep Country Canada Holdings Inc.

Acted for Sleep Country Canada Holdings Inc. in its $88.7-million acquisition of Endy, one of Canada's leading mattress-in-a-box e-commerce players, and the financing of this acquisition through an increase in and amendment to its $210-million senior secured syndicated credit facility.

Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation and Baffinland Iron Mines LP

Acted as Canadian counsel to Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation and Baffinland Iron Mines LP in their U.S. and Canadian private placement of US$575 million 8.750% senior secured notes, the repurchase and redemption of an existing series of US$350 million senior secured notes, an associated consent solicitation and an amendment and joinder to the existing revolving credit agreement to increase the aggregate of incremental commitments.

Berkshire Partners

Acted as Canadian counsel to Berkshire Partners in the $800-million sale of Farm Boy, a fast-growing and successful Canadian food retailer, to Empire Company Limited.

Axium Infrastructure Inc. and The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company

Acted for (i) Axium Infrastructure Inc. and The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company in their joint $922-million acquisition from AltaGas Ltd. of a 35% interest in three hydroelectric projects in northwest British Columbia: the 195 MW Forrest Kerr Hydroelectric Facility, the 66 MW McLymont Creek Hydroelectric Facility and the 16 MW Volcano Creek Hydroelectric Facility; and (ii) Northwestern Hydro Acquisition Inc. (NWHA), the special purpose acquisition vehicle formed to complete the acquisition, in a subsequent $650 million senior secured bond financing and related letter of credit facility.

Nomura Securities International, Inc.

Acted for Nomura Securities International, Inc. in the refinancing of credit facilities in an aggregate amount of approximately $230 million made available for the long-term operation of seven 10-MW ground-mount solar photovoltaic projects in Ontario, each of which had been awarded a 20-year power purchase contract with the IESO.

Agnico Eagle Mines Limited

Acted for Agnico Eagle Mines Limited in its equity investment in Orla Mining Ltd. and negotiation of an investor rights agreement.

Agnico Eagle Mines Limited

Acted for Agnico Eagle Mines Limited in its acquisition of all of the exploration assets of Canadian Malartic Corporation, including the Kirkland Lake and Hammond Reef projects, for an aggregate purchase price of US$325 million.

Breton Hill Capital Ltd.

Acted for Breton Hill Capital Ltd., a Canadian investment firm managing approximately US$2 billion in client assets, in its sale to Neuberger Berman Group LLC, a global, independent, employee-owned investment manager.

Agnico Eagle Mines Limited

Acted for Agnico Eagle Mines Limited in its US$80-million acquisition of the Santa Gertrudis gold project in Mexico from GoGold Resources Inc. In connection with the acquisition, Agnico Eagle provided GoGold with a US$7.5 million term loan, secured by a second ranking charge on all of GoGold's assets, which will be set off against the purchase price at the closing of the acquisition.

PSP Investments

Acted for PSP Investments in its strategic initiatives with Pattern Energy Group Inc., including (i) the acquisition of a 9.9% interest in Pattern Energy; (ii) the joint venture between PSP and Pattern Energy to co-invest in various renewable projects; (iii) the joint acquisition with Pattern Energy of a 51% and 49% interest, respectively, in the 179 MW Meikle wind project in British Columbia and the 143 MW Mont Sainte-Marguerite wind project in Québec; and (iv) the acquisition of 49% of the Class B interests held by Pattern in the Panhandle 2 wind project in Texas.

Agnico Eagle Mines Limited

Acted for Agnico Eagle Mines Limited in connection with its strategic equity investment in GoldQuest Mining Corp. and negotiation of an investor rights agreement.

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.

Kirkland Lake Gold Inc.

Acted for the Special Committee of the board of directors of Kirkland Lake Gold Inc. in connection with its $1-billion combination with Newmarket Gold Inc., by way of a Plan of Arrangement, to create a new low-cost, mid-tier gold producer.

Spectrum Health Care LP

Acted for Spectrum Health Care LP in connection with its $16.5-million acquisition of the Preferred Health Care Services division of Sienna Senior Living Inc.

Bank of Montreal

Acted for Bank of Montreal and a syndicate of lenders on an increase and amendment of GFL Environmental Inc.'s revolving credit facility in connection with its $800-million acquisition of TransForce Inc.'s Matrec solid waste division.

McKesson Corporation

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.

Shaw Communications Inc.

Acted for Shaw Communications Inc. in connection with its sale of Shaw Media Inc. to Corus Entertainment Inc. for $2.65 billion. Shaw Media is the owner of the Global Television Network and 19 specialty channels including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada and Showcase. Davies acted for Shaw in 2010 on the purchase of these assets from CanWest Global Communications for $2 billion. The proceeds from this sale were used to finance Shaw's acquisition of WIND Mobile for $1.6 billion. Davies acted for WIND Mobile.

Ironbridge Equity Partners

Acted for Ironbridge Equity Partners in its acquisition of Advance Engineered Products Ltd.'s tank production and services business under a sale proceeding conducted pursuant to the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act. The assets purchased also include the mobile vacuum systems business carried on under the Westech Vac Systems name and the metal fabrication and machining business carried on under the Dumur Industries name.

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 2016

Education

Osgoode Hall Law School, JD, 2015
Wilfrid Laurier University, BBA (Honours) (with Distinction), 2011