Neil Kravitz

Neil Kravitz is a partner in the Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate/Commercial, Corporate Governance and Private Equity practices and is the coordinator of the Capital Markets Group.

A recognized leading lawyer in mergers and acquisitions, securities law and cross-border transactions, Neil has extensive experience advising issuers, investment banks, private equity funds, domestic and foreign acquirers and targets, and special committees in connection with public and private equity and debt financings, friendly and hostile takeover bids, plans of arrangement, shareholder activism matters and both public and private asset and share purchase transactions, as well as corporate governance matters.

Neil has taught Securities Regulation at McGill's faculty of law, contributes regularly to a number of international securities law handbooks and has been consulted by securities regulators in Canada with respect to legislative reform in the areas of public mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance.

Representative Work

  • Acted for Endo International plc in connection with its US$2.6 billion acquisition of Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Inc.

  • Acted for Paladin Labs Inc. in connection with its acquisition by Endo Health Solutions Inc. in a stock and cash transaction valued at approximately $3 billion.

  • Acted for Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec in connection with the $1.5-billion partial sale of its holdings in Québecor Média to Québecor Média and Québecor Inc.

  • Acted for the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec in connection with the secondary private placement by CDP Capital d'Amérique Investissements Inc., a subsidiary of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, of $305 million aggregate principal amount of Québecor Inc.'s convertible unsecured subordinated debentures due 2018.

  • Acted for the Board of Directors of Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. in connection with the $635-million acquisition of Zarlink by Microsemi Corporation.

  • Acted for the initial purchasers and lenders in connection with Air Canada's $1.4 billion refinancing transaction, consisting of private offerings of new senior secured notes and a new senior secured credit facility.

  • Acted for Bain Capital Luxembourg Investments S.à.r.l. in connection with a bought deal, secondary offering of 8,000,000 subordinate voting shares of BRP Inc. by Bain, CDPQ and other selling shareholders for total gross proceeds of approximately $222,800,000.

  • Acted for Eurocopter Holding SAS, a subsidiary of European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company EADS N.V., in connection with its acquisition of Vector Aerospace Corporation in a transaction valued at $635 million by way of a takeover bid.

  • Acted for Bain Capital, a principal shareholder of BRP Inc., in connection with BRP's initial public offering on the TSX consisting of 12,200,000 subordinate voting shares of BRP at a price of $21.50 per share, for gross proceeds of $262.3 million, making it the largest Canadian IPO in 2013.

  • Acted for Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust in connection with its unsolicited takeover bid for Canmarc Real Estate Investment Trust, valued at approximately $904 million.

  • Acted for Cogeco Cable Canada Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Cogeco Cable Inc., in connection with its acquisition of the issued and outstanding shares in the share capital of MTO Telecom Inc., a private telecommunications provider in the Greater Montréal Area and the Province of Québec.

  • Acted for the initial purchasers led by J.P. Morgan and TD Securities Inc. in connection with Air Canada's US$1.1 billion private placement offering of secured notes. The offering consisted of US$600 million of first-lien secured notes, $300 million of Canadian dollar-denominated first-lien secured notes and US$200 million of second-lien secured notes.

  • Acted for the initial purchasers led by J.P. Morgan in connection with Bumble Bee Foods, LLC's US$605 million offering of senior secured notes, the proceeds of which were used to fund part of the acquisition of Bumble Bee Foods by Lion Head LLP.

  • Acted for Canaccord Genuity Corp. and a syndicate of underwriters in connection with the $156-million bought deal secondary offering by ACE Aviation Holdings Inc. of shares of Air Canada.

  • Acted for Honeywell International Inc. in connection with the $144-million acquisition of Matrikon Inc., a company specializing in software used in manufacturing operations.

  • Acted for Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust in its takeover bid for Overland Realty Limited in an all-cash deal that valued Overland at $70.9 million.

  • Acted for U.S.-based private equity firm Mill Road Capital, L.P. in its successful "white knight" bid for Cossette Inc. for approximately $134 million.

  • Acted as Canadian counsel to Schaeffler KG in connection with its acquisition of Continental AG, one of the world's leading automotive industry suppliers, in a transaction valued at US$16.1 billion.

  • Acted for Reitmans (Canada) Limited in regard to the acquisition of Shirmax Fashions Ltd. in a transaction valued at approximately $86 million.

  • Acted for Paladin Labs Inc., in connection with a $40.25-million bought deal financing.

  • Acted for Rogers Sugar Income Fund and Rogers Sugar Inc. in the conversion of Rogers Sugar Income Fund to a corporate structure by way of plan of arrangement.

  • Acted for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, a significant shareholder of Sirius Canada Inc., in connection with the merger between Sirius Canada Inc. and Canadian Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. in a transaction valued at $520 million.

  • Acted for Kimco North Trust III, an entity controlled by Kimco Realty Corp., a leading U.S.-based REIT, in connection with private placement offerings of $150 million principal amount.

  • Acted for Rogers Sugar Income Fund in its $50-million public offering of principal amount of convertible unsecured subordinated debentures.

  • Acted for BELLUS Health Inc. in its restructuring of US$80 million of its outstanding convertible notes and an investment of $20.5 million in senior secured notes by Victoria Square Ventures Inc. and Vitus Investments III Limited.

  • Acted for Knight Therapeutics Inc., a TSX-listed, leading Canadian specialty pharmaceutical company, in connection with its reciprocal investment transaction with Medison Biotech (1995) Ltd., Israel's leading independent specialty pharmaceutical company, whereby the companies will work together to bring innovative treatments to patients in Canada and Israel.

  • Acted for J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. as joint book runner and representative of the initial purchasers in connection with US$400-million unsecured notes of Air Canada.

  • Acted for the purchasers of US$215 million senior secured notes due June 16, 2025 issued by Cogeco Cable Inc. to US institutional accredited investors on a private placement basis.

  • Acted for Kimco North Trust III, an indirect wholly-owned entity of Kimco Realty Corporation, in connection with its offering of $200 million unsecured notes on a private placement basis in Canada.

  • Acted for a syndicate of underwriters led by CIBC World Markets Inc. in connection with Cogeco Cable Inc.'s public debt offering on a bought deal basis of $300 million of senior secured debentures due 2023.

  • Acted for the special committee of independent directors of RONA inc. with respect to the non-binding and non-solicited acquisition proposal RONA inc. received from Lowe's Companies, Inc.

  • Acted for Le Château Inc. in connection with the establishment of a $70-million asset-based credit facility arranged by GE Capital.

  • Acted for Paladin Labs Inc. in connection with its unsolicited takeover bid for Afexa Life Sciences Inc.

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  • Named a leading lawyer in Capital Markets in IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms.
  • Recognized in Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada in the area of Corporate Finance & Securities.
  • Recognized as a leading practitioner in the area of Corporate Finance & Securities in Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada.
  • Recognized in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as most frequently recommended in Corporate Finance & Securities, consistently recommended in Corporate Mid-Market and repeatedly recommended in Corporate/Commercial Law, Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity.
  • Recognized as a leading lawyer in the areas of Corporate Law and Securities Law in The Best Lawyers in Canada.
  • Recognized in Lexpert special edition report Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers.
  • Recognized among Lexpert Magazine’s Rising Stars, Canada’s Top 40 Lawyers Under 40.

Professional Affiliations

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Board Memberships

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Community Involvement

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  • Just for Kids Foundation (purchases equipment for Montreal Children’s Hospital)
  • Combined Jewish Appeal

Teaching Engagements

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Neil has been a sessional lecturer in Securities Regulation in the Faculty of Law of McGill University.

Speaking Engagements

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On April 23, 2014, Neil spoke at the Davies Legal Update, Spring 2014 on the subject of: Recent Developments in Securities Law in 2014.

Articles and Publications

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Neil is a contributing author to the Davies thought leadership publications, "2015 Canadian Capital Markets Report: Looking Back, Looking Forward” and Canadian Mergers & Acquisitions – A Guide for Foreign Investment Banks and Bidders.

Neil was a contributor to the International Securities Law Handbook authored by members of the World Law Group, published by Kluwer Law International and the co-author of "The Ontario Civil Liability Regime – Not Quite 10b-5 North" published in Corporate Liability Studies 2006, by Federated Press.

Neil was a member of the Editorial Committees of the ABA International Joint Venture Publication and the ABA 2015 Canadian Public Target M&A Deal Points Study.

Niel Kravitz
Neil Kravitz
Bar Admissions:

Québec, 1997


McGill University, LL.B, B.C.L. (Gold Medal), 1996