Olivier Désilets

Partner

Olivier Désilets

Olivier Désilets

Partner

Olivier uses his deep knowledge of securities and corporate law to provide clients with detailed and creative advice. Olivier offers business-minded solutions on a wide variety of corporate finance activities, as well as mergers and acquisitions.

He has extensive experience in equity and debt public offerings, takeover bids, plans of arrangement, private placements and corporate governance matters, as well as general securities law compliance.

Public companies, investment banks and private equity funds – Canadian and international – can count on Olivier’s meticulous approach and thoughtful manner. He has significant expertise in the retail, entertainment, media and mining industries.

Olivier is a member of the Advisory Committee on Corporate Finance of the Autorité des marchés financiers (Québec’s securities regulatory authority). Olivier is also the coordinator of the Capital Markets practice in the Montréal office. He chairs our Montréal Student/Stagiaire Evaluation Committee and is a member of our Lawyer Evaluation Committee.

Olivier Désilets

Partner

Olivier uses his deep knowledge of securities and corporate law to provide clients with detailed and creative advice. Olivier offers business-minded solutions on a wide variety of corporate finance activities, as well as mergers and acquisitions.

He has extensive experience in equity and debt public offerings, takeover bids, plans of arrangement, private placements and corporate governance matters, as well as general securities law compliance.

Public companies, investment banks and private equity funds – Canadian and international – can count on Olivier’s meticulous approach and thoughtful manner. He has significant expertise in the retail, entertainment, media and mining industries.

Olivier is a member of the Advisory Committee on Corporate Finance of the Autorité des marchés financiers (Québec’s securities regulatory authority). Olivier is also the coordinator of the Capital Markets practice in the Montréal office. He chairs our Montréal Student/Stagiaire Evaluation Committee and is a member of our Lawyer Evaluation Committee.

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FS Investors

Acted for FS Investors, as lead investor, as well as Fonds de solidarité FTQ, Fondaction, Fonds économie circulaire and MacKinnon Bennett & Co. in connection with their respective investments in the Montréal green tech company CarbiCrete Inc.

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National Bank Financial Inc.

Acting for National Bank Financial Inc. in its capacity as independent financial adviser to the board of directors of Intertape Polymer Group Inc. in its proposed US$2.6-billion sale to Clearwater Capital Group, L.P.

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Fonds de solidarité des travailleurs du Québec and Investissement Québec

Acted for Fonds de solidarité des travailleurs du Québec (F.T.Q.) and Investissement Québec as private placement subscribers in mdf commerce inc.'s private placement of C$52.6 million in subscription receipts in the context of mdf's acquisition of Periscope Intermediate Corporation for a purchase price of approximately US$207.3 million.

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Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

Acted for Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. in connection with its U.S. private offerings of (i) US$650-million principal amount of senior unsecured notes due in 2041; and (ii) US$350-million principal amount of senior unsecured notes due in 2051 (Green Bonds).

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Novacap and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Acted for various funds managed by Novacap Management Inc. and for Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, as selling shareholders, in connection with the US$500-million bought deal secondary offering of Nuvei Corporation.

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Moka Financial Technologies Inc.

Acted as special Canadian and U.S. securities law and tax counsel to Moka Financial Technologies Inc. in its sale to Mogo Inc., a digital payments and financial technology company listed on the TSX and Nasdaq, in a share-for-share transaction valuing Moka at approximately $50 million.

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Novacap and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Acted for various funds managed by Novacap Management Inc. and for Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, as selling shareholders, in connection with the US$552-million bought deal secondary offering of Nuvei Corporation (including the partial exercise of the over-allotment option granted to the underwriters).

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New Look Vision Group Inc.

Acted for New Look Vision Group Inc. in its $800-million sale to NL1 AcquireCo Inc., an entity created by funds managed by FFL Partners, LLC, a San Francisco-based private equity firm, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and the Dr. H. Doug Barnes Family.

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Stifel Nicolaus Canada Inc.

Acted for a syndicate of underwriters led by Stifel Nicolaus Canada Inc. in OpSens Inc.'s $28.75-million bought deal public offering of common shares including the full exercise of the over-allotment option by the underwriters.

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Alstom S.A.

Acted as Canadian counsel to Alstom S.A. in its EUR4.4-billion strategic acquisition of Bombardier Transportation.

Speaking Engagement
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Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation, Déjeun’aide 2020 – Breakfast with Leaders, “Financial Markets in the Time of a Pandemicˮ; Webinar

Nov. 13, 2020

Guide
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Davies Governance Insights 2018

Oct. 03, 2018 - Davies’ annual Governance Insights reports analyze the top governance trends and issues important to Canadian boards, senior management, in-house counsel and governance observers...

Guide
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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...

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IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms—Mergers and Acquisitions; Real Estate Acquisitions

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The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Corporate Finance & Securities

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Lexpert Special Edition: Finance and M&A

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The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Corporate Finance and Securities (Most Frequently Recommended); Corporate Commercial Law; Corporate Mid-Market; Mergers and Acquisitions; Private Equity

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The Best Lawyers in Canada—Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Securities Law

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Lexpert Special Edition Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining

Bar Admissions
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Québec, 1998

Education
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Université de Montréal, LLB, 1996
Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf, 1993 Conventum

Community Involvement
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Autorité des marchés financiers, Advisory Committee on Corporate Finance

Teaching Engagements
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Olivier has lectured at the Collège des administrateurs de sociétés of Université Laval in Québec City.

Olivier uses his deep knowledge of securities and corporate law to provide clients with detailed and creative advice. Olivier offers business-minded solutions on a wide variety of corporate finance activities, as well as mergers and acquisitions.

He has extensive experience in equity and debt public offerings, takeover bids, plans of arrangement, private placements and corporate governance matters, as well as general securities law compliance.

Public companies, investment banks and private equity funds – Canadian and international – can count on Olivier’s meticulous approach and thoughtful manner. He has significant expertise in the retail, entertainment, media and mining industries.

Olivier is a member of the Advisory Committee on Corporate Finance of the Autorité des marchés financiers (Québec’s securities regulatory authority). Olivier is also the coordinator of the Capital Markets practice in the Montréal office. He chairs our Montréal Student/Stagiaire Evaluation Committee and is a member of our Lawyer Evaluation Committee.

FS Investors

Acted for FS Investors, as lead investor, as well as Fonds de solidarité FTQ, Fondaction, Fonds économie circulaire and MacKinnon Bennett & Co. in connection with their respective investments in the Montréal green tech company CarbiCrete Inc.

National Bank Financial Inc.

Acting for National Bank Financial Inc. in its capacity as independent financial adviser to the board of directors of Intertape Polymer Group Inc. in its proposed US$2.6-billion sale to Clearwater Capital Group, L.P.

Fonds de solidarité des travailleurs du Québec and Investissement Québec

Acted for Fonds de solidarité des travailleurs du Québec (F.T.Q.) and Investissement Québec as private placement subscribers in mdf commerce inc.'s private placement of C$52.6 million in subscription receipts in the context of mdf's acquisition of Periscope Intermediate Corporation for a purchase price of approximately US$207.3 million.

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

Acted for Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. in connection with its U.S. private offerings of (i) US$650-million principal amount of senior unsecured notes due in 2041; and (ii) US$350-million principal amount of senior unsecured notes due in 2051 (Green Bonds).

Novacap and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Acted for various funds managed by Novacap Management Inc. and for Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, as selling shareholders, in connection with the US$500-million bought deal secondary offering of Nuvei Corporation.

Moka Financial Technologies Inc.

Acted as special Canadian and U.S. securities law and tax counsel to Moka Financial Technologies Inc. in its sale to Mogo Inc., a digital payments and financial technology company listed on the TSX and Nasdaq, in a share-for-share transaction valuing Moka at approximately $50 million.

Novacap and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Acted for various funds managed by Novacap Management Inc. and for Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, as selling shareholders, in connection with the US$552-million bought deal secondary offering of Nuvei Corporation (including the partial exercise of the over-allotment option granted to the underwriters).

New Look Vision Group Inc.

Acted for New Look Vision Group Inc. in its $800-million sale to NL1 AcquireCo Inc., an entity created by funds managed by FFL Partners, LLC, a San Francisco-based private equity firm, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and the Dr. H. Doug Barnes Family.

Stifel Nicolaus Canada Inc.

Acted for a syndicate of underwriters led by Stifel Nicolaus Canada Inc. in OpSens Inc.'s $28.75-million bought deal public offering of common shares including the full exercise of the over-allotment option by the underwriters.

Alstom S.A.

Acted as Canadian counsel to Alstom S.A. in its EUR4.4-billion strategic acquisition of Bombardier Transportation.

Speaking Engagement

Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation, Déjeun’aide 2020 – Breakfast with Leaders, “Financial Markets in the Time of a Pandemicˮ; Webinar

Nov. 13, 2020

Guide

Davies Governance Insights 2018

Oct. 03, 2018 - Davies’ annual Governance Insights reports analyze the top governance trends and issues important to Canadian boards, senior management, in-house counsel and governance observers...

Guide

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...

IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms—Mergers and Acquisitions; Real Estate Acquisitions

The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Corporate Finance & Securities

Lexpert Special Edition: Finance and M&A

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Corporate Finance and Securities (Most Frequently Recommended); Corporate Commercial Law; Corporate Mid-Market; Mergers and Acquisitions; Private Equity

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Securities Law

Lexpert Special Edition Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining

Bar Admissions

Québec, 1998

Education

Université de Montréal, LLB, 1996
Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf, 1993 Conventum

Community Involvement

Autorité des marchés financiers, Advisory Committee on Corporate Finance

Teaching Engagements

Olivier has lectured at the Collège des administrateurs de sociétés of Université Laval in Québec City.