“She blends exceptional legal talent with an acute understanding of her clients’ business needs. She has an extremely sophisticated understanding of regulatory issues, terrific problem solving skills and the uncanny ability to anticipate potential problems down the road and ward them off.”
Client – Chambers Canada 2017
Patricia acts on many of Canada’s most complex mergers and acquisitions. Acquirers, targets and investors, in Canada and abroad, rely on her unparalleled expertise. She was lead counsel for Burger King Worldwide Inc. in its US$12.5-billion acquisition of Tim Hortons and for McKesson Corporation in its $3-billion acquisition of Rexall.
Clients appreciate Patricia’s extensive experience in advising parties on both sides of shareholder activism issues. Boards of directors, special committees and activist shareholders regularly consult her on their corporate governance and transaction-specific matters. She acted as lead counsel for Pershing Square Capital Management in its landmark campaign to change the board and management of Canadian Pacific Railway.
Known for her ability to develop innovative financing instruments, Patricia advises clients on public market derivatives and structured debt and equity products.
An adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, Patricia teaches the Advanced Business Law Workshop on mergers and acquisitions and the Regulation of the Canadian Cannabis Industry course. She is the founder of AIDSbeat, the Toronto legal community’s largest charity event.
Acted for TransAlta Corporation in the strategic partnership with Brookfield Renewable Partners and its institutional partners, and the associated $750-million investment by Brookfield in TransAlta to advance TransAlta's transition to clean energy. The investment will occur in two tranches (i) $350 million in the form of exchangeable debentures at first closing expected in May 2019; and (ii) $400 million in the form of redeemable preferred shares at second closing expected in October 2020.
Acted for TransAlta Corporation in connection with the activist campaign, threatened proxy contest and contested meeting by Mangrove Partners and Bluescape Energy Partners with respect to TransAlta's 2019 annual and special meeting.
M&G Investment Management Limited
Acted for M&G Investment Management Limited, a U.K.-based investment manager with US$338 billion of assets under management, in its proxy campaign with respect to Methanex Corporation at the company's 2019 annual general meeting. The contest was successfully settled with M&G gaining two seats on the board of Methanex.
BMO Capital Markets
Acted as Canadian and U.S. counsel to BMO Capital Markets in an at-the-market equity offering by cannabis company Organigram Holdings Inc. in Canada and the United States under the multijurisdictional disclosure system.
CIBC Capital Markets and Eight Capital
Acted for CIBC Capital Markets and Eight Capital as joint bookrunners, in the public offering of approximately $55 million of subordinated voting shares of Canopy Rivers Inc., an investment and operating platform structured to pursue investment opportunities in the emerging global cannabis sector, and the concurrent private placement, on an agency basis, of $30 million of subordinated voting shares of Canopy Rivers to Canopy Growth Corporation.
Shareholders of MedReleaf Corp.
Advised the shareholders of MedReleaf Corp. in catalyzing the sale of MedReleaf to Aurora Cannabis Inc., bringing together two of Canada's largest cannabis companies, in an all-share transaction valued at approximately $3.2 billion.
Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan and Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.
Acted as Canadian counsel to a syndicate of underwriters, led by Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan and Deutsche Bank Securities, in a US$950-million offering of The Stars Group Inc.'s common shares by way of a treasury and secondary offering in Canada and the United States under the multijurisdictional disclosure system. The net proceeds from the treasury offering were, together with debt financing and cash on hand, to fund the acquisition of Sky Betting & Gaming.
Acted for Lazard Ltd., as financial advisor to Cronos Group, a globally diversified and vertically integrated cannabis company, in the $2.4-billion acquisition of a 45% equity stake in Cronos by Altria Group, Inc.
Redwood Holdings, LLC
Acted for Redwood Holdings, LLC, in its US$300-million sale of U.S.-based Lord Jones, a luxury brand CBD business, to Cronos Group Inc., a Canadian publicly traded licensed cannabis producer.
Oaktree Capital Management, L.P.
Acted for Oaktree Capital Management, L.P., in its opposition to the $475-million acquisition of Québec-based Tembec Inc. by Florida-based Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc.
In the News
Patricia Olasker Discusses Cross-Border Cannabis Connection in Law 360
Dec. 06, 2019 - A year after the legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada, Law 360 turned to Patricia Olasker for her expert insights on how the interplay between the Canadian and U.S. markets is playing a major role in the evolution of the cannabis sector. In the article (available to subscribers),...
Canadian Securities Authorities Address Cannabis Issuers’ Conflicts of Interest
Nov. 13, 2019 - Staff of the securities regulatory authorities in Ontario, British Columbia, Québec, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Nova Scotia (collectively, Staff) has released CSA Multilateral Staff Notice 51-359 ‒ Corporate Governance Related Disclosure Expectations for Reporting Issuers in the...
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Patricia Olasker Interviewed by Activist Insight on Activist Investor Paul Hilal
Oct. 28, 2019 - Activist Insight Monthly recently interviewed Patricia Olasker for an article on the campaigning history and style of activist investor Paul Hilal of Mantle Ridge, with whom Davies has worked since Paul’s campaign involving Canadian Pacific Railway. Patricia commented that although Hilal’s...
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Patricia Olasker Speaks to Mergermarket About Factors Affecting M&A in Canada
Oct. 25, 2019 - A recent article in Mergermarket featured Patricia Olasker’s perspectives on M&A in Canada and whether the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) has had an impact. “Yes, M&A is down in Canada,” Patricia states. Regarding the possible causes, she explains, “We blame trade wars, Trump,...
Davies Governance Insights 2019, contributor
Oct. 03, 2019 - Davies Governance Insights 2019 is a comprehensive report that analyzes the governance trends and issues most important to Canadian public companies. Now in its ninth edition, Governance Insights is designed to be a playbook for navigating the diverse and complex challenges facing...
Business Roundtable Issues Expanded “Corporate Purpose” Statement, with Commitment to All Stakeholder Interests
Aug. 27, 2019 - The Business Roundtable, an association of CEOs of major U.S. corporations, recently issued its “Statement on the Purpose of the Corporation. ” The statement underscores the Business Roundtable’s commitment to all stakeholders of corporations, including their customers, employees, suppliers,...
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Patricia Olasker Discusses Cannabis Industry Shakeout with Mergermarket
July 17, 2019 - In a recent interview with Mergermarket (subscribers only), Patricia Olasker discusses structural changes to the cannabis industry and their likely impact. With the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill decriminalizing hemp, U.S. -based investors and banks are funding hemp and CBD companies, reducing their reliance...
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Patricia Olasker Speaks to The Globe and Mail about the Implications of the CannTrust Investigation
July 16, 2019 - In an interview with The Globe and Mail (subscribers only), Patricia Olasker commented on the impact of Health Canada’s investigation into CannTrust for regulatory non-compliance as a result of cultivating cannabis in unlicensed rooms. “Any lawyer you talk to will say they have a number of...
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Patricia Olasker Speaks About Shareholder Activism in Canada on The Activist Insight Podcast
June 27, 2019 - In an interview with The Activist Insight Podcast, Patricia Olasker speaks about the current climate of shareholder activism in Canada – most notably in the cannabis and mining sectors – and how companies can defend themselves against short-selling attacks. While the nascent cannabis...
The (Not So) Long Arm of the OSC: Commission Declines Jurisdiction in Public Interest Dispute
June 07, 2019 - In declining jurisdiction in a proceeding initiated by an activist shareholder, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) articulated its approach to long-arm regulation. The recently released reasons in In the Matter of Mangrove Partners and In the Matter of TransAlta Corporation1 provide...
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