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Patrick G. Barry

Patrick Barry is a partner in the Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate/Commercial, Private Equity, Banking and Energy practices. He has a particular focus on public and private mergers and acquisitions, fund formation and investment transactions and debt and equity corporate finance. Patrick also has significant experience in corporate and commercial joint ventures and structured finance transactions and is the principal contact at the firm for a number of U.S. and Canadian public and private companies.

Patrick has also played a principal role in a number of significant merger and acquisition transactions.

Representative Work

  • Acted for CASA Energy Services Inc. (CASA) and its 100% owner, West Face Capital Inc., in connection with an all-stock acquisition of CASA by Performance Energy Services Inc.

  • Acted for Birch Hill Equity Partners in connection with the sale of control of TSC Stores LP to Peavey Industries LP.

  • Acted for Ironbridge Equity Partners in connection with its investment in Thermogenics Inc., an industrial manufacturer of coil-tube steam, hot-water boilers and related equipment.

  • Acted for Ironbridge Equity Partners in connection with the first and final closing of its third private equity fund, Ironbridge Equity Partners III, LP, which raised $238 million from investors globally and surpassed its $200-million target. The fund closed at its hard cap within three months of launching and brings Ironbridge's assets under management to over $400 million.

  • Acted for Advance Engineered Products Ltd. in connection with its sale of Westech Vac Systems Ltd. to FST Canada Inc., a subsidiary of Federal Signal Corporation.

  • Acted for Westerkirk Capital Inc. and Ironbridge Equity Partners Limited in connection with the sale of Gaspard LP to American Achievement Corporation.

  • Acted for WIND Mobile Corp. (WIND) and its shareholders, including West Face Capital, in connection with the sale of WIND to Shaw Communications Inc. for approximately $1.6 billion.

  • Acted for Ironbridge Equity Partners in connection with its investment in Alliance Corporation, a distributor and manufacturer of products and solutions for North American wireless, broadband, broadcast and wireline networks.

  • Acted for Birch Hill Equity Partners in connection with its investment in Sigma Systems, a Toronto-based communications software company.

  • Acted for West Face Capital in connection with its successful shareholder activist campaign to replace the board and management of Gran Tierra Energy Inc.

  • Acted for Fulcrum Capital Partners Inc. in connection with the establishment of its fifth private equity fund, Fulcrum Capital Partners V, LP. The fund received $344 million in commitments, surpassing its initial target by 25%.

  • Acted for Ironbridge Equity Partners in connection with the sale of Frost Fighter Inc. to Headwater Equity Partners.

  • Acted for West Face Capital Inc. in its acquisition, together with a consortium of investors including Globalive Capital, Tennenbaum Capital Partners and LG Capital Investors, of the interests of VimpelCom Ltd. in Globalive Wireless Management Corp. (doing business as WIND Mobile).

  • Acted for Ironbridge Equity Partners in connection with its investment in M&M Resources Inc., a leading energy services business focused on the oil and gas industry in northeast British Columbia and northwest Alberta.

  • Acted for Ironbridge Equity Partners in connection with the establishment of its second private equity fund, Ironbridge Equity Partners II, LP. In less than nine months of marketing, Ironbridge II received total commitments of over $154 million against a target of $125 million.

  • Acted for Birch Hill Equity Partners in connection with the sale of Carmanah Design and Manufacturing Inc. to Kadant Inc.

  • Acted for Ironbridge Equity Partners in connection with its investment in Frischkorn Audio-Visual Corp., Canada's leading independent provider of audio-visual services to corporate clients.

  • Acted for Iogen Corporation in the sale of its industrial enzyme business to an affiliate of Novozymes A/S.

  • Acted for Ironbridge Equity Partners Limited in connection with the sale of Shnier-GESCO Limited Partnership to Blue Point Capital Partners.

  • Acted for Westerkirk Capital Inc. and Ironbridge Equity Partners Management in the purchase by Westerkirk and Ironbridge, together with management, of all of the issued and outstanding shares of Demers' Ambulance Manufacturer Inc., a Canadian leader in ambulance design, manufacture and distribution.

  • Acted for West Face Capital Inc. in its governance discussions with Connacher Oil & Gas Limited, an issuer in which West Face Capital Inc. has a significant interest.

  • Acted for Fulcrum Capital Partners Inc. with respect to the establishment of its mezzanine funds in 2011 and 2012.

  • Acted for West Face Capital Inc. in its successful proxy contest to reconstitute the Board of Directors of Global Railways Industries Ltd. at the 2009 annual meeting of Global's shareholders.

  • Acted for Ironbridge Equity Partners in the purchase by Ironbridge of all of the assets of Industrial Commercial Equipment Manufacturing Ltd. associated with its Frost Fighter business.

  • Acted for Ironbridge Equity Partners in the purchase by Ironbridge of all of the issued and outstanding shares of Hank's Maintenance and Service Co.

  • Acted for Ironbridge Equity Partners in the purchase by Ironbridge of all of the issued and outstanding shares of Lafrentz & Christenson Trucking Ltd.

  • Acted for Birch Hill Equity Partners and other shareholders in the sale of Emerging Information Systems Inc. to an affiliate of Zywave, Inc.

  • Acted for Fulcrum Capital Partners Inc. in its acquisition of the Canadian private equity fund management and mezzanine debt business of HSBC Capital (Canada) Inc.

  • Acted for Global Railway Industries Ltd. in the sale of its operating subsidiary, CAD Railway Industries Ltd.

  • Acted for Birch Hill Equity Partners in the sale of Marsulex Inc. to Chemtrade Logistics Income Fund in a deal valued at US$419.5 million.

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Recognition

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  • Recognized in Chambers Canada in Private Equity: Buyouts & Venture Capital Investment.
  • Recognized in the Lexpert special edition report Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers.
  • Recognized in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Repeatedly Recommended lawyer in Corporate Commercial Law, Corporate Mid-Market and Private Equity.
  • Noted in Expert Guides' Guide to the World's Leading Banking, Finance and Transactional Lawyers as a top legal practitioner in Private Equity.
  • Recognized by Who's Who Legal: Canada as a leading business law practitioner in Private Funds.

Professional Affiliations

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Board Memberships

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Community Involvement

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Teaching Engagements

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Speaking Engagements

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Articles and Publications

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Patrick is the co-author of the article, “Private Equity in Canada: Recent Developments and Selected Issues”.

Pat Barry
Patrick Barry
Partner
Office:
Toronto
Tel:
416.367.6917
Email:
pbarry@dwpv.com
Bar Admissions:

Ontario, 1993

Education:

University of Toronto Law School, LL.B., 1991

Harvard University, A.B. (magna cum laude), 1988