Simon Kaplan

Associate

Simon Kaplan

Simon Kaplan

Associate

Bar Admissions
  • Ontario, 2017

Simon is developing a broad corporate practice.

He has assisted clients on a range of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, corporate governance and other corporate matters.

Simon Kaplan

Associate

Simon is developing a broad corporate practice.

He has assisted clients on a range of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, corporate governance and other corporate matters.

Syndicate of Underwriters

Acting for a syndicate of underwriters led by BMO Capital Markets, Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, J.P. Morgan, RBC Capital Markets and Scotiabank in the cross-border initial public offering of GFL Environmental Inc., the fourth largest diversified environmental services company in North America.

Shaw Communications Inc.

Acted for Shaw Communications Inc. in a $548-million secondary bought deal offering of 80,630,383 Class B non-voting participating shares of Corus Entertainment Inc.

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.

The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company

Acted for The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company, as (i) senior lender, in the incremental financing for Manulife's sale of Regional Power Inc., owner of the Bear Creek, Long Lake and White River hydroelectric projects; and (ii) project lender in connection with amendments to the existing project financing facilities.

Lazard Ltd.

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.

CIBC Capital Markets and GMP Securities LP

Acted for the syndicate of agents, led by CIBC Capital Markets and GMP Securities LP, in a private placement of subscription receipts of Canopy Rivers Corporation, an investment and operating platform structured to pursue opportunities in the emerging global cannabis sector. The private placement was conducted in connection with a reverse takeover of AIM2 Ventures Inc. by Canopy Rivers.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation in connection with its strategic equity investment in Midas Gold Corp., which is advancing the Stibnite Gold Project in Idaho, and the negotiation of a related investor rights agreement.

Ironbridge Equity Partners

Acted for Ironbridge Equity Partners in connection with its acquisition and related financing of Avena Foods Limited, a leading supplier of gluten-free oats to the North American market.

RBC Capital Markets and Scotiabank

Acted for the syndicate of underwriters, led by RBC Capital Markets and Scotiabank, in connection with a US$173-million bought deal public offering of common shares of New Gold Inc. The net proceeds from the offering were used to finance the completion of the construction of the Rainy River gold project in Ontario, Canada.

Northleaf Capital Partners

Acted for Northleaf Capital Partners in connection with the establishment of a US$1.4-billion Northleaf global private credit program and Northleaf's related acquisition, through a new Northleaf-managed investment fund, of a 16% equity stake in Antares Holdings from CPPIB Credit Investments Inc.

University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law—Margaret H. McNulty Prize; Law Society of Upper Canada Prize

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 2017

Education

University of Western Ontario, JD (with Distinction), 2016
University of King’s College, BA, (English) (First Class Honours), 2013

Simon is developing a broad corporate practice.

He has assisted clients on a range of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, corporate governance and other corporate matters.

Syndicate of Underwriters

Acting for a syndicate of underwriters led by BMO Capital Markets, Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, J.P. Morgan, RBC Capital Markets and Scotiabank in the cross-border initial public offering of GFL Environmental Inc., the fourth largest diversified environmental services company in North America.

Shaw Communications Inc.

Acted for Shaw Communications Inc. in a $548-million secondary bought deal offering of 80,630,383 Class B non-voting participating shares of Corus Entertainment Inc.

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.

The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company

Acted for The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company, as (i) senior lender, in the incremental financing for Manulife's sale of Regional Power Inc., owner of the Bear Creek, Long Lake and White River hydroelectric projects; and (ii) project lender in connection with amendments to the existing project financing facilities.

Lazard Ltd.

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.

CIBC Capital Markets and GMP Securities LP

Acted for the syndicate of agents, led by CIBC Capital Markets and GMP Securities LP, in a private placement of subscription receipts of Canopy Rivers Corporation, an investment and operating platform structured to pursue opportunities in the emerging global cannabis sector. The private placement was conducted in connection with a reverse takeover of AIM2 Ventures Inc. by Canopy Rivers.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation in connection with its strategic equity investment in Midas Gold Corp., which is advancing the Stibnite Gold Project in Idaho, and the negotiation of a related investor rights agreement.

Ironbridge Equity Partners

Acted for Ironbridge Equity Partners in connection with its acquisition and related financing of Avena Foods Limited, a leading supplier of gluten-free oats to the North American market.

RBC Capital Markets and Scotiabank

Acted for the syndicate of underwriters, led by RBC Capital Markets and Scotiabank, in connection with a US$173-million bought deal public offering of common shares of New Gold Inc. The net proceeds from the offering were used to finance the completion of the construction of the Rainy River gold project in Ontario, Canada.

Northleaf Capital Partners

Acted for Northleaf Capital Partners in connection with the establishment of a US$1.4-billion Northleaf global private credit program and Northleaf's related acquisition, through a new Northleaf-managed investment fund, of a 16% equity stake in Antares Holdings from CPPIB Credit Investments Inc.

University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law—Margaret H. McNulty Prize; Law Society of Upper Canada Prize

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 2017

Education

University of Western Ontario, JD (with Distinction), 2016
University of King’s College, BA, (English) (First Class Honours), 2013