Vanessa Pendenza

Associate

Vanessa Pendenza

Vanessa Pendenza

Associate

Vanessa provides practical and business-minded advice to clients on a wide spectrum of transactions and corporate matters.

Vanessa acts for both Canadian and foreign clients of all sizes on various corporate matters, including private mergers and acquisitions, private equity investment transactions and corporate reorganizations. Vanessa’s clients span a wide range of industry sectors, including retail, manufacturing, distribution and technology.

Vanessa sits on the Young Directors Executive Committee of the Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations (IGOPP).

Vanessa Pendenza

Associate

Vanessa provides practical and business-minded advice to clients on a wide spectrum of transactions and corporate matters.

Vanessa acts for both Canadian and foreign clients of all sizes on various corporate matters, including private mergers and acquisitions, private equity investment transactions and corporate reorganizations. Vanessa’s clients span a wide range of industry sectors, including retail, manufacturing, distribution and technology.

Vanessa sits on the Young Directors Executive Committee of the Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations (IGOPP).

Plusgrade L.P.

Acted for Plusgrade L.P. and its partners in the $200-million equity investment by Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. Plusgrade is a leading provider of revenue solutions to the travel industry, such as seat upgrades and other premium services, through its proprietary software platform.

JAM Industries Ltd.

Acted for the shareholders of JAM Industries Ltd. in the sale of its majority interest to DCC Technology Holdings Canada Inc., a subsidiary of DCC plc.

Trivest Partners L.P.

Acted for Trivest Partners, a U.S. private equity firm focused exclusively on mid-market founder- and family-owned businesses, in its acquisition of GAL Power Systems, a leading Canadian provider of commercial and industrial power generator sets and climate control systems operating across Canada, including Québec.

GAEA Grand Holdings Limited

Acted for GAEA Grand Holdings Limited, a leading global interactive entertainment company, in its investment in Behaviour Interactive Inc.

Rogers Sugar Inc.

Acted for Rogers Sugar Inc. in connection with the acquisition of L.B. Maple Treat Corporation, one of the world's largest branded and private label maple syrup bottling and distribution companies, for $160.3 million.

Rogers Sugar Inc.

Acted for Rogers Sugar Inc. in the $40-million acquisition by its subsidiary L.B. Maple Treat Corporation of Decacer, a major bottler and distributor of branded and private label maple syrup and maple sugar, based in Dégelis, Québec.

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Acted for the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec in connection with its initial $25-million investment in LASIK MD, Canada's largest vision correction leader, to help finance the acquisition of a minority interest in Vision Group Holdings, an American leader in vision correction, as well as its undertaking to provide for additional investments to finance future acquisitions.

Plusgrade L.P.

Acted for Plusgrade L.P. and its partners in connection with an investment by Boston-based private equity firm TA Associates and related financing. Plusgrade is a leading provider of revenue solutions to the travel industry, such as seat upgrades and other premium services, through its proprietary software platform.

Novacap Industries III, L.P.

Acted for Novacap Industries III, L.P. in connection with the sale to Arlon Capital Partners of its interest in Idaho Pacific Holdings, Inc. and AgraWest Foods Ltd., manufacturers of dehydrated potato products.

Golden Gate Capital

Acted as Canadian counsel to Golden Gate Capital in its acquisition of 20-20 Technologies, Inc.

Mierins Automotive Group

Acted as tax counsel for Mierins Automotive Group in the sale of 10 automotive dealerships operating in Ottawa, Kingston and Brockville.

First Capital Realty Inc.

Acted for First Capital Realty Inc. in connection with the multi-step acquisition from Devimco Inc., a prominent developer, of two properties in Montréal's Griffintown neighbourhood comprising a total of approximately 236,000 square feet of retail and office space and 255 underground parking spaces, for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $102.2 million.

Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust

Acted for Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust in connection with its offering of 4.247% Series 10 Senior Unsecured Debentures due May 23, 2023 in the principal amount of $225 million.

Canopy Growth Corporation

Acted for Canopy Growth Corporation in its acquisition of a majority stake in BioSteel Sports Nutrition Inc., a leading producer of sports nutrition products.

Gelpac Inc. and Namakor Holdings

Acted for Namakor Holdings and its portfolio company Gelpac Inc., a Canadian leader of high-performance packaging solutions, in the strategic acquisition of WBC Extrusion Products, Inc., a U.S. specialty manufacturer of single-use blown polymer films.

Valmet Technologies and Services Inc.

Acted as Canadian counsel to Valmet Technologies and Services Inc. in its acquisition of all the issued and outstanding shares of GL&V Canada Inc., a global provider of technologies and services to the pulp and paper industry.

Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust

Acted for Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust in connection with a public offering of its 4.164% Series 9 senior unsecured debentures due June 1, 2022 in the principal amount of $300 million.

RBC Dominion Securities Inc.

Acted for RBC Dominion Securities Inc. and a syndicate of underwriters on Videotron Ltd.'s $375-million aggregate issuance of 5.75% senior notes due January 15, 2026.

Felda Global Ventures Holdings Sdn. Bhd.

Acted for Malaysia's Felda Global Ventures Holdings Sdn. Bhd., one of the largest palm plantation operators in the world, in its sale of eastern Canada's largest oilseed processing plant to Viterra Inc. for $190 million.

Bulletin

Rewards Programs May Be Covered by Québec Consumer Protection Legislation

Mar. 06, 2017 - On February 22, 2017, Bill 791: An Act to amend the Consumer Protection Act in order to regulate rewards program contracts (Proposed Amendment) was introduced as a private member’s bill in the Québec National Assembly. The Proposed Amendment extends the scope of the Québec Consumer...

Bar Admissions

Québec, 2015

Education

Université de Montréal, LLB, 2014
Concordia University, BComm (Finance), 2011

Vanessa provides practical and business-minded advice to clients on a wide spectrum of transactions and corporate matters.

Vanessa acts for both Canadian and foreign clients of all sizes on various corporate matters, including private mergers and acquisitions, private equity investment transactions and corporate reorganizations. Vanessa’s clients span a wide range of industry sectors, including retail, manufacturing, distribution and technology.

Vanessa sits on the Young Directors Executive Committee of the Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations (IGOPP).

Plusgrade L.P.

Acted for Plusgrade L.P. and its partners in the $200-million equity investment by Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. Plusgrade is a leading provider of revenue solutions to the travel industry, such as seat upgrades and other premium services, through its proprietary software platform.

JAM Industries Ltd.

Acted for the shareholders of JAM Industries Ltd. in the sale of its majority interest to DCC Technology Holdings Canada Inc., a subsidiary of DCC plc.

Trivest Partners L.P.

Acted for Trivest Partners, a U.S. private equity firm focused exclusively on mid-market founder- and family-owned businesses, in its acquisition of GAL Power Systems, a leading Canadian provider of commercial and industrial power generator sets and climate control systems operating across Canada, including Québec.

GAEA Grand Holdings Limited

Acted for GAEA Grand Holdings Limited, a leading global interactive entertainment company, in its investment in Behaviour Interactive Inc.

Rogers Sugar Inc.

Acted for Rogers Sugar Inc. in connection with the acquisition of L.B. Maple Treat Corporation, one of the world's largest branded and private label maple syrup bottling and distribution companies, for $160.3 million.

Rogers Sugar Inc.

Acted for Rogers Sugar Inc. in the $40-million acquisition by its subsidiary L.B. Maple Treat Corporation of Decacer, a major bottler and distributor of branded and private label maple syrup and maple sugar, based in Dégelis, Québec.

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Acted for the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec in connection with its initial $25-million investment in LASIK MD, Canada's largest vision correction leader, to help finance the acquisition of a minority interest in Vision Group Holdings, an American leader in vision correction, as well as its undertaking to provide for additional investments to finance future acquisitions.

Plusgrade L.P.

Acted for Plusgrade L.P. and its partners in connection with an investment by Boston-based private equity firm TA Associates and related financing. Plusgrade is a leading provider of revenue solutions to the travel industry, such as seat upgrades and other premium services, through its proprietary software platform.

Novacap Industries III, L.P.

Acted for Novacap Industries III, L.P. in connection with the sale to Arlon Capital Partners of its interest in Idaho Pacific Holdings, Inc. and AgraWest Foods Ltd., manufacturers of dehydrated potato products.

Golden Gate Capital

Acted as Canadian counsel to Golden Gate Capital in its acquisition of 20-20 Technologies, Inc.

Mierins Automotive Group

Acted as tax counsel for Mierins Automotive Group in the sale of 10 automotive dealerships operating in Ottawa, Kingston and Brockville.

First Capital Realty Inc.

Acted for First Capital Realty Inc. in connection with the multi-step acquisition from Devimco Inc., a prominent developer, of two properties in Montréal's Griffintown neighbourhood comprising a total of approximately 236,000 square feet of retail and office space and 255 underground parking spaces, for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $102.2 million.

Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust

Acted for Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust in connection with its offering of 4.247% Series 10 Senior Unsecured Debentures due May 23, 2023 in the principal amount of $225 million.

Canopy Growth Corporation

Acted for Canopy Growth Corporation in its acquisition of a majority stake in BioSteel Sports Nutrition Inc., a leading producer of sports nutrition products.

Gelpac Inc. and Namakor Holdings

Acted for Namakor Holdings and its portfolio company Gelpac Inc., a Canadian leader of high-performance packaging solutions, in the strategic acquisition of WBC Extrusion Products, Inc., a U.S. specialty manufacturer of single-use blown polymer films.

Valmet Technologies and Services Inc.

Acted as Canadian counsel to Valmet Technologies and Services Inc. in its acquisition of all the issued and outstanding shares of GL&V Canada Inc., a global provider of technologies and services to the pulp and paper industry.

Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust

Acted for Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust in connection with a public offering of its 4.164% Series 9 senior unsecured debentures due June 1, 2022 in the principal amount of $300 million.

RBC Dominion Securities Inc.

Acted for RBC Dominion Securities Inc. and a syndicate of underwriters on Videotron Ltd.'s $375-million aggregate issuance of 5.75% senior notes due January 15, 2026.

Felda Global Ventures Holdings Sdn. Bhd.

Acted for Malaysia's Felda Global Ventures Holdings Sdn. Bhd., one of the largest palm plantation operators in the world, in its sale of eastern Canada's largest oilseed processing plant to Viterra Inc. for $190 million.

Bulletin

Rewards Programs May Be Covered by Québec Consumer Protection Legislation

Mar. 06, 2017 - On February 22, 2017, Bill 791: An Act to amend the Consumer Protection Act in order to regulate rewards program contracts (Proposed Amendment) was introduced as a private member’s bill in the Québec National Assembly. The Proposed Amendment extends the scope of the Québec Consumer...

Bar Admissions

Québec, 2015

Education

Université de Montréal, LLB, 2014
Concordia University, BComm (Finance), 2011