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).
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.
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.