Vincent A. Mercier

Partner

Vincent A. Mercier

Vincent A. Mercier

Partner

“The best M&A lawyer in Canada bar none. He commands a boardroom, is a great technical lawyer, but is also a counsellor and a deal maker.”
Chambers Canada 2017

Vincent’s deep understanding of the M&A market – Canadian and global – is the reason why public and private sector clients trust him for their most critical transactions, and why boards turn to him when approached by activist investors.

His broad view, practical advice and methodical approach achieve significant success for clients in transactions of all sizes, domestic and international. He advises clients in industries as varied as financial services, communications and media, technology, mining and energy.

Vincent is a former member of our Management Committee. He is the chair of the board for Pathways to Education, a member of the President’s Council of St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, a former director of Covenant House Toronto and a former chair of Camp Oochigeas.

Vincent A. Mercier

Partner

“The best M&A lawyer in Canada bar none. He commands a boardroom, is a great technical lawyer, but is also a counsellor and a deal maker.”
Chambers Canada 2017

Vincent’s deep understanding of the M&A market – Canadian and global – is the reason why public and private sector clients trust him for their most critical transactions, and why boards turn to him when approached by activist investors.

His broad view, practical advice and methodical approach achieve significant success for clients in transactions of all sizes, domestic and international. He advises clients in industries as varied as financial services, communications and media, technology, mining and energy.

Vincent is a former member of our Management Committee. He is the chair of the board for Pathways to Education, a member of the President’s Council of St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, a former director of Covenant House Toronto and a former chair of Camp Oochigeas.

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Kansas City Southern

Acted as Canadian counsel to Kansas City Southern in its transformative US$31-billion merger with Canada Pacific Railway to create the first U.S.-Mexico-Canada rail network.

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Shaw Communications Inc.

Acting for Shaw Communications Inc. in the acquisition by Rogers Communications Inc. of all of Shaw's issued and outstanding Class A and Class B shares in a transaction valued at approximately $26 billion, including debt, representing a significant premium for Shaw's shareholders.

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Canada Enterprise Emergency Funding Corporation

Acted for Canada Enterprise Emergency Funding Corporation, a non-agent Crown corporation and wholly owned subsidiary of Canada Development Investment Corporation, in connection with Air Canada's approximately $6-billion financing agreements with the Government of Canada through the Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF) program.

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The Blackstone Group Inc.

Acted for real estate funds managed by The Blackstone Group Inc. and their affiliates in Blackstone's $6.2-billion all-cash acquisition of Dream Global Real Estate Investment Trust and the separation of its external asset manager, Dream Asset Management.

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TransAlta Corporation

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.

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Shaw Communications Inc.

Acted for Shaw Communications Inc. in connection with its sale of Shaw Media Inc. to Corus Entertainment Inc. for $2.65 billion. Shaw Media is the owner of the Global Television Network and 19 specialty channels including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada and Showcase. Davies acted for Shaw in 2010 on the purchase of these assets from CanWest Global Communications for $2 billion. The proceeds from this sale were used to finance Shaw's acquisition of WIND Mobile for $1.6 billion. Davies acted for WIND Mobile.

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Bentall Kennedy (Canada) Limited Partner

Acted for the Bentall Kennedy Group, a premier real estate investment management firm operating in Canada and the United States, in its acquisition by Sun Life Financial Inc. for a purchase price of $560 million.

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Stericyle Inc.

Acted as Canadian counsel for Stericycle, Inc. in its acquisition of Shred-it International, a global secure information destruction services provider, for US$2.3 billion in cash.

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TIO Networks Corp.

Acted for the Special Committee of the board of directors of TIO Networks Corp., in connection with its $304-million acquisition by PayPal Holdings, Inc. TIO is a North American cloud-based multi-channel bill payment processing and receivables management company.

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Ridley Inc.

Acted for the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Ridley Inc., one of the leading commercial animal nutrition companies in North America, in connection with a plan of arrangement under which Alltech, Inc. acquired all of the outstanding stock of Ridley Inc. for total consideration of approximately $521 million.

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Buyer Beware: In Canada’s First COVID-19 “Busted Deal” Decision, Court Finds That Duo Bank Cannot Terminate Its Acquisition of Fairstone Financial

Dec. 15, 2020 - The economic dislocation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an uptick in “busted deal” litigation in M&A transactions in the United States and Canada. 1 The crux of the litigation is whether the buyer may abandon the transaction without penalty on the basis of allegations that the pandemic...

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Weed Wars Part III: The Joint Actor Issue

Mar. 23, 2018 - In the recently released joint reasons of the Ontario and Saskatchewan securities commissions in In the Matter of Aurora Cannabis Inc. in respect of the unsolicited takeover bid by Aurora Cannabis Inc. for all the shares of CanniMed Therapeutics Inc., the commissions considered when a...

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Weed Wars Part II: Tactical Poison Pills and Lock-up Agreements in Hostile Bids

Mar. 20, 2018 - The Ontario and Saskatchewan securities commissions recently released joint reasons in In the Matter of Aurora Cannabis Inc. in respect of the unsolicited takeover bid by Aurora Cannabis Inc. for all the shares of CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. and CanniMed’s adoption of a shareholder rights...

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Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Corporate/Commercial: Ontario (Star Individual – only recipient of this distinction in this category)

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Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Corporate/M&A (Band 1)

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Chambers Canada Award—Corporate Lawyer of the Year (2021)

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IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms—Mergers and Acquisitions

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The Legal 500 Canada—Corporate and M&A (Leading Individual)

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The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Mergers and Acquisitions; Corporate Commercial Law; Corporate Finance and Securities; Corporate Mid-Market

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Lexpert Special Edition: Energy

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Lexpert Special Edition: Finance and M&A

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Lexpert Special Edition: Technology and Health Sciences

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Lexpert Guide to US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada—Mergers & Acquisitions

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The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Mergers and Acquisitions (Most Frequently Recommended); Corporate Finance and Securities (Most Frequently Recommended); Corporate Commercial Law (Most Frequently Recommended); Corporate Mid-Market (Most Frequently Recommended)

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The Best Lawyers in Canada—Corporate Law; Corporate Governance Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law (Lawyer of the Year 2018, Toronto); Securities Law

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Who’s Who Legal: Canada—Mergers and Acquisitions; Capital Markets; Who’s Who Legal: Capital Markets—Debt and Equity; Structured Finance; Who’s Who Legal: M&A and Governance—Mergers and Acquisitions; Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders—Mergers and Acquisitions

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Expert Guides—Mergers and Acquisitions

Bar Admissions
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Ontario, 1990

Education
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Osgoode Hall Law School, LLB, 1988
University of Western Ontario, MA (Economics), 1985
Simon Fraser University, BA (First Class Honours), 1984

Board Memberships
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Pathways to Education, chair
Covenant House Toronto, former director
Camp Oochigeas, former chair

Community Involvement
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Camp Oochigeas, former volunteer counsellor
St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation, President’s Council

Teaching Engagements
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Vince has taught securities law at the University of Western Ontario and at client continuing legal education seminars.

“The best M&A lawyer in Canada bar none. He commands a boardroom, is a great technical lawyer, but is also a counsellor and a deal maker.”
Chambers Canada 2017

Vincent’s deep understanding of the M&A market – Canadian and global – is the reason why public and private sector clients trust him for their most critical transactions, and why boards turn to him when approached by activist investors.

His broad view, practical advice and methodical approach achieve significant success for clients in transactions of all sizes, domestic and international. He advises clients in industries as varied as financial services, communications and media, technology, mining and energy.

Vincent is a former member of our Management Committee. He is the chair of the board for Pathways to Education, a member of the President’s Council of St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, a former director of Covenant House Toronto and a former chair of Camp Oochigeas.

Kansas City Southern

Acted as Canadian counsel to Kansas City Southern in its transformative US$31-billion merger with Canada Pacific Railway to create the first U.S.-Mexico-Canada rail network.

Shaw Communications Inc.

Acting for Shaw Communications Inc. in the acquisition by Rogers Communications Inc. of all of Shaw's issued and outstanding Class A and Class B shares in a transaction valued at approximately $26 billion, including debt, representing a significant premium for Shaw's shareholders.

Canada Enterprise Emergency Funding Corporation

Acted for Canada Enterprise Emergency Funding Corporation, a non-agent Crown corporation and wholly owned subsidiary of Canada Development Investment Corporation, in connection with Air Canada's approximately $6-billion financing agreements with the Government of Canada through the Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF) program.

The Blackstone Group Inc.

Acted for real estate funds managed by The Blackstone Group Inc. and their affiliates in Blackstone's $6.2-billion all-cash acquisition of Dream Global Real Estate Investment Trust and the separation of its external asset manager, Dream Asset Management.

TransAlta Corporation

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.

Shaw Communications Inc.

Acted for Shaw Communications Inc. in connection with its sale of Shaw Media Inc. to Corus Entertainment Inc. for $2.65 billion. Shaw Media is the owner of the Global Television Network and 19 specialty channels including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada and Showcase. Davies acted for Shaw in 2010 on the purchase of these assets from CanWest Global Communications for $2 billion. The proceeds from this sale were used to finance Shaw's acquisition of WIND Mobile for $1.6 billion. Davies acted for WIND Mobile.

Bentall Kennedy (Canada) Limited Partner

Acted for the Bentall Kennedy Group, a premier real estate investment management firm operating in Canada and the United States, in its acquisition by Sun Life Financial Inc. for a purchase price of $560 million.

Stericyle Inc.

Acted as Canadian counsel for Stericycle, Inc. in its acquisition of Shred-it International, a global secure information destruction services provider, for US$2.3 billion in cash.

TIO Networks Corp.

Acted for the Special Committee of the board of directors of TIO Networks Corp., in connection with its $304-million acquisition by PayPal Holdings, Inc. TIO is a North American cloud-based multi-channel bill payment processing and receivables management company.

Ridley Inc.

Acted for the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Ridley Inc., one of the leading commercial animal nutrition companies in North America, in connection with a plan of arrangement under which Alltech, Inc. acquired all of the outstanding stock of Ridley Inc. for total consideration of approximately $521 million.

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Weed Wars Part III: The Joint Actor Issue

Mar. 23, 2018 - In the recently released joint reasons of the Ontario and Saskatchewan securities commissions in In the Matter of Aurora Cannabis Inc. in respect of the unsolicited takeover bid by Aurora Cannabis Inc. for all the shares of CanniMed Therapeutics Inc., the commissions considered when a...

Bulletin

Weed Wars Part II: Tactical Poison Pills and Lock-up Agreements in Hostile Bids

Mar. 20, 2018 - The Ontario and Saskatchewan securities commissions recently released joint reasons in In the Matter of Aurora Cannabis Inc. in respect of the unsolicited takeover bid by Aurora Cannabis Inc. for all the shares of CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. and CanniMed’s adoption of a shareholder rights...

Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Corporate/Commercial: Ontario (Star Individual – only recipient of this distinction in this category)

Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Corporate/M&A (Band 1)

Chambers Canada Award—Corporate Lawyer of the Year (2021)

IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms—Mergers and Acquisitions

The Legal 500 Canada—Corporate and M&A (Leading Individual)

The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Mergers and Acquisitions; Corporate Commercial Law; Corporate Finance and Securities; Corporate Mid-Market

Lexpert Special Edition: Energy

Lexpert Special Edition: Finance and M&A

Lexpert Special Edition: Technology and Health Sciences

Lexpert Guide to US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada—Mergers & Acquisitions

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Mergers and Acquisitions (Most Frequently Recommended); Corporate Finance and Securities (Most Frequently Recommended); Corporate Commercial Law (Most Frequently Recommended); Corporate Mid-Market (Most Frequently Recommended)

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Corporate Law; Corporate Governance Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law (Lawyer of the Year 2018, Toronto); Securities Law

Who’s Who Legal: Canada—Mergers and Acquisitions; Capital Markets; Who’s Who Legal: Capital Markets—Debt and Equity; Structured Finance; Who’s Who Legal: M&A and Governance—Mergers and Acquisitions; Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders—Mergers and Acquisitions

Expert Guides—Mergers and Acquisitions

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 1990

Education

Osgoode Hall Law School, LLB, 1988
University of Western Ontario, MA (Economics), 1985
Simon Fraser University, BA (First Class Honours), 1984

Board Memberships

Pathways to Education, chair
Covenant House Toronto, former director
Camp Oochigeas, former chair

Community Involvement

Camp Oochigeas, former volunteer counsellor
St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation, President’s Council

Teaching Engagements

Vince has taught securities law at the University of Western Ontario and at client continuing legal education seminars.