Zain acts for clients on a variety of transactions, including public and private mergers and acquisitions, public offerings and private placements of securities.
Clients appreciate Zain’s assistance with their ongoing securities and corporate law obligations. He regularly advises clients on privacy-related matters, including the application of privacy legislation and the development of policies and procedures that are compliant with privacy law. Zain also has experience in advising on technology-specific matters with clients in the financial technology and blockchain industries.
J.P. Morgan, BofA Merrill Lynch, MUFG and RBC Capital Markets
Acted as Canadian counsel to the initial purchasers, led by J.P. Morgan, BofA Merrill Lynch, MUFG and RBC Capital Markets, in the private placement of US$550 million of high yield notes of a subsidiary of Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.
TD Securities Inc. and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated
Acted as Canadian counsel for the dealer managers, TD Securities Inc. and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, in Thomson Reuters' substantial issuer bid/tender offer for up to US$9 billion of its common shares and the subsequent US$2 billion return of capital by Thomson Reuters' effected by way of plan of arrangement.
Equibit Group Ltd.
Acting for Equibit Group Ltd., a blockchain development company focused on building a decentralized securities network that facilitates the issuance and transfer of securities on the blockchain.
Epiq Systems, Inc.
Acted as Canadian counsel for Epiq Systems, Inc., a global leader in the legal services industry, in its acquisition of Garden City Group from Crawford & Company.
Blue Wolf Capital Partners LLC
Acted as Canadian counsel to Blue Wolf Capital Partners LLC on the acquisition and related financing of a majority stake in The State Group Inc., a leading North American multi-trade industrial and specialty services contractor.
Merrill Lynch Canada Inc., HSBC Securities (Canada) Inc. and TD Securities Inc.
Acted for a syndicate of underwriters, comprising Merrill Lynch Canada Inc., HSBC Securities (Canada) Inc. and TD Securities Inc., in connection with the offering by United Parcel Services, Inc., of $750 million of 2.125% notes due 2024.
Espial Group Inc.
Acted for the Special Committee of Espial Group Inc. in successfully defending against a proxy contest brought by Vantage Asset Management Inc.
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.
Advance Engineered Products Ltd.
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.
WIND Mobile Corp. and its shareholders
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.
Whose Liability Is It Anyway? CRTC Issues New Guidance Regarding Liability for Aiding or Inducing CASL Non-Compliance
Nov. 12, 2018 - Perhaps the most controversial feature of Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL)1 is its broad approach to liability for various actors and intermediaries involved in electronic communications. As we have previously explained, persons may be liable under CASL if they “cause” or “permit” a violation...
Obey or Pay: OSC Warns Off-Shore, Unregistered Trading Platforms Offering Securities to Ontario Investors
Oct. 15, 2018 - The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) recently approved a settlement agreement with eToro (Europe) Limited (eToro), a Cyprus-based brokerage firm that operates an online cryptocurrency and stock trading platform, imposing over C$2.8 million in penalties on eToro for violating registration and...
CSA Offers Tips for Token Offerings: Direction or Deterrence?
June 28, 2018 - The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) has published CSA Staff Notice 46-308 – Securities Law Implications for Offerings of Tokens (2018 Notice). Released on June 11, 2018, it provides some long-awaited clarity on the CSA’s view on token offerings, commonly known as initial coin...
Demystifying Crypto in Canada: Will 2018 Be the Year of Blockchain?
Mar. 07, 2018 - The year 2017 was one of tremendous growth for blockchain, as the technology underlying Bitcoin gained attention from mainstream media outlets, financial institutions, investment funds and securities regulators across the globe. Blockchain’s rise to prominence was led by an interest in...
OSC Invites TokenFunder to Play in the CSA Sandbox
Oct. 26, 2017 - Earlier this month, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) released its decision to grant exemptive relief from applicable Canadian registration requirements to Token Funder Inc. (TokenFunder) for the launch of its initial offering of FNDR tokens. By blessing the upcoming offering by TokenFunder –...
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Geoff Rawle, Zain Rizvi Referenced in Financial Post Article About Bitcoin
Sept. 22, 2017 - Davies lawyers Geoff Rawle and Zain Rizvi’s recent client communication on the Canadian Securities Administrators’ (CSA) approach to cryptocurrency offerings is referenced in a recent Financial Post article. The Post’s article discusses the strength of the CSA’s directive and quotes Geoff and Zain,...
Cooling the Blockchain Boom: CSA Staff Narrow the Path for Cryptocurrency Offerings
Sept. 07, 2017 - Cryptocurrency users take note – Canadian securities laws may apply, and regulators are paying attention. On August 24, 2017, the Canadian Securities Administrators released strong guidance on how securities regulators will view and regulate cryptocurrency offerings, also known as initial coin or...
SEC Issues Landmark Report on Blockchain Fundraising: Initial Coin Offerings “May Be” Securities Offerings
July 28, 2017 - This week the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published an investigative report1 confirming what many in the blockchain industry had long anticipated: depending on the facts, the offer and sale of blockchain tokens pursuant to an initial coin offering (ICO) “may be” subject to U.S. ...
CRTC Releases Much-Needed Guidance on CASL's Computer Program Provisions
Nov. 17, 2014 - Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), which came into force in July this year and targets unsolicited commercial electronic messages, also aims to curtail malicious software such as malware and spyware. CASL achieves this objective by requiring express consent for the installation of computer...