Hard-working and methodical, Gilles is known for immersing himself in his clients’ deals and being a strategic thinker.
Gilles has a broad generalist practice that is primarily transactional in nature. He is often called upon to advise on complex, time-sensitive transactions, and clients value his ability to think strategically in helping them achieve their goals.
Gilles has experience in advising clients on a wide range of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, secured lending, securities offerings, and various other general corporate matters. He also regularly advises clients on corporate governance issues and their ongoing securities and corporate law obligations.
Acted for Digital Colony, the global digital infrastructure investment platform of Colony Capital, Inc., in its acquisition (and related bank financing) of Beanfield Technologies Inc., an independent bandwidth infrastructure provider serving the enterprise, carrier and multi-dwelling unit markets in Toronto and Montréal over its owned fibre network.
Arizona Mining Inc.
Acted for Arizona Mining Inc. in its sale to South32 Limited in an all-cash transaction valuing Arizona Mining at approximately $2.1 billion, by plan of arrangement.
Acted for Fortis Inc. in its $500-million at-the-market public offering of common shares, which will be sold through the Toronto Stock Exchange, the New York Stock Exchange or on any other marketplace in Canada or the United States on which the common shares are traded.
Bank of Montreal
Acted as Canadian counsel to Bank of Montreal and a syndicate of lenders in connection with the refinancing of the (i) US$900 million term loan and the (ii) C$575 million revolving credit facility made available to certain wholly-owned subsidiaries of BRP Inc.
Augusta Resource Corporation
Acted for Augusta Resource Corporation in connection with the defence of the unsolicited take-over bid made by HudBay Minerals Inc., which ultimately resulted in a negotiated transaction representing total equity value of $540 million.
Minmetals Resources Limited
Acted for Minmetals Resources Limited in its successful $1.33-billion friendly take-over bid for Anvil Mining Limited.
INNOVA Gaming Group Inc.
Acted for Special Committee of the Board of Directors of INNOVA Gaming Group Inc. in the unsolicited takeover by Pollard Banknote Limited of all of the outstanding common shares of INNOVA.
Acted for Celestica Inc. in connection with various matters involving the US$550-million revolving credit facility agreement it has entered into with a syndicate of lenders.
Shaw Communications Inc.
Acted for Shaw Communications Inc. in its $2-billion acquisition through Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act proceedings of the conventional and specialty television business of Canwest Global Communications Corp., now known as Shaw Media.
Postmedia Network Inc.
Acted for Postmedia Network Inc. in connection with its acquisition of the publishing business of Canwest LP under a sale proceeding conducted pursuant to the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act. The aggregate enterprise value of the assets was estimated to be $1.1 billion.
CSA Reviewing and Seeking Comments on Soliciting Dealer Arrangements in Proxy Contests and Corporate Transactions
Apr. 13, 2018 - On April 12, 2018, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published Staff Notice 61-303 and Request for Comment – Soliciting Dealer Arrangements (the Notice) outlining issues identified by staff in respect of the use of soliciting dealer arrangements in proxy contests and corporate...
Shareholder Engagement – ICD Provides Guidance for Canadian Companies
Mar. 10, 2016 - On March 7, 2016, the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), a not-for-profit director association consisting of more than 10,000 members across Canada, published guidance to help boards of Canadian public companies develop a shareholder engagement approach to corporate governance. Recent...
B.C. Securities Commission Issues Augusta Rights Plan Reasons
June 26, 2014 - On June 24, 2014, the British Columbia Securities Commission released the reasons for its May 2, 2014 decision to cease trade the rights plan of Augusta Resource Corporation on July 15, 2014. The central issue put to the BCSC was whether to respect the overwhelming vote of the shareholders of...
B.C. Securities Commission Takes Hybrid Approach to Cease Trading Augusta’s Rights Plan
May 07, 2014 - On May 2, 2014, the British Columbia Securities Commission (the BCSC) determined to allow the shareholder rights plan of Augusta Resource Corporation (Augusta) to remain in effect for at least 156 days after the announcement of the unsolicited offer by HudBay Minerals Inc. (HudBay) to acquire the...