Miller Thomson’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group consists of lawyers in our 12 offices across Canada who provide clients with extensive “on the ground” expertise and experience in the complex area of both Public and Private M&A. Our multi-jurisdictional and multi-disciplinary team advises on all types of transactions, from inception to post-closing integration, including privately negotiated purchases of shares or assets, as well as public company mergers and acquisitions completed by way of take-over bids, amalgamations and plans of arrangement. We provide solutions-driven transactional services in a cost-efficient and innovative manner to achieve our clients’ objectives.
Members have expertise in domestic and cross-border deals, and an in-depth knowledge of key industry sectors, including Mining, Oil and Gas, Manufacturing, Automotive, Technology, E-commerce, CleanTech, Telecommunications, Banking and Financial Services, Insurance, Real Estate, Transportation, Hospitality, and Health Care and Life Sciences, among others. We have a comprehensive understanding of Canada’s unique legislative and regulatory landscape and strong relationships with regulators.
Our M&A client base is diverse and includes major domestic and international corporations as well as entrepreneurs and emerging companies, financial institutions, governmental entities, public companies, privately held companies, private equity firms, controlling shareholders, management buy-out groups, boards of directors and special committees.
Our focused and strategic approach begins with first fully understanding each client’s business objectives and needs, and from there, successfully identifying and allocating risk, and structuring, negotiating and efficiently completing the M&A transaction. We devise innovative deal and taxation structures that will meet the specific requirements of each business. We apply this approach to deals of all sizes and complexity and every retainer is handled with the same commitment to excellence.
Critical to the success of any M&A endeavour is specialized knowledge of the complex and varied legal and regulatory issues that arise in such transactions. Our M&A Group draws on the firm’s expertise in tax, competition/antitrust, foreign investment review, financing, pensions and benefits, employment and labour, intellectual property, real estate, environmental, business immigration, government relations, international trade and customs and First Nations consultation. Where required, we can provide extensive restructuring and insolvency experience to address the specific challenges faced by distressed targets. Clients can also rely on Miller Thomson’s litigation team to attend to any securities litigation matters or regulatory hearings that may arise in hostile situations.
Bloomberg ranks Miller Thomson #2 by deal count for Canadian M&A in Q1 2017
In its first quarter 2017 league tables*, Bloomberg credited Miller Thomson with advising on 29 Canadian M&A transactions, the second highest total among law firms for Canadian deals. This number outpaces the 24 transactions credited to Miller Thomson in Q1...
Miller Thomson attracts prominent Canadian corporate finance, securities and M&A expertise
Miller Thomson has welcomed two of Toronto’s most prominent business lawyers, Lawrence Wilder and Tom Koutoulakis, who have joined the firm as partners. Wilder and Koutoulakis join the Toronto business law group that has seen 10 new partners arrive in...
Bloomberg ranks Miller Thomson among busiest law firms for Canadian M&A in 2016
In its recently released 2016 year-end Canadian M&A league table rankings*, Bloomberg identified Miller Thomson as one of only four law firms which advised on 100 or more Canadian M&A transactions. Credited with 101 deals in 2016, the firm ranked...
Miller Thomson again ranked among Canadian M&A leaders in Q1-Q3 2016
On October 3, 2016, Bloomberg published its M&A legal advisory league tables for the first three quarters of 2016*. Miller Thomson once again placed among the top law firms for the number of Canadian M&A deals in which it played...
Miller Thomson lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017
126 Miller Thomson lawyers from across the country and in numerous areas of law have been recognized for their expertise in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada. This result is up from 122 lawyers ranked last year....
Bloomberg ranks Miller Thomson among Canadian M&A leaders in H1 2016
On July 1, 2016, Bloomberg published its M&A legal advisory league tables for the first half of 2016.* Miller Thomson once again placed among the top law firms for the number of Canadian M&A deals, having advised on 43 deals...
#1 law firm for number of Canadian M&A deals in Q1 2016
Bloomberg1 and Thomson Reuters2 recently released their M&A legal advisory league tables for the first quarter of 2016 and Miller Thomson achieved a #1 ranking. When measured by number of deals, Miller Thomson led both sets of Canadian M&A league...
Canadian Public Target M&A Deal Points Study released by ABA business law section
On January 6, 2016, the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section M&A Market Trends Subcommittee of the Committee on Mergers & Acquisitions released the Canadian Public Target M&A Deal Points Study. Barbara R.C. Doherty is a member of the study’s working group.
Miller Thomson wins M&A Awards
Miller Thomson LLP was recently named the winner of the ACQ Global Award 2014 for Tax Litigation Law Firm of the Year- Canada and the Transfer Pricing Law Firm of the Year- Canada. A leading global M&A magazine, ACQ polled...
Miller Thomson leads Canadian law firms in deal flow in 2012
Miller Thomson earns first place on the list of Canadian legal advisors to the underwriters for the number of equity deals completed in 2012, as reported in the January 31, 2013 issue of the Financial Post. Says Jay Hoffman, Chair...
Alfred Apps speaks on dealing with a financially distressed company
Alfred Apps is a presenter for the Ontario Bar Association’s program on “Dealing with the Board of a Financially Distressed Company”.
Jennifer Bishop and Lyne Gaulin are chairing the Law Society of Upper Canada’s event “Practice Gems: Essentials of the Privately Held Company 2013” on September 26, 2013.
Andy Chan co-chairs the “9th Annual Securities and Business Law Forum” presented by Insight in Toronto, January 25-26.
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Considérations pratiques en droit des affaires et en financement
Louis-Philippe Borduas et Julien Morier présentent une conférence sous forme de « Lunch & Learn » le 1er décembre à La Gare|Espace collaboratif. La présentation porte sur les considérations pratiques légales que tout entrepreneur devrait connaître en droit des affaires et en financement. Louis-Philippe et Julien aborderont...
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The Franchise Voice, Volume 12 Issue 3
Miller Thomson’s National M&A Work is Ranked Top Tier Among Canadian Law Firms and Globally
We are proud to acknowledge the Q1 2011 accomplishments of our M&A practitioners and close colleagues of Miller Thomson’s national corporate tax team. In the first quarter M&A league table rankings, released just after our own Federal Budget Review was...
Mergers and Acquisitions of Franchise Systems
Franchise Voice, Canadian Franchise Association
CSA Staff Notice 51-333: Environmental Reporting Guidance
Introduction Increasing environmental awareness has significantly affected the manner in which businesses operate and plan for the future. With environmental regulation at the forefront of the public conscience, companies and investors have requested clarification of the continuous disclosure (“CD”) requirements...
New Regulation For Rating Agencies
The Canadian Securities Administrators (the “CSA”) have recently released for comment proposed National Instrument 25-101 Designated Rating Organizations (the “Proposed Rule”). The Proposed Rule is the first attempt to regulate credit rating organizations (“CROs”) in Canada. The CSA have, apparently,...
IIROC New Product Due Diligence Regulatory Review – Common Deficiencies and Requirements for Written Policies, Procedures and Controls
In our Fall 2009 issue, we discussed the Canadian Securities Administrators’ (“CSA”) Staff Notice 33-315 entitled Suitability Obligation and Know Your Product (the “Staff Notice”) in which the CSA gave guidance to registrants with respect to the “know your product” and...
CSA Staff Notice 51-332 – Continuous Disclosure Review Program Activities for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2010
On an annual basis reporting issuers can benefit from reviewing the results of the Canadian Securities Administrators’ (the “CSA”) continuous disclosure (“CD”) review program. The CD review program has the goal of identifying material disclosure deficiencies in the public disclosure...
Court Approval of Plan of Arrangement: The Magna Decision
In August 2010, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice approved a plan of arrangement (“Arrangement“) which allowed Magna International Inc. (“Magna“) to eliminate its dual class share structure. A plan of arrangement is a court supervised procedure that requires the...
Le défi du transfert d’entreprise : Comment les aspects juridiques peuvent contribuer au succès de votre démarche, Les grandes conférences
New Directions in Canadian Rights Plans – But Which Way?
On July 27, 2010, the British Columbia Securities Commission (“BCSC”) issued its full majority reasons for its April 2010 decision to cease-trade the Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. shareholder rights plan (the “SRP”) adopted in response to a hostile bid made...
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