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 Manufacturing, Technology, Telecommunications, E-commerce, CleanTech, Banking and Financial Services, Insurance, Real Estate, Mining, Oil and Gas, Automotive, 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.
Miller Thomson again ranked among top law firms for Canadian M&A
In Bloomberg’s Canadian M&A legal advisory league tables for the first quarter of 2018*, Miller Thomson ranked second for volume of deals, having been credited with 26 transactions. This strong showing follows a banner year in 2017 when the firm...
Thomson Reuters identifies Miller Thomson as mid-market M&A leader
On January 11, 2018, Thomson Reuters published its 2017 mid-market M&A league tables for legal advisors* and Miller Thomson was assigned two top rankings. Miller Thomson advised on 139 Canadian mid-market M&A deals in 2017, leading all firms globally by...
Miller Thomson tops Bloomberg’s 2017 year end league tables
Bloomberg has published its M&A and capital markets league tables for 2017 and Miller Thomson leads the rankings by a number of key measures.* Miller Thomson was ranked #1 for Canadian M&A, having been credited with the most Canadian M&A...
Miller Thomson again leads Bloomberg’s Canada mid-market M&A league tables
Bloomberg has published its mid-market M&A legal advisory league tables for the first three quarters of 2017. Once again, Miller Thomson was credited with more Canadian mid-market M&A transactions (84) than any other law firm, easily outpacing the competition and...
Jennifer Babe and Andy Chan reappointed to Ontario Business Law Advisory Council
Jennifer Babe and Andy Chan have been reappointed by the Ontario Minister of Government and Consumer Services as members of the Business Law Advisory Council. Comprised of professionals with demonstrated expertise in commercial and corporate law, the council advises the Minister...
Miller Thomson leads Bloomberg’s Canada mid-market M&A league tables by deal count in H1 2017
In its mid-market M&A legal advisory league tables for the first half of 2017, Bloomberg credited Miller Thomson with more Canadian M&A transactions (61) than any other law firm. For Canadian M&A deal volume overall, the firm finished a very...
M&A Awards Gala in Quebec: Two Wins for Miller Thomson
Andrew Cohen has been recognized as “Dealmaker of the Year – M&A Legal Advisor” by the Montréal M&A Club. More than 300 people from the business community and media sector attended this first M&A Awards Gala in Quebec yesterday night....
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...
James Swanson to speak at the Entrepreneurial Development Conference & Expo
Jim Swanson speaks on the panel entitled BDC Presents: Money Talks Part II: Planning for a Successful Business Transaction on March 3 & 4, 2018 in Calgary. He will be discussing mergers and acquisitions, including corporate structure, legal documentation, due...
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...
TVA Group to acquire Serdy Média and Serdy Vidéo in $24 million transaction
Counsel to Serdy Média Inc. and Serdy Vidéo Inc.
Chartwell acquires four Edmonton retirement communities in $297.9 million transaction
Counsel to one of the vendors
Alabama Graphite acquired by Westwater Resources
Counsel to Alabama Graphite Corp.
Mountain Province Diamonds completes business combination with Kennady Diamonds
Counsel to the special committee of Mountain Province Diamonds
Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services expands services with transfer of 263 housing units
Counsel to Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services
Crown Holdings completes acquisition of Signode Industrial Group Holdings
Canadian counsel to Crown Holdings, Inc.
White Squirrel Investments acquires Bayview Golf Club
Counsel to White Squirrel Investments Ltd.
GFL Environmental acquires Smithrite Disposal and Carney’s Waste Systems
Counsel to GFL Environmental Inc.
Safety Express acquires Norclean
Counsel to Norclean and its shareholders
CanLII acquires Lexum
Counsel to CanLII