Capital Markets & Securities

Overview

Miller Thomson’s Capital Markets and Securities group consists of over 40 lawyers in our offices across the country, including in Canada’s main capital market centres: Toronto, Calgary, Montreal and Vancouver. Our lawyers focus on providing high-quality legal and strategic advice to a broad spectrum of clients, ranging from governments issuing bonds to private companies completing their first seed round. We represent clients in a range of industries, including technology, life sciences, mining, oil & gas, industrials and real estate. We focus on getting deals done in a timely, responsive and effective way and pride ourselves on meeting our clients’ needs.

Our clients have come to value our expertise in assisting them when they need to raise capital. We regularly provide advice to public and private issuers raising money in a vast array of transactions, including private placements, short form prospectus offerings, Canada-U.S. cross-border and international offerings, rights offerings, convertible debt and initial public offerings. We also act for brokerage firms, financial institutions, institutional investors, exempt market dealers, private equity firms and angel investors as they undertake due diligence and raise capital for companies in private and public offerings. The Capital Markets and Securities group also advises issuers, governments and crown corporations with respect to senior note and bond issuances.

Our specialized advice also includes advising acquiror and target boards and special committees on public mergers and acquisitions transactions. We have experience undertaking a great variety of transactions, including take-over bids, plans of arrangements, reverse take-overs, amalgamations, Capital Pool Company qualifying transactions, going private transactions, squeeze-out transactions and other business combination transactions.

We are trusted advisors to company boards and special committees on all aspects of corporate governance, whether it be responding to an unsolicited offer, launching a proxy contest, structuring and implementing governance and executive compensation policies or advising on continuous disclosure requirements. We also act for investment dealers and financial advisors, providing process and transaction advice in relation to business combination transactions.

Our lawyers are also experienced in securities regulation. Members of the Capital Markets and Securities group provide advice on complex derivatives regulation, securities dealer registration regulation and other capital markets regulatory issues. Our clients have come to rely on us for assistance with regulatory matters involving the Toronto Stock Exchange, the TSX Venture Exchange, IIROC and the various securities commissions across Canada.

COVID-19 Resources

We have written on a variety of topics to help identify the pertinent issues, understand the legal implications, minimize risk exposure and manage legal obligations.

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Advancing our Clients’ Business Ambitions - H1 2020

Miller Thomson’s M&A and Capital Markets teams advised on a variety of transactions in H1 2020. This recently released document highlights some of the firm’s notable deals.

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Miller Thomson ranks top five by various publishers for Canadian M&A and Capital Markets in 2018

In the recent releases of their 2018 year-end Canadian M&A and Capital Markets league table rankings, Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters and the Financial Post have ranked Miller Thomson top five in various categories.

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Securities Practice Notes

Read the latest issue of Miller Thomson’s Securities Practice Notes publication.

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