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 lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2019
In the just released 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada, 144 Miller Thomson lawyers from across the country have been recognized for their expertise in 47 areas of law. This includes 6 lawyers who were awarded “Lawyer of the Year” in...
Miller Thomson continues strategic growth
Miller Thomson recognizes that the complexities of today’s business landscape increasingly call for legal solutions that span multiple disciplines and jurisdictions. With a continued focus on building our national platform, we are pleased to welcome the following lawyers who have...
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...
Max Spearn co-chairs and presents at the Law Society of Ontario’s 9th Business Law Summit
Max Spearn co-chairs and presents at the Law Society of Ontario’s 9th Business Law Summit in Toronto on May 13, 2019.
Ryan Done chairs LSO “Buying or Selling a Business in 2019” seminar
Ryan Done will be chairing the LSO “Buying or Selling a Business in 2019” seminar taking place March 20, 2019 in Toronto.
Barbara Doherty and Eugene Gierczak speak at “Doing Business in Canada”
Barbara Doherty and Eugene Gierczak speak at “Doing Business in Canada” at the FENALAW Conference held in São Paulo. FENALAW is the largest legal event in South America that brings together more than 4000 lawyers. They will also be presenting...
Catherine Bate and Kelly Harris speak at the 2018 ANA/BAA Marketing Law Conference in Chicago
Catherine Bate speaks at the 2018 ANA/BAA Marketing Law Conference in Chicago on Wednesday November 7, 2018 on the topic of “Looking Beyond the Borders”. Kelly Harris will speak on the topic of “Changing Global Awareness of Gender Issues in...
Barbara Doherty and Eugene Gierczak present on “Doing Business in Canada”
Barbara Doherty and Eugene Gierczak have been invited to make a “Doing Business in Canada” presentation at the International George Brown Students at the GBC Waterfront Campus, 51 Dockside Drive, Toronto on July 31, 2018.
Catherine Bate speaks at the Practising Law Institute’s “Global Sweepstakes and Contests” webinar
With the rapidly changing digital landscape, running a global sweepstakes program or contest has become a multifaceted marketing tactic. Join members of the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance from the USA, Canada, Columbia, Sweden, and Portugal on a panel discussing key...
James Klotz speaks at IE Law School on the topic of “The Future of the Legal Profession”
James Klotz speaks on “The Future of the Legal Profession” July 25th at the Law Schools Global League’s conference discussing the future of legal education. The conference will be hosted by IE Law School in Madrid, Spain.
Anna Balinsky presents at the Law Society of Ontario’s “Choosing the Right Business Structure” seminar
Anna Balinsky presents on “General Overview of Alternative Business Structures: What are the Choices?” at the Law Society of Ontario’s “Choosing the Right Business Structure” seminar on October 4, 2018.
Danielle Bush speaks at The Osgoode Certificate in Gaming Law
Danielle Bush speaks on the topic of “Compliance and Consumer Protection” at The Osgoode Certificate in Gaming Law program
Gal Smolar speaks at Canadian Law and Blockchain Technology event
Gal Smolar is a panelist at MLG Blockchain’s Canadian Law and Blockchain Technology event which brings together legal experts and entrepreneurs in the blockchain landscape to discuss how Canadian law applies to this innovative technology.
“Market Close” Cocktail – Artificial Intelligence
Next Miller Thomson’s “Market Close” Cocktail will be on artificial intelligence. Join us for an informal discussion on the latest developments in the Canadian market regarding the emergence and increased prominence of artificial intelligence and the rapidly evolving commercial and regulatory...
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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...
Vantage Data Centres Acquires Canada-based 4Degrees Colocation for $259 million
Counsel to Vantage Data Centres, LLC
Frankie’s Canadian Restaurants Inc. sells restaurant in Lloydminster, Alberta
Counsel to Frankie’s Canadian Restaurants Inc.
Frankie’s Burgers 104 Inc. sells restaurant in Edmonton, Alberta
Counsel to Frankie’s Burgers 104 Inc.
Frankie’s Burger Enterprises Inc. sells restaurant in Edmonton, Alberta
Counsel to Frankie’s Burger Enterprises Inc.
Visa Canada Corporation, the Toronto-Dominion Bank and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce provided financial support to Air Canada in connection with its acquisition of Aimia Canada Inc. and its Aeroplan Loyalty business at an amended purchase price of $497 million plus the assumption of $1.9 billion of liabilities
Counsel to Visa Canada Corporation
Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec Foundation sell Lynde Creek Retirement Community for $34.5 million
Counsel to Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec Foundation, as well as the Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec Housing Corporation
SPX Corporation completes acquisition of Carmanah Technologies Corporation’s marine business, amongst others, for USD $77 million
Counsel to SPX Corporation
Sun Life Financial, acting as Administrative Agent, completes a recapitalization for a Canadian fully integrated real estate company
Counsel to the Agent and Lenders, Sun Life Financial
Airborn Consolidated Holdings, Inc. completes recapitalization with LBC Credit Partners as Term Lender, and Wells Fargo Capital Finance as the ABL Revolving Lender
Canadian counsel to Airborn Consolidated Holdings, Inc.
Fuelex Energy Ltd. completes asset purchase from Blue Water West Ltd.
Counsel to Fuelex Energy Ltd.