Mergers & Acquisitions

Overview

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.

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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Straight Talk: Recent Trends in Canadian M&A

Issue 3 2020 of this quarterly publication is now available, with commentary from Miller Thomson Partners across Canada, a summary review of Q2 2020 market insights and highlights of our recent work.

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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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Securities Practice Notes

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

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