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RECENT WORK

  • Acted as counsel to a witness at the Elliott Lake Inquiry.
  • ACI is the Canadian arm of the French hotel group, Accor SA, one of the world’s leading hotel groups.  In October of 2012, Accor SA completed the sale of the Motel 6 chain in North America to Blackstone Real Estate Partners for $1.9 billion.  We acted as Canadian counsel on the Canadian assets worth about $30 million.
  • Restructured cost-sharing arrangements among medical professionals.
  • Advised a European manufacturer establishing Canadian distribution network.
  • Implemented inter-generational transfer of business to the satisfaction of founder, adult children and father’s wife, including designing sophisticated corporate structure and shareholders agreement for the next generation and addressing family law business risks for the next generation.
  • Represent lenders and borrowers in commercial loan and asset based lending transactions.
  • Acted as counsel to Ernst & Young Inc. in its capacity as CCAA Monitor of Ghana Gold Corp. and affiliates.
  • Acted for AECOM Canada Ltd. in the defence of a multi-million dollar negligence action brought against AECOM, the MTO and the paving subcontractor. While the MTO was found liable to the Plaintiff, AECOM as designer and Contract Administrator of the Highway 575 rehabilitation project was found not liable.
  • Sale of shares of North American corporate group in logistics industry.  Transaction completed in nine business days to achieve urgent client goals.
  • Provided advice and counsel to a technology company in complex share and asset sale to a major U.S. content delivery network in a transaction valued at US $55,000,000. The matter included addressing employment, leasing and non-competition and non-solicitation issues. After closing, the purchaser (which was represented by a separate law firm during the transaction) engaged our firm to represent it with respect to ongoing corporate, employment and litigation matters.
  • Litigation Counsel to CourtCanada Ltd. in its multimillion dollar law suit against the Ontario Government.
  • Acting for large crown corporations in the conveyance of numerous parcels of land and the reservation of easements over those and other lands.
  • Implemented sophisticated tax-driven corporate reorganization in water-treatment industry.
  • Advised numerous Canadian and U.S. manufacturers concerning distribution networks.
  • Implemented friendly disassociation of siblings in a Canadian services business.
  • Acted as counsel to Harris & Partners Inc. in its capacity as CCAA Monitor in the restructuring of The Futura Loyalty Group Inc.
  • Regularly advise factoring company on various issues.
  • Purchase of shares of corporate group in construction industry.
  • Acting for a major post-CCAA Restructuring Proceeding supplier to Essar Algoma Steel.
  • Represented a director and significant shareholder of a public company and the shareholder’s affiliate in an attempt: (i) to force the removal of those directors who did not receive the support a majority of shares cast in the most recent annual general meeting of shareholders, and (ii) to nominate affiliate for election to the board of directors.
  • Acted for patent and rights holders in negotiating and establishing several licensing and supply agreements with foreign customers.
  • Regularly advise foreign lenders on lending to Canadian subsidiaries of US parents.
  • Acting for a railway company in the sale of several miles of railway, and the securing of easements over siding lands and other lands required for railway purposes.
  • Implemented sophisticated tax-driven corporate reorganization in software industry.
  • Designed a trade-mark protection strategy for a national wholesale distributor.
  • Resolved bitter disputes among siblings in a number of companies without litigation.
  • Acting for a Receiver in the sale of a 20-acre quarry and related equipment.
  • Purchase of shares of company operating several automobile dealerships.
  • Provided advice and counsel to digital advertising agency in sale of shares of affiliated real estate corporation for $1.6 million; a portion of this purchase price was financed through the establishment of a vendor take-back mortgage. The sole asset of the affiliate was land in York Region that had potential for development. Follow-on work included representation of client in a negotiation to postpone the vendor take-back mortgage in favour of municipality pursuant to a site plan control agreement between the formerly affiliated corporation and the municipality.
  • Represents a 200+ pharmacy buying group, assisting with contract drafting and negotiation, corporate structuring and regulatory framework and helping to establish a related web portal business for benefit plans and members.
  • Acted for a major motor sports manufacturer in acquiring a commercial loan portfolio with assets exceeding $150 million, and subsequently in establishing a retail finance business across Canada.
  • Acting for private telecommunication entity in a joint venture arrangement with a Municipality, and another arrangement with a municipally controlled hydro utility.
  • Advising numerous clients regarding rights-of-way, easements, and restrictive covenants, and the providing of opinions regarding their legal effect.
  • Implemented numerous creditor-proofing and income splitting corporate reorganizations,  including registering security and setting up family trusts.
  • Designed customized shareholders agreements for many unique situations.
  • Acting for the Debtor in a $25MM restructuring of a hotel.
  • Acting for the General Contractor building Pan-American Games event facilities in both Ontario and Quebec Bankruptcy Proceedings involving a major sub-contractor.
  • While acting for the Receiver in BDC v. Marlwood Golf & Country Club, 2015 ONSC 3909 (CanLII), successfully opposed the debtor’s attempts to redeem the mortgage and to interrupt the sales process.
  • Purchase of shares of company operating automobile dealership and leasing company.
  • Sale of 50% of shares of company operating automobile dealership and leasing company and negotiation of shareholder arrangements.
  • Routinely advise on privacy law, anti-spam and related matters.
  • Represent both lenders and borrowers in commercial loan and asset based lending transactions.
  • Acted for the purchaser in the acquisition of a well-known cleaning franchise business.
  • Acting for large developer in connection with construction agreement, financing agreement and development charges agreement with Town of Orangeville for construction of private well (to be transferred to Town) for providing water for 400 lot subdivision.
  • Negotiating settlement between County of Dufferin and Dufferin Area Hospital for the supply of ambulance services.
  • Obtaining private legislation through the Legislature of Ontario to reduce real property taxes for a hydro electricity producer, and negotiating and securing the required consent and resolution for the local School Board (Bill Pr124).
  • Acting for the largest lien claimant creditor in the CCAA restructuring proceedings relating to the Mady Group of Companies and their real property development projects.
  • Acting for unpaid U.S. suppliers in the CCAA restructuring proceedings of Target Canada.
  • Sale of shares of corporation operating pharmacy business.
  • Drafted and negotiated a complex services agreement on behalf of a major credit monitoring and services company for a credit card application process system with a major Canadian retailer.
  • Acted for management stakeholders in $18 million sale of services business to a public company.
  • Implemented numerous tax-driven and complex corporate reorganizations.
  • Advising Regional Municipality of Ottawa – Carleton (now City of Ottawa) on a variety of matters including the provisions of private ambulance services in the course of the amalgamation of a number of municipalities into the City of Ottawa.
  • Advising Canada Lands Company on the subdivision and development of the former Canadian Forces Base in Oakville, including sharing of costs with private developers for the development of proposed plans of condominium and issues pertaining to the decommissioning and sale to private entities of the development lands comprising the former Canadian Forces Base in London.
  • Advised private equity investor concerning several technology company investments.
  • Advised Canadian services provider on acquisition of UK subsidiary.
  • Sale of shares of North American corporate group in the water treatment industry.
  • Acting for a charitable institution mortgagee in the Rose and Thistle/Walton Receivership proceedings.
  • Acted for minority shareholders in the reorganization of a privately held, self-funded investment group.
  • Advised multi-national beverage company in technology licensing transaction.
  • Advised several foreign companies and assisted in establishing a Canadian presence and business operations.
  • Negotiating on behalf of the City of Mississauga reciprocal agreements with commercial and residential condominium developers for public parking.
  • Acting for several municipally controlled telecommunications entities and providing advice regarding provision of services to private entities.
  • Acting for the City of Mississauga negotiating joint use agreements for subway/bus terminals including with the TTC and a commercial land owner / developer.
  • Negotiating ground leasing of lands along provincial highways to retail users.
  • Processing and challenging first applications and conversions into Land Titles.
  • Purchase of shares of corporate group operating a retail chain of stores.
  • Sale of shares of Canadian OEM in the control system industry.
  • Regularly advise Canadian lenders on loan and security matters.