Chris N. Germanakos 

Chris N. Germanakos

Toronto
Brookfield Place, Suite 4400
181 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2T3

t: 416.865.7865
e: chris.germanakos@mcmillan.ca

overview

Chris is a senior business lawyer and trusted advisor to the firm's clients. As a partner in the Business Law Group, he focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, joint ventures and complex business transactions. Chris also advises on corporate governance, regulatory and commercial matters and assists clients with their strategic and planning needs.

Chris has broad experience in various sectors, including the energy, consumer products, infrastructure, financial services, automotive and non-profit sectors. He represents public and private corporations, both domestic and foreign, in connection with their investments and business activities in Canada.

Representative Matters

  • Lead counsel on numerous private equity transactions involving Kilmer Capital Partners, Manulife Capital, OMERS Capital Partners and Terrma Capital, among other private equity participants
  • Member of the firm's Energy Group and advisor to distributors, generators, developers, district energy providers and others in the energy sector on commercial matters, mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures
  • Member of the firm's Insurance Group and lead counsel on a number of significant acquisitions and divestitures in the insurance industry, including the purchase by Royal & Sun Alliance of GCAN Insurance Company, L'Union Canadienne, Canadian Northern Shield and Kemper's Canadian insurance business; the sale of Seaboard Life Insurance Company; and the purchase by RBC Insurance of Westbury Life Insurance Company
  • Public/private infrastructure transactions, including the transfer and financing of water and wastewater treatment plants and collection systems and the development of municipal sports facilities
  • Lead counsel on transactions in the renewable energy, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, consumer products, forestry, funeral and cemetery, non-profit and automotive sectors, among others

Publications

Ontario Election 2014: Party Positions on FIT Contracts
When Negotiations Become Binding: The "I" in "LOI"
Directors and officer's insurance policies: pay attention to the details

News

McMillan lawyers well-represented in the 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
McMillan lawyers well-represented in the 2016 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
McMillan lawyers are well represented in the 2014 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
Chris Germanakos and Michael Thackray named 2013 "Leading Energy Lawyers" by Lexpert
Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2013 Recognizes 44 McMillan Leading Practitioners

Education

  • Queen's University, LLB - 1986
  • University of Toronto, B.Comm. - 1983

Year Of Call

  • Called to the Ontario bar - 1988

Practices

business law
acquisitions and divestitures
private equity
mergers and acquisitions
negotiated transactions
insurance
business formation
corporate governance
charities and not-for-profit
public-private partnerships

Industries

investments
insurance
renewables
automotive manufacturers and distributors
public-private partnerships

Directorships and Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association (Business Law Section)
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association
  • Ontario Energy Association

Awards & Rankings

  • Repeatedly recommended, Corporate Mid-Market, in the 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
  • Listed in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2016 as a leading practitioner in the area of Corporate Mid-Market Law
  • Recognized by Lexpert in the Report on Business Magazine in 2013 and 2014 as a "Leading Energy Lawyer"
  • Recommended as a leading practitioner in The Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory
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Chris is a senior business lawyer and trusted advisor to the firm's clients. As a partner in the Business Law Group, he focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, joint ventures and complex business transactions. Chris also advises on corporate governance, regulatory and commercial matters and assists clients with their strategic and planning needs.

Chris has broad experience in various sectors, including the energy, consumer products, infrastructure, financial services, automotive and non-profit sectors. He represents public and private corporations, both domestic and foreign, in connection with their investments and business activities in Canada.

  • Lead counsel on numerous private equity transactions involving Kilmer Capital Partners, Manulife Capital, OMERS Capital Partners and Terrma Capital, among other private equity participants
  • Member of the firm's Energy Group and advisor to distributors, generators, developers, district energy providers and others in the energy sector on commercial matters, mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures
  • Member of the firm's Insurance Group and lead counsel on a number of significant acquisitions and divestitures in the insurance industry, including the purchase by Royal & Sun Alliance of GCAN Insurance Company, L'Union Canadienne, Canadian Northern Shield and Kemper's Canadian insurance business; the sale of Seaboard Life Insurance Company; and the purchase by RBC Insurance of Westbury Life Insurance Company
  • Public/private infrastructure transactions, including the transfer and financing of water and wastewater treatment plants and collection systems and the development of municipal sports facilities
  • Lead counsel on transactions in the renewable energy, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, consumer products, forestry, funeral and cemetery, non-profit and automotive sectors, among others