Patrick J. Phelan 

Co-Chair, Ontario, Business Law
Toronto  t: 416.307.4068  |  e: patrick.phelan@mcmillan.ca

Patrick J. Phelan

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

t: 416.307.4068
e: patrick.phelan@mcmillan.ca

overview

Patrick Phelan is the Co-Chair, Ontario, of the firm's Business Law group. Patrick's practice consists of specialized securities matters, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate advice.

Mergers and acquisitions constitute the majority of his practice. Patrick regularly acts for several large and well known corporations in their Canadian M&A activity. He also represents sellers and purchasers of smaller entrepreneurial companies.

In the securities area, Patrick has acted for acquirors and target companies in several takeover bids and related transactions. He has also counselled boards of directors and independent committees in a wide variety of transactions.

Patrick also advises private equity investors with respect to their equity or debt investments, usually including complex share provision and shareholder arrangements.

Patrick's clients on publicly disclosed transactions in Canada have included: IBM Canada Ltd, Rogers Communications Inc, Scotia Merchant Capital Corporation, Nabisco Ltd, Kraft Canada Inc, Davis + Henderson Corporation and Richards Packaging Inc.

Representative Matters

Patrick Phelan acted as lead or part of the legal team in the following transactions:

  • Georgia-Pacific LLC's acquisition of Grant Forest Products Inc.'s oriented strand board (OSB) facilities in Canada and the U.S. for US$400 million.
  • Associated Proteins Limited Partnership in its asset purchase by Viterra Inc.
  • Kraft Canada Inc.'s sale of its Post cereal brand assets in Canada to a subsidiary of Ralcorp Holdings, Inc., the parent corporation of Ralston Foods Inc.
  • Teck Cominco Limited's acquisition of Global Copper Corp. by way of a plan of arrangement for aggregate proceeds of approximately C$415 million.
  • Richards Packaging Inc.'s acquisition of The E.J. McKernan Co. and related financing.
  • Kraft Canada Inc.'s sale of its Del Monte/ Aylmer/ Primo business division.
  • ShawCor Ltd.'s acquisition of Halliburton Co.'s 50% interests in Bredero Shaw, the world's largest pipe coating business.
  • Citicorp Global Markets and Merrill Lynch loan in connection with the US$1 billion purchase by Toronto-based Cinram International of Time Warner's DVD and CD manufacturing and distribution business.
  • Private equity investors in an equity financing by Q9 Networks, Inc., a Canadian Internet infrastructure and services provider.

Education

  • University of Western Ontario, LLB - 1981
  • University of Western Ontario, BA - 1978

Year Of Call

  • Called to the Ontario bar - 1983

Practices

acquisitions and divestitures
business formation
negotiated transactions
private equity
corporate governance
business law
mergers and acquisitions

Teaching Engagements

  • Former instructor in the Business Law Section of the Bar Admission Course (Ontario).
  • Occasional engagements as panelist at Business or Securities Law conferences.

Community Involvement

  • Former Board member of St. Joseph's Health Centre (Toronto).
  • Capital Campaign Committee of Blessed Sacrament Church (Toronto).
  • Former coach or manager of several minor hockey or soccer teams in Toronto.

Awards & Rankings

  • Received a "BV" Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
  • Recognized in the 2011/2012 edition and prior editions of the PLC Cross-border Mergers and Acquisitions Handbook as a "Recommended Mergers and Acquisitions Practitioner in Canada".
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Patrick Phelan is the Co-Chair, Ontario, of the firm's Business Law group. Patrick's practice consists of specialized securities matters, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate advice.

Mergers and acquisitions constitute the majority of his practice. Patrick regularly acts for several large and well known corporations in their Canadian M&A activity. He also represents sellers and purchasers of smaller entrepreneurial companies.

In the securities area, Patrick has acted for acquirors and target companies in several takeover bids and related transactions. He has also counselled boards of directors and independent committees in a wide variety of transactions.

Patrick also advises private equity investors with respect to their equity or debt investments, usually including complex share provision and shareholder arrangements.

Patrick's clients on publicly disclosed transactions in Canada have included: IBM Canada Ltd, Rogers Communications Inc, Scotia Merchant Capital Corporation, Nabisco Ltd, Kraft Canada Inc, Davis + Henderson Corporation and Richards Packaging Inc.

Patrick Phelan acted as lead or part of the legal team in the following transactions:

  • Georgia-Pacific LLC's acquisition of Grant Forest Products Inc.'s oriented strand board (OSB) facilities in Canada and the U.S. for US$400 million.
  • Associated Proteins Limited Partnership in its asset purchase by Viterra Inc.
  • Kraft Canada Inc.'s sale of its Post cereal brand assets in Canada to a subsidiary of Ralcorp Holdings, Inc., the parent corporation of Ralston Foods Inc.
  • Teck Cominco Limited's acquisition of Global Copper Corp. by way of a plan of arrangement for aggregate proceeds of approximately C$415 million.
  • Richards Packaging Inc.'s acquisition of The E.J. McKernan Co. and related financing.
  • Kraft Canada Inc.'s sale of its Del Monte/ Aylmer/ Primo business division.
  • ShawCor Ltd.'s acquisition of Halliburton Co.'s 50% interests in Bredero Shaw, the world's largest pipe coating business.
  • Citicorp Global Markets and Merrill Lynch loan in connection with the US$1 billion purchase by Toronto-based Cinram International of Time Warner's DVD and CD manufacturing and distribution business.
  • Private equity investors in an equity financing by Q9 Networks, Inc., a Canadian Internet infrastructure and services provider.