Sandra M. Knowler* 

Sandra M. Knowler*

Vancouver
Royal Centre, Suite 1500
1055 West Georgia Street, PO Box 11117
Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 4N7

t: 604.893.2334
e: sandra.knowler@mcmillan.ca

overview

Sandra Knowler is a partner in the Business Law Group of the firm's Vancouver office. She practises in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate/commercial law and venture capital/private equity.

Sandra has extensive corporate and commercial law experience and assists private businesses with a wide range of matters, including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital/private equity, divestitures, business structuring and organization, restructurings and reorganizations, business succession, and the preparation and negotiation of contracts, agreements and corporate documents.

Representative Matters

Sandra Knowler has been involved in the following representative transactions:

  • Acted for Bit Stew Systems in its US$153 million sale to GE Digital
  • Acted for Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation in its approximately $13.3 million acquisition of ASW Steel, Inc. (including $3.5 million in cash and assumption of approximately $9.6 million of outstanding indebtedness)
  • Acted as Canadian counsel to HCI Equity Partners in its merger of Royal Paper Products with its existing portfolio company AmerCare
  • Acted for GFL (Green for Life) Environmental in a significant acquisition of BC-based Enviro-Smart Organics and Instant Lawn Turf Farm
  • Acted as Canadian counsel to The WhiteWave Foods Company in its US$550 million acquisition of Sequel Naturals Ltd.
  • Acted for Plentyoffish Media Inc. respecting its US$575 million sale to The Match.com Group.
  • Acted for Bunge Canada with respect to the formation of a limited partnership with SALIC Canada Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Saudi Agriculture and Livestock Investment Company, to pursue a joint venture with Western Stevedoring Company Limited, with the intention of examining the feasibility of building an export grain terminal at Lynnterm West Gate at Port Metro Vancouver.
  • Acted for Ontario Gaming East Limited Partnership, in the $51.3 million acquisition of Shorelines Casino Thousand Islands and Shorelines Slots at Kawartha Downs from Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, including certain gaming assets and working capital, as well as acquiring a proposed gaming property. The transaction marks the first privatization of gaming assets/operations by OLG.
  • Acted for a subsidiary of Lonza Group Ltd. in its acquisition of Diacon Technologies Ltd., a privately held anti-sapstain business based in British Columbia.
  • Acted for West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. in its acquisition of sawmill and related assets based in High Prairie, Alberta from Gordon Buchanan Enterprises Ltd.
  • Acted for West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. in its acquisition of sawmill and lumber manufacturing operations based in Mansfield, Arkansas from Travis Lumber Company.
  • Acted as Canadian counsel to Koppers Inc. in its acquisition of Osmose Holdings, Inc.'s wood preservation and railroad services businesses.
  • Acted as Canadian counsel to Koppers Inc. in its acquisition of the Ashcroft, BC treating division of Tolko Industries Inc.
  • Acted for a BC-based health and fitness device maker in its $4.5 million Series A venture financing, and its $3 million Series A follow-on financing.
  • Acted for CTF Technologies, Inc. (a leading global provider of fuel cards and specialized payment products to businesses) in its US$180 million sale to FleetCor Technologies, Inc. 
  • Advised a BC-based online service company regarding its investment in a newly created private equity fund.
  • Acted for China Silian Instruments Group Co., Ltd. in its acquisition of Honeywell's sapphire wafer business.
  • Acted for Ainsworth Inc. in its acquisition of Hallmark Air Conditioning Ltd., a provider of heating, ventilation and air conditioning services in the Greater Vancouver Area and on Vancouver Island.
  • Acted for CML HealthCare Inc. in its acquisition of Associated Diagnostic Radiologists (which owns three medical imaging clinics in the Greater Vancouver Area) and Laurel Radiology Inc. (with two medical imaging clinics located in Vancouver), and its acquisition of the business and assets of five medical imaging clinics in the Greater Vancouver Area from General Medical Imaging Services Inc.
  • Acted for Marubeni America Corporation in its acquisition of Train Trailer Rentals, Ltd., a Mississauga, Ontario based trailer rental, leasing and service company.
  • Acted for West Fraser Timber Co. in its C$1.23 billion acquisition of Weldwood of Canada Ltd. from International Paper Co.
  • Acted for Great Canadian Gaming Corporation in its acquisition of Casino Nova Scotia Halifax and Casino Nova Scotia Sydney from a subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment, Inc.
  • Acted for the special committee of the board of directors of Gemcom Software International Inc. in its July 2008 acquisition by a vehicle indirectly owned by affiliates of JMI Equity Fund VI, L.P., Carlyle Venture Partners III, L.P. and Pala Investments Holdings Limited for approximately C$190 million.
  • Acted for West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. in its acquisition of Quesnel River Pulp Co.
  • Acted for Fortis Inc. in its C$1.47 billion acquisition of Aquila, Inc.'s Alberta and British Columbia utility assets.
  • Acted for Fortis Inc. in its acquisition of Princeton Light and Power Company, Limited.
  • Acted for Ballard Power Systems in its $553 million acquisition of XCELLSIS and Ecostar Electric Drive Systems LLC from DaimlerChrysler and Ford Motor Company.
  • Acted for Leavitt Machinery and Rentals Ltd. in its acquisition of Finning International's Western Canadian materials handling unit.
  • Acted for West Fraser Timber Co., respecting the C$220 million sale of its Revy Home Centres subsidiary.
  • Acted for Crown Packaging Ltd. in its C$165 million divestiture of its Canadian divisions and one US subsidiary to four separate purchasers.
  • Acted for West Fraser Mills in its acquisition of the Chasm Division of Ainsworth Lumber.

Publications

Labels, Endorsements, and Scientific Proof: A New Approach to Self-Care Products in Canada
North America's GMO-Labeling Policy Patchwork and the Consumer's "Right to Know"
What's in a Name? Organic Food Labelling in British Columbia
From Lab to Farm to Table: Regulation of Genetically Modified Food in Canada

Education

  • University of British Columbia, LLB - 2000
  • Simon Fraser University, BBA - 1997

Year Of Call

  • Called to the British Columbia bar - 2001

Practices

business law
mergers and acquisitions

Industries

healthcare
food, beverage and agribusiness
marine
terminals
transportation

Directorships and Professional Associations

  • Vancouver Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association, British Columbia Branch  
  • Women's Executive Network
  • Association of Women in Finance
  • Science World Equity Giving Committee

Media Mentions

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* Law Corporation

Sandra Knowler is a partner in the Business Law Group of the firm's Vancouver office. She practises in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate/commercial law and venture capital/private equity.

Sandra has extensive corporate and commercial law experience and assists private businesses with a wide range of matters, including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital/private equity, divestitures, business structuring and organization, restructurings and reorganizations, business succession, and the preparation and negotiation of contracts, agreements and corporate documents.

Sandra Knowler has been involved in the following representative transactions:

  • Acted for Bit Stew Systems in its US$153 million sale to GE Digital
  • Acted for Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation in its approximately $13.3 million acquisition of ASW Steel, Inc. (including $3.5 million in cash and assumption of approximately $9.6 million of outstanding indebtedness)
  • Acted as Canadian counsel to HCI Equity Partners in its merger of Royal Paper Products with its existing portfolio company AmerCare
  • Acted for GFL (Green for Life) Environmental in a significant acquisition of BC-based Enviro-Smart Organics and Instant Lawn Turf Farm
  • Acted as Canadian counsel to The WhiteWave Foods Company in its US$550 million acquisition of Sequel Naturals Ltd.
  • Acted for Plentyoffish Media Inc. respecting its US$575 million sale to The Match.com Group.
  • Acted for Bunge Canada with respect to the formation of a limited partnership with SALIC Canada Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Saudi Agriculture and Livestock Investment Company, to pursue a joint venture with Western Stevedoring Company Limited, with the intention of examining the feasibility of building an export grain terminal at Lynnterm West Gate at Port Metro Vancouver.
  • Acted for Ontario Gaming East Limited Partnership, in the $51.3 million acquisition of Shorelines Casino Thousand Islands and Shorelines Slots at Kawartha Downs from Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, including certain gaming assets and working capital, as well as acquiring a proposed gaming property. The transaction marks the first privatization of gaming assets/operations by OLG.
  • Acted for a subsidiary of Lonza Group Ltd. in its acquisition of Diacon Technologies Ltd., a privately held anti-sapstain business based in British Columbia.
  • Acted for West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. in its acquisition of sawmill and related assets based in High Prairie, Alberta from Gordon Buchanan Enterprises Ltd.
  • Acted for West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. in its acquisition of sawmill and lumber manufacturing operations based in Mansfield, Arkansas from Travis Lumber Company.
  • Acted as Canadian counsel to Koppers Inc. in its acquisition of Osmose Holdings, Inc.'s wood preservation and railroad services businesses.
  • Acted as Canadian counsel to Koppers Inc. in its acquisition of the Ashcroft, BC treating division of Tolko Industries Inc.
  • Acted for a BC-based health and fitness device maker in its $4.5 million Series A venture financing, and its $3 million Series A follow-on financing.
  • Acted for CTF Technologies, Inc. (a leading global provider of fuel cards and specialized payment products to businesses) in its US$180 million sale to FleetCor Technologies, Inc. 
  • Advised a BC-based online service company regarding its investment in a newly created private equity fund.
  • Acted for China Silian Instruments Group Co., Ltd. in its acquisition of Honeywell's sapphire wafer business.
  • Acted for Ainsworth Inc. in its acquisition of Hallmark Air Conditioning Ltd., a provider of heating, ventilation and air conditioning services in the Greater Vancouver Area and on Vancouver Island.
  • Acted for CML HealthCare Inc. in its acquisition of Associated Diagnostic Radiologists (which owns three medical imaging clinics in the Greater Vancouver Area) and Laurel Radiology Inc. (with two medical imaging clinics located in Vancouver), and its acquisition of the business and assets of five medical imaging clinics in the Greater Vancouver Area from General Medical Imaging Services Inc.
  • Acted for Marubeni America Corporation in its acquisition of Train Trailer Rentals, Ltd., a Mississauga, Ontario based trailer rental, leasing and service company.
  • Acted for West Fraser Timber Co. in its C$1.23 billion acquisition of Weldwood of Canada Ltd. from International Paper Co.
  • Acted for Great Canadian Gaming Corporation in its acquisition of Casino Nova Scotia Halifax and Casino Nova Scotia Sydney from a subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment, Inc.
  • Acted for the special committee of the board of directors of Gemcom Software International Inc. in its July 2008 acquisition by a vehicle indirectly owned by affiliates of JMI Equity Fund VI, L.P., Carlyle Venture Partners III, L.P. and Pala Investments Holdings Limited for approximately C$190 million.
  • Acted for West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. in its acquisition of Quesnel River Pulp Co.
  • Acted for Fortis Inc. in its C$1.47 billion acquisition of Aquila, Inc.'s Alberta and British Columbia utility assets.
  • Acted for Fortis Inc. in its acquisition of Princeton Light and Power Company, Limited.
  • Acted for Ballard Power Systems in its $553 million acquisition of XCELLSIS and Ecostar Electric Drive Systems LLC from DaimlerChrysler and Ford Motor Company.
  • Acted for Leavitt Machinery and Rentals Ltd. in its acquisition of Finning International's Western Canadian materials handling unit.
  • Acted for West Fraser Timber Co., respecting the C$220 million sale of its Revy Home Centres subsidiary.
  • Acted for Crown Packaging Ltd. in its C$165 million divestiture of its Canadian divisions and one US subsidiary to four separate purchasers.
  • Acted for West Fraser Mills in its acquisition of the Chasm Division of Ainsworth Lumber.