Sandra M. Knowler* 

Co-Chair, Food, Beverage and Agribusiness
Vancouver  t: 604.893.2334  |  e: sandra.knowler@mcmillan.ca

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

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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 and corporate/commercial law.

Sandra assists owners of private businesses with a wide range of corporate/commercial matters, including business structuring and organization, restructurings and reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions, 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 SmartPager Systems Inc. in its sale to a US financial investor
  • Acted as Canadian counsel to Roseburg Forest Products in the acquisition of Pembroke MDF, Inc.’s medium density fiberboard (MDF) plant and molding production facility
  • Acted as Canadian counsel to HCI Equity Partners and AmerCare in the acquisition of a Canadian supplier of private label and branded disposable products to Canadian foodservice, retail, institutional and industrial markets and distributors
  • 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.

Presentations

Anatomy of a Deal
Amendments to Investment Canada Act
M&A Issues
Indemnification of Directors and Officers: A Comparison of the repealed Company Act (BC), the Business Corporations Act (BC) and the Canada Business Corporations Act
Due Diligence
Merger Review for Dummies

Publications

New Transparency Requirements: Private Companies in British Columbia Now Required to Collect and Disclose Shareholder Information
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
How to Make Acquisitions in a Down Economy
Mining for China's Outbound Direct Investment
Initiative announced by Competition Bureau puts self-regulated professions under the gun
Self-Regulated Professions Under Competition Bureau Spotlight­
The Competition Act

News

Les avocat.e.s de McMillan obtiennent 41 classements dans 10 domaines de pratique dans l'édition de 2021 du guide IFLR1000 en droit financier et en droit des affaires
Les avocat.e.s de McMillan obtiennent 41 classements dans 10 domaines de pratique dans l'édition de 2021 du guide IFLR1000 en droit financier et en droit des affaires
22 avocats de McMillan classés dans le guide IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate Guide de 2020
23 avocats de McMillan figurent dans le répertoire IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate Guide de 2019

Education

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

Year Of Call

  • Barreau de la Colombie-Britannique - 2001

Practices

droit des affaires
fusions et acquisitions

Industries

soins de santé
secteur des aliments et boissons et agroentreprise
transports maritimes
terminaux
transports

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

Awards & Rankings

  • Recognized by IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate Guide 2020 as a Notable Practitioner in M&A
  • Recognized by IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate Guide 2019 as a Notable Practitioner in M&A
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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 and corporate/commercial law.

Sandra assists owners of private businesses with a wide range of corporate/commercial matters, including business structuring and organization, restructurings and reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions, 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 SmartPager Systems Inc. in its sale to a US financial investor
  • Acted as Canadian counsel to Roseburg Forest Products in the acquisition of Pembroke MDF, Inc.’s medium density fiberboard (MDF) plant and molding production facility
  • Acted as Canadian counsel to HCI Equity Partners and AmerCare in the acquisition of a Canadian supplier of private label and branded disposable products to Canadian foodservice, retail, institutional and industrial markets and distributors
  • 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.
Septembre 2016
Labels, Endorsements, and Scientific Proof: A New Approach to Self-Care Products in Canada(seulement disponible en anglais)

Business Law Bulletin

Juin 2016
North America's GMO-Labeling Policy Patchwork and the Consumer's "Right to Know"(seulement disponible en anglais)

Business Law Bulletin

Juin 2016
What's in a Name? Organic Food Labelling in British Columbia(seulement disponible en anglais)

Business Law Bulletin

Juin 2016
From Lab to Farm to Table: Regulation of Genetically Modified Food in Canada(seulement disponible en anglais)
Business Law Bulletin
Avril 2009
How to Make Acquisitions in a Down Economy
(seulement disponible en anglais)
Business Week
Octobre 2008
Mining for China's Outbound Direct Investment(seulement disponible en anglais)
China Law & Practice
Mai 2007
Initiative announced by Competition Bureau puts self-regulated professions under the gun
(seulement disponible en anglais)
The Lawyers Weekly
Printemps 2007
Self-Regulated Professions Under Competition Bureau Spotlight­(seulement disponible en anglais)
Lang Michener Competition & Antitrust Brief
2004
The Competition Act
(seulement disponible en anglais)
François Tougas, Sandra Knowler and Sharon Wong.  Presented to Ernst & Young, Vancouver
2009
Anatomy of a Deal
(seulement disponible en anglais)
Panel Presentation, Association of Women in Finance
2009
Amendments to Investment Canada Act
(seulement disponible en anglais)
Work Group seminars
2009
M&A Issues
(seulement disponible en anglais)
Panel Presentation, Women Presidents' Organization
Janvier 2007
Indemnification of Directors and Officers: A Comparison of the repealed Company Act (BC), the Business Corporations Act (BC) and the Canada Business Corporations Act
(seulement disponible en anglais)
Solicitors Work Group seminars
2004
Due Diligence
(seulement disponible en anglais)
François Tougas and Sandra Knowler, Associate Training seminars
2003
Merger Review for Dummies
(seulement disponible en anglais)
François Tougas, Sandra Knowler and Sharon Wong, Solicitors Work Group seminars