mergers and acquisitions 

 

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) can be described in one simple word: complex.

Whatever form they take, they are a mix of finance, law and, oftentimes, emotion. Companies embarking on any type of M&A path require counsel that understands their objectives, as well as the legal and regulatory regimes—in Canada and internationally—they will encounter along the way. They require an advocate who understands the world of M&A and the art of negotiation, and can help close deals quickly, efficiently and successfully.

McMillan's M&A Group delivers an integrated group of services to help you structure successful transactions, whichever side of the transaction you are on. We have extensive experience representing merging parties and related stakeholders in M&A activity across a wide range of industries.

We understand that every transaction is important to our clients, no matter how large or small. Our lawyers bring the same approach to every engagement: we listen to your needs and then apply our experience, expertise, creativity and commitment to help you achieve your objectives.

Our public and private clients have ranged from companies in the Fortune 500 to fast-growing small- and medium-sized enterprises. We work on M&A transactions originating in Canada, the United States and internationally. Our clients include private equity companies and other financing agents including venture capital firms, boards of directors and special committees.

  • Advised Refresco Group N.V. in connection with its US$1.25 billion acquisition of the bottling and canning businesses of Cott Corporation 
  • Advised Gentherm Inc. in connection with its US$64 million acquisition of Etratech Enterprises Inc.
  • Advised Carlisle Construction Materials, LLC in connection with the purchase of Accella Polyurethane Systems 
  • Advised AE Industrial Partners in connection with its US$128 million acquisition of CDI Corporation (NYSE:CDI) 
  • Advised West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. in connection with its US$430 million acquisition of Gilman Cos. 
  • Advised Quench USA in connection with its acquisition of Quench Water Canada
  • Advised Hammond, Kennedy Whitney & Co. in connection with the sale of RST Instruments 
  • Advised Chalice LLC in connection with its investment in Gold Leaf Holdings 
  • Advised First Atlantic Capital in connection with its sale of a majority stake in TestEquity to LKCM Headwater Investments 
  • Advised Hammond, Kennedy Whitney & Co. in connection with the sale of GMD Distribution to McKesson Specialty Pharmaceutical Services Corporation
  • Advised NuData Security Inc. in connection with its sale to Mastercard Incorporated 
  • Advised Waterous Energy Fund in connection with its US$244 million acquisition of an interest in Northern Blizzard Resources Inc. 
  • Advised Aircraft Technical Publishers in connection with its acquisition of Casebank Technologies Inc.
  • Advised Canadian Cancer Society in connection with its amalgamation with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation 
  • Advised Catalyst Capital in connection with its US$5.4 billion restructuring of Pacific Exploration & Production
  • Advised Bit Stew Systems in connection with its $207.5 million sale to General Electric 
  • Advised Williams Partners LP in connection with its $1.38 billion sale of its Canadian natural gas liquids midstream businesses to Inter Pipeline Ltd. 
  • Advised W.P. Carey Inc. in connection with its US$145 million sale-leaseback with ABC Group Inc. 
  • Advised Thoma Bravo in connection with its acquisition of T2 Systems 
  • Advised Thoma Bravo in connection with its C$1.575 billion acquisition of AutoTrader 
  • Advised Novacap TMT in connection with its acquisition of Firmex Canada Inc. 
  • Advised Maru Group in connection with the purchase of the North American business of Vision Critical Research and Consulting 
  • Assisted Progressive Digital Media Group in connection with the acquisition of GlobalData
  • Advised Novacap in connection with its C$125 million sale of Fibrenoire 
  • Advised Plentyoffish Media Inc., and its founder Markus Frind, in connection with its US$575 million sale to The Match.com Group 
  • Advised Arch Wood Protection in connection with its purchase of Diacon Technologies Ltd.
  • Advised WhiteWave Foods Company in connection with its US$550 million acquisition of Sequel Naturals Ltd. 
  • Advised Rogers Communications in connection with its C$815 million acquisition of Mobilicity 
  • Advised Bunge Limited (Canada), part of the G3 Global Grain Group, in connection with its C$250 million acquisition of a 50.1% stake in the Canadian Wheat Board 
  • Advised Presidio Investments in connection with the sale of its interests in Shred-it, part of the US$2.3 billion acquisition of Shred-it by Stericycle 
  • Advised Chongqing Zongshen Tianchen General Aviation Investment and Development Co. Ltd. in connection with its acquisition of a 49% equity interest in Harbour Air 
  • Advised Outland Group in connection with its C$120 million acquisition by Carillion Canada Inc. 
  • Advised Hammond, Kennedy Whitney & Co. in connection with the purchase of GMD Distribution 
  • Advised Knightsbridge Human Capital in connection with its C$80 million sale to Lee Hecht Harrison 
  • Advised Acosta Group on its acquisition of LAUNCH! from Consumer Impact Marketing Ltd. 
  • Advised The Hershey Company on its acquisition of The Allen Candy Company 
  • Advised Technicolor Canada Inc. on its acquisition of Mr. X Inc. 
  • Advised SSLP and PSI in the development, installation and operation of solar energy projects on the rooftops of over 300 Toronto public schools, and the replacement of over 4 million square feet of school roofs 
  • Advised Equal Energy Ltd. in connection with its US$230 million purchase by Petroflow Energy 
  • Advised CCL Industries Inc. in connection with its US$500 million acquisition of Avery Dennison Corporation’s Office & Consumer Products and Designed & Engineered Solutions 
  • Advised Western Wind Energy Corp in connection with its C$430 million acquisition by Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners LP
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Highlights from ABA 2012 Canadian Private Target Mergers & Acquisitions Deal Points Study
Mergers & Acquisitions Committee, Section of Business Law, American Bar Association
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