Bryan Haynes has over 25 years of experience in commercial transactions and business law, with a focus on private mergers and acquisitions, including cross border transactions, and corporate restructurings. Bryan previously co-chaired the national Corporate/Commercial Practice Group at Bennett Jones.
Bryan recently represented TriWest Capital Partners, a leading private equity fund based in Calgary, in connection with the acquisition of Lithion Power Group (fka HPC Energy Services), a leading provider of primary lithium cells and battery packs, and Coast Wholesale Appliances, a leading independent distributor and retailer of major household appliances. Bryan also represented RTL-Westcan Limited Partnership, a leading hauler of bulk commodities in Western and Northern Canada, in connection with the sale of its operating business to Kenan Advantage Group and its industrial properties to Edgefront Realty Group, and Apex Distribution Inc., a leading oilfield service and supply company based in Western Canada, in connection with its sale to Russel Metals Inc. for $225 million plus earnout. Bryan also advised EnCana Corporation in connection with its division into two independent publicly traded companies (EnCana Corporation and Cenovus Energy Inc.).
Bryan recently served on the Board of Governors of McGill University and previously served on the Board of Directors of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Canada. Bryan is the firm's Calgary office delegate on the Pacific Rim Advisory Council (PRAC), a leading global association of 30 top tier law firms representing more than 12,000 lawyers around the world including Latin America, the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia.
Bryan frequently lectures on the topics of Buying and Selling a Business, Private M&A Deal Points, Purchase and Sale Agreements, International Commercial Agreements, Drafting Contracts, Succession Planning, Business Transitions and Liquidity Options and has previously written a regular opinion column on various business law issues for Canadian Lawyer magazine.
Bryan received Martindale Hubbell's BV peer review rating for high to very high legal ability and very high ethical standards, was rated in the Lexpert Guide to the 100 Most Creative Lawyers in Canada as among the Top 40 Corporate Lawyers in Canada to watch, and was recognized as a leading lawyer in the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada. In 2008, Bryan was recognized as one of Canada's Leading 40 Lawyers Under 40. Bryan is ranked as "consistently recommended" for corporate/commercial law in the Canada Legal Lexpert Directory.
Among other pursuits, Bryan enjoys fine wine and watching international rugby.