Bennett Jones' lawyers have worked on some of the most complex mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and corporate reorganizations in Canadian business history. With clients operating in a multitude of industries, jurisdictions and business sectors, we have ranked among the top firms in Canada in handling the highest number and dollar volume of deals both domestically and internationally. We have developed expertise in energy and telecom, and our lawyers are dedicated to performing innovative and groundbreaking work.
In recent years, we have been lead counsel in over $90 billion worth of transactions. We are also known for our “firsts” – having devised many Canadian original bids, takeover strategies, and expansion efforts, including the first major “permitted bid” transaction, the first and only bid for a public company prior to the date of its listing on a stock exchange, the first and only successful “just say no” defence in the retail sector, the then-largest cross-border oil and gas stock merger ever.
Acting on behalf of large and mid-cap issuers, income funds, royalty trusts, institutional investors, closely held corporations, members of the investment banking and private equity communities as well as boards, committees and shareholder groups, our services cover the spectrum of negotiated and contested mergers and acquisitions. We have a strong record in counselling on hostile bids, poison pills and proxy contests, using our corporate and litigation lawyers as needed to advise special committees and boards of directors in the context of such matters. Frequently, we are called upon to handle leveraged buyouts, joint ventures, exchangeable share transactions, spin-outs, carve-outs, private mergers and going-private transactions.
Our approach is to work closely from the outset with all parties to move deals forward. As the complex nature of mergers and acquisitions requires a multidisciplinary mindset, we often assemble a supporting team of tax, competition, real estate, intellectual property and employment lawyers to advise on the various aspects of the transaction.
- Gibson Energy Inc., in connection with an agreement to sell its Industrial Propane Business for cash consideration of CAD 412m (USD 314.8m) to Superior Plus LP. Read more
- ESI Energy Services Inc., in connection with the reorganization with shareholders of Exploratus Ltd. and listing of ESI common shares on the Canadian Securities Exchange.
- Di-Corp Sand Transloading LP, in connection with the divestiture of Grande Prairie Transload Facility to BMC Northern Resources Inc. Read more
2017, Chambers Canada
Bennett Jones, ranked, Corporate/M&A
2016, IFLR 1000 Finance and Corporate
Bennett Jones, ranked, Banking Mergers and Acquisitions
2016, The Legal 500 Canada
Bennett Jones, ranked, Corporate and M&A
‘dedicated and pragmatic' group provides ‘excellent service'. The firm's position as ‘the undoubted leader in Calgary' continues to translate into key roles in Canada's largest energy and natural resources mandates. The team is also becoming increasingly visible in Toronto, where Alan Bell and Marvin Yontef are key names.
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