Mergers & Acquisitions

Key Contacts

Bell Alan High Resolution Image Alan Bell
T: 416.777.5770
Kerbel Jeffrey High Resolution Image Jeffrey Kerbel
T: 416.777.5772
Kraus Brent Brent W. Kraus
Partner, Co-Head of Capital Markets and M&A
T: 403.298.3071
Spencer, David David A. Spencer
T: 403.298.2054
Misetich Dann Linda High Resolution Image Linda Misetich Dann
Partner, Co-Head of Capital Markets and M&A
T: 416.777.4636

News & Speaking Engagements

  • Bennett Jones: 102 Lawyers in Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
    May 05, 2017

    102 Bennett Jones lawyers have been ranked in the annual edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory in 26 practice areas in our offices across Canada. 24 lawyers are individually ranked in the highest category of Most Frequently Recommended.
  • Four Bennett Jones Practices Ranked Band 1 by Chambers Global 2017
    March 16, 2017

    The 2017 Chambers Global Rankings are out and Bennett Jones is once again noted as a top-ranked law firm. Forty-nine lawyers in 25 practice areas are recognized in the publication. Of particular note are the four practices and nine lawyers recognized in Band 1.

  • Lexpert DealsWire on Murphy Oil Canada Sale of Peace River Assets
    March 07, 2017

    Lexpert reports on Murphy Oil Canada's completed sale of its Peace River heavy oil lands in the Peace River Oilsands Area to Baytex Energy Ltd. for consideration in the amount of $65 million. Murphy was represented by Bennett Jones with a team led by Kieran Ryan and including Vivek Warrier, Megan Bertram and John Batzel.
  • Bennett Jones Highly Recommended in Global Competition Review
    January 30, 2017

    In Global Competition Review's GCR 100 guide to the world's leading competition law and economics practices, Bennett Jones ranks as Highly Recommended for Canada. GCR says, "The antitrust and competition team at Bennett Jones is a leader in cartel defence and litigation," and the firm's work on the merger front is also highlighted in the 2017 guide. Global Competition Review 100 17th Edition

  • Perry Spitznagel on Bennett Jones Business Forum on CHQR
    November 26, 2016

    Perry Spitznagel appeared on CHQR's Alberta Morning News to discuss the key themes addressed at the 14th Bennett Jones Lake Louise World Cup Business Forum. This year's focus was the Business of Politics: The Changing Nature of Democracy. Keynote speakers addressed the key trends that are changing society and democracy and how these impact business in Canada. Perry's interview can be heard at (Audio Date - November 26, Audio Time - 8:00 AM). It runs from 20:28 to 27:40.

  • Bennett Jones' Rising Stars in Lexpert Magazine
    November 17, 2016

    Bennett Jones' partners Bruce Hibbard and Jason Woycheshyn were honoured as winners of Lexpert's prestigious Rising Stars Awards on November 17, 2016, at a gala ceremony in Toronto. The event pays tribute to Canada’s leading lawyers under 40—from law firms and in-house—who are the rising stars of our country's legal community.

  • Vivek Warrier in InHouse Cover Story on Cross-Border Deals
    November 02, 2016

    Vivek Warrier comments in InHouse's cover story, "Mastering the art of the cross-border deal" in the magazine's cross-border edition. He looks at the due diligence companies need to do and why environmental issues can be a big surprise for acquirers of Canadian companies. “It’s allocation of risk with respect to environmental liabilities, particularly as it relates to asset transactions in the oilpatch,” he says. Traditionally in Canada, purchasers in energy deals were assumed to take on all environmental liabilities retroactively assuming that there was no misrepresentation on the part of the seller, says Warrier. “That’s sometimes a tough pill to swallow for an inward-coming investor.”

  • IBA Annual Conference Washington 2016
    September 18-23, 2016

    Kate Simpson presented "Project Management in M&A Transactions" outlining how to use project management principles and tools to optimize efficiencies in M&A transactions. The panel considered the full deal structure from planning to closing to describe how the project management techniques and technologies of “scope, track, communicate” help keep deals on-track and create optimal results for our clients.

  • Linda Misetich Dann in the Money Issue of Precedent Magazine
    September 12, 2016

    Linda Misetich Dann is one of the partners profiled in Precedent Magazine's cover story in the Fall edition. The Money Issue's feature article talks with six Toronto law firm partners about how they manage their money, including investing and giving to charity.
  • Jeff Kerbel in Law Times Focus on Changed Takeover Laws in Canada
    August 11, 2016

    Jeff Kerbel provides his insights on the changes to Canada's takeover law regime in Law Times focus section on corporate/commercial law. Takeover bids must now remain open for longer and bids must now be accepted by 50% of the target company's shareholders, excluding the shares held by the bidder. Jeff says these changes dramatically alters the M&A landscape in Canada.
  • Bennett Jones in Lexpert's DealWire Spotlight
    July 05, 2016

    The completion of the merger between Westport Innovations Inc. and Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. is highlighted in Lexpert's DealWire Spotlight. The merged company, Westport Fuel Systems Inc., has a combined equity value of approximately $350 million. Westport was represented in Canada by Bennett Jones with a team led by Bruce Hibbard and consisting of Matt Olson, Tessa Guenther and Kristopher Simard. Westport completes merger with Fuel Systems

  • Bennett Jones on New Take-Over Bid Regime in Canadian Mining Journal
    June 13, 2016

    Bennett Jones writes on the new take-over bid regime in Canada that recently came into force. The Canadian Securities Administrators says the purpose of the new bid amendments is to enhance the quality and integrity of the take-over bid regime and rebalance the current dynamics among bidders, target boards, security holders and targets.

  • Richard Orzy on Cover of Lexpert: Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers
    May 27, 2016

    Richard Orzy is on the cover of Lexpert's special edition on Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers. He also comments in a story on energy insolvencies and why there can be advantages to distressed M&A deals in the Canadian oil patch. 20 other Bennett Jones lawyers listed as Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers as well.
  • Don Greenfield in Canadian Lawyer on M&A in Resource Sector
    April 25, 2016

    Don Greenfield comments in Canadian Lawyer on how much M&A activity could be expected in the Canadian resource sector in the coming months. Don says a key factor in M&A considerations right now is that there's a gulf between what the seller and buyers think assets are worth.
  • National Post: Claire Kennedy Braves Antarctic Peak in Support of Mental Health
    February 17, 2016

    The National Post reported on Claire Kennedy's Antarctic expedition to Vinson Massif—the continent's highest peak and one of the world's Seven Summits. Claire was part of True Patriot Love Foundation's (TPL) signature expedition in 2016, where 8 ill and injured soldiers and 17 Canadian business leaders took part. The journey exceeded its fundraising goal of $1 million for TPL. Claire personally raised over $119,000, well over twice her original goal. Bennett Jones is TPL's pro bono counsel.
  • Bryan Haynes in National Post on Representation and Warranty Insurance
    February 16, 2016

    Bryan Haynes comments in the National Post on why 2015 was a banner year for the use of representation and warranty insurance (RWI) in Canada and why this trend should continue in 2016. Greater awareness of the strategic value of RWI and heightened sensitivity to risk in the current volatile economy will continue to lead parties to investigate and obtain RWI in their deals.
  • Bennett Jones' Claire Kennedy and True Patriot Love in Antarctica
    February 01, 2016

    Bennett Jones' tax partner, Claire Kennedy, has just returned from Antarctica on an expedition to Vinson Massif—the highest peak in Antarctica at 16,050 feet and one of the world's Seven Summits. Claire was part of True Patriot Love (TPL) Foundation's signature expedition in 2016, where eight ill and injured soldiers and 17 Canadian business leaders took part.
  • Perry Spitznagel in Globe and Mail on Ron Southern
    January 29, 2016

    Perry Spitznagel comments on the extraordinary life of Ron Southern in a Globe and Mail tribute article to the founder and controlling shareholder of ATCO Ltd. Perry and Bennett Jones are deeply honoured for their long association with Mr. Southern, the Southern family, the ATCO Group, Akita Drilling and Spruce Meadows.
  • Bryan Haynes and Adam Scrivens in National Post on Break Fees
    January 12, 2016

    Bryan Haynes and Adam Scrivens' insights on break fees in private M&A are covered as one of the top business law trends and developments the Legal Post is watching in 2016.
  • The Knowledge Group: Modernizing the Role of Board of Directors & Senior Officers in Merger & Acquisition Management in 2016 LIVE Webcast
    December 17, 2015

    Aaron Sonshine, along with Norman Findlay with assistance from Evan Kenyon presented on the above topic via LIVE Webcast.
  • Litigation M&A Issues Before Courts and Tribunals
    November 05, 2015

    Justin Lambert presented as Guest Lecturer on Litigation M&A Issues Before Courts and Tribunals at the University of Calgary Law Business Law 693.02.
  • Claire Kennedy joins Executive of IFA Canadian Branch
    November 2015

    Claire Kennedy joins Executive of IFA Canadian branch.
  • David Spencer in Lexpert on Repsol's $15.1-billion Acquisition of Talisman
    October 07, 2015

    David Spencer is featured in "When the Bottom Falls Out," a Q&A story on the negotiations between Repsol and Talisman Energy in an environment of falling oil prices. Bennett Jones advised Repsol on the deal.
  • David Dodge in Canadian Lawyer on M&A in Alberta
    June 15, 2015

    In the Canadian Lawyer article by Jennifer Brown, "How Low Can It Go?," David Dodge comments on M&A prospects for the oil and gas industry in light of Alberta's slow economy.
  • Bennett Jones Lawyers Advise Oban Mining 5-way Industry Consolidation
    June 10, 2015

    On June 10, 2015, Oban Mining announced a transaction that will result in a simultaneous combination with four other mining companies along with a strategic investment from Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd. Bennett Jones lawyers, acting for Oban, played a key role in structuring this complex merger which will combine interesting projects in Ontario and Quebec in a well-financed company with a board of directors comprised of industry leaders and an experienced management team.
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