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.
- Counsel to Sproule, a leading geoscience and engineering advisory in the oil and gas sector, in connection with its acquisition of Niven Fischer, a Calgary-based oil & gas consulting firm that provides technical, advisory and administrative support to the oil & gas industry. Read more
- Canadian Natural Resources Limited in connection with completing C$12.74-billion acquisition of a 70 percent working interest in the Athabasca Oil Sands Project and other oil sands assets. Read more
- Katz Group in connection with its sale of Rexall Health to McKesson Corporation for approximately $2.9 billion. Read more
2017, Chambers Canada
Bennett Jones, ranked, Corporate/M&A
2017, Chambers Global
Bennett Jones, ranked, Corporate/M&A
2017, The Legal 500 Canada
Bennett Jones, ranked, Corporate and M&A
Bennett Jones LLP boosted its corporate department through a trio of partner hires: Ted Shoub joined the Toronto office from Dentons; Jana Prete joined in Calgary from Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP; and Ian Michael joined in Toronto from McCarthy Tétrault. The practice has a market-leading presence in Alberta, with key names in Calgary and Edmonton, and it continues to build its reputation in the Toronto market. Calgary is the seat of eminent managing partner Perry Spitznagel QC, who earns widespread acclaim. The firm’s Alberta pedigree ensures a steady flow of energy-related transactions and David Spencer led the firm’s advice to Repsol in its C$15.1bn acquisition of Talisman Energy. In another key Calgary deal, Brent Kraus advised Waste Connections on its C$14.8bn merger with Progressive Waste Solutions. Alan Bell is recommended in Toronto.
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