Bennett Jones has been recognized as a leading Canadian law firm representing Canadian and U.S. financial sponsors and their portfolio companies in all areas of their business, with a principal focus on mergers, acquisitions and corporate finance transactions. The firm’s strengths in private M&A span a number of industries–including natural resources, industrial services, food and beverage, hospitality, energy services and transportation–providing us with familiarity with particular regulatory regimes, industry dynamics and capital structures. In addition, as Canada’s premiere national law firm in oil and gas law and energy infrastructure projects, our understanding of the broader macroeconomic setting allows us to provide particular expertise and value to private M&A transactions and investments that are taking place within that backdrop. The goal – to assist our clients in sourcing, evaluating and negotiating acquisitions, and ultimately exiting such investments in a tax efficient manner.
The Bennett Jones private equity practice is a collaborative effort that draws upon the firm’s strengths in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, domestic and cross-border tax structuring, and senior debt, high-yield and mezzanine financings and its significant cross-border experience with global financial sponsors and other investors. Our practice is focused on private mergers and acquisitions, going private transactions, and recapitalizations and restructurings, primarily on behalf of leading Canadian and US private equity sponsors. In addition to our transactional experience, our practice also focuses on the fund formation process and, in particular, on the establishment, fundraising and ongoing representation of a wide variety of private investment funds across a variety of industries. Our representation of both private equity fund sponsors as well as institutional investors allows us to advise on the complex issues that are involved in the fund formation process as well as to offer insight on market trends and strategies for a variety of funds.