Private Equity

Key Contacts

Lynch Kevin Kevin L. Lynch
T: 780.945.4774
Mercury John High Resolution Image John M. Mercury
Partner, Head of Private Equity
T: 403.298.4493
Solway Gary High Resolution Image Gary S.A. Solway
T: 416.777.6555

News & Speaking Engagements

  • Darrell Peterson in Reuters on Aramco IPO
    May 27, 2017

    Darrell Peterson comments in Reuters on the Toronto Stock Exchange's efforts to win a slice of the massive Saudi Aramco public listing. It is expected to raise about $100 billion, making it the biggest IPO ever.  In Aramco IPO pitch, Canada plays up its natural resources expertise
  • 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.

  • John Mercury in Alberta Oil on Going Private Transactions
    May 19, 2016

    John Mercury writes in Alberta Oil on why conditions are ripe for an increased number of private equity-led buyouts of public companies in Canada's energy sector. Canadian energy and energy services companies are today facing difficult circumstances in preserving value. One strategic alternative is the going private transaction, where public shareholders are bought out for cash and the company delists and becomes a private, non-reporting company.

  • John Mercury in National Post on Equity Deals in Oil & Gas Sector
    April 04, 2016

    John Mercury comments in a front page story in the Financial Post on equity deals in oil & gas sector in the first quarter of 2016. John says that the stars have aligned and an equity window has opened in the last four to five weeks. The equity markets were tight or closed for some period of time, so it created a backlog of demand.
  • John Mercury Live on BNN on Private Equity in Oil & Gas Sector
    March 29, 2016

    John Mercury appeared live on BNN's Commodities to provide his insights on private equity activity in Canada's oil & gas sector. This included a look at the supply of investment in the market, the demand for financing by companies and the importance of the strong management teams in western Canada to PE funds. He also discussed the prospects for going private transactions in Canada's energy sector.
  • John Mercury in Calgary Herald on Going Private Transactions in Energy Sector
    March 23, 2016

    John Mercury comments in the Calgary Herald on why conditions are ripe in Canada's energy sector for an increased number of private equity-led buyouts of public companies. Since July 2015, there have been three private equity-backed going private transactions involving Canadian energy and energy-services companies. There were only 15 similar transactions in the sector during the prior 10 years.
  • Osgoode Hall Law School – LLM Business Associations Law (2015)
    September-December 2015

    Andrew Disipio was a co-instructor at the Osgoode Hall Law School – LLM Business Associations Law (2015) class from September – December 2015.

  • John Mercury Comments on Energy Private Equity Deals in the Calgary Law Review
    June 19, 2015

    In the Calgary Law Review article, "Low Oil Prices Could Spur Buying Binge," John Mercury comments on private equity interest in Alberta oil and gas businesses and how the private equity model may influence further investment.
  • Succession Planning: Best Practices and Lessons Learned
    April 27, 2015

    Bryan and Haynes and Michael Beninger speak at "Succession Planning: Best Practices and Lessons Learned" hosted by Bennett Jones and the Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association in Calgary, Alberta.
  • Where understanding your business - is our business
    December 17, 2014

    Read more about what our Private Equity team has been up to this year.
  • Technology Fast 50 Community Event - Venture Capital Term Sheets Workshop
    October 29, 2013

    Gary Solway presented on Venture Capital Term Sheets on a panel with Jesslyn Maurier of Bennett Jones, Sid Paquette of OMERS Ventures and Maurizio Milani of Deloitte.
  • Waterloo-Wellington Chartered Accountants Association Presentation
    May 2013

    Presented "Accessing Private Equity" to the Waterloo-Wellington Chartered Accountants Association.
  • Barry Reiter in the Law Times on Venture Capital Growth
    November 26, 2012

    In the Law Times article by Julius Melnitzer, "Venture Capital A Growth Area For Lawyers," Barry Reiter comments on the surge of Canadian venture-capital transactions. 

  • Federated Press - 7th Structuring Private Equity Transactions
    September 24-25, 2012

    Gary Solway presented on "Structuring the Exit".
  • Gary Solway and Nicholas Fader Comment in Canadian Lawyer Magazine
    June 2012

    In the Canadian Lawyer Magazine article, "CSA Eyes Exemptions Allowing Investors to Buy Securities Without a Prospectus," writer Helen Burnett-Nichols discusses the Canadian Securities Administrators' examination of two exemptions which facilitate investors to buy securities without a prospectus as a result of a review initiated in Fall 2011; the Accredited Investor (AI) and Minimum Amount exemptions. Gary Solway comments on capital raising n Canada. Nicholas Fader also adds that, in closings involving private placements for startup oil and gas issuers, it is often the case that financings rely almost exclusively on the AI exemption.

  • Peter Inglis Appointed Corporate Secretary of Wood Composite
    September 09, 2009

    The article, “Wood Composite Announces New Interim Chief, Financial Officer, Corporate Secretary, and Option Grants,” posted on the Trading Markets website details the recent appointment of Peter Inglis to Corporate Secretary for Wood Composite.
  • Impact of Market Volatility on Ontario's Securities Lawyers
    October 20, 2008

    Gary Solway comments on the impact of the global market, decreasing credit availability and the slowing volume of IPOs and other deals in "Lawyers confident in eye of storm," written by Helen Burnett-Nichols for Law Times.
  • Bennett Jones Lawyers Speak on the Impact of Private Equity Funds on the Energy Sector
    March 14, 2007

    In Marzena Czarnecka's article, "Dining on Distress: Price Cuts are luring private equity players to the oil patch, which begs the question: How will their appetite for energy assets rub the legal landscape?" published in the Legal Post, Chip Johnston, Darrell Peterson and John Mercury provide their insights on the impact of private equity funds on the energy sector, and how their appetite for energy assets may change the legal landscape in Calgary.