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


  • Private Placement of Securities in Canada
    Second Edition, January 2017

    Securities regulation in Canada is a matter of provincial jurisdiction and each of the ten Canadian provinces and three territories has its own securities regulatory body, that enforces the relevant local legislation and generally has the power to promulgate rules, regulations and policies with respect to securities trading. Although the legal requirements with respect to securities offerings are substantially similar in each province and territory, there are some unique features to each regime.
  • The Upstream Oilfield Services Industry in Western Canada - A Backgrounder
    November 24, 2016

    This backgrounder has been prepared as a resource for investors who are looking for opportunities to invest in a sector that is an indispensable part of the Canadian energy sector and the Western Canadian economy.

  • Going Private Transactions in Canada's Energy Sector – On the Rise?
    March 23, 2016

    Are going private transactions on the rise? Conditions are ripe for an increased number of private equity-led buyouts of public companies.
  • Doing Business in Canada
    December 14, 2015

    Intended for a non-Canadian audience, the Doing Business in Canada guide comprises a series of practice-specific treatments that provide general information on the business environment in Canada. Readers interested in a more comprehensive, company and industry-specific interpretation are encouraged to get in touch with the key contacts for the related practice.
  • Cyber Security for Canadian Directors in the Wake of Ashley Madison

    The August release of the purported names and other details of over 35 million customers of Ashley Madison, an adulterous liaison website operated by a Toronto-based company, has once again brought home to Canada the risks in using computer networks to carry on business.
  • Significant Amendments Made to Bermuda's Partnership Legislation
    September 08, 2015

    Bermuda is widely perceived as a blue chip offshore financial centre (not just in insurance and mutual funds) and continues to introduce new or amend existing legislation to attract more investors to use the jurisdiction.
  • Crowdfunding and Other New Prospectus Exemptions Proposed by the Ontario Securities Commission
    March 27, 2014

    On March 20, 2014, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) published for public comment four new prospectus exemptions intended to facilitate capital raising while maintaining investor protection.
  • Domestic Anti-Treaty-Shopping Proposals and Further Consultation Announced in Canada's Federal Budget 2014
    February 18, 2014

    In the Canadian Federal Budget released on February 11, 2014, the Department of Finance signalled its intention to enact a domestic treaty-shopping rule, generally allowing the Canada Revenue Agency to deny treaty benefits when the "main purpose" of a particular transaction is to obtain treaty benefits. This new rule could come into force in the first taxation year after the year in which the final legislation is enacted. The potential for transitional relief is still an open issue. As the government works towards developing draft legislation, it has given stakeholders 60 days to comment on its proposed approach.
  • Damages Awarded Against Underwriter for Failing to Complete a Bought Deal
    March 21, 2013

    The Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently awarded damages of just over $16 million against Thomas Weisel Partners Canada Inc. (now Stifel Nicolaus Canada Inc.) for failing to close on a bought deal private placement financing. The decision confirms that bought deal letters are binding agreements.
  • Canada Moves to Eliminate Tax and Simplify Tax Treatment of Exits
    March 05, 2010

    There was a change announced in the March 4, 2010, Canadian federal budget that will be quite beneficial for many private equity investors participating in the Canadian private company market.
  • Corporate Commercial Law: Recent Developments of Importance
    March 13, 2007

    Published in the 2007 Lexpert/ALM Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, ©Thomson Carswell.