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Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)

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Fasken Martineau's M&A group provides strategic counsel in all aspects of local and cross-border M&A, including negotiated acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures, strategic alliances and contested corporate transactions such as proxy battles and hostile take-overs.

With more than 100 practitioners, we can respond quickly and effectively to any Public M&A and Private M&A transaction, regardless of timing, size, scope or complexity. Our experience with market leaders has established our reputation as a manager of large and complex M&A transactions. We frequently advise on Canada's most noteworthy transactions as well as on complex cross-border deals.

We pride ourselves on our track record of finding practical solutions to complex legal and business issues and delivering practical, client-focused advice to help you make the right strategic decision.

Our Clients

We represent both domestic and foreign capital market participants in all aspects of M&A and corporate finance activity. Our clients range from start-up enterprises to some of the world's leading public companies, financial institutions, private equity firms, asset managers, investment banks, investors and concerned shareholder groups, all of whom rely on us to provide advice specifically tailored to meet their business objectives. 

We regularly advise bidders, target companies (including boards and special committees), lenders and financial advisors. Our dealer and financial institutions clients range from independent investment banking firms to large bank-owned securities firms.

Industry Focus

Our clientele spans a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, mining, energy, forestry, communications, retail, technology, food and beverage, real estate, life sciences and financial institutions (including banks, trust companies, insurance companies, domestic and foreign investment dealer and financial institutions, mutual funds and investment companies).By leveraging the firm's recognized expertise across a wide range of industries, our M&A group tailors its advice to our clients' specific needs. The firm has been consistently ranked as the world's leading mining law firm. We are also consistently recognized as leading practitioners in a number of other industries, including communications, life sciences, transportation, energy, clean technologies and financial services.

Interdisciplinary Expertise

Our M&A team draws upon the expertise of lawyers across all of our offices, including recognized experts in capital markets, tax, competition and antitrust, environmental, real estate, financial institutions, labour/employment, pensions, banking, intellectual property and litigation. With over 700 lawyers, we have the resources and knowledge to handle the most complex and time-sensitive M&A mandates.

International Reach

With offices across Canada and in London and Johannesburg, we combine international reach with expertise in each jurisdiction and business practices to provide value-added service on complex, multi-jurisdictional M&A engagements. As a result, we are frequently engaged on M&A mandates by clients conducting business internationally and act as lead counsel on transactions involving public companies listed on stock exchanges throughout the world.

Our Expertise

    • Contested corporate transactions, including hostile take-over bids and proxy contests
    • Board and Special Committee representation
    • Joint ventures and strategic alliances
    • Cross-border transactions
    • Financing
    • Shareholder advisory and rights planning
    • Take-over defence mechanisms, including poison pills
    • Capital reorganizations
    • Corporate governance (including continuous disclosure requirements)
    • Public offerings and private placements
    • Registration of domestic and foreign dealers and advisors

Primary Contacts

+1 416 865 5443
+1 604 631 3172
+1 403 261 5366
+1 613 696 6889
+1 514 397 5186