Stephen C.E. Rigby 

Co-Chair, Negotiated Transactions
Co-Chair, Food, Beverage and Agribusiness
Toronto  t: 416.865.7793  |  e: stephen.rigby@mcmillan.ca

Stephen C.E. Rigby

Toronto
Brookfield Place, Suite 4400
181 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2T3

t: 416.865.7793
e: stephen.rigby@mcmillan.ca

overview

Stephen is a partner practicing business law with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, other strategic re-organizations and corporate finance transactions, both public and private. Stephen provides advice on all aspects of the planning and execution of such transactions.

Stephen's experience includes leading transactions in industries as diverse as steelmaking, agribusiness, gaming, entertainment, professional services, technology and consumer products. Stephen also provides ongoing advice on matters of corporate governance and organization to boards of directors and shareholders.

Stephen is a proven problem solver and an efficient, innovative leader of complex transactions.

Representative Matters

  • Advising the vendors of a leading Canadian camera, lighting and grip rental company (2013)
  • Advising a gaming and entertainment company on structuring and implementing acquisitions, joint ventures, dispositions and other strategic matters (2005 - 2012)
  • Advising a global agribusiness corporation on the establishment of a significant agricultural business joint venture, including the development of toll processing arrangements, distribution, sales and marketing arrangements and corporate governance structures (2011)
  • Advising the foreign purchaser of Canadian steel mill operations (2009), and continuing structuring, financing and development work (2010 - 2012)
  • Advising a real estate investment bank in connection with a series of real estate acquisition transactions (2006-2008)
  • Advising the vendor shareholders of Decode Entertainment Inc. on the sale of Decode to DHX Media Inc. and subsequent initial public offering of DHX on TSX and AIM (2006)
  • Advising the vendor shareholders of Yolles Partnership, a leading structural engineering company, on the sale of Yolles to the Halcrow Group (2005)
  • Advising the independent committee of the board of directors of Dundee Realty Corporation, a Canadian public company, with respect to a "going-private transaction" including the creation of Dundee REIT, a publicly-traded real estate investment trust (2003)
  • Acting for SMTC Corporation in connection with its simultaneous initial public offerings in Canada and the U.S. (2000)
  • Advising the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation in connection with the commercialization of the St. Lawrence Seaway (1998)
  • Acting for CF Group Inc. in connection with an exempt take-over bid by NFO Worldwide Inc. (1998)
  • Advising Owens Corning in connection with the acquisition of OC Celfortec Inc. (1996)
  • Implementing a series of strategic divestitures for Alcan Aluminium Limited (1994 – 1995)
  • Acting on numerous acquisitions, divestitures and corporate finance matters for private company clients

Publications

New record-keeping requirements for Ontario corporations
International Asset Transfer - An Overview of the Main Jurisdictions (Canadian Chapter)
Canada-European Union Air Transport Agreement

Education

  • University of Toronto, LLB - 1989
  • University of Toronto, B.Comm. - 1986

Year Of Call

  • Called to the Ontario bar - 1991

Practices

business law
mergers and acquisitions
negotiated transactions
private equity
venture capital
acquisitions and divestitures

Industries

automotive
food, beverage and agribusiness
private equity - buyouts & venture capital investment
gaming and lottery
manufacturing, distribution and retail

Directorships and Professional Associations

  • Canadian Bar Association

Awards & Rankings

  • Martindale-Hubbell BV Distinguished (Peer Review Ranking)

Stephen is a partner practicing business law with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, other strategic re-organizations and corporate finance transactions, both public and private. Stephen provides advice on all aspects of the planning and execution of such transactions.

Stephen's experience includes leading transactions in industries as diverse as steelmaking, agribusiness, gaming, entertainment, professional services, technology and consumer products. Stephen also provides ongoing advice on matters of corporate governance and organization to boards of directors and shareholders.

Stephen is a proven problem solver and an efficient, innovative leader of complex transactions.

  • Advising the vendors of a leading Canadian camera, lighting and grip rental company (2013)
  • Advising a gaming and entertainment company on structuring and implementing acquisitions, joint ventures, dispositions and other strategic matters (2005 - 2012)
  • Advising a global agribusiness corporation on the establishment of a significant agricultural business joint venture, including the development of toll processing arrangements, distribution, sales and marketing arrangements and corporate governance structures (2011)
  • Advising the foreign purchaser of Canadian steel mill operations (2009), and continuing structuring, financing and development work (2010 - 2012)
  • Advising a real estate investment bank in connection with a series of real estate acquisition transactions (2006-2008)
  • Advising the vendor shareholders of Decode Entertainment Inc. on the sale of Decode to DHX Media Inc. and subsequent initial public offering of DHX on TSX and AIM (2006)
  • Advising the vendor shareholders of Yolles Partnership, a leading structural engineering company, on the sale of Yolles to the Halcrow Group (2005)
  • Advising the independent committee of the board of directors of Dundee Realty Corporation, a Canadian public company, with respect to a "going-private transaction" including the creation of Dundee REIT, a publicly-traded real estate investment trust (2003)
  • Acting for SMTC Corporation in connection with its simultaneous initial public offerings in Canada and the U.S. (2000)
  • Advising the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation in connection with the commercialization of the St. Lawrence Seaway (1998)
  • Acting for CF Group Inc. in connection with an exempt take-over bid by NFO Worldwide Inc. (1998)
  • Advising Owens Corning in connection with the acquisition of OC Celfortec Inc. (1996)
  • Implementing a series of strategic divestitures for Alcan Aluminium Limited (1994 – 1995)
  • Acting on numerous acquisitions, divestitures and corporate finance matters for private company clients