Patrick J. Phelan 

Patrick J. Phelan

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

t: 416.307.4068
e: patrick.phelan@mcmillan.ca

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Patrick Phelan is a partner in the Business Law Group in the firm's Toronto office, and has been a partner at the firm since 1987. Patrick's practice consists of specialized securities matters, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate advice. 

Mergers and acquisitions constitute the majority of his practice. Patrick regularly acts for several large and well known corporations in their Canadian M&A activity. He also represents smaller entrepreneurial companies.

In the securities area, Patrick has acted for acquirors and target companies in several takeover bids and related transactions.  He has also counselled boards of directors and independent committees in a wide variety of transactions.

Patrick also advises private equity investors with respect to their equity or debt investments, usually including complex share provision and shareholder arrangements.

Patrick's clients on publicly disclosed transactions in Canada have included: IBM Canada Ltd, Rogers Communications Inc, Scotia Merchant Capital Corporation, Nabisco Ltd, Kraft Canada Inc, Davis + Henderson Income Fund and Richards Packaging Inc.

Representative Matters

Patrick Phelan acted as lead or part of the legal team in the following transactions:

  • Georgia-Pacific LLC's acquisition of Grant Forest Products Inc.'s oriented strand board (OSB) facilities in Canada and the U.S. for US$400 million.
  • Associated Proteins Limited Partnership in its C$64 million plus working capital asset purchase by Viterra Inc.
  • Kraft Canada Inc.'s sale of its Post cereal brand assets in Canada to a subsidiary of Ralcorp Holdings, Inc., the parent corporation of Ralston Foods Inc.
  • Teck Cominco Limited's acquisition of Global Copper Corp. by way of a plan of arrangement for aggregate proceeds of approximately C$415 million.
  • Richards Packaging Inc.'s acquisition of The E.J. McKernan Co. and related financing.
  • Kraft Canada Inc.'s sale of its Del Monte/ Aylmer/ Primo business division.
  • ShawCor Ltd.'s acquisition of Halliburton Co.'s 50% interest in Bredero Shaw, the world's largest pipe coating business, for approximately US$200 million, including assumption of debt.
  • Citicorp Global Markets and Merrill Lynch loan in connection with the US$1 billion purchase by Toronto-based Cinram International of Time Warner's DVD and CD manufacturing and distribution business.
  • Private equity investors in an C$88.5 million equity financing by Q9 Networks, Inc., a Canadian Internet infrastructure and services provider.

Education

  • University of Western Ontario, LLB - 1981
  • University of Western Ontario, BA - 1978

Year Of Call

  • Barreau de l'Ontario - 1983

Practices

acquisitions et désinvestissements
création d'entreprises
opérations négociées
capital d'investissement
gouvernance d'entreprise
droit des affaires
fusions et acquisitions

Teaching Engagements

  • Former instructor in the Business Law Section of the Bar Admission Course (Ontario).
  • Occasional engagements as panelist at Business or Securities Law conferences.

Community Involvement

  • Former Board member of St. Joseph's Health Centre (Toronto).
  • Capital Campaign Committee of Blessed Sacrament Church (Toronto).
  • Former coach or manager of several minor hockey or soccer teams in Toronto.

Awards & Rankings

  • Received a "BV" Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
  • Listed in the PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook 2010 as a recommended practitioner in Corporate M&A.
  • Recognized in the 2010/2011 edition of the PLC Cross-border Mergers and Acquisitions Handbook  as a "Recommended Mergers and Acquisitions Practitioner in Canada".
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Patrick Phelan is a partner in the Business Law Group in the firm's Toronto office, and has been a partner at the firm since 1987. Patrick's practice consists of specialized securities matters, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate advice. 

Mergers and acquisitions constitute the majority of his practice. Patrick regularly acts for several large and well known corporations in their Canadian M&A activity. He also represents smaller entrepreneurial companies.

In the securities area, Patrick has acted for acquirors and target companies in several takeover bids and related transactions.  He has also counselled boards of directors and independent committees in a wide variety of transactions.

Patrick also advises private equity investors with respect to their equity or debt investments, usually including complex share provision and shareholder arrangements.

Patrick's clients on publicly disclosed transactions in Canada have included: IBM Canada Ltd, Rogers Communications Inc, Scotia Merchant Capital Corporation, Nabisco Ltd, Kraft Canada Inc, Davis + Henderson Income Fund and Richards Packaging Inc.

Patrick Phelan acted as lead or part of the legal team in the following transactions:

  • Georgia-Pacific LLC's acquisition of Grant Forest Products Inc.'s oriented strand board (OSB) facilities in Canada and the U.S. for US$400 million.
  • Associated Proteins Limited Partnership in its C$64 million plus working capital asset purchase by Viterra Inc.
  • Kraft Canada Inc.'s sale of its Post cereal brand assets in Canada to a subsidiary of Ralcorp Holdings, Inc., the parent corporation of Ralston Foods Inc.
  • Teck Cominco Limited's acquisition of Global Copper Corp. by way of a plan of arrangement for aggregate proceeds of approximately C$415 million.
  • Richards Packaging Inc.'s acquisition of The E.J. McKernan Co. and related financing.
  • Kraft Canada Inc.'s sale of its Del Monte/ Aylmer/ Primo business division.
  • ShawCor Ltd.'s acquisition of Halliburton Co.'s 50% interest in Bredero Shaw, the world's largest pipe coating business, for approximately US$200 million, including assumption of debt.
  • Citicorp Global Markets and Merrill Lynch loan in connection with the US$1 billion purchase by Toronto-based Cinram International of Time Warner's DVD and CD manufacturing and distribution business.
  • Private equity investors in an C$88.5 million equity financing by Q9 Networks, Inc., a Canadian Internet infrastructure and services provider.