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MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS

With extensive experience in Acquisitions and Divestitures, McMillan brings experience, practical knowledge, industry expertise and creativity to every assignment. We work regularly with law firms in the United States and internationally to assist with cross-border transactions, providing expert advice about the Canadian market and regulatory regimes.

When executed smoothly, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and other restructurings bring tremendous benefit — including increased shareholder value, corporate focus and capital to innovate new products and services or capture new markets. This is the outcome that McMillan’s mergers, acquisitions and divestitures lawyers consistently work toward for our clients.

As a leading Canadian mergers and acquisitions law firm, McMillan specializes in simplifying the complexities of both public M&A and private M&A for our clients. Our M&A lawyers work closely with the client to develop a true understanding of the transaction at hand, and any competition-related challenges that could delay or block approval. With the client’s timeframe and bottom-line front of mind, and an inherent knowledge of merger and acquisitions law and acquisition finance law, McMillan’s mergers and acquisitions professionals devise a detailed plan to close the deal effectively and efficiently,  collaborating seamlessly with investment dealers, lenders and financial advisors.

Whether a Negotiated Transaction, a Takeover Bid or other Contested Transaction, or an acquisition of a distressed asset, we understand that every transaction is important to our clients, no matter how large or small and have the right team available to assist. Our lawyers listen to your needs and apply our experience, expertise, creativity and commitment to help you achieve your objectives.

TAKEOVER BIDS

McMillan has worked with a wide range of Canadian and international clients on both sides of the mergers and acquisitions equation. For acquiring companies, our legal teams help create and execute an effective takeover strategy, with a focus on legal defences available to the target. We also help companies respond effectively to overtures from potential acquirers. And should a deal move forward, we provide experienced counsel that ensures the company remains in compliance with the regulations governing the process.

DISTRESSED ASSETS

Investment and acquisition transactions involving stressed or distressed businesses require the astute legal counsel of a debt investments and restructuring investments law firm that can help drive deals to a timely conclusion. McMillan LLP has a proven track record of adding value to the successful completion of complex sales that involve debt acquisitions.

Well versed in the material differences between the domestic sale of a business and the sale of an organization’s assets under Section 363 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, McMillan’s mergers and acquisitions lawyers have helped facilitate countless types of debt investments across borders.

McMillan has significant experience with a variety of restructuring, insolvency and M&A transactions and understands how to navigate multi-party negotiations from concept to completion.

Primary Contacts

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John Clifford

Partner, Business Law | Mergers & Acquisitions | Chief Client Officer

Paul D. Davis

Partner, Capital Markets & Securities | Mergers & Acquisitions | Chair of the Board of Partners

David R. Dunlop

Partner, Mergers & Acquisitions | Private Equity & Venture Capital

Leo Raffin

Partner, Capital Markets & Securities

Brett Stewart

Partner, Mergers & Acquisitions | Private Equity & Venture Capital | Chair of the Risk and Finance Committee

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