Cameron M. Rusaw - Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

Cameron M. Rusaw

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008

Cam Rusaw is a partner in the Corporate/Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity and Technology practices. He is the current Chair of the firm's Evaluation Committee, a former member of the firm's Management Committee, and the former Chair of the firm's Student Committee.

Cam has acted for several large public and private clients in a broad range of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, financings, joint ventures, corporate reorganizations, private equity transactions, venture capital investments, strategic alliances, outsourcings and information technology transactions.

Cam has represented several Canadian and U.S. private equity funds in cross-border and domestic acquisitions, investments, divestitures and other exit transactions. Cam has a wealth of experience in international and cross-border transactions, acting for Canadian and foreign clients on a variety of acquisitions, divestitures, financings and joint ventures. Cam has particular extensive experience acting for clients in the pharmaceutical manufacturing, health care and laboratory testing industries in a variety of transactions. He has also led numerous transactions in the information technology and telecommunications industry, including venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances and outsourcings, on behalf of a variety of clients ranging from start-up companies and venture capital firms to major technology and telecommunications companies.

Cam is an adjunct professor at University of Toronto Law School where he teaches an advanced corporate transactions course.

Cam's full bio is available here.

Client Comments

"I have worked closely with Cam for seven years on a variety of complex projects. Cam has all the qualities a client needs in a first-rate corporate lawyer. He has excellent technical and project management skills, a prodigious work ethic, very sound judgement to help steer clients through difficult situations, and a very effective negotiating style that is conducive to achieving agreement between parties. Cam has become a trusted advisor to our Company."

-Riccardo Trecroce
Chief Executive Officer
Patheon Inc.

"Cam is an excellent M&A advisor. He is a tough negotiator with a good business sense. He knows when to push ideas but never gets in the way of getting a deal done. He is a tireless worker; he is highly responsive and professional."

"It is a very unique situation when I recommend and compliment another client's lawyer on the "other side of the table." I recently had an M&A transaction whereby a large U.S. investment banking firm purchased a significant western Canadian real estate asset. Representing that U.S. investment banking firm was Cameron Rusaw from Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg. As always, the transaction took far too long - four months - but during that process I gained substantial respect for Cam's ability to move the transaction forward, find solutions, and be equitable and forthright to both parties. I've dealt with legal professionals all over the world and Cam Rusaw is one of the highest-quality professionals I have been associated with. Next time he will be on my side of the table! "

-Blair Richardson
Managing Partner
Bow River Capital Partners

"As a mid-market private Canadian based private equity firm, we greatly value Cam's hands-on approach to handling transactions for us. Rather than simply overseeing a transaction, Cam will be very involved in all aspects of the transaction, which he handles in an extremely competent, efficient and professional manner."

"Cam provided excellent help on a sale transaction. He was thoughtful, deal-oriented, and effective in helping bridge through the complex deal terms so that we understood the risks yet provided the guidance to get us to a successful conclusion. "

Office Location

155 Wellington Street West
Toronto, ON M5V 3J7

Practice Areas

Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Mergers & Acquisitions Law