Lawrence (Lawrie) Wilder* is a member of the firm’s Securities Group who focuses on representing public issuers and assisting them in achieving their growth objectives. He handles all aspects of the development curve, from initial public offerings to mergers and acquisitions.
Lawrie has developed an active practice (acting for issuers, underwriters, advisors and strategic partners) advising public issuers in a variety of financings and merger and acquisition transactions for public issuers with a focus on non-resource issuers such as financial institutions, real estate investment trusts, technology companies and retailers. He also has a busy private equity practice, acting for numerous prominent international and Canadian private equity funds including Manulife Financial, Blackstone Capital Partners, Starwood Capital and Berkshire Hathaway Inc., and institutional investors and their investee companies, in a variety of industries.
Lawrie's representative transactions include acting for:
- Berkshire Hathaway Inc. in connection with its $3 billion preferred equity investment to facilitate the reorganization and merger of Tim Hortons and Burger King Worldwide Inc.
- Equitable Group Inc., in its initial public offering and in various public equity and debt offerings directly and through its subsidiary, Equitable Bank
- Starlight Investments Ltd., in its $2.3 billion acquisition of TransGlobe Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust
- Starwood Capital Group, in connection with its acquisition of 5 Westin hotel properties across Canada
- True North Apartment REIT, in connection with its formation and public financings
- True North Commercial REIT, in connection with its formation and public financings
- Blackstone Capital Partners, in connection with certain of its Canadian equity investments
- Lone Star Real Estate Fund LP, on its sale of its $1 billion commercial real estate portfolio and the concurrent initial public offering of Dundee International REIT (now DREAM Global REIT) and subsequent secondary offerings
- Maxam Opportunities Fund LP and Pender Growth Fund, in connection with the going-private transaction involving their TSX-listed investee, Radiant Communications Inc.
- SKOR Food Group Inc. in its sale to Colabor Group Inc. by way of take-over bid
- Gibralt Capital Group, in its acquisition of Skyservice Airline Inc's charter airline business and subsequent restructuring
- Certicom Corp., in its hostile take-over bid defence and subsequent acquisition by Research In Motion Limited (now Blackberry)
- Chalk Media Corp., in its acquisition by Research in Motion Limited, (now Blackberry)
Lawrie is a former Chair of the Board and past President of the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre in Toronto and is a member of the Board of Governors of The Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto and the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies, (Canada). He has participated in the faculty programs at each of Toronto’s leading business schools, the Schulich School of Business (York University) and the Rotman School of Business (University of Toronto) where he has spoken about corporate governance and corporate finance matters. Lawrie has been involved in webinars addressing matters of corporate governance and corporate finance. He is recognized as a leading lawyer by Best Lawyers and the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.
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