Recognized as one of Canada’s leading business lawyers, Robert advises public and private companies on mergers and acquisitions, financings and corporate governance. Robert is head of the Corporate Department in Osler’s Montreal office. He has previously served as Co-Chair of Osler’s Mergers and Acquisitions Group and as a member of the firm's Executive Committee. He was also part of the team that opened Osler’s Montréal office in 2001.
Robert’s career with Osler spans over 20 years, during which he has participated in some of Canada’s most innovative and groundbreaking transactions. He was intimately involved with implementing the first poison pill in Canada and has since worked with many companies on their defense strategies. He led the Osler team involved in Canada’s largest ever completed leveraged buy-out. He also recently led the Osler team involved with significant proxy fights that have seen the problem of “empty voting” on the part of hedge funds receive considerable public scrutiny in Canada.
Robert advises management and boards of directors in connection with a wide range of M&A transactions, including hostile and friendly business acquisitions, special committee mandates, going-private transactions and strategic alliances. In addition, Robert is active in advising on public and private securities financings, corporate governance issues (including for a range of crown corporations) and general public company matters. Robert is a former law clerk to Madame Justice Bertha Wilson of the Supreme Court of Canada. He teaches a course in comparative corporate governance at McGill University’s Faculty of Law, and has written extensively on business law issues.
- Atrium Innovations Inc. (a Quebec based global leader in natural health products) in connection with its acquisition in 2014 by the Permira funds, the Fonds de solidarité FTQ and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec in a transaction with an enterprise value of $1.1 billion.
- Chemtrade Logistics Income Fund in connection with the 2014 sale of its Montreal East sulphur removal and compliance services business to Suncor Energy Products Inc. for $120 million.
- JP Morgan and the other Initial Purchasers in connection with Imperial Metals Corporation’s March 2014 offering of senior notes for gross proceeds of U.S.$325 million.
- TELUS Corporation in connection with its acquisition in 2013 of Public Mobile.
- TELUS Corporation in connection with its agreement in 2013 to acquire Mobilicity Inc. for $380 million.
- TELUS Corporation in connection with its proposals to move from a dual class share structure to a single class of outstanding common shares, the successful implementation of this transaction in 2013 and related proxy fights during 2012 with Mason Capital Management LLC (ranked as one of Lexpert’s Top 10 deals for 2012).
- Miranda Technologies Inc. in connection with its publicly announced strategic review process, culminating in Belden Inc.’s $375 million acquisition of Miranda in 2012 by way of a take-over bid, as well as in connection with its dissident shareholder JEC Capital Partners, LLC’s unsuccessful attempt to requisition a shareholder meeting to appoint new directors to Miranda’s Board.
- J.P. Morgan and the other Initial Purchasers in connection with New Gold Inc’sApril and November 2012 offering of senior notes for gross proceeds of U.S. $300 million and U.S. $500 million, respectively.
- TELUS Corporation in connection with the 2012 acquisitions of privately held KinLogix, the largest provider of cloud-based Electronic Medical Records (EMR) in Quebec, and of Wolf Medical Systems, Canada’s leading EMR solution provider.
- J.P. Morgan and the other Initial Purchasers in connection with Quadra FNX’s 2011 offering of senior notes for gross proceeds of U.S. $500 million.
- J.P. Morgan and the other Initial Purchasers in connection with Jaguar Mining’s2009 and 2011 offerings of convertible senior notes for gross proceed of U.S. $165 million and U.S.$103.5 million, respectively.
- TELUS Corporation in its $766 million acquisition of Emergis Inc. in 2008 by way of take-over bid.
- Controlling shareholders of CHC Helicopters Corporation in its $3.7 billion sale to First Reserve Corporation (largest ever buy-out in the oil field services sector and largest Canadian private equity deal in 2008).
- SR Telecom Inc. in connection with the sale of its business to Groupe Lagassé and its plan of arrangement with Bonterra Energy Income Trust (within the context of CCAA proceedings).
- BCE Inc. in the $3 billion sale of its print and electronic directories business to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (largest ever completed leveraged buy-out involving a Canadian company).
- The underwriting syndicates in Jazz Air Income Fund and Aeroplan Income Fund’s initial public offerings of 25 million units each for aggregate proceeds of $250 million in each case.
- MetroNet Communications Corporation in connection with its cross-border initial public offering, subsequent high yield and equity financings and its $7 billion merger with AT&T Canada.
- March Networks Corporation, World Color Press Inc., Tim Horton’s Inc., Miranda Technologies Inc., Kinross Gold Corporation, Chartwell REIT, IPSCO Inc., Shoppers Drug Mart Corp., Placer Dome Inc., Inco Limited, NOVA Chemicals Corporation, TELUS Corporation, Fording Inc., Wescam Inc., Biovail Corporation, Mosaid Technologies, SFK Pulp Fund, Groupe CVTech Inc. and Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc., among other issuers, in the preparation and implementation of shareholder rights plans and defense planning.