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About Dan

Dan's practice focuses on corporate finance, private equity, M&A and restructuring transactions, as well as corporate governance, shareholder activism, and general securities and corporate law compliance.

Dan has extensive experience acting for issuers, underwriters and investors in capital market financing transactions, including initial public offerings, public and private debt and equity financings, private equity fund formation, and strategic investments by private equity groups.

Dan also has considerable experience advising companies and investors on public and private M&A and reorganization transactions, including public take-over bids, amalgamations, plans of arrangement and private sales. He also regularly advises lenders, investors and borrowers in work-out and debt restructuring transactions, and is a regular advisor to companies in respect of shareholder activism, take-over defence preparedness and corporate governance issues.

In addition to his experience with the Firm, Dan worked for more than three years as a lawyer in the corporate and M&A practice groups of a major Wall Street law firm.

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Recent representative transactions include advising:

M&A, Reorganizations and Shareholder Activism

  • WestJet Airlines Ltd. on its acquisition by an affiliate of Onex Corporation valued at approximately C$5.0-billion

  • Drilling Info, Inc. on its acquisition of Cortex Business Solutions Inc. valued at approximately C$55-million

  • International Petroleum Corp. on its acquisition of BlackPearl Resources Inc. to create a combined international oil and gas exploration and production company with an enterprise valued of approximately C$1.36-billion

  • Lundin Petroleum AB on the spin-out of its international business into International Petroleum Corporation (IPCO) and the related listing of IPCO on the Toronto Stock Exchange

  • Cenovus Energy Inc. on its C$17.7-billion acquisition of assets from ConocoPhillips

  • TransCanada Corporation on its US$13-billion acquisition of Columbia Pipeline Group Inc.

  • Agrium Inc. in connection with its successful proxy contest with JANA Partners LLC

Corporate Finance and Private Equity

  • The underwriters in connection with the C$239-million initial public offering of AltaGas Canada Inc.

  • Cenovus Energy Inc. on its C$3-billion offering of common shares and US$3-billion offering of senior notes to finance a portion of the purchase price for the acquisition of assets from ConocoPhillips

  • The underwriters in connection with the C$2.2-billion public offering and C$400-million private placement of subscription receipts by AltaGas Ltd. to finance a portion of the purchase price for its acquisition of WGL Holdings Ltd.

  • TransCanada Corporation on its C$4.4-billion offering of subscription receipts to finance a portion of the purchase price for its acquisition of Columbia Pipeline Group Inc.

  • The underwriters in connection with the C$930-million initial public offering (IPO) and TSX listing of Seven Generations Energy Ltd.

  • The underwriters in connection with the C$500-million IPO and TSX listing of Northern Blizzard Resources Inc.

Awards & Recognition

Dan is recognized as a leading lawyer in several publications:

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada – 2023–2024 (Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law)

  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial and Corporate Law Firms – 2022–2023 (Capital Markets: Equity, M&A, Private Equity)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2023 (Corporate Mid-Market, Corporate Finance & Securities, Private Equity, Mergers & Acquisitions)

  • Who's Who Legal: Global – 2022–2023 (Capital Markets – Debt & Equity, Energy – Oil & Gas)

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada – 2021–2022 (Capital Markets, Energy)

  • Who's Who Legal: M&A and Governance 2019 (M&A)

  • Who's Who Legal: Capital Markets 2019 (Debt and Equity)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2018 (Capital Markets, Corporate and M&A)

  • Who's Who Legal: M&A and Governance 2017

  • Who's Who Legal: Energy 2017

  • The 2011 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Corporate Lawyers to Watch)

  • Lexpert magazine, November/December 2010 (Rising Stars: Canada's Leading Lawyers 40 and Under)


Admitted to the Alberta Bar – 2003
Admitted to the New York State Bar – 1999
Admitted to the British Columbia Bar – 1998
LLB, University of British Columbia – 1996
BComm, University of Alberta – 1991

* Practice limited to Alberta law

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