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About Frank

Frank's primary focus is on transactions involving acquisitions, divestitures, mergers, reorganizations, and strategic investments. He has extensive experience in structuring, negotiating and managing acquisitions and divestitures of both private and public companies. Frank also has substantial experience with private equity funds, managers, sponsors, pension funds and other institutional investors.

Frank has represented clients in the food, beverage, agribusiness, consumer products, manufacturing, financial services and technology sectors, among others. He leverages his legal expertise, deal experience and understanding of clients and their businesses to provide efficient and effective management of transactions and successful outcomes that achieve the client's business strategy.

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  • Maple Leaf Foods Inc. in the acquisition of Light Life Foods, Field Roast and Viau Foods and the sale of its Animal Nutrition and Rothsay businesses (food products and agribusiness)

  • Canada Bread Company, Limited on its acquisition of Saputo Bakery Inc., Stonemill Bakery, Sobeys Bakery, Italian Home Bakery, GD Bakery Group, Olafson's Bakery Group and Parisco Limited (food products)

  • MCAP's acquisition of ResMor Trust’s residential mortgage business (financial services)

  • Syngenta International AG on its acquisition of Conrad Fafard, Inc. (agricultural products) and its sale to ChemChina

  • Cognizant on their acquisition of Idea Couture, a company that offers a broad range of digital innovation, strategy design and technology services

  • Structuring and formation of pooled fund investment vehicles for pension funds and other institutional investors, including Bentall Kennedy (real estate)

  • Several private equity investments by Canadian pension funds and other financial institutional investors (direct investments and fund investments)

  • VerticalScope Inc. on its sale of a 55% equity interest to Torstar Corporation (technology) and its purchase of several forum/digital media platforms

Awards & Recognition

Frank has been recognized as a leading Canadian lawyer in the following publications:

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2024 (Corporate Mid-Market)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2024 (Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law)

  • Thomson Reuters Stand-out Lawyers – Independently Rated Lawyers – 2021–2024 (As nominated by senior in-house counsel)

  • Lexpert Special Edition on Canada's Leading Finance and M&A Lawyers 2023

  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial and Corporate Law Firms – 2023 (Mergers & Acquisitions)

Professional Activities

Frank has written in the area of mergers and acquisitions, and has made presentations on negotiating the acquisition of private companies for the Canadian Institute and the Osgoode Hall Law School professional development program. He has also written in the area of cross-border mergers and acquisitions.


Admitted to the Ontario Bar – 1986
LLB, University of Western Ontario – 1984

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