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Lauren Leahy
Lauren Leahy (she, her, hers) Partner | Toronto

About Lauren

Lauren advises clients on a wide range of corporate and securities law matters, including corporate finance, private equity and domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions.

Lauren has acted on behalf of issuers and underwriters in connection with public and private offerings of equity and debt securities and on behalf of purchasers (including private equity sponsors) and targets in share purchase transactions. She also provides ongoing advice to foreign private equity sponsors in connection with the offering of their funds into Canada and to public issuers with respect to corporate governance requirements, continuous disclosure obligations and stock exchange matters.

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Recent representative experience includes acting as counsel to:

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • BlackRock Infrastructure in connection with its acquisition of Environmental 360 Solutions

  • Sagen MI Canada Inc. (formerly Genworth MI Canada Inc.) on its C$1.6-billion acquisition by Brookfield Business Partners L.P.

  • Deciem Beauty Group Inc. on the agreement by The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. to increase its investment to approximately 76% from 26% at a current enterprise valuation of approximately US$2.2-billion and to purchase the remaining interests after a three-year period

  • Great Hill Partners in connection with its acquisition of VersaPay Corporation for approximately C$125-million

  • Cronos Group Inc. in connection with the C$2.4-billion strategic equity investment by Altria Group, Inc.

  • A TSX-listed oilfield service company in connection with its C$400-million acquisition of another listed issuer, pursuant to a plan of arrangement

  • A private company on its acquisition of all of the outstanding common shares in the capital of a TSXV-listed issuer by way of a supported takeover bid and subsequent compulsory acquisition which valued the issuer's enterprise value at C$14.5-million

  • Atkins Nutritionals, a portfolio company of Roark Capital, in connection with its acquisition of Wellness Foods

Private Equity Funds

  • Disruption Ventures Limited Partnership in connection with its launch of a women-focused venture fund, the first private female-founded venture capital fund for women entrepreneurs, and its initial raise of C$13-million

  • Various internationally based private equity funds in connection with marketing and sales in Canada

Equity and Debt Financings

  • Pet Valu Holdings Ltd., a portfolio company of Roark Capital, in connection with its initial public offering

  • Carribean Utilities Company, Ltd. in connection with its US$47.6-million offering of rights to acquire Class A Ordinary shares

  • Great-West Lifeco Inc. in connection with its public offerings of C$1.5-billion principal amount of 3.60% limited recourse capital notes, C$500-million principal amount of 2.981% debentures due July 2050, C$600-million principal amount of 2.379% debentures due May 2030, C$500-million principal amount of 3.337% debentures due February 2028 and 8,000,000 First Preferred Shares, Series T for gross proceeds of C$200-million

  • The dealers in connection with First Quantum Minerals' issuance of US$750-million of senior notes

  • Genworth MI Canada Inc. in connection with its C$300-million public offering of debentures

  • goeasy Inc. in connection with its US$550-million offering of senior unsecured notes

  • A Canadian financial institution in connection with multiple public offerings of preferred shares, subordinated debentures, and senior notes pursuant to the multi-jurisdictional disclosure system under its base shelf prospectuses

  • Syndicate of agents in connection with Fax Capital Corp.'s public offering of units and concurrent private placement for aggregate gross proceeds of C$190-million

  • Syndicate of underwriters in connection with the establishment of the Ontario Power Generation Inc. C$4-billion medium term note program under a base shelf prospectus, public offerings of notes and green bonds

Admitted to the Ontario Bar – 2016
JD, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University – 2015
BA (Hon., Bioethics), University of Toronto – 2011
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