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About Linda

Linda's practice focuses on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions as well as private equity and capital markets transactions.  Linda has acted for public and private companies, boards of directors and special committees, underwriters, and institutional and strategic investors.  She also advises on general corporate matters, securities law disclosure and compliance requirements, and corporate governance matters.

Linda has represented clients in a wide range of industry sectors, including retail and consumer products, technology, financial services, investment funds, mining, agriculture, cannabis, renewable energy and real estate.

Prior to joining Blakes, Linda practised in the Toronto office of another national firm, providing corporate and securities law advice, and completed a secondment with the Ontario Securities Commission.

Linda also speaks Mandarin Chinese.

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Recent M&A, capital markets, private equity and investment management transactions include advising:

  • Sycamore Partners in connection with its acquisition of the Canadian business of Lowe's Companies

  • WPT Industrial REIT in connection with its US$3.1-billion acquisition by Blackstone REIT

  • Cboe Global Markets, Inc. in connection with its acquisitions of MATCHNow and Neo Exchange

  • Starlight Investments and KingSett Capital in connection with their C$4.9-billion acquisition of Northview Apartment REIT

  • Americold Realty Trust in connection with its acquisitions of Nova Cold Logistics and Liberty Infrastructures

  • Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund Board in connection with their C$1.7-billion acquisition of AltaGas Canada Inc.

  • Starlight Fund 5 in connection with its US$1.4-billion acquisition by Tricon Capital Group

  • CCCC International Holding Limited in connection with its proposed C$1.51-billion acquisition of Aecon Group Inc.

  • HLS Therapeutics Inc. in connection with its going-public transaction by way of reverse take-over

  • The Stars Group Inc. in connection with its announced C$6.0-billion acquisition of Sky Betting & Gaming

  • A mining royalty company in connection with its C$152-million multi-asset stream transaction with a Canadian-based gold producer

  • The underwriters and agents in connection with various public and private offerings including: initial public offerings of LifeSpeak and Propel Holdings; securities offerings of Air Canada and Source Energy Services, a Canadian-based mining company; and various high yield and investment grade notes offerings

  • Issuers in connection with various IPOs and other debt and equity offerings including common share offerings by Converge Technology Solutions, debenture offerings by ECN Capital, C$200-million offerings of stapled units of Granite REIT, C$150-million preferred share offerings by a national retailer, a C$220-million common share offering and C$150-million convertible debenture offerings by a renewable power producer, and an aggregate of C$1.8-billion of maple bond offerings for an international brewing company
Awards & Recognition
  • The Legal 500 Canada – 2021–2024 (Corporate and M&A)

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

  • Euromoney's Rising Stars Expert Guide 2022 (Corporate, M&A, Private Equity)

Professional Activities

Linda serves as a member of the Blakes Student Committee and the Holland Bloorview Catalyst Council.

Linda is also a member of Women in Capital Markets.

Publications
Education

Admitted to the Ontario Bar – 2013
Admitted to the New York Bar – 2016
JD, Queen's University – 2012
BComm, University of Toronto – 2009

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