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About Paul

Paul acts as lead counsel on buy, sell and investment mandates for both public and private strategic corporations and private equity investors and sponsors. He also has extensive experience in divestment work in relation to regulatory requirements and effectively completing complex transactions as part of regulatory approvals.

Paul also advises on a broad range of other corporate matters, including strategic alliances, joint ventures, partnerships and reorganizations, and advises clients, both foreign and domestic, on their day-to-day legal matters and foreign corporations on establishing and structuring their Canadian operations.

Paul's experience assisting strategic and private equity clients spans a broad set of industries, including Agribusiness, Cannabis, Energy, Food & Beverage, Industrials, Infrastructure, Technology and Renewables.

Paul is also one of the Co-Chairs of the Firm's Food, Beverage & Agribusiness group.

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Certain of Paul's representative transactions include advising:

  • Canadian counsel to Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners in connection with its acquisition of Xplornet Communications Inc., Canada's largest rural-focused broadband service provider, and on its acquisition of Cologix Inc., a leading provider of colocation and interconnection services across the U.S. and Canada

  • Lead counsel to Superior Plus on its purchase from Gibson Energy ULC of an option to acquire the retail propane business of Canwest Propane and follow-on divestiture to a private equity purchaser

  • Nutrien Ltd. in connection with its C$1.8-billion supported funding of Glencore International plc's C$6.1-billion acquisition of Viterra Inc. and the subsequent acquisition by Nutrien Ltd. of Viterra's wholesale and retail agri-products division, including businesses, properties and assets in Canada and Australia and a series of related third-party sale and required divesture transactions

  • Nutrien Ltd. on its US$38-billion merger of equals with Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan; also acted as lead counsel on related dispositions of its Idaho-based Conda phosphate production operations and its Ohio-based North Bend nitric acid plant

  • Lead counsel to Arjun Infrastructure Partners and Fengate Asset Management on their acquisition of ONroute Service Centres

  • Lead counsel to Labatt Brewing Company Limited on various mergers and acquisitions and on ongoing commercial advice

  • Lead counsel to ZX Ventures, the global growth and innovation group within AB InBev, on Canadian merger and acquisitions and joint venture arrangements

  • Counsel to H.I.G. Capital on various acquisitions and dispositions

  • Canadian counsel to Inverness Graham for its portfolio Kalkomey Holdings, LCC on a portfolio acquisition and on its merger with CHP KE Group Holdings A, L.P., a subsidiary of Cove Hill Partners

  • Lead counsel to Nutrien Ltd. on numerous acquisitions in Brazil including the acquisition of Agrichem do Brasil S.A. from Patria Investments Ltd.

  • Lead counsel to Aura Minerals on its sale of the Serrote da Laje Copper Gold project in Brazil to a purchaser group being advised by Appian Capital Advisory LLP

  • Lead counsel to Nutrien Ltd. in connection with a series of acquisitions related to its retail agriculture and fertilizer businesses in Alberta and Saskatchewan

  • Lead counsel to Nutrien Ltd. on its C$85-million sale of its U.S.-based turf and ornamental business to Koch Agronomic Services, LLC

  • Lead counsel to Superior Plus on various domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions and other commercial arrangements

  • Canadian counsel to Teachers' Private Capital on its acquisition of Dynea North America

  • Canadian counsel to Canada Pension Plan Investment Board on its acquisition of 40% of Glencore Agricultural Products (Glencore Agri)

  • Lead counsel to Suncor on the sales of its half interest in the Cedar Point II wind project to Fiera Capital and its half interest in the Ripley wind project to Acciona Energy International

  • Lead counsel to Nutrien Inc. on its acquisition of Starpharma Holding Ltd.'s Australian agrochemical business and its proprietary dendrimer polymer technology portfolio

  • Lead counsel to Xero Limited on its acquisition of Hubdoc, a leading data capture solution

  • Mueller Water Products on various strategic cross-border acquisitions and divestitures

  • RR Donnelley on the restructuring of its Canadian business in preparation for the spin-offs of its publishing and retail-centric print services, office products business and financial communications and data service business

  • Canadian counsel to J.F. Lehman & Company on its acquisition of Wenzel Associates, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of crystal oscillators and related systems and products for military, space, and commercial markets

  • Echelon Wealth Partners in connection with the acquisition of Dundee Goodman Private Wealth from Dundee Securities Ltd.

  • First Asset Capital Corp in connection with its sale to CI Financial Corp.

  • Element Financial Corporation on its acquisitions of each of PHH Corporation's fleet business, GE Capital's Canadian fleet portfolio, TLS Fleet Management and CoActiv Capital Partners

  • Pearson plc in connection with its global trade book publishing joint venture with Bertelsmann to form Penguin Random House

  • Lead counsel to McKesson on its acquisition of the banner and franchised retail pharmaceutical businesses of Katz Group Canada Inc. for C$920-million

Awards & Recognition
  • The Legal 500 Canada 2023 (Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada – 2022–2023 (Mergers & Acquisitions Law)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2023 (Corporate Mid-Market, Corporate Commercial Law, Private Equity)

  • Thomson Reuters Stand-out Lawyers – Independently Rated Lawyers – 2021–2022 (As nominated by senior in-house counsel)

  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers (Leading Lawyer)

  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers (Corporate Lawyers to Watch)

  • Lexpert Rising Stars 2014: Leading Lawyers Under 40 in Canada
Professional Activities

Paul often leads external and internal seminars and lectures on M&A and other areas of corporate law. Paul is a member of the Firm's Diversity & Inclusion Committee.


Admitted to the Ontario Bar – 2003
LLB, University of Manitoba – 2002
BComm (Hon.), I.H. Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba – 1998

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