Matthew W. Cockburn

Matthew W. Cockburn

Toronto: 416.865.7662
Fax 416.865.7380


LLB, 1993
University of Toronto
BA (Honours), 1989
Queen’s University

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 1995


Matthew, a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, practises corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on private equity and mergers and acquisitions. Matt acts for a wide variety of private equity firms and pension funds, advising on all aspects of their investment activities. He has advised on public takeover bids, plans of arrangement, and private acquisitions and divestitures. Matt also has significant experience in the corporate finance area, advising issuers and underwriters on public and private offerings of debt and equity securities. His experience spans the full spectrum from advising on early-stage investments to multi-billion dollar acquisitions.

Representative Work

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Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in corporate/commercial, Ontario; private equity: buyouts (2016-2020)

Chambers Global—Leading lawyer in corporate/M&A (2011-2020) and private equity: buyouts (2018-2020)

Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in corporate law, M&A law, private funds law (2010-2020)

IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms—Highly regarded in corporate and M&A (2013-2020)

The Legal 500 Canada—Leading lawyer in corporate and M&A (2019-2020)

Lexpert/American Lawyer’s Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in corporate commercial and M&A (2013-2020)

Lexpert/Thomson Reuters’ Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in mergers & acquisitions (2008-2019); corporate finance & securities (2009-2019); private equity (2010-2018); corporate commercial law (2014-2019)

Practical Law Company’s Which Lawyer?—Leading Canadian lawyer in private equity: buyouts (2010-2012)

Chambers & Partners’ Chambers Global: World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Client’s Guide—Up and coming lawyer in corporate and in M&A (2008-2010)

Lexpert/Thomson Canada’s Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Up-and-coming practitioner in private equity (2007)

Lexpert/American Lawyer Media’s Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—One of Canada’s 40 corporate lawyers to watch (2006)

Lexpert, November/December 2006—One of Canada’s top 40 lawyers under 40

Lexpert, November 2004—One of Canada’s top 40 lawyers under 40



Memberships and Affiliations

Matthew is part of the CVCA (Canadian Private Equity Trade Group).