John is co-head of the firm’s M&A Practice. He is a leading practitioner in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, securities law and corporate governance. John has significant experience in a wide range of corporate and securities law transactions, including complex M&A and corporate finance transactions. He also advises companies, directors and shareholders on corporate governance and securities compliance matters.
John represents domestic and foreign acquirors, targets, special committees, selling shareholders and investment banks in all aspects of M&A (both public and private), including hostile takeover bids, strategic review processes, proxy contests, going-private transactions, private equity transactions and negotiated acquisitions. He has extensive experience in corporate finance transactions, representing issuers, underwriters and investors in domestic and international debt and equity public offerings and private placements. John also provides ongoing advice to public companies on their disclosure, corporate governance and other corporate and securities law obligations.
Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in corporate commercial: Ontario (2016-2022)
Chambers Global—Leading lawyer in corporate/M&A (2014-2021)
The Legal 500 Canada—Leading lawyer in corporate and M&A (2015-2021)
IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms—Highly regarded in M&A (2016-2022)
Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions law, securities law (2014-2022)
Lexpert/American Lawyer’s Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Leading practitioner in corporate commercial law, corporate finance & securities and M&A (2018-2021)
The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in mergers & acquisitions (2012-2021); corporate finance and securities (2012-2021); corporate commercial law (2015-2021)
Who’s Who Legal—Global Leader (M&A) and National Leader-Canada (M&A); Leading lawyer in corporate, M&A and capital markets (2017-2021)
Expert Guides—Leading lawyer in mergers and acquisitions (2020-2021)
Lexpert’s Guide to U.S./Canada Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in M&A, corporate finance & securities (2012-2017); most frequently recommended lawyer in business issues (2018-2020)
Lexpert’s Special Law Inserts appearing in The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business Magazine—One of Canada’s leading corporate finance and M&A lawyers (2015-2020); one of Canada's leading technology lawyers (2021)
Lexpert’s Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40—One of Canada’s leading lawyers under 40 (2012)
Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Ratings AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer—Exemplary ethical standards and legal ability
Global M&A Network Top 50: Americas M&A Dealmakers (2018)
Corporate LiveWire Legal Award—M&A Lawyer of the Year—Canada (2015-2017)
Legal Media Group Life Sciences Award—Canadian Financial & Corporate Attorney of the Year (2018 Finalist)
The M&A Advisor—40 Under 40 Award, 2012 (only Canadian recipient in 2012)
John is a member of the Toronto Stock Exchange Listing Advisory Committee. John is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto Law School, and has also taught as a guest lecturer at Queen’s University Law School. John is the Editor-In-Chief of the Canadian Institute’s M&A/Corporate Financing Journal. John was a Contributing Editor of Federated Press’ Corporate Financing Journal and Merger and Acquisitions Journal. He was a co-editor of the fifteenth edition of the Consolidated Bank Act and Regulations (Carswell, 2003) and of the seventh edition of the Consolidated Trust and Loans Companies Act and Regulations (Carswell, 2002).