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.
Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in securities law (2019), corporate law and mergers and acquisitions law (2014-2019)
Chambers & Partners’ Chambers Global: World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Client’s Guide—Leading lawyer in corporate/M&A (2014-2018)
Chambers & Partners’ Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in Ontario, corporate/commercial (2016-2018)
Global M&A Network Top 50: Americas M&A Dealmakers (2018)
Law Business Research’s Who’s Who Legal—Leading lawyer in corporate and M&A (2017-2018)
The Legal 500: Leading lawyer in corporate and M&A (2015-2018)
Legal Media Group/Euromoney’s IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms—Leading Canadian lawyer in M&A and capital markets (2016-2018), banking (2018), financial services (2018), mining (2018), natural resources (2018), technology and telecommunications (2018)
Lexpert/American Lawyer's Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Leading practitioner in M&A (2018)
Lexpert's Special Law Inserts appearing in The Globe and Mail's Report on Business Magazine—One of Canada's leading corporate lawyers (2015-2018)
Lexpert/Thomson Reuters' Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in M&A, corporate finance & securities (2012-2018) and corporate commercial law (2015-2018)
Corporate LiveWire Legal Award—M&A Lawyer of the Year—Canada (2015-2017)
Lexpert/Thomson Reuters' Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in M&A, corporate finance & securities (2012-2017)
Lexpert/Thomson Reuters' Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada—Most Frequently Recommended lawyer in business issues (2018)
Legal Media Group Life Sciences Award—Canadian Financial & Corporate Attorney of the Year (2018 Finalist)
Martindale-Hubbell's Peer Review Ratings AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer—Exemplary ethical standards and legal ability
Lexpert's 2012 Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40—One of Canada's leading lawyers under 40
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 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. John was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto Law School, and has also taught as a guest lecturer at Queen's University Law School. 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).