Aarondeep (Aaron) S. Bains

Associate Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 2015

With an international background and hands-on business experience, Aaron provides practical and strategic advice to domestic and international investors and businesses. Aaron is a natural problem-solver who uses a personal approach to gain a comprehensive understanding of his clients’ needs. He has a keen eye for strategy and works with his clients to structure their transactions accordingly. This work includes advising high net worth clients on building family offices and successfully protecting and transitioning wealth to future generations. When possible, Aaron leverages his network to help clients with their local and international legal and business needs, including connecting clients to investors and advisors across the globe.

Aaron is a member of the firm’s Capital Markets Group and Venture Finance Group. He practices corporate law with an emphasis on debt and equity financing and domestic and international M&A. On financing matters, Aaron works closely with investors, often U.S. and Canadian banks or investment funds on their lending transactions in Canada. Aaron also assists emerging and high growth companies as they use debt to grow their businesses. On M&A transactions, Aaron serves a broad range of the firm’s clients, including, strategic/financial buyers, family offices and retiring or otherwise divesting sellers. Aaron’s range of client experience allows him to see issues from all sides of a deal and provide effective solutions to meet client needs. 

Aaron summered and articled at Aird & Berlis and joined the firm as an associate in 2015.

Other Languages

Punjabi

Professional Involvement

Professional Activities

  • President and Board Member, South Asian Bar Association of Toronto
  • Regional Advisor, World Sikh Organization
  • Member, JusticeNet's Advisory Board
  • Member, Program Advisory Committee for the proposed law school at Ryerson University
  • Vice President and Board Member, Canadian International Council - Toronto Branch
  • Executive Committee Member, Breakfast of Champions Charity for SickKids Hospital
  • Member of the Committee of Management, The St. George’s Society of Toronto

Memberships

  • Canadian/Ontario Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • South Asian Bar Association of Toronto
  • Canadian International Council

Representative Matters

Advised Venture Capital Firm on its initial and follow on investments in clean tech businesses in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta.

Regularly advise a U.S. Bank on its loan and warrant arrangements with emerging and high growth companies across Canada.

Advised a European Venture Finance Lender on its loan transaction with a global technology driven tourism firm with operations in Canada, the U.S. and Europe.

Represented Launchlife International Inc., a North American private career college operator and franchisor, on a management buyout. Simultaneously with the management buyout, advised Launchlife on the closing of a financing and assisted with the acquisition of Pitman Training Group Limited, a United Kingdom-based operator and franchisor of career colleges. 

Represented Morgan Stanley in Canada in connection with an initial US$200 million private placement and subsequent private placements of Senior Secured Notes of Ironshore Pharmaceuticals & Development, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Highland Therapeutics Inc.

Represented the controlling shareholder of Bullfrog Power in its divestment to Spark Power Corp.

Advised the investment team of a family office on the acquisition of a North American furniture and cabinet design and manufacturing company, with operations in Ontario, Illinois, Indiana and North Carolina. The purchase involved the simultaneous closing of a credit facility with a major Canadian bank, which included a term loan and multiple asset based revolving credit facilities. 

Advised a high growth lumber company on the acquisition of a privately-held regional lumber company. The transaction involved the simultaneous closing of a large credit facility with a major Canadian bank, which included a term loan and an asset based revolving credit facility. 

Represented a large Canadian FinTech company in connection with the replacement and increase of its existing credit facility with a New York-based private equity fund.

Represented Trevali Mining Corporation (TSX:TV) in connection with the acquisition of a portfolio of zinc assets, including an 80% interest in the Rosh Pinah mine in Namibia and a 90% interest in the Perkoa mine in Burkina Faso, for an aggregate purchase price of US$417.86 million. 

Acted for shareholders of Fleetwood Metal Industries Inc., a successful Tier 1 automotive metal stamping, welding and assembly business with facilities in Ontario and Alabama, recently announced the completion of its sale to Milestone Partners, a U.S.-based private equity.

Selected Speaking Engagements

Presenter, “How & Why We Fight. Citizens in the Space of Protest,” Democracy Xchange, January 2019.

Speaker at multiple Law Society of Ontario panels relating to Asian Heritage Month and diversity issues facing lawyers and law firms.

Insights

Insights StartupSource Mar 20, 2018 Aird & Berlis Assisting DDQIC Ventures with Strategic Legal and Business Counsel Partnership to enhance legal resources for startups

Education

  • LLM International and European Business Law, Université Jean Moulin, 2014
  • JD, Queen’s University Faculty of Law, 2014
  • International Business Law Certificate, Bader International Study Centre, U.K., 2012
  • BA (Political Science), University of British Columbia, 2011
  • International Relations Certificate (Hons.), Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris, 2010