Joel M. Rose KC

Partner Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 1968

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Appointed King's Counsel
  • Bio
  • Awards & Recognition
  • Professional Involvement
  • Representative Matters
  • Education

Joel’s strengths lie in building strategic relationships and leveraging connections with stakeholders across a range of industries. A strong communicator and pragmatic thinker with many years’ experience practising commercial and regulatory law, he fills the role of both legal advisor and business advisor with ease. Recognized for his commitment to the profession and his clientele, Joel was appointed King’s Counsel.

Joel is a member of the firm's Corporate/Commercial and Mergers & Acquisitions/Private Equity Groups. He has a transaction-oriented practice in the areas of equity financings, mergers, acquisitions, venture capital transactions, general corporate/commercial and regulatory matters. Joel has served as lead counsel in numerous leveraged buyouts and going private transactions, as well as private equity, mezzanine, and senior debt financings involving borrowers, lenders, private equity funds, banks, syndicates and other institutional lenders. 

Joel advises private equity funds and corporations in connection with buying, selling and restructuring entities ranging from privately-held businesses to national and multinational organizations. He also frequently advises U.S. and foreign clients on the acquisition and disposition of Canadian subsidiaries. 

Joel has particular experience with transactions in government regulated sectors of the economy such as transportation, gaming and food services. 

Awards & Recognition

  • Appears in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, a guide to leading law firms and practitioners in Canada, as a leading lawyer in Transportation Law (Road & Rail)
  • Recognized in Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business in Gaming & Licensing 
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada in the field of Gaming Law
  • Received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Transportation Lawyers Association in recognition of continued dedication and service to the association and the legal profession
  • Received the Distinguished Service Award from the Transportation Lawyers Association, in recognition of distinguished and outstanding service to the organization

Professional Involvement


  • American Bar Association
  • Canadian Transportation Lawyers' Association
  • International Association of Gaming Advisors
  • International Masters of Gaming Law
  • Legal Network International
  • Transportation Lawyers Association (U.S.) 

Community Involvement

  • Director and Vice Chairman, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. Foundation
  • President and Director, The Robert Kerr Foundation 

Representative Matters

Advised Phillips Foods Inc., a U.S.-based global processor and distributor of branded seafood products, in the acquisition of the assets of South Shore Seafoods Group of Companies, a Canadian seafood processor and distributor.

Represented Circle Surrogacy, LLC, an investee company of Cortec Group Fund VII, L.P., a private equity fund based in New York, in the Canadian aspects of its acquisition of Donor Concierge Inc.

Represented the independent shareholders of Canadian Hospital Specialties Limited, in the company’s disposition by the Cortec Group, private equity fund situate in New York, to Flexpoint Ford, LLC.

Advised the shareholders of Suncoast Seafood Inc. and Raymond O’Neill & Son Fisheries Ltd. in connection with the disposition of their shares to ACON Equity Management, L.L.C., a U.S. private equity firm situated in Washington D.C.

Represented Clyde Bergemann Power Group, LLC and Clyde Bergemann GmbH, a German-owned and controlled corporation, in the sale of the Canadian business to Wynnchurch Capital, LLC.

Represented the shareholders of Stamar Holdings Inc./Trailwood Transport Ltd. and Nexus Freight Ltd. in the sale of all their outstanding shares to Kriska Transportation Group Limited.

Represented Gestion Michel Jacob Inc. in the acquisition of South Shore Seafoods Ltd., one of the largest seafood processing businesses in Prince Edward Island.

Represented the shareholders of Riverside Lobster International Inc. and 3222943 Nova Scotia Limited (formerly, Pêcheries Chéticamp Fisheries Intl. Inc.) in the sale of all the outstanding shares in the company to Champlain Financial Corporation, a Quebec private equity fund.

Represented AIT Worldwide Logistics, Inc., a transportation management company, and Quad-C Management, Inc., a mid-market private equity firm, in the Canadian aspects of the acquisition of ConneXion Holdings Limited, including ConneXion World Cargo (Canada) Limited.

Represented BC Group Holdings, Inc., a subsidiary of Cortec Group, a private-equity fund situated in New York, in the divestiture of Barcodes, LLC, including its Canadian subsidiaries.

Represented Wind Point Partners in conjunction with US counsel in the acquisition of The Kleinfelder Group.

Represented Calligo Limited, a leading global cloud solution provider based in the Isle of Jersey, controlled by Investcorp Bank B.S.C., a private equity fund out of Bahrain, in the acquisition of Mico Systems Inc., an Oakville, Ontario-based provider of cloud solutions.

Represented Calligo Limited, a leading global cloud solution provider, controlled by Investcorp Bank B.S.C., a private equity fund out of Bahrain, in the acquisition of 3 Peaks Inc., a Burlington, Ontario-based provider of cloud solutions.

Represented Baird Capital Partners, a private equity firm based in Chicago, in the acquisition of Litecorr Global Inc., a leading edge developer/manufacturer of LED lighting products, for use in a variety of applications across a range of industries.

Represented The Jordan Company, L.P., a private equity firm situated in Chicago and New York, in conjunction with Winston & Strawn LLP, to acquire Specialty Building Products, LLC, a leading distributor of specialty building products in North America.

Represented Graycliff Partners, an independent investment firm with focus on mid-market private equity opportunities, in the acquisition of North American Logistics Group LLC, a transportation and warehousing entity, with a presence in Western Canada and Ontario.  

Represented Mernova Medicinal Inc., a Nova Scotia-based privately-held company that operated a medical cannabis business pursuant to a medical cannabis cultivation licence under Health Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulation program, in its sale and its disposition to Creso Pharma Limited, an Australian public company.


  • LLB, University of Toronto
  • BA, University of Western Ontario