Portia Biswas

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Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 2022

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  • Bio
  • Awards & Recognition
  • Representative Matters
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Portia is a strong negotiator and communicator who supports her clients as they seize opportunities or face challenges. She works collaboratively with her clients in order to provide solutions geared to their specific needs.

Portia is a member of the firm’s Corporate/Commercial Group. She advises on a broad range of corporate/commercial matters, including mergers and acquisitions. Portia also draws from her prior experience in the not-for-profit sector to provide support for the firm’s Charity & Not-For-Profit Law Group.

Portia summered and articled at Aird & Berlis prior to joining the firm as an associate.

Awards & Recognition

  • Gurston Allen Prize in Conflict of Laws, 2021
  • Top Oralist, Frozen Open Osgoode Moot, 2019
  • Quarter Finalist, Lerners Cup Moot, 2019 

Representative Matters

Advised The Stevens Company Limited on its majority investment in Schaan Healthcare Products Inc.

Represented Allied Properties Real Estate Investment Trust, a leading owner-operator of distinctive urban workspace in Canada’s major cities, in the acquisition from Westbank of a 90% ownership interest in 400 West Georgia Street in Vancouver, and an additional 45% ownership interest in 19 Duncan Street in Toronto (increasing Allied’s ownership interest to 95%). The transaction was based on an aggregate property value of $920.7 million.

Acted as Canadian counsel to Kuehne+Nagel with respect to its acquisition of Farrow, a Canadian customs brokerage, transportation and logistics business.

Represented Linamar Corporation in its acquisition of Bourgault Industries Ltd., a leading agricultural equipment manufacturer, for $640 million. In conjunction with the Bourgault transaction closing, Linamar also finalized a new $700-million term loan agreement.

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.

Acted for Stonebridge Financial Corporation, a Toronto-based financial services firm with a focus on financial advisory and arranging of project financings in the infrastructure and energy sectors, in the onboarding of new officers to its executive leadership team.

Advised an Ontario multi-generational family business focused on the manufacturing of steel tubing products on the sale of its business for aggregate consideration in excess of $100 million to a strategic acquiror from Western Canada. 


  • JD, Osgoode Hall Law School, 2021
  • BA (with Distinction) in Psychology, Toronto Metropolitan University, 2017