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Having practised at major international law firms based in Canada and London, England, Sean brings extensive and practical experience to clients. He advises domestic and international clients with a focus on private equity and private capital matters, including real estate and other investment fund formation, limited partner advisory and M&A.
Sean is a member of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions/Private Equity and Capital Markets Groups, and has advised a wide range of clients, including investment funds, hedge funds, real estate developers, limited partners, major corporations, governments and banks. He has significant expertise in private equity (both portfolio M&A activity and fund formation), private capital/limited partner advisory, real estate development funds, M&A and related capital markets advisory.
Advised Altree Developments Inc., Westdale Construction Co. Limited and Avenir Jersey Developments Limited (a company owned by associates of Lanterra Developments Inc.), as the sponsors, in West Side Square Development Fund’s US$50 million initial public offering and acquisition of an interest in the development of the West Side Square Project, which includes a 477-unit rental building and 9,800 square feet of commercial space at 66 Broadway in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Advised Terminus Capital Partners, an Atlanta-based private equity firm, in its acquisition of actionable insights software platform, Voxco.
Advised First Gulf, a leader in Canadian development and construction, in connection with a partnership with STACK INFRASTRUCTURE to develop a 56 MW data centre campus on a 19-acre site located in Toronto, Ontario.
Advised Keystone Canna Remedies on its acquisition by TerrAscend Corp., a North American cannabis operator, for US$70 million.
Advised a Canadian-based firm, acting as general partner, on the formation of an investment consortium composed of institutional investors in connection with the acquisition of an interest in a major Ontario-based infrastructure project for approximately $200 million.
Advised ESW Capital, LLC on the sale of all of its subordinate voting shares of Optiva Inc. in a private sale to OceanLink Management Ltd., EdgePoint Investment Group Inc., Maple Rock Capital Partners and Meson Capital at a purchase price of $39.90 per share for aggregate proceeds to ESW of approximately $58,926,355.
Advised Cybin Inc., a life sciences company focused on psychedelic pharmaceutical therapies, on its acquisition of 100% of the shares in Adelia Therapeutics Inc. for approximately US$15.75 million.
Advised Bunge Limited (NYSE: BG), a leading international agribusiness and food company, in connection with its $30 million capital investment in Merit Functional Foods.
Advised Firesteel Resources Inc. (TSXV:FTR) in connection with the acquisition of a 60% joint venture interest in Nordic Mines Marknad AB, a Swedish company that owns all of the shares of Nordic Mines OY, a Finnish company. Nordic Mines OY owns the past producing Laiva Gold Mine in Finland. The transaction included a US$20.6 million financing through a pre-paid gold purchase arrangement with PFL Raahe Holdings LP, a vehicle controlled by Pandion Mine Finance, LP.
Advised Baylin Technologies Inc. (TSX:BYL), a diversified leading global wireless technology management company, on the completion of a $40.25 million bought deal public offering of subscription receipts and 6.5% extendible convertible unsecured debentures and the related acquisition of Alga Microwave Inc.
Advised Baylin Technologies Inc. on an acquisition of assets from the radio frequency and microwave divisions of Advantech Wireless Inc. and certain of its affiliates.
Advised GE Capital in connection with its disposition of GE Capital Interbanca S.p.A., its Italian banking division, to Banca IFIS S.p.A. for total consideration of €2.3 billion.
Advised Intercontinental Exchange, Inc., owner of the New York Stock Exchange amongst others, on its possible public offer for London Stock Exchange Group plc.
Advised Standard Chartered Bank on its £3.4 billion rights issue as part of a broader restructuring plan.
Advised UK Green Investment Bank plc. in connection with its sale and privatization by the U.K. government.
Advised Ivanplats Limited (now Ivanhoe Mines Ltd.) in connection with its $493 million dollar initial public offering by way of a long form prospectus and related pre-closing reorganization.
Advised Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. in connection with the issuance of transferable rights to acquire common shares: (i) raising approximately US$1.2 billion; and (ii) resulting in the issuance of approximately 85 million common shares.
Advised a real estate private equity firm in connection with the creation of a large number of investment funds, including the subscription process, underlying documents and offering memorandum disclosure.
Advised Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc. in connection with its acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding securities of Terrane Metals Corp. by way of a court-approved plan of arrangement for consideration of approximately $700 million.
Worked with First Nations and the Federal Government to create legislation permitting a First Nations bond issue in a manner analogous to the Municipal Finance Authority, believed to be a North American first.
Advised on the separation of EnCana Corporation, valued at approximately $50 billion, into two independent listed companies.
Advised a U.S.-based Private Equity Fund in connection with the sale of its real estate interests and related refinancing at a major North American ski resort, valued at US$26 million.
Advised an agricultural commodities handler on the structuring of a joint venture arrangement with the port authority in connection with the construction and operation of a grain handling/loading facility.
Advised a public company on a cross-border (Asia) reorganization, debt consolidation and repatriation of capital through appropriate tax jurisdictions to allow for a number of divestiture transactions.
Co-author, Canada chapter of “Guidelines and Regulations to Provide Insights on Public Policies to Ensure AI’s Beneficial Use as a Professional Tool,” Artificial Intelligence Working Group of the International Bar Association Alternative New Law and Business Structures Committee publication, September 2020.
Co-author, “When fairness matters, more disclosure is key,” Financier Worldwide Magazine, Special Report: Mergers & Acquisitions, June 2019.
Co-author, "Canadian Chapter," Securities Finance, published by Getting the Deal Through, 2018.
- MBA (with distinction), Cornell University, 2015
- JD/LLB, University of Manitoba, 2006