Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

Private Equity: Buyouts Department

Nationwide - Canada
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What the team is known for Top-rated M&A firm with a solid reputation for fund formation and transactional work in private equity. Attracts a premium clientele, including major private equity houses and their funds, institutional investors and sponsors. Advises on both acquisition and financing work, and maintains a long-standing presence in both Toronto and Montréal. The buyouts team often collaborates with colleagues in other departments to advise on a range of mandates; it has a strong track record advising large clients investing in the Canadian mid-market. Expertise cuts across sectors including real estate, technology, consumer products and the automotive industry.

Strengths Sources describe the team as "extremely professional and hard-working. They're excellent corporate lawyers."

Interviewees say: "They are fantastic - very thoughtful, pragmatic and technically excellent."

Work highlights Acted for the Blackstone Group on its CAD6.2 billion acquisition of Dream Global REIT.

Notable practitioners

Patrick Barry has a wide-ranging practice that encompasses public M&A in addition to private equity buyouts and fund formation. His recent buyout work includes representing Ironbridge Equity Partners in its acquisition of assets formerly owned by MBRP. Fellow practitioners remark that "he has a very good relationship with his clients."