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Torys LLP

Private Equity: Buyouts

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What the team is known for

Torys is respected for its experience in major private equity deals and recognised by the market for its commitment to this area. The firm has a strong tradition of representing large Canadian-based pension funds in global transactions, and benefits from the support of its New York office to advise Canadian and US private equity firms on cross-border matters. It offers significant expertise in mid-market buyouts, and draws on additional experience in areas such as fund formation and corporate governance. Its Toronto and Calgary-based lawyers also offer strength in secondary acquisitions and divestitures, with expertise cutting across a variety of sectors including infrastructure, energy and consumer products.

Strengths

"They are knowledgeable and practical," commented one source, further highlighting the team's "technical expertise and deep bench strength."

Another interviewee added: "We choose to work with them because they are viewed as a highly capable, best-of-class firm with tremendous resources."

Work highlights

A Torys team led by Toronto-based partner Michael Akkawi and senior associate Zehra Sheerazi advised Imperial Capital on the USD1.08 billion sale of its majority stake in VetStrategy to Berkshire Partners.

Notable practitioners

Toronto-based Guy Berman has extensive experience advising on buyouts, public M&A and a variety of corporate structuring mandates.
"He is very effective and great to deal with."

Toronto-based Laurie Duke is an increasingly active name in Canada's private equity buyouts space, with a long list of notable deals to her name.
"She understands our business objectives and is focused on providing tailored advice. She is incredibly detail focused, and her advice is straightforward, business-friendly and easy to understand." "She is easy to work with and technically very strong."

Toronto-based Matthew Cockburn was appointed managing partner of the firm in April 2020. He maintains a distinguished reputation in private equity, having overseen a number of noteworthy deals.

Department head Michael Akkawi is a respected name in Canada's private equity arena, with more than two decades' experience advising on market-leading buyout transactions. Based in Toronto, he is also well experienced assisting with fund formation and the restructuring of investments.
"He is experienced and commercial; we have a lot of confidence in his work."

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Overview

We work closely with some of the world’s largest pension plans and most active Canadian private equity funds on their direct buyout and growth equity acquisitions across industries and geographies. 

We have an extensive history of working with Canada’s largest pension funds, private equity funds and asset managers on their buyout and growth equity acquisitions in Canada, the U.S. and globally. With a close-knit team of over 40 practitioners dedicated to private equity transactions and an active deal flow, we provide high-calibre counsel that draws from our long history in the industry and familiarity with market terms and trends. 

Our group is unique among Canadian and U.S. firms in our ability to advise in both jurisdictions, and our clients use our experience to implement their cross-border direct investment strategies.

Our team has experience across industries and sectors, and our work extends to public and private buyouts, PIPEs, joint ventures and other transactions. We are often engaged by our clients’ portfolio companies for corporate matters, add-on acquisitions and re-financings.

Private Equity: Buyouts

Torys LLP

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79 Wellington Street West, 30th Floor

PO Box 270, TD South Tower

Toronto

Ontario

Canada

ON M5K 1N2

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Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

Total 29 Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

Article

PE Pulse 2022

Authors: Michael Akkawi, Guy Berman, Laurie Duke, Shannon Gotfrit, Neville Jugnauth, Cameron Koziskie, Jared Fontaine, Amy Johnson-Spina, Michael Horwitz, Guillaume Lavoie

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Nationwide - Canada

Private Equity: Buyouts


Laurie Duke
Band 3
Matthew W Cockburn
Eminent Practitioners
Michael Akkawi
Band 1