Chair: Dale H. Lastman, C.M.
Number of partners: 113
Number of lawyers: 176
Goodmans is internationally recognized as one of Canada’s premier business law firms. Based in Toronto, Goodmans is a full-service business law firm with noted strengths in M&A, corporate finance, cross-border transactions, private equity, REITs, restructuring/insolvency, litigation, banking, tax, real estate, mining and other business-related specialities. The firm represents a broad range of clients, from entrepreneurial businesses to multinational corporations, financial institutions, private equity firms, pension funds and governments and has a reputation for handling challenging problems that demand creative solutions.
Main Areas of Practice:
■ Banking & Finance
■ Corporate Finance & Securities
■ Mining & Natural Resources
■ Municipal, Planning & Property Tax
■ Private Equity
■ Real Estate
■ REITs & Income Securities
■ Restructuring & Insolvency
Goodmans M&A group consistently plays a key role in many of the major Canadian and cross-border M&A deals, representing acquirors, targets, borrowers and issuers, or their lenders, underwriters and investors.
Corporate Finance & Securities:
Goodmans corporate finance & securities group handles initial/secondary public offerings, cross-border offerings, private placements, rights offerings, derivative and structured financings, spin-offs, asset securitisations, takeovers and mutual funds and other investment offerings. The team acts for issuers, investment dealers, merchant banks, investors and regulators.
REITs & Income Securities:
Goodmans REITs & Income Securities group has played a leading role in the establishment and development of Canada’s REIT and income securities sector, including the creation of the first operating REIT structure, the first REIT merger, the first cross-border REIT, the first “pure play” real estate REIT in the seniors housing sector, the first IPO of a qualifying US REIT by a non-US entity in the world and the first multiple acquisition SPAC in the world.
For the 17th year in a row, Goodmans corporate restructuring group has been ranked Band 1 by Chambers Global. The Goodmans restructuring team has achieved the guide’s highest ranking every year since 2001, with Chambers noting Goodmans impressive bench strength and consistent involvement in Canada’s most complex insolvencies. The group plays a lead role in most major restructuring/ insolvency matters in Canada, acting for private and public corporations, Canadian and US financial institutions, and international and national corporations.
Banking & Finance:
Goodmans banking & finance group handles all types of domestic, cross-border and international financings for both lenders and borrowers. The firm’s expertise includes asset-based lending, project financings, securitisations, subordinated and mezzanine financings, debt restructurings and derivatives. The group advises banks and other financial institutions, regulators, borrowers, asset-based lenders, mezzanine funds and subordinated lenders, development banks and project finance participants.
Goodmans tax group is transaction-driven and focused on providing clients with strategic and practical tax advice. The group assists clients with successful domestic and international acquisition structures, cross-border transactions and corporate reorganisations, debt/equity financings, private equity transactions, structured financial products, real estate transactions and financings, commodity tax, tax compliance and litigation matters.
Goodmans litigation group handles complex domestic, cross-border and multi-jurisdictional corporate commercial litigation and dispute resolution. The group acts on a range of disputes, involving securities, corporate governance, competition, class actions (defence), IP, IT, environmental, construction, technology, labour and employment and insolvency proceedings.
Goodmans real estate group is regarded as one of the leading real estate practices in Canada. The group represents private/public sector interests including many of Canada’s largest developers, owners and managers of real estate, contractors, consortiums, leading financial institutions, investment dealers, governments and crown corporations on a range of real estate and construction transactions.
Newmont Mining Corporation in its acquisition of all of the outstanding common shares of Goldcorp Inc. in a stock-for-stock transaction valued at US$10 billion; Altria Group, Inc. in connection with its $2.4 billion acquisition of newly issued shares in Cronos Group Inc.; Coca-Cola Canada Bottling Limited in its acquisition of The Coca-Cola Company’s Canadian Bottling Business; Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc. in connection with its $445 million sale to Onex Corporation; Pure Industrial REIT’s acquisition by Blackstone for $3.8 billion; Searchlight Capital’s US$2 billion acquisition of Mitel Networks; Student Transportation’s acquisition by an investor group led by CDPQ for US$1.1 billion; LifeWorks Corporation in its $426 million acquisition by Morneau Shepell; Numerous IPOs including: Docebo Inc.’s $75 million IPO, Ceridian HCM Holding Inc.’s US$462 million IPO, Minto Apartment REIT’s $230 million IPO, BSR REIT’s US$135 million IPO and Cannabis Strategies Acquisition Corp.’s $135 million SPAC IPO; Chevron Canada’s successful motion for summary judgment to dismiss the recognition and enforcement action of a US$9.51 billion Ecuadorian judgement against Chevron Canada; SAP America in breach of contract disputes; Apotex, Canada’s largest generic pharmaceutical company in numerous patent infringement cases; and a lead role in most of the major restructurings in Canada including: Bellatrix Exploration Ltd., Carillion Canada, Nortel, Toys “R” Us, Sears Canada, Concordia International, Postmedia, Stelco, Banro, RGL Reservoir, Essar Steel Algoma, Pacific Exploration, Lightstream Resources, Golfsmith International and Golf Town Canada and LightSquared.