Provided by Celia Rhea
Partner in the Banking and Finance, M&A, and Private Equity Law Groups. Has a transactional practice that focuses on financing, M&A, private equity, and restructuring. Advises borrowers, lenders, and sponsors in acquisition financing, first and second lien financings, bond issuances, and restructurings. Mandates include representing: the Ad Hoc Committee of Lenders of Cirque du Soleil in the successful global transaction valued at approximately US$1.215 billion; Berkshire Partners LLC in its investment in VetStrategy; Brookfield Principal Credit in its US$650 million credit facility to Bumble Bee Foods; Carlyle Group in its $225 million credit facility to Empire Communities; Penfund Capital in its second lien credit facility to Goodlife Fitness and Goodlife Fitness’ LEEFF financing; Roots Canada in the sale of majority ownership to Searchlight Capital; Toys "R" Us Canada in its $300 million sale to Fairfax Financial Holdings; and Onex Corporation in its $5 billion acquisition of WestJet Airlines Ltd.
Recognized by IFLR1000 as Canadian Lawyer of the Year for Banking and in their Women Leaders 2021 Guide as one of the most prominent female lawyers in Canada. Also recognized by Lexpert, Chambers, The Legal 500 Canada, IFLR 1000, and Best Lawyers in Canada.
Toronto lawyer Celia Rhea is an experienced practitioner with a range of experience in both financing and restructuring.
"She cares deeply about her work, and was extremely proactive in bringing all the resources of Goodmans to bear to help us."