Canada: Davies Leads Canadian Firms In Announced Deals For 2007
Last Updated: January 10 2008

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP is the highest ranking Canadian law firm in Thomson Financial's Legal Advisor League Table rankings for worldwide announced deals in 2007, with the highest average deal value of any law firm in the world.

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Selected major M&A transactions where Davies has advised clients during 2007 include:

Advising BHP Billiton on its proposed acquisition of Rio Tinto Group

$150 billion

Advising BCE Inc. on its acquisition by a private equity investor group

$51.7 billion

Advised Reuters Group plc on its merger with The Thomson Corporation

$19.1 billion

Advised IPSCO Inc. on its acquisition by SSAB Svenskt Stal AB

$8.5 billion

Advised Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P. and Fidelity National Financial Inc. on its acquisition of Ceridian Corporation

$5.3 billion

Advised Abitibi-Consolidated Inc. on its merger with Bowater Inc.

merger of equals

Advised Fortis Inc on its acquisition of Terasen Inc.

$3.7 billion

Advised BCE Inc. on its sale of Telesat Canada to Canada's Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Loral Space & Communications

$3.4 billion

Advised InnVest REIT, Cadbridge Investors LP and Westmont Hospitality Group on its acquisition of Legacy Hotels REIT

$2.5 billion

Advised Onex Corporation on its acquisition of Eastman Kodak Company's Health Group, Carestream Health, Inc.

$2.4 billion

Advised Agricore United on its acquisition by Saskatchewan Wheat Pool

$1.8 billion

Advised Dynatec Corporation on its acquisition by Sherritt International Corporation

$1.6 billion

Advised Dako Denmark A/S on its acquisition by private equity fund EQT V

$1.3 billion

This list is a small but representative selection of major transactions in which Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP’s involvement is a matter of public record

Focused on business law, Davies manages complex and sophisticated commercial and financial matters, regardless of borders. Year after year, the firm is consistently ranked by independent rating agencies as a market leader in our core practice areas.

  • Davies leads all Canadian law firms in corporate transactions in Toronto and is among the very best in Montréal, as ranked in the 2007 LEXPERT®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
  • Davies is ranked first in Canada and 15th in the world in GSI's 2006 Legal Counsel Rankings, based on the dollar value of all transactions reported to the SEC with a completion date during the year
  • Davies had the highest per capita M&A deal value for any major Canadian law firm in 2005 based on both Bloomberg and Thomson Financial legal advisory rankings
  • In 2002, Chambers & Partners named us Canada's Business Law Firm of the Year - the first to be so named
  • Davies has consistently been recognized as having the highest concentration of top-rated lawyers of any major Canadian law firm and is consistently rated as a leading firm in M&A in Canada
  • Our M&A practice spans every industrial and service business sector and includes representation in transactions of every size. While our reputation was built by our successes in multi-jurisdictional transactions where we provide sophisticated multi-practice advice, we also handle many transactions which are small in comparison, but are often extremely complex and require significant expertise.

Davies has a particular expertise in cross-border M&A, advising clients on both southbound and northbound acquisitions and dispositions. Our trans-border tax capability provides our clients with end-to-end advice in structuring transactions between Canada and the United States and frequently involving a number of other jurisdictions around the world.

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