Ross Bentley > Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP > Calgary, Canada > Lawyer Profile
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP Offices
855-2ND STREET S.W.
SUITE 3500, BANKERS HALL, EAST TOWER
CALGARY, ALBERTA T2P 4J8
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Ross specializes in merger and acquisition and capital markets transactions with extensive experience advising acquirors and targets in domestic and cross-border take-over bids, plans of arrangement and mergers. He has significant experience in equity and debt capital markets transactions including advising issuers in establishing domestic and cross-border shelf distribution programs under the multi-jurisdictional offering system. He advises issuers, underwriters and selling shareholders on capital markets transactions in the pipeline and energy infrastructure, agribusiness, airline, energy services, oil and gas exploration, chartered bank and railroad sectors. He has acted for several issuers on high profile proxy contests.
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Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP‘s international expertise is reflected throughout its service offering, with the firm’s cross-border work spanning energy and natural resources, TMT, financial services and life sciences, among other industries. A popular choice for both domestic and foreign corporations and banks, the firm leverages its platforms in New York and London to provide assistance with major inbound and outbound deals involving Canadian law. Geoffrey Belsher, chair elect of the firm, splits his practice between New York and Toronto and is sought after for his cross-border M&A and corporate finance expertise; he recently advised US-based Penn National Gaming on its $2bn acquisition of Canada’s Score Media and Gaming. Ross Bentley, who works between London and Calgary, is also recommended.
A go-to practice for both equity and debt deals, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP ranks among Canada’s most active capital markets groups. The firm’s top-tier banking practice combines with its formidable corporate offering to ensure that it is a popular choice to advise the full range of underwriters, issuers and selling shareholders, while its transactional firepower gives it a prominent platform for large-scale, event-driven offerings. In a highlight example of the latter, Toronto-based Catherine Youdan advised Definity Financial Corporation on its C$1.6bn IPO and C$800m concurrent private placements related to the demutualization of Economical Mutual Insurance Company. On the debt side, Calgary-based Jeff Bakker acted for TC Energy Corporation on its $2.2bn debt offering. Toronto-based group head Eric Moncik steers a national team that also includes corporate finance heavyweight Tim Andison, securities, M&A and corporate governance specialist Jeffrey Lloyd and Chris Hewat, who focuses on securities, M&A and private equity, all of whom are based in Toronto. Ross Bentley, who splits his time between Calgary and London, and Montreal-based Pascal de Guise are also noted.
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP leverages a broad national footprint, in addition to overseas office in London and New York, to support on a variety of public and private M&A matters, both domestic and multinational. Calgary lawyer Ross Bentley has transacted some of the largest capital market transactions and M&A deals over recent years, many of which are valued in the multi-billions, meanwhile, at the Toronto office, practice co-head David Kruse serves as a leading authority on all-manner of matters within the automotive sector. Based alongside him is Michael Gans, a go-to for both middle market and industry redefining deals, as well as Jeffrey Lloyd who supplements his dealmaking prowess with knowledge of corporate governance, shareholder activism and securities law. At the more junior end of the partnership spectrum, Linda Tu is a high-flyer, active on M&A, public and private offering transactions, disclosure requirements and corporate finance. The workload covers a far-reaching range of sectors including financial services, health and pharmaceuticals, insurance, food and beverage, gaming, power and automotive, among many others.
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