public m&a 


Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) involving public companies are often played out for all to see, as the business press track the intrigue of a potential link-up between two corporations.

For companies in the middle of the transaction, however, the drama is very real. For the acquirer, it is all about consummating a deal quickly and at a fair price, all while retaining the value of the acquired company. For the acquisition target, it may be about fighting off an unwanted or inappropriate suitor, or obtaining the best possible price for shareholders. For both, the transaction must meet complex regulatory requirements—often across multiple jurisdictions.

McMillan's Mergers and Acquisitions Group is a leader in merger, acquisition and divestiture transactions in Canada, and has particular expertise in US-Canada cross-border deals. We regularly represent buyers and sellers, target companies, investment dealers, lenders and financial advisors in complex transactions that involve a variety of business combinations across all industry sectors. These transactions include the purchase of assets or shares, going-private efforts, take-over bids, amalgamations and plans of arrangement.

Whether you find yourself on the buy-side or the sell-side of a transaction, we deliver unmatched breadth and depth to your legal team, bringing experts from all relevant areas of McMillan to protect your interests and maximize your return on investment.

McMillan professionals help clients lead by:

  • Advising on friendly or hostile acquisitions
  • Representing them in proxy fights, contested shareholder meetings and poison pills
  • Advising Boards on their response to bids, including defensive strategies
  • Working with dissident shareholder groups
  • Counseling on due diligence and integration planning
  • Advising on merger clearances