Magna International Inc.

Magna International Inc. in securing court approval of the plan of arrangement for the company’s dual-class share capital reorganization.


Magna International Inc.


$970 million


Capital Markets

Date Closed

Lead Office


Court approval was obtained in the face of concerted opposition from a group of institutional shareholders. The approval granted by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice was confirmed on appeal by the Ontario Divisional Court (2010).

The transaction was also challenged by the Ontario Securities Commission (the “OSC”). The OSC determined that the arrangement was not abusive of shareholders or the capital markets, however, required Magna to provide additional specific and detailed disclosure to enable Magna’s shareholders to make an informed decision as to how to vote in light of the circumstances of this particular transaction.

The Magna case was the first contested plan of arrangement to be decided since the Supreme Court of Canada’s 2008 decision in BCE v. 1976 Debentureholders, which is the leading case on the arrangement approval process

Osler represent Magna with a team lead by Jean Fraser, Emmanuel Pressman, Jeremy Fraiberg (corporate/securities) and included Mark Gelowitz, Larry Lowenstein, Laura Fric, Craig Lockwood and Lauren Tomasich (litigation).

Jean  Fraser
Key Contact

Jean Fraser

Retired Partner

Emmanuel  Pressman

Emmanuel Pressman

Partner, Chair, Corporate

Jeremy  Fraiberg

Jeremy Fraiberg

Partner, Corporate

Mark  Gelowitz

Mark Gelowitz

Partner, Litigation

Larry  Lowenstein

Larry Lowenstein

Partner, Litigation

Laura Fric

Laura Fric

Partner, Litigation

Craig Lockwood - Litigation Lawyer

Craig Lockwood

Partner, Litigation

Lauren Tomasich

Lauren Tomasich

Partner, Litigation