John Groenewegen

John practises in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. John’s clients include Canadian pension plans, domestic and international private equity funds as well as strategic investors.

The transactions on which he advises encompass a broad range by transaction type, size and industry focus. John’s practice also includes advising clients who are structuring and investing in private equity funds, as well as providing both Canadian and international clients with general corporate and commercial advice.

Representative Work

  • Qualfon Data Services Group

    Qualfon in its acquisition of Voxdata Solutions

  • Lanfine Wind

    Pattern Energy Group LP in its 150 MW Lanfine Wind power project

  • Recursion

    Recursion in its acquisition of Valence Discovery for US$47.5 million

  • Recursion

    Recursion in its acquisition of Cyclica for US$40 million

  • BAI Communications

    BAI Communications in the sale of its Canadian business to Rogers Communications

  • Pattern Energy Group Inc. – Investment of US$60 million in Pattern Development and strategic relationship with PSP Investments
  • American Tire Distributors on its Canadian M&A activities
  • Dorma Group on its purchase of Rutherford Controls Int’l Corp., a global supplier of locking and access control solutions
  • Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan on its $150 million investment in Canbriam Energy Inc.
  • Pattern Energy, an international wind energy company, on its Canadian M&A and related activities
  • OPTrust on several private equity investments, including investments into Dental Corporation of Canada and Globalvia Infrastructure
  • Pacific Road Resources Funds on several investments into Canadian resource issuers.
  • Ontario Pension Board on several private equity investments
  • KingSett Capital and AIMCO on their acquisition of ING Summit Industrial Fund, Canada’s largest owner of light industrial property
  • Cara Operations Limited on the sale of its Cara Airline Solutions division
  • Robert Mandel, on his investment alongside ONCAP in Ingersoll Tillage Group
  • Kensington Capital Partners Limited on the creation of Kensington Venture Fund, L.P., a fund of funds established under the Canadian federal government’s “Venture Capital Action Plan”.
  • Various international retailers on the corporate aspects of their entry into Canada
  • Ryder Systems, Inc. on the acquisition of Westrich Holdings, a Canadian transportation provider

Latest Insights

  • Osler Update Dec 11, 2023

    Private equity: developments in subscription line lending

    In recent years, subscription line facilities have become a well-accepted tool used by private equity sponsors to manage their liquidity, reduce and...

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    Private equity: developments in subscription line lending
  • Osler Update Dec 13, 2019

    Private equity continues to drive deal activity

    The 2019 year-to-date activity levels in the Canadian private equity (PE) space are strong, exceeding 2018 levels for the same period. In this...

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  • Osler Update Dec 6, 2016

    Co-investment rights in private equity funds: Here to stay

    According to Preqin’s '2016 Preqin Global Private Equity & Venture Capital Report', the global amount of dry powder has now topped US$1.3...

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Awards and Recognition

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Recognized in Private Equity: Buyouts
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Recognized in Corporate Mid-Market; Corporate Commercial Law; Private Equity
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Recognized in Corporate Law; Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law; Private Funds Law
  • Who’s Who Legal: Recognized in Private Funds (Canada)
  • Who’s Who Legal: Selected as Leading Practitioner for Private Funds

Media Mentions

  • Osler News Apr 20, 2022

    23 Osler lawyers recognized by Lexpert as leaders in Finance and M&A

    Lexpert Special Edition: Finance and M&A 2022 recognizes 23 Osler lawyers.

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  • Media Mentions Mar 17, 2017

    OPTrust punches above its weight with private equity strategy — The PE Hub Network

    Osler partner John Groenewegen says OPTrust’s strategy to expand its private equity program has “put them in a position they would not otherwise...

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  • Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.B.
  • University of Western Ontario, B.A. (Honours) (Economics)


  • English

Professional Affiliations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canada’s Venture Capital & Private Equity Association