Alex Gorka

Alex Gorka

Partner, Corporate

Contact Information

agorka@osler.com

tel: 416.862.4857

Office

Toronto

Bar Admission

Ontario, 2010

Education

  • University of Toronto, J.D.
  • London School of Economics, M.Sc.
  • University of Toronto, B.A. (Hons.)

Language(s)

English, Polish

Alex regularly acts on Canada’s most high profile and complex transactions, delivering practical advice to private and public companies, private equity sponsors, and special committees on a diverse range of strategic mandates. His private equity deal experience includes acting for Blackstone, Sculptor, Platinum Equity, iCON Infrastructure, Sterling Partners and Penfund. He has advised on numerous real estate and REIT transactions including on behalf of Dream Global, SmartCentres, KingSett and Ventas. In addition to transactional work, Alex advises on governance and continuous disclosure matters, early warning and insider reporting requirements, exemptive relief applications, and general corporate matters.

Alex has completed two secondments to the Office of Mergers & Acquisitions of the Ontario Securities Commission, first in 2012 where he helped develop a new rule on shareholder rights plans as well as proposed amendments to the early warning regime, and again in 2017 where he was one of the primary drafters of Multilateral CSA Staff Notice 61-302 Staff Review and Commentary on Multilateral Instrument 61-101.

Alex is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, where he teaches Mergers and Acquisitions in the Global Professional Master of Laws (GPLLM) program. He has also lectured at the Institute for Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances and Osgoode Professional Development.

In 2020 Alex was recognized as a Lexpert Rising Star: Leading Lawyers Under 40.

    Public Company Mergers & Acquisitions

     

    • MindBeacon in its acquisition by CloudMD
    • Koch Real Estate Investments in connection with its preferred equity financing of the Canderel-led $5.7 billion acquisition of Cominar REIT
    • Spire Global in its $204.2 million acquisition of exactEarth
    • The Levy Family in theScore’s US$2 billion acquisition by Penn National Gaming
    • Drax Group plc on its $385 million acquisition of Pinnacle Renewable Energy
    • Koch Equity Development LLC on its preferred equity financing of the proposed Cerberus-led acquisition of Dorel Industries
    • Dream Global REIT on its $6.2 billion acquisition by Blackstone
    • Entertainment One on its US$4 billion acquisition by Hasbro
    • Genworth Financial on its $2.4 billion agreement for Brookfield Business Partners to acquire Genworth Financial’s stake in Genworth MI Canada Inc.
    • Morgan Stanley on its acquisition of Solium Capital for $1.1 billion
    • South32 on its $2.1 billion acquisition of Arizona Mining
    • Mitel on its sale to affiliates of Searchlight Capital Partners for US$2 billion, on its acquisition of ShoreTel for US$530 million, and on its proposed $1.96 billion acquisition of Polycom
    • Blackstone Property Partners on its $3.8 billion acquisition of Pure Industrial Real Estate Trust
    • The Central Group Alberta Ltd. in the acquisition of Central Fund of Canada Limited by Sprott Inc.
    • Stryker Corporation on its acquisition of NOVADAQ Technologies Inc.
    • SmartREIT on its $1.1 billion acquisition of all of the assets and liabilities of OneREIT
    • Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc. on its $1.4 billion acquisition by Vail Resorts
    • iCON Infrastructure on its $480 million acquisition of Capstone Infrastructure
    • Canadian Oil Sands Limited on its agreement to support Suncor Energy Inc.’s amended offer valued at $6.6 billion
    • Lithium Americas Corp. on its all- stock merger with Western Lithium USA Corporation
    • Shoppers Drug Mart on its $12.4 billion acquisition by Loblaw Companies
    • Valeant Pharmaceuticals on its arrangements with Pershing Square and on its merger proposal to Allergan, as well as Canadian counsel on its $11 billion acquisition of Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd.
    • Sterling Partners on its $590 million acquisition of MOSAID Technologies Inc.
    • London Stock Exchange Group plc on its proposed merger with TMX Group Inc.
    • GlobeStar Mining Corporation on its $186 million acquisition by Perilya Ltd.

     

    Private Company Mergers & Acquisitions

     

    • Alliance HeathCare Services in its US$820 million acquisition by Akumin
    • KingSett Capital on its sale of VersaCold Logistics to TorQuest Partners
    • Richardson Financial Group in the sale of Richardson GMP to GMP Capital Inc.
    • Concert Infrastructure on its acquisition of a majority interest in Iqaluit Airport
    • Platinum Equity Advisors on its acquisition of Livingston International
    • Maple Leaf Foods Inc. on its acquisition of select poultry assets from Cericola Farms
    • Entertainment One on its acquisition of the remaining 49% minority interest in The Mark Gordon Company for US$209 million and related financings for the acquisition, on its $225 million acquisition of Alliance Films, and on its US$215 milion proposed acquisition of Audio Network
    • Marlin Equity Partners on its acquisition of Longview Solutions
    • Moelis Capital Partners on its acquisition of MXI Technologies Ltd.
    • Penfund Management Limited on its acquisition of Mevotech
    • Ventas Inc. on its $980 million acquisition of 29 independent living seniors housing communities across Canada from Holiday Retirement Corp.
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    Special Committees of the Boards of Directors of

     

    • Power Financial on its reorganization transaction with Power Corporation
    • Goldcorp on its US$10 billion acquisition by Newmont Mining
    • Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. on its dual class share capital reorganization
    • Inmet Mining Corporation in response to a $5.1 billion unsolicited offer by First Quantum Minerals Ltd.
    • Lakeside Steel on its $100 million acquisition by JMC Steel
    • Pacific Exploration and Production on its restructuring with Catalyst Group
    • A TSX-listed company in relation to a proposed management buyout
    • A TSX-listed company in relation to a proposed insider bid
    • A TSX-listed company in relation to a proposed related party financing
    • A TSX-listed company in related to a proposed acquisition
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    Corporate Finance

     

    • Koch Strategic Platforms in its US$100 million investment in Standard Lithium
    • Chorus Aviation in its $85 million bought deal offering of 5.75% senior unsecured debentures
    • Chorus Aviation on its bought deal offerings of convertible debentures, hybrid debentures, common shares and warrants as well as private placements to NordStar, AIMCo, Air Canada and Fairfax Financial
    • Emera Inc. on its $1.9 billion bought deal offering of convertible debentures on connection with its US$10.4 billion acquisition of TECO Energy Inc.
    • Bank of Montreal in public offerings of medium-term notes and preferred shares
    • Discovery Air Inc. on its $15 million rights offering and related issuance of standby shares
    • Hale Capital on its investment in Midway Gold Corporation
    • Hollis Receivables Term Trust II, Master Credit Card Trust, Canadian Credit Card Trust, CNH Capital Canada Wholesale Trust and CNH Capital Canada Receivables Trust in public offerings of receivables-backed notes
    • Mitel on its cross-border secondary offering resulting in the distribution of securities with a total value exceeding $91 million
    • The Bank of Nova Scotia with respect to offerings under its global covered bond program.
    • The Underwriters in public offerings by Caterpillar Financial Services Limited., John Deere Credit Inc., Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited and TransAlta Corporation
    • Valeant Pharmaceuticals on cross-border equity and bond offerings

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Recognized in Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40: Recognized as a Rising Star (2020)
  • IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms: Recognized in M&A (Notable Practitioner)
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Recognized in Mergers and Acquisitions Law

  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association