Brett Anderson

Brett Anderson

Partner, Corporate

Key Contact: Private Funds

Key Contact: Private Equity and Pension Fund Investments

Contact Information

tel: 416.862.6788



Bar Admission

Ontario, 2012


Queen's University, J.D.

Queen's University, M.B.A.

Queen's University, B.Sc. (Electrical Engineering)



Brett is an experienced lawyer practicing in the area of mergers and acquisitions. He regularly advises public companies, private equity sponsors and Canadian pension plans on a diverse range of complex and strategic mandates, including public and private mergers and acquisitions, private equity fund investments and other corporate transactions. In addition to transactional work, Brett also advises Canadian and international companies on continuous disclosure and other general corporate, securities law and commercial matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Brett practiced in the corporate department of another leading Toronto law firm, specializing in private company M&A and fund formation. Brett earned his J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Queen’s University, where he received medals for highest standing in the M.B.A. program and third highest standing in law. He also holds a B.Sc. from Queen’s University, where he graduated first in his electrical engineering class.

    • Excellon Resources Inc. in its US$50 million acquisition of La Negra Mine in Mexico
    • Fusion Pharmaceuticals in its acquisition by AstraZeneca
    • Excellon Resources Inc. in its US$50 million acquisition of La Negra Mine in Mexico
    • Kinross Gold Corporation in its US$1.4 billion acquisition of Great Bear Resources
    • Koch Strategic Platforms in its US$100 million investment in Standard Lithium
    • Koch Real Estate Investments in connection with its preferred equity financing of the Canderel-led $5.7 billion acquisition of Cominar REIT
    • VTS in its acquisition of Lane Technologies
    • Battle North Gold Corporation in its acquisition by Evolution Mining Limited
    • Drax Group plc in its announced acquisition of Pinnacle Renewable Energy
    • Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board in its investment in Duo Bank of Canada in connection with Duo Bank of Canada’s acquisition of Fairstone Financial Holdings Inc.
    • Koch Equity Development LLC in its preferred equity financing of the proposed Cerberus-led acquisition of Dorel Industries
    • KingSett Capital on behalf of KingSett Real Estate Growth LP No.7, KingSett Canadian Real Estate Income Fund and other investors, in connection with its $4.9 billion acquisition, with Starlight Investments, of Northview Apartment REIT
    • Entertainment One in its US$4 billion acquisition by Hasbro
    • Constellation Brands in connection with Canopy Growth’s right to acquire Acreage Holdings
    • Constellation Brands in its $5.1 billion strategic investment in and partnership with Canopy Growth Corporation
    • Blackstone Property Partners on its proposed acquisition of Pure Industrial Real Estate Trust for $3.8 billion
    • Ontario Pension Board in the outsourcing of its investment management operations to a $60 billion new investment management entity, the Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (IMCO)
    • A TSX-listed Canadian retailer on the sale of its gas bar business
    • The Special Committee of The Intertain Group Limited in the completion of its strategic review and implementation of its UK Strategic Initiatives, including a plan of arrangement to facilitate the acquisition of Intertain by Jackpotjoy plc in a share-for-share exchange and the creation of an associated exchangeable share structure and the listing of the Jackpotjoy plc ordinary shares on the London Stock Exchange plc
    • Kingsett Capital Inc. on the acquisition of InnVest Real Estate Investment Trust by Bluesky Hotels and Resorts Inc.
    • Panasonic Healthcare Co. on its acquisition of Bayer Aktiengesellschaft's diabetes care business for €1.02 billion
    • Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan on several private equity investments
    • Ontario Pension Board on several private equity investments
    • American Tire Distributors on its Canadian M&A activities
    • The federal Department of Finance in connection with Canada's Venture Capital Action Plan, a comprehensive strategy for deploying $400 million in new capital over 7 to 10 years, including the establishment of four private sector fund of funds with private sector investors: Northleaf Venture Catalyst Fund, Teralys Capital Innovation Fund, Kensington Venture Fund and HarbourVest Canada Growth Fund
    • Various Canadian and U.S. private equity investors in connection with their investments in portfolio companies and other private equity funds
    • Various fund sponsors in connection with the formation of private equity and venture capital funds

  • Board Member, Balance for Blindness (2014-2015)

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

  • “Public Mergers and Acquisitions in Canada”, Acquisition Guide, Practical Law Institute.