- McGill University, LL.B.
- Queen’s University, B.Sc. (Hons.)
Desmond co-leads the Firm’s corporate finance and securities practice. He is responsible for the origination and execution of equity and debt financing transactions, and has acted on numerous initial public offerings, new issues, secondary offerings and private placements for issuers primarily in the diversified, financial services, healthcare, mining, power and utilities and real estate industries. He has extensive experience advising investment banking clients on a variety of day-to-day issues, including trading questions and regulatory matters, and has also served as the corporate secretary of a TSX-listed issuer. Desmond has a Bachelor of Science degree in geological sciences.
According to Chambers Canada, clients say he is “a very talented lawyer who gets to the point quickly”. He is ranked as a leading lawyer for capital markets or securities work by Chambers Canada, IFLR1000, The Legal 500, Lexpert and Best Lawyers.
Key transactions include:
- IPOs for Canada Goose, Capital Power, Cara, Dream Global REIT, Dream Industrial REIT, Hydro One and Jamieson Wellness.
- New issues and secondary offerings for Algoma Central, Barrick Gold, Belo Sun Mining, Cameco, Canada Goose, Capital Power, Cara, Corus Entertainment, various issuers in the Dream group of real estate funds, ECN Capital, Element Fleet Management, Fairfax Financial Holdings, First Quantum Minerals, Granite REIT Holdings, Lake Shore Gold, TransAlta and TransAlta Renewables.
- Notable equity offerings include Barrick Gold (US$3 billion), Element Financial ($2.8 billion), Fairfax Financial Holdings ($1.3 billion), Hydro One ($1.8 billion), First Quantum Minerals ($1.4 billion) and Valeant Pharmaceuticals ($1.4 million and $2.3 million).
Desmond has acted as underwriters’ counsel for major investment banks, including BMO Capital Markets, CIBC, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, RBC Capital Markets, Scotiabank and TD Securities.