Donald  Gilchrist

Donald Gilchrist

Partner, Corporate

Contact Information

tel: 416.862.6534



Bar Admission

Ontario, 1985


  • Oxford University, B.C.L.
  • University of Toronto, LL.B.
  • University of Toronto, B.A.



Don’s practice focuses primarily on public company mergers and acquisitions transactions. He has advised on some of Canada’s largest acquisition transactions, including IBM’s acquisition of Cognos Incorporated and Inco Limited in its proposed transactions with Falconbridge Limited and Phelps Dodge Corporation and its eventual sale to Vale. Don also advises private investors in public corporations including the acquisition and disposition of significant security holdings. He has also acted on public and private securities financings, exchangeable share and restricted share transactions, hostile proxy solicitations and dealer fairness opinions and has advised special committees in related party transactions and insider bids.

  • Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division

    Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking in its $1.13 billion acquisition of People Corporation

  • Husky Energy Inc.

    Husky Energy Inc. in its $23.6 billion agreement with Cenovus Energy Inc. to create a new integrated energy leader

  • Just Energy Group Inc.

    Osler advises Just Energy Group Inc. in connection with its $1.1 billion recapitalization transaction

  • Power Financial Corporation

    Power Financial in its reorganization transaction with Power Corporation

  • Newmont Goldcorp

    Special Committee of Goldcorp in its US$10 billion acquisition by Newmont Mining

  • Concordia International Corp.

    Osler advises the Secured Debtholder Committee of Concordia International Corp. in connection with US$3.7 billion recapitalization transaction

  • BMO Capital Markets and TD Securities

    BMO Capital Markets and TD Securities in the acquisition of Aecon Group Inc. by the CCCC International Holding Limited for $1.51 billion

  • Greenhill & Co. Canada Ltd.

    Greenhill & Co. Canada Ltd. in connection with the sale of Brookfield Canada Office Properties to Brookfield Property Partners L.P. for $480 million

  • BMO Capital Markets Corp.

    BMO Capital Markets Corp. in connection with the sale of Milestone Apartments Real Estate Investment Trust to Starwood Capital Group for US$2.85 billion

    • Sears Holdings Corporation in its rights offering of common shares of Sears Canada Inc.
    • BMO Capital Markets as valuator and financial adviser to Enbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc. and Enbridge Income Fund in connection with the acquisition of Enbridge Inc.’s Canadian Liquids Pipelines business
    • GFM Mineria and SFM Holding in their acquisition of NWM Mining Corporation
    • BlackRock World Mining Trust plc and other funds managed by BlackRock in connection with the consent solicitation by Banro Corporation and gold purchase agreements and a gold streaming agreement involving Banro and funds managed by Gramercy Funds Management LLC
    • Tim Hortons Inc. in its merger with Burger King Worldwide, Inc.
    • Cameco Corporation in its disposition of its interest in Bruce Power L.P.
    • The independent valuator and financial advisor to the independent committee of Bell Aliant Inc. in BCE Inc.'s take-over bid to acquire all the common shares of Bell Aliant not already owned by BCE
    • Maple Leaf Foods Inc. in its disposition of its 90% holding in Canada Bread Company, Ltd.
    • Oliveri Foods Limited (and Canada Bread Company, Ltd.) in its sale of the Oliveri fresh pasta and pasta sauces business
    • BMO Capital Markets as financial adviser to Osisko Mining Corporation in connection with the offer by Goldcorp Inc. and the completed transaction with Yamana Gold Inc. and Agnico Eagle Mines Limited
    • BMO Capital Markets as valuator and financial advisor in the going private transaction of Patheon, Inc.
    • BlackRock World Mining Trust plc in its investment in gold-linked exchangeable preferred shares of a Barbados subsidiary of Banro Corporation
    • Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board and a consortium of investors in negotiating the acquisition of Q9 Networks Inc.
    • Sears Holdings Corporation in its spin-off of a portion of its holdings in Sears Canada Inc.
    • World Color Press Inc. in its merger with Quad/Graphics, Inc.
    • Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in its CCAA restructuring
    • International Business Machines Corporation in its acquisition of Cognos Incorporated.
    • International Business Machines Corporation in its acquisition of DataMirror Corporation.
    • The founder and largest shareholder of Pet Valu, Inc. in the sale of Pet Valu to Roark Capital Group
    • The Special Committee of Royal Utilities Income Fund in connection with the insider bid of Sherritt Inc.
    • Talbot Group Holdings Pty Ltd. in its investment in PBS Coals Limited and subsequent disposition of its interest to Severstal Resources
    • Communications Investment Partners Limited in its acquisition of Stratos Global Corporation
  • Find More

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Recognized in Corporate Commercial Law; Mergers & Acquisitions
  • IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms: Recognized in M&A (Highly Regarded) 
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Recognized in Corporate Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of Ontario

  • Capital Markets Review, Capital Markets Review, January 2012