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Hugo-Pierre  Gagnon

Hugo-Pierre Gagnon

Partner, Corporate


Contact Information

hpgagnon@osler.com

tel: 514.904.5630

Office

Montréal

Bar Admission

Québec, 2006

Education
  • McGill University, LL.M. (Institute of Comparative Law)
  • University of Ottawa, LL.L. (summa cum laude)
  • Osgoode Hall Law School (Certificate in Mining Law)
Language(s)
English, French

Hugo-Pierre is a partner in the Business Law Group of our Montréal office. His practice is mainly focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, securities, business reorganizations and other strategic transactions.  He serves clients from various industries and sizes, including start-ups, mid-market businesses, large, mid and small cap public companies, institutional investors, pension funds, private equity players as well as mining, energy, technology and pharmaceutical companies.

In May 2012, Hugo-Pierre obtained a Certificate in Mining Law from the Osgoode Hall Law School of York University. The Osgoode Certificate in Mining Law is a professional training program designed to provide practical knowledge and skills on the resolution of complex ownership, regulatory, contractual, environmental and legal issues arising in the mining industry.

During the fall of 2010, Hugo-Pierre worked as a foreign counsel at Veirano Advogados in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where his practice was focused on project finance within the mining, oil and gas and infrastructure industries. In 2010, Veirano Advogados was the recipient of the Chambers Latin America Client Service Law Firm of the Year 2010 – Brazil award.

  • Vervent Audio Group

    Vervent Audio Group in its acquisition of Audio Plus Services & Plurison

  • Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

    Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec in its $200 million investment in Plusgrade

  • GFL Environmental Inc.

    Investors led by BC Partners and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan in the $5.125 billion recapitalization of GFL Environmental Inc.

  • Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

    Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, in its equity investment in Atlantic Broadband, a subsidiary of Cogeco Communications Inc., in relation to the acquisition of the MetroCast cable systems

  • National Tire Distributors Inc.

    National Tire Distributors Inc. in its acquisition of Pneus Supérieurs Inc.

  • Sphinx Resources Ltd.

    Sphinx Resources Ltd. in the creation of a new gold exploration company, Québec Precious Metals Corporation, and strategic investment by Goldcorp in such company

  • Sphinx Resources Ltd.

    Sphinx Resources Ltd. in its Private Placement for approximately $260,000

  • MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS

    • Various Canadian public and private sector pension plans, in relation to their merger, acquisition and investment activity in North America, Europe, Asia and Oceania.
    • McCann Worldgroup Canada Inc., a subsidiary of The Interpublic Group of Companies, in its acquisition of the marketing, advertising, communication and related advisory services business of Marketel/McCann-Erickson Ltd.
    • Communications Altavia Inc., in relation to the acquisition of CloudRaker Inc.
    • Pro2P Services Conseils Inc., in connection with its sale to Alithya Group Inc.
    • Canadian counsel of Generix S.A., in relation to its acquisition of an equity stake in Sologlobe Logistic Inc.
    • Groupe ST, in its acquisition of VideoWave Networks Inc.
    • Certain minority shareholders in relation to the sale of Amicus Attorney (Gavel & Gown Software) to Abacus Data Systems, Inc., a company which is part of Providence Equity Partners’ portfolio.
    • Radialpoint SafeCare Inc., in relation to its sale to AppDirect, Inc.
    • Radialpoint SafeCare Inc., in relation to the spin-out of Smooch Technologies Inc.
    • CAE Inc., in relation to its acquisition of Bombardier’s Military Aviation Training business for $19.8 million.
    • Cordiant Capital Inc., in relation to its sale to Dominion and Colonial Investment Partners Inc.
    • The minority shareholders of iBwave Solutions Inc., an industry leader in design software for in-building wireless solutions for a wide range of customers and integrators, in relation to its sale to Corning Incorporated, a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange with a market capitalization of approximately $28 billion.
    • J.M.F. Transport, in relation to its sale to Kriska Transportation Group.
    • Pharmascience Inc., in relation to the acquisition of UMAN Pharma Inc.
    • Pure Energies Group Inc., in relation to its sale to NRG Energy, Inc., a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange with a market capitalization of approximately $10 billion.
    • TELUS Corporation, in connection with its agreement in 2014 to acquire Mobilicity for $350 million.
    • Atrium Innovations Inc. (a Quebec based global leader in natural health products) in connection with its acquisition by the Permira funds, the Fonds de solidarité FTQ and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec in a transaction with an enterprise value of $1.1 billion (the largest private equity deal in Québec in 2014).
    • iBwave Solutions Inc., in relation to the sale of a significant equity interest to Vicente Capital Partners, Farol Asset Management, LP and New York Common Retirement Fund.
    • TELUS Corporation, in connection with its agreement in 2013 with Mobilicity to acquire the company for $380 million.
    • Vector Capital Corporation, in its $77 million acquisition of 20-20 Technologies Inc.
    • Richelieu Hardware Ltd., in relation to several acquisitions, including Top Supplies Inc., Acroma Sales Ltd., Paint Direct Inc., Woodland Specialties, Inc., Northstar Granite, Incorporated, The Raybern Company, Gordon Industrial Materials Ltd., New Century Distributors Group LLC, E. Kinast Distributors, Inc., P.J. White Hardwoods Ltd., CourterCo, Inc., Quincaillerie Futura Inc., CourterCo Savannah LLC,  Hi-Tech Glazing Supplies and Procraft Industrial Ltd.
    • Alfa Capital Inc., in connection with the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of The Vulcan Hoist Company and the related financing.
    • Quad/Graphics, Inc., in the sale of its Canadian printing operations to Transcontinental Inc., and related acquisition of Transcontinental’s Mexican printing operations and certain other assets.
    • The London Stock Exchange Group PLC, in its proposed merger of equals with TMX Group Inc.
    • Fiera Capital Inc., in its reverse take-over acquisition of Sceptre Investment Counsel Limited by way of statutory plan of arrangement.
    • Magna Marque International Inc., in relation to the acquisition of EPS Energy and Propulsion Systems Inc.
    • Radialpoint SafeCare Inc., in connection with the 2007 management buyout, the acquisition of HiWired, Inc. and the acquisition of Casero Inc.
    • Unyk B.V., in relation to the sale of Unyk Inc. to Viadeo S.A.
    • Seville Pictures Inc., in connection with the acquisition of certain distribution rights pursuant to the proceedings of Christal Films Distribution Inc. under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act.
    • Sageview Capital LLC and KKR Private Equity Investors, L.P., in connection with the acquisition of substantially all the assets of ACTS LP.

     

    BUSINESS REORGANIZATION & OTHER STRATEGIC TRANSACTIONS

    • Richelieu Hardware Ltd., in connection with its three-for-one stock split in 2016.
    • Homburg Invest Inc., a real estate management company formerly listed on the TSX and the NYSE Euronext Amsterdam, in the implementation on March 26, 2014 of its CCAA restructuring, including the compromise of approximately EUR 800 million of commercial and mortgage bonds and the creation of Geneba Properties N.V. a Dutch property investment company with commercial real estate in Germany, the Netherlands and the Baltic states. 
    • TELUS Corporation in connection with its proposals in 2012 to move from a dual class share structure to a single class of outstanding common shares, the successful implementation of this transaction and related proxy fights with Mason Capital Management LLC (ranked as one of Lexpert’s Top 10 deals for 2012).
    • TELUS Corporation, in connection with its two-for-one stock split in 2013.
    • Miranda Technologies Inc., in connection with its publicly announced strategic review process and its dissident shareholder JEC Capital Partners, LLC’s unsuccessful attempt to requisition a shareholder meeting to appoint new directors to Miranda’s Board.
    • Aveos Fleet Performance Inc., in relation to the restructuring of its debt and its capital of approximately US$875 million. 
    • Seville Pictures Inc., in connection with the formation of the Christal Films, LP joint venture.
    • Kinross Gold Corporation, Chartwell REIT, Telus Corporation and Canadian Oil Sands, among other issuers, in the preparation and implementation of shareholder rights plan.

     

    CORPORATE FINANCE & SECURITIES

    • Smooch Technologies Inc., in its $10 million seed financing led by iNovia, Real Ventures, TA Associates and its founders.
    • Mydub Media Corporation, in its angel financing round by way of private placements of preferred shares.
    • immun.io, in relation to its US$5 million financing round led by White Star Capital.
    • Karibou Cola Inc., the creator of 1642 Cola and 1642 Tonic, in connection with several financings by way of private placement, including the financing by the Dragons Serge Beauchemin, Alexandre Taillefer, Martin-Luc Archambault and Mitch Garber.
    • AxesNetwork Solutions Inc., in relation to its private placement of Class D Preferred Shares to Anges Québec Capital, angel investors, Fonds FSIT and FIER Succès for $2 million.
    • Radialpoint SafeCare Inc., in relation to TA Associates, Inc.’s $98 million investment.
    • TD Securities Inc., RBC Dominion Securities Inc., CIBC World Markets Inc. and the other members of the syndicate of underwriters, in relation to the public offering of 9% Series 1 Senior Secured Notes maturing in 2012 by Groupe Aeroplan Inc. for an aggregate amount of $200,000,000.
    • RBC Dominion Securities Inc., CIBC World Markets Inc. and the other members of the syndicate of underwriters, in relation with the sale by ACE Aviation Holdings Inc. of its units held in Aeroplan Income Fund in return of gross proceeds of $481,000,000.
    • RBC Dominion Securities Inc. and the other members of the syndicate of underwriters, in relation with the initial public offering of the shares of Air Canada.
    • Sauropod Studio Inc., in connection with its crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter.

     

    MINING, INFRASTRUCTURE & PLAN NORD

    • Sphinx Resources Ltd., in relation to brokered and non-brokered private placements in the aggregate amount of approximately $5.3 million.
    • Sphinx Resources Inc., in its agreement to acquire a 100% undivided interest in 24 claims held by Les Ressources Tectonic Inc.
    • Sphinx Resources Inc., in relation to the formation of a 50-50% joint venture with Sirios Resources Inc. to explore 551 claims along the northwest extension of the Cheechoo-Éléonore trend, located in the Eeyou Istchee James Bay region, Québec.
    • Sphinx Resources Ltd., in relation to its strategic investment in Eco-Niobium Resources Inc.
    • Sphinx Resources Ltd., in connection with the acquisition of interests in several mineral projects, including the Calumet Sud, Marbridge, Green Palladium, Dollier, Preissac and Somanike properties.
    • Stolt LNGaz, on the development of its first liquefaction plant to be constructed in the Bécancour Industrial Park, in Québec.
    • CN Railway, in relation to a key rail infrastructure project of the Plan Nord and the related agreements with iron producers.
    • A major private equity fund, in connection with potential investments in junior mining companies with operations in Northern Quebec.
    • J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, in relation to the private placement by Quadra FNX Mining Ltd., a mid-tier copper mining company, of 7.75% senior notes due in 2019 in the aggregate principal amount of US$500 million.
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  • Coach at Fondation Montréal Inc.

  • Barreau du Québec
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie Française au Canada
  • Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montréal

  • Quoted in Will three be the charm? Quebec makes third attempt to amend mining law, Financial Post, National Post, July 31, 2013.
  • Quoted in Pushing for Plan Nord, Canadian Lawyer, September 2012.
  • Robert Yalden and Hugo-Pierre Gagnon : « Fusion et acquisition d’une société par actions » in Stéphane Rousseau, dir., JurisClasseur Québec – Collection Droit des affaires – Droit des sociétés, Montréal, LexisNexis, 17/1.