John Groenewegen - Private Equity Lawyer

John Groenewegen

Partner, Corporate

Key Contact: Private Equity and Pension Fund Investments

Key Contact: Private Funds

Key Contact: P3 Secondary Market Transactions

Contact Information

tel: 416.862.6458



Bar Admission

Ontario, 1997


  • Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.B.
  • University of Western Ontario, B.A. (Honours) (Economics)



John practises in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. John’s clients include Canadian pension plans, domestic and international private equity funds as well as strategic investors. The transactions on which he advises encompass a broad range by transaction type, size and industry focus. John’s practice also includes advising clients who are structuring and investing in private equity funds, as well as providing both Canadian and international clients with general corporate and commercial advice.

  • Lanfine Wind

    Pattern Energy Group LP in its 150 MW Lanfine Wind power project

  • Recursion

    Recursion in its acquisition of Valence Discovery for US$47.5 million

  • Recursion

    Recursion in its acquisition of Cyclica for US$40 million

  • BAI Communications

    BAI Communications in the sale of its Canadian business to Rogers Communications

  • Lattice Semiconductor

    Lattice Semiconductor in its acquisition of Mirametrix Inc.

  • Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board

    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.

  • Essar Steel Algoma

    Algoma Steel Inc. and certain senior secured term lenders in Canada in Algoma’s acquisition of substantially all the assets of Essar Steel Algoma in connection to a restructuring under the CCAA

  • Quad-C Management

    Quad-C Management on its investment in S.i. Systems

  • Pattern Energy Group Inc.

    Pattern Energy Group Inc. in the sale of its interest in the K2 Wind Project to a consortium of investors led by Axium Infrastructure

  • Enercare Inc.

    An institutional partner of Brookfield in connection with Brookfield Infrastructure’s $4.3 billion acquisition of Enercare Inc.

  • GFL Environmental Inc.

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

  • Henvey Inlet Wind LP

    Henvey Inlet Wind LP in the $1 billion financing and construction of the Henvey Inlet Wind Farm

  • Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (IMCO)

    Investment Management Corporation of Ontario in its co-majority share acquisition with EagleTree Capital, in Corsair from Francisco Partners valued at US$525 million

  • Ontario Pension Board

    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)

  • National Tire Distributors Inc.

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

    • Pattern Energy Group Inc. – Investment of US$60 million in Pattern Development and strategic relationship with PSP Investments
    • American Tire Distributors on its Canadian M&A activities
    • Dorma Group on its purchase of Rutherford Controls Int’l Corp., a global supplier of locking and access control solutions
    • Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan on its $150 million investment in Canbriam Energy Inc.
    • Pattern Energy, an international wind energy company, on its Canadian M&A and related activities
    • OPTrust on several private equity investments, including investments into Dental Corporation of Canada and Globalvia Infrastructure
    • Pacific Road Resources Funds on several investments into Canadian resource issuers.
    • Ontario Pension Board on several private equity investments
    • KingSett Capital and AIMCO on their acquisition of ING Summit Industrial Fund, Canada’s largest owner of light industrial property
    • Cara Operations Limited on the sale of its Cara Airline Solutions division
    • Robert Mandel, on his investment alongside ONCAP in Ingersoll Tillage Group
    • Kensington Capital Partners Limited on the creation of Kensington Venture Fund, L.P., a fund of funds established under the Canadian federal government’s “Venture Capital Action Plan”.
    • Various international retailers on the corporate aspects of their entry into Canada
    • Ryder Systems, Inc. on the acquisition of Westrich Holdings, a Canadian transportation provider
  • Find More

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Recognized in Private Equity: Buyouts
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Recognized in Corporate Mid-Market; Corporate Commercial Law; Private Equity
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Recognized in Corporate Law; Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law; Private Funds Law
  • Who's Who Legal: Recognized in Private Funds (Canada)
  • Who’s Who Legal: Selected as Leading Practitioner for Private Funds

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canada’s Venture Capital & Private Equity Association