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Joyce M. Bernasek

Joyce M. Bernasek

Partner, Financial Services


Contact Information

jbernasek@osler.com

tel: 416.862.4283

Office

Toronto

Bar Admission

New York, 2009

Ontario, 2003

Education
  • University of Western Ontario, LL.B.
  • University of Toronto, B.A.
Language(s)
English

Joyce is a partner in the Financial Services Group in Toronto. Sought out for her pragmatic and results oriented approach, Joyce regularly represents Canadian and foreign financial institutions, private equity funds and corporations in connection with structuring and negotiating financing transactions including acquisition financings, senior, mezzanine and subordinated debt transactions and debt offerings. Joyce has particular expertise in fintech/SaaS secured lending transactions, private equity fund acquisition financing, and cross-border loan transactions.

  • UPL Limited

    UPL Limited in its US$4.2 billion acquisition of Arysta LifeScience

  • Quad-C Management

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

  • Blackstone Property Partners

    Blackstone Property Partners in its acquisition of Pure Industrial Real Estate Trust for $3.8 billion

  • Reliance LP

    Syndicate of agents co-led by RBC Dominion Securities Inc. and CIBC World Markets Inc. in connection with the $400 million note offering by Reliance LP

  • Dominion Diamond Corporation

    Lenders and underwriters in the acquisition of Dominion Diamond Corporation by Washington Companies Corp.

  • goeasy Ltd.

    Wells Fargo Securities and BMO Capital Markets, as representatives for the initial purchasers, in a high yield notes offering by goeasy Ltd.

  • Joyce has successfully represented clients on the following matters:

    Credit Facilities

    • Schedule I banks in connection with fintech/SaaS secured lending transactions.
    • Procera Networks Inc., an affiliate of Francisco Partners, in the $562 million acquisition of TSX-listed network policy control solutions company Sandvine Corporation by way of plan of arrangement in Ontario.
    • Chemtrade Logistics Inc. in connection with its credit facilities to acquire Canexus Corporation.
    • National Bank in connection with $68 million secured credit facilities extended to BrightRoof Solar to finance ground-mounted solar arrays.
    • Schedule I bank in connection with credit facilities extended to various credit unions.
    • Morgan Stanley in connection with $2 billion secured credit facilities used to fund acquisition of Hub International by Hellman & Friedman LLC.
    • Arranger and lenders in connection with $500 million acquisition of Stackpole International by Crestview Partners and CITIC Capital.
    • Arranger and lenders in connection with acquisition of Garda World Securities Corp. by Apax Partners.
    • Private Equity Funds and their portfolio companies in connection with the negotiation of financing arrangements to fund acquisitions, including TPG Capital’s acquisition of Cirque du Soliel, HIG Capital’s acquisition of ATX Networks Inc., iCON Infrastructure’s acquisition of Capstone Infrastructure Corp., The Carlyle Group’s acquisition of Array Marketing Group.
    • Private Equity Funds in connection with investments in diversified industries including Cartesian Capital Group’s $71 million financing provided to Westport Innovations Inc. and Pacific Road Capital’s $30 million financing provided to Luna Gold Corp.
    • Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board, Providence Equity Partners Madison Dearborn Partners LLC and BCE Inc. in connection with secured credit facilities to partially fund $1.1 billion acquisition of Q9 Networks Inc.

     

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IFLR

  • IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms, 2019: Highly regarded, Banking
  • IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms, 2014-2018: Rising Star, Banking

Lexpert

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2019: Banking & Financial Institutions

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Law Society of Ontario
  • American Bar Association
  • Member, Association for Corporate Growth
  • Executive Committee Member, Canadian Women in Private Equity

  • Presenter, Drafting Loan Guarantees, Loan Documentation Conference, Federated Press, 2015.