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Niko Veilleux

Niko Veilleux

Partner, Corporate


Contact Information

nveilleux@osler.com

tel: 514 904-5636

Office

Montréal

Bar Admission

Québec, 2006

New York, 2001

Education

Harvard Business School, PLD

McGill University, LL.B., B.C.L.

Language(s)
English, French

Niko has represented public and private clients for over 17 years in a variety of Canadian, U.S. and international transactions, including negotiated and contested acquisitions, dispositions, mergers, auctions, take-over bids, carve-out transactions, strategic investments, recapitalizations, reorganizations, joint ventures and other corporate matters.

Prior to his return to Canada in 2004, Niko worked for one of the world’s leading  law firms (Sullivan & Cromwel LLP) both in New York and in Australia for  a number of years. He developed extensive experience in Canadian, U.S. and Autralian M&A, contracts, commercial and securities law and related matters. He is known for problem solving, conflict resolution and negotiation skills.

Niko’s clients span numerous industries and include public and private companies, pension funds, boards and independent committees, underwriters, venture capital funds, private equity funds and entrepreneurs. Niko has taught mergers and acquisitions law at McGill University’s Faculty of Law. His transactional resume shows the depth of his experience and connections with some of the most high profile corporate clients in Québec, Canada and internationally.

    • Laurentian Bank in the sale of its agricultural loan portfolio to National Bank for $474 million
    • Nasdaq, Inc. in connection with the sale of its Public Relations Solutions and Digital Media Services Businesses to West Corporation for approximately US$335 million
    • 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
    • Corbeil Électrique Inc., in connection with the sale of substantially all of its business and assets to AM-CAM Électroménagers Inc.
    • Luxury Retreats International Inc. in its acquisition by Airbnb Inc.
    • Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, in its equity financing in Hopper Inc.
    • Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, in its investment and take-control of the McInnis Cement Project.
    • Fiera Capital, in its acquisition of Apex Capital Management which more than doubles its presence on the U.S. institutional market.
    • Nasdaq, in its acquisition of Marketwired, which distributes news releases and economic data for investors and media companies, for an undisclosed amount.
    • Videotron, in its acquisition of Fibrenoire for CDN$125 million.
    • The TRIGO Group, in its acquisition of The PIC Group.
    • Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and Investissement Québec, alongside existing investors, in its $80 million financing in Lightspeed to drive international growth.
    • TVA Group, a subsidiary of Quebecor Media, in its acquisition of Vision Globale’s assets for $118 million.
    • Quebecor Media Inc., in the sale of the English-language assets of its subsidiary Sun Media Corporation to Canadian press group Postmedia for $316 million.
    • Quebecor Media Inc., in the sale of Nurun, a global design and technology consultancy, for $125 million.
    • Quebecor Media Inc., in the sale of Sun Media Corporation’s 74 Québec weeklies to TC Media for $75 million.
    • Quebecor Media Inc., in the purchase of a significant portion of the CDPQ’s interest in Quebecor Media for a total consideration of approximately $1.5 billion.
    • Weather Investments, in its acquisition of all shares of La Mancha Resources Inc. for an overall price of approximately $502 million.
    • Quebecor Media Inc., in its negotiation with the City of Québec over the management and operation of a new multifunctional amphitheatre to be built.
    • The special committee of Cossette Inc., in its sale to Mill Road Capital, L.P. for a consideration of $131.5 million.
    • Atrium Innovation Inc., in connection with its $75 million public offering of convertible debentures and its simultaneous $25 million private investment of convertible debentures in the Fonds de solidarité FTQ.
    • Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, in connection with its mergers with the Biovail Corporation.
    • Tekelec, in connection with its acquisition of Blueslice Networks Inc.
    • Hydro-Québec, in connection with its acquisition of a 60% interest in the hydro-electric facilities on the Manicouagan River.
    • Fonds de solidarité FTQ, in connection with its $30 million cash equity investment in Montrusco Bolton Investments Inc.
    • Fonds de solidarité FTQ, in connection with its $100 million investment in TransForce Inc.
    • Atrium Innovations Inc., in connection with the sale of its active ingredient and chemical specialty division to AXA Private Equity.
    • Société générale de financement du Québec, in connection with its $60 million investment in the debt instruments and equity securities of Axcan Pharma Inc.
    • Optimum Général Inc., in connection with its privatization by the merging of Optimum Général with a subsidiary of Optimum Group Inc.
    • The special committee of Groupe Optimum’s board of directors, in connection with a takeover offer by a group led by the president of one of its subsidiaries.
    • Quebecor Media Inc., in connection with its leveraged buyout of Osprey Media Income Fund.
    • National Bank Financial Inc. and Loewen, Ondaatje, McCutcheon Limited, in connection with the private placement of $15 million unsecured convertible debentures of Adaltis Inc.
    • Lazard Frères & Co. LLC and the initial purchasers, in connection with the private placement of common shares and common share purchase warrants worth a principal amount of $25 million of Adaltis Inc.
    • Bombardier Inc., in connection with its €1.9 billion distribution of debt securities and its debt tender offer in Europe.
    • Kruger Inc., in its acquisition of Maison des Futailles, a big Québec wine company that bottles and markets wines and spirits.
    • Arbec Forest Products Inc., in connection with its privatization through its majority shareholder, Jolina Capital Inc.
    • Metro Inc., in connection with its $600 million distribution of debt securities.
    • Metro Inc., in connection with its acquisition of The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company for a consideration of $1.7 billion.
    • Novelis Inc., in connection with its US$1.4 billion offering of senior notes.
    • Alcan Inc., in connection with the distribution to its shareholders of virtually all of its aluminium-laminated product business.
    • Province of Québec, in connection with its offering of up to $3 billion of debt securities.
    • NSTAR, in connection with its US$500 million offering of debt securities.
    • Cablevision Systems Corporation, in connection with its acquisitions of partnership interests from subsidiaries of The News Corporation Limited.
    • Bear Stearns, in connection with total return swap transactions with Fleet National Bank.
    • ING Groep N.V., in connection with the sale of ING Barings LLC and its ancillary assets to ABN Amro Incorporated.
    • Foster’s Brewing Group Limited, in connection with its AU$500 million debt securities offering.
    • National Australia Bank Limited, in connection with its debt securities offering for a maximum capital of AU$15 billion.
    • Queensland Treasury Corporation, in connection with its AU$10 billion Global Bond Facility and its AU$500 million Medium Term Note Program.
    • BHP Steel Limited, as part of the split between BHP Steel and BHP Billiton, the listing of BHP Steel on the Australian Securities Exchange and the public offering of approximately 792 million BHP Steel shares.
    • The underwriters JPMorgan, Citigroup and Deutsche Bank, in a US$500 million offering of debt securities.
    • Enex Resources Limited, in connection with its proposed initial public offering.
    • BHP Billiton, in connection with its US$850 million debt securities offering.
    • UBS AG, in connection with its acquisition of Paine Webber Group Inc. for a consideration of US$12.2 billion.

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2014-2018, Repeatedly Recommended in the area of Corporate Finance & Securities.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2014-2018, Repeatedly Recommended in the area of Corporate Commercial Law.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2018, Repeatedly Recommended in the area of Corporate Mid-Market.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2018, Repeatedly Recommended in the area of Mergers & Acquisitions.
  • ROB/Lexpert’s Canada Leading Energy Lawyers, 2016, recognized as a leading individual.
  • The Legal 500 Canada, 2016, recognized in the area of Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions.

  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Fondation du CHUM

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • New York Bar Association
  • Bar Association of the City of New York
  • American Bar Association