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Mark  Trachuk

Mark Trachuk

Associé, Droit des sociétés


tél.: 416 862-4749



Admission(s) au barreau

Ontario, 1989

British Columbia, 1993

England & Wales, 1993

  • London School of Economics, LL.M.
  • University of Ottawa, J.D.
  • Carleton University, B.A.

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Mark practices corporate and securities law with a focus on M&A and corporate finance. Mark regularly acts on significant corporate transactions, including hostile and friendly business acquisitions, RTOs, joint ventures and equity and debt financing transactions. Mark has particular expertise in corporate governance matters, has written and spoken extensively on corporate governance issues, is an experienced public company director, holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and is a Six Sigma Greenbelt (Shulich). Mark has been actively involved with firm management and has been past chair of Osler’s Corporate Practice Group and Corporate Finance Practice Group. Mark has considerable international experience having practised at Osler’s offices in both London and Singapore and having chaired Osler’s International Practice Initiative. Mark has also written and spoken extensively on numerous corporate and securities law topics, lectured in securities law at various Canadian law schools and has taught at the Bar Admission Course. Mark is a director of Almonty Industries Inc. (TSXV:AII) and Toronto East General Hospital and is a past director of Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) and Goodwill Industries Toronto.

    • Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan in connection with the sale of its interest in Q9 Networks to BCE.
    • Pacific Exploration and Production independent committee of the board in connection with its restructuring with Catalyst Group.
    • Entertainment One Ltd. in connection with its £200 million Rights Issue
    • Entertainment One Ltd. in connection with the acquisition of 17.9% of its shares by Canada Pension Plan Investment Board for $289 million.
    • Pacific Rubiales independent committee of the board in connection with the $1.7 billion bid by Alfa-Harbour.
    • Pulse Systems, Inc. in its $11 million acquisition of the US Practice Management business of Nightingale Informatix Corporation, including the Medrium, RidgeMark, SecureConnect and Northern Health product lines.
    • Cara in its strategic partnership with Fairfax.
    • Entertainment One in its step up to the premium list of the London Stock Exchange.
    • Entertainment One in its acquisition of Alliance Films.
    • Hale Capital in its investment in Midway Gold.
    • Osmington in its sale of Redcliff Realty.
    • McGraw-Hill Financial in its acquisition of R2 Financial Technologies.
    • Cara in its bid for Prime Restaurants.
    • Osmington in its investment in True North Sports and Entertainment and the acquisition of the Atlanta Thrashers.
    • DHL in its sale of its Canadian domestic operations to TransForce.
    • Lavalife in its sale to First Media Group.
    • Swisher in its TSX reverse takeover of Coobrands Inc.
    • Entertainment One in its continuation from the Cayman Islands to Canada and its step up to the standard list of the London Stock Exchange.
    • CNW Group in its acquisition of dna13.
    • Schneider Power in its share exchange sale to Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies.
    • Marwyn Capital in its acquisition of Entertainment One Income Fund through an AIM listed shell.
    • Pala Investments Holdings Limited in its take-over bid for Norcast Income Fund.
    • The independent directors of Great Lakes Carbon Income Fund in its sale to Rain Commodities.
    • Glamis Gold Inc. in its merger with Goldcorp Inc.
    • ThyssenKrupp AG in its bid for Dofasco.
    • PBB Global Logistics Income Fund in its defence of a hostile bid by Livingston International Income Fund.
    • Neo Materials Technology in its dissident proxy battle.
    • Hydrogenics Corporation in its take-over bid for Stuart Energy Systems Corporation.

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2009-2017, recognized in the area of Corporate Law.
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2010-2017, recognized in the area of Mergers & Acquisitions Law.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2015-2016, Repeatedly Recommended in the area of Corporate Commercial Law.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2016, Repeatedly Recommended in the area of Corporate Finance & Securities.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2014-2016, Repeatedly Recommended in the area of Corporate Mid-Market.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2015-2016, Repeatedly Recommended in the area of Mergers & Acquisitions.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2016, Repeatedly Recommended in the area of Private Equity.
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Business Lawyers: Corporate/M&A
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014: Corporate Commercial Law; Corporate Mid-Market; Mergers and Acquisitions; Private Equity
  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada: Corporate Mid-Market
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015: Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Practical Law Company’s Which Lawyer?: Corporate/M&A
  • IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms: M&A

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Law Societies of Upper Canada, British Columbia, England and Wales
  • Institute of Corporate Directors

  • Directors’ Duties: An Overview for Mid and Junior Public Mining Company Executives and Directors, PDAC 2012, March 2012
  • International Comparative Legal Guide to Corporate Governance 2011: Canada Chapter , Global Legal Group, London, June 2011
  • Negotiating and Drafting International Business Agreements, Federated Press, Toronto, June 2011
  • Winning the Vote When it is Required Most: Proxy Solicitation and Getting the All-Important Shareholder Vote (Conference Co-Chair), Lexpert, June 2011
  • Negotiating International Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances, Federated Press, Toronto, December 2010
  • How, Why and When You Use Partnerships, Limited Partnerships and Joint Ventures, Osgoode, Toronto, October 2010
  • The Paradox Of Saving On Legal Costs: Achieve Greater Certainty, Engagement and Value For Your Legal Spend,  Canadian Corporate Counsel Association Magazine, September 2009
  • Courts and Regulators Drive Significant Developments In Canadian Securities Law,  International Financial Law Review, London, July 2009
  • The Merger Boom Is Gone. What Now? (online chat), The Law Page/, February 2009
  • Hostile Bids: Side-By-Side Comparison of U.S. vs. Canadian Bid and Defence Tactics, Insight ALM, US/Canadian Cross Border M&A Forum, New York, April 2007
  • Current Strategies and Deal Protection Mechanisms in Cross Border Public M&A Transactions (Conference Co-Chair),  Canadian Institute, Toronto,  June 2006