Steven Wesfield

PartnerMiller Thomson LLPInsolvency & Restructuring

Steven Wesfield practices corporate and commercial law and in the area of mergers and acquisitions. He has experience in a broad array of corporate activity and transactions, including share and asset acquisitions and divestitures, the negotiation and drafting of commercial contracts, secured debt financings, private placements, and issuances to the public of debt and equity securities. He has significant expertise in outsourcing transactions and acted for one of the world's largest technology companies in a leading-edge procurement outsourcing transaction, one of the largest and most complex of its kind.

Steven Wesfield practices corporate and commercial law and in the area of mergers and acquisitions. He has experience in a broad array of corporate activity and transactions, including share and asset acquisitions and divestitures, the negotiation and drafting of commercial contracts, secured debt financings, private placements, and issuances to the public of debt and equity securities. He has significant expertise in outsourcing transactions and acted for one of the world's largest technology companies in a leading-edge procurement outsourcing transaction, one of the largest and most complex of its kind.

Steve has developed an expertise in the important areas of drafting and negotiating complex commercial agreements, and directors' and officers' liability and corporate governance, and has spoken on those topics in meetings and seminars. He also has experience with corporate work related to aboriginal matters, including assistance with investment vehicles, structuring and implementing merger and acquisition transactions, commercial contracts and assistance with governance.

Steve is committed to responding to the needs of clients on a timely, cost-effective, and practical basis. He has participated in many significant transactions that required his full time, attention and energy on behalf of clients and in leading teams of lawyers at the firm within our different specialty areas.

Education

  • Osgoode Hall Law School (LL.B.), 1985
  • University of Toronto (B.Sc.), 1982

Bar Admission

  • Ontario, 1987

Experience

  • Acted for one of the world's largest technology companies in a leading-edge procurement outsourcing transaction, one of the largest and most complex of its kind
  • Acted for Rakuten Inc., a Japanese public company and one of the world's top three e-commerce companies, in a highly publicized and complex $315 million acquisition of Kobo Inc.
  • Acted on behalf of a major pension fund in the acquisition of a co-ownership interest in several Canadian shopping centres, which was one of the largest single transactions of its kind ever undertaken in Canada
  • Merger and acquisition transactions involving a Canadian footwear manufacturer, a Canadian asphalt company, a sports equipment manufacturer and an acquisition of Toronto-based waste transfer stations
  • Participation in multi-billion dollar secured financings, notes issuances and significant commercial contracts for a multi-national metal packaging client
  • Acted as Secretary and advisor to special committees of the directors of a public company in connection with a monetization of power plant assets, and a redemption of perpetual preferred shares

Associations

  • Canadian Bar Association