Russel Drew

PartnerDLA PiperCapital Markets and M&A

Russel Drew has a corporate commercial practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, securities, private equity and venture capital matters, and both private and public company representation.

Russel Drew has a corporate commercial practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, securities, private equity and venture capital matters, and both private and public company representation.

Russel has extensive experience advising domestic and international clients on mergers and acquisitions (including both hostile and friendly take-over bids and plans of arrangement), initial public offerings, cross-border acquisitions and divestitures and financings, high yield bond, secondary and private securities offerings, and private equity investments. He has also counselled private and public companies on securities, commercial and corporate governance matters.

Russel has represented many businesses, including investment banks, financial institutions and multi-national corporations, in a broad spectrum of industries including mining, oil and gas, gaming, entertainment, energy, telecommunications, technology, real estate, advertising, transportation, financial services and pharmaceuticals. Russel has advised clients on some of the largest and most complex transactions in Canada over the past several years, and he takes pride in providing accurate and timely legal advice that is tempered by strategic thinking and business acumen.

Russel is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Western Ontario Law School where since 2010 he has taught “The Art of the Deal,” a course focused on the negotiation of complex private and public mergers and acquisitions.

Russel has prior experience in regulatory proceedings and negotiations with regulatory authorities and has been seconded to the Ontario Securities Commission Enforcement Branch.

Education

  • University of Western Ontario, LL.B., 2008
  • York University, B.A. (Hons.), 2004

Bar Admission

  • Ontario, 2009

Experience

  • OneRoof Energy, Inc., a California-based solar finance provider, with its cross border IPO $50 million private placement and concurrent listing on the TSX Venture Exchange through a qualifying transaction with Carlaw Capital IV Inc.
  • Canadian counsel to Osisko in connection with an agreement pursuant to which Yamana and Agnico Eagle jointly acquired 100% of Osisko's issued and outstanding common shares for total consideration of $3.9 billion. The parties reached the Agreement following a hostile bid from Goldcorp Inc.
  • Boart Longyear in connection with a private placement of $300,000,000 aggregate principal amount of 10% senior secured notes due 2018
  • Clarke Inc. in connection with the sale of its freight transportation business for net proceeds of approximately $100.5 million
  • Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited in connection with its $200 million high yield note offering in Canada and the U.S. as part of a $550 million refinancing
  • General Donlee Canada Inc. in connection with its $114 million acquisition by Triumph Group, Inc. by way of a plan of arrangement
  • Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan in connection with its sale of Nexcap Corporation to Element Financial Corporation