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M. Girvan



Contact by email at [email protected]

t. 416-601-7574


Law School

University of Western Ontario

Bar Admission

Alberta, 1982
Ontario, 1978

Garth M. Girvan is a senior counsel in the firm’s Toronto office. He joined the firm in 1978, and practises in the areas of corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and financial institutions regulation.

Recent experience

  • counsel to Sun Life Financial in its acquisition of Bentall Kennedy ($560 million)
  • counsel to Torstar Corporation on its sale of Harlequin Publishing to HarperCollins ($450 million)
  • counsel to Fairfax Financial Holdings on its proposed acquisition of Blackberry Ltd. ($4.7 billion) and subsequent investment of $1 billion in convertible debt
  • counsel to CIBC in connection with 2013 negotiations and subsequent agreements with TD Bank Group and Aimia Inc. in connection with its credit card businesses
  • counsel to a major financial institution in connection with a proposed acquisition of an asset management firm
  • counsel to the controlling shareholder of a major public asset manager with respect to governance at its publicly owned subsidiaries
  • counsel to BCE Inc. in its acquisition of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment ($1.07 billion) and Astral Media Inc. ($3.2 billion)
  • counsel to Maple Group in its proposed acquisition of TMX Group Inc. ($3.7 billion)
  • counsel to BCE Inc. in its acquisition of CTV Inc. ($1.3 billion)
  • acted for Agrium Inc. in its acquisition for AWB Limited of Australia by way of Scheme of Arrangement ($1 billion);
  • counsel to Torstar Corporation in its bid for the newspaper assets of CanWest Publishing ($950 million);
  • counsel to Goldman Sachs Capital Partners in connection with the sale of its interest in Canwest Media Inc. to Shaw Communications Inc. ($709 million);
  • counsel to Vitol Group in its bid for Arawak Energy Limited, a bid made in compliance with U.K. and Canadian law ($100 million);
  • acted for Bank of Nova Scotia in connection with its acquisition of a 37% interest in CI Financial ($2.3 billion);
  • acted for Q9 Networks Inc. in connection with its acquisition by ABRY Partners ($360 million);
  • acted for Goldman Sachs Capital Partners in respect of the acquisition of Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. ($2.3 billion);
  • acted for Goldman Sachs Capital Partners in connection with the acquisition of a 100% interest in Movie Distribution Income Fund ($400 million);
  • acted for Cascade Investment, LLC (the personal investment arm of Bill Gates) in connection with its buy-out of Four Seasons Hotels ($3.7 billion);
  • acted for Bank of Nova Scotia in connection with the activities of hedge funds relating to Sears Canada Inc.;
  • counsel to Falconbridge Limited on its proposed merger with Inco Limited and its acquisition by Xstrata plc ($24 billion);
  • counsel to Atlas Cold Storage Income Fund on its acquisition by Avion Group ($580 million);
  • counsel to CP Ships on its sale to Tui AG ($2 billion US);
  • counsel to Molson Inc. on its merger with Adolph Coors Inc. ($8 billion);
  • counsel to Craig Media Limited on its sale to CHUM Limited ($265 million);
  • counsel to Hollinger International and its board of directors on matters relating to Hollinger Inc. and Conrad Black;
  • counsel to the Independent Committee of the Board of Bombardier Inc. in connection with the sale of Bombardier's Recreational Products Division to Bain Capital ($1.1 billion);
  • counsel to Canada Life Financial Corporation on the acquisition of Canada Life by Great West Lifeco Inc. in response to the hostile bid by Manulife Financial ($7.3 billion); and
  • counsel to the Government of Ontario in connection with the proposed privatization of Hydro One Inc. ($6 billion).

Garth has been called to the bars of Ontario, Alberta and New York. He spent 1985 with the firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton in New York, practising in the area of securities law. Mr. Girvan is a frequent speaker at continuing education seminars on securities topics. He is a member of the board of directors of Entertainment One Limited, an entertainment company.