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Patrick M.



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Princeton University

Law School

McGill University

Bar Admission

New York, USA, 2000
Québec, 2007

Patrick M. Shea, Co-Head of our Private Equity group and a partner in our Business Law Group, has a cross-border transactional practice based in Montreal that is focused on M&A, private equity and corporate and commercial law. He has acted for private equity and corporate clients in Canadian, U.S. and international mergers and acquisitions across a wide range of industries.

Patrick is Chambers-ranked and is also repeatedly recognized by Lexpert and Best Lawyers for his significant domestic and cross-border experience in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, leveraged buyouts, commercial law and corporate law. In 2012, he was named a Rising Star by Lexpert, the annual award that honours Canada’s leading lawyers under 40.

Patrick is the relationship partner for numerous Canadian clients and U.S. and other international clients that operate in Canada, including public companies, small- and mid-sized businesses, private equity firms, hedge funds, investment banks and entrepreneurs.

Patrick received an A.B. from Princeton University in 1995 and an LL.B. and B.C.L. from McGill Law School in 1999. During his first five years of practice, he was an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, a leading U.S. law firm, in New York. Patrick is fluent in English and French.

Patrick routinely advises clients on complex and innovative M&A and private equity transactions. Select experience includes:

Private Equity M&A:

  • Novacap in its acquisitions of Optiom, Spectrum Health, Joseph Ribkoff, The Master Group, Hallcon, Laces Group, Zenith Home, Pipp Mobile Storage Systems, Dow Industries and Smyth Companies

  • Thompson Street Capital Partners in its acquisitions of T-Base Communications and TetraGenx (now known as Vetio Animal Health)

  • Apax Partners in its acquisition of Ideal Protein

  • Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec in its participation in a consortium of private equity investors that acquired Alexander Forbes and in its participation in a consortium of private equity investors that acquired St. George’s University

  • Walter Capital Partners in its acquisition of Edge Imaging and in its equity investment in Athos Services Commémoratifs

  • L Catterton and its portfolio company Alasko Foods in their acquisition of FooDelicious

  • Odyssey Investment Partners and its portfolio company Barcodes Group in their acquisition of the business of QSG

  • Tenex Capital Management in its acquisition of the business of NAP Gladu

  • Sverica International in its acquisition of Syscon Justice Systems

  • Platinum Equity in its acquisition of Ryerson

  • Snowdon Partners in its acquisitions of Groupe Incursion and Jerry Van Dyke Travel Services

  • Polygon Mining Opportunity Master Fund, as the majority shareholder of Caza Gold, in Caza Gold’s take-over by Royal Roads Minerals

  • Roynat Capital in its equity investment in Boulangerie St-Méthode

  • CounterPoint Capital Partners in its acquisition of Parts Now

  • Marlin Equity Partners in its acquisition of the mediation and messing product business of Openwave Systems

Strategic M&A:

  • Kadant in its acquisitions of Cogent Industrial Technologies, Carmanah Design and Manufacturing, Filtration Fibrewall and the forest products business of NII FPG

  • Socomec in its acquisition of Powersmiths International

  • Resurgent Holdings in its sale of Resurgent Holdings Canada to PRA Group

  • Sia Partners in its acquisition of E3 Conseil

  • Guerbet in the acquisition of the global contrast media and delivery systems business of Mallinckrodt and in the sale of its pharmaceutical site in Montreal to MedXL

  • Arcam in its acquisition of Advanced Powders & Coating

  • NAPEC in its acquisition of Bemis

  • Jarden in its acquisition of Waddington Group

  • Suncor Energy in acquisition of the Montreal refinery services business of Chemtrade Logistics

  • Intact Financial in its acquisition of AXA Canada

  • Cirque du Soleil and its controlling shareholder in the sale of a minority stake to Istithmar World Capital and Nakheel World

  • Turquoise Hill Resources in the sale of certain mining assets

  • G2 Printing in its acquisition by SupremeX

  • Boralex in several wind farm acquisitions

  • Capital Safety in its acquisition of Fall Protection Group

  • McKesson Canada in its acquisition of the specialty and biological drug distribution, patient support and direct-to-patient drug dispensing business of PDI Group and Specialized Health Care

  • Groupe Aeroplan in its acquisition of Carlson Marketing Worldwide

  • Garda World in its acquisitions of Kroll Security International, ATI Systems International, Rentokil Initial Canada and Vance International

  • RONA in its acquisitions of Curtis Lumber and Chester Dawe Limited

  • Gildan Activewear in its acquisition of Kentucky Derby Hosiery

  • Unilever in its dispositions of various personal and home care brands

  • U.S. Trust in its acquisition by The Charles Schwab Corporation

  • Johnson & Johnson in its acquisition of Innovasive Devices

  • IBM in its acquisition of Accessible Software

Private Equity Fund Formation:

  • Fiera Comox Partners in the formation of an agricultural private equity fund

  • Adenia Partners in the formation of Adenia Capital (III)

  • Emerging Energy & Environment in the formation of Emerging Energy Latin America Fund II

  • McGill University/The Royal Institute for the Advancement of Learning in its investments in numerous private equity funds

  • A major institutional investor in the structuring of a series of cross-border swap arrangements with respect to various portfolios of private equity fund interests

Community Involvement

An ardent believer in giving back to the community, Patrick volunteers his time for a number of foundations, charities and other not-for-profit organizations. He is a director of the McGill University Health Centre Foundation, the vice-chairperson and a trustee of the Canadian Irish Studies Foundation, a director of the Father Dowd Foundation, a director of the Andover Canadian Fund and a member of the Faculty Advisory Board of the Faculty of Law of McGill University. He has previously served as a director of the St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation, as a director of the Royal Victoria Hospital Foundation, as the chairperson and a director of the Loyola High School Foundation, as a member of the Loyola High School board of governors, as the president and a director of St. Patrick’s Society of Montreal, as a member of the Princeton University Schools Committee, as a director of LOVE (Quebec), as a director of Leave Out Violence (U.S.) and as the chairperson of the Princeton University Schools Committee for the Province of Quebec. He was the founder and first president of the Loyola High School Alumni Association. Patrick has led or participated in numerous capital fundraising campaigns, including for the McGill University Health Centre, Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal, St. Mary’s Hospital, McGill University, Princeton University and Loyola High School.