Curtis Cusinato

Curtis A. Cusinato Partner

Representative Work
  • ONCAP, in connection with its acquisition of a majority stake in Walter Surface Technologies, a leading provider of innovative solutions for the metal working industry, in partnership with Walter’s existing management team.
  • Hut 8 Mining Corp., one of the world’s largest publicly traded cryptocurrency mining and blockchain infrastructure companies, in its reverse take-over and public listing on the TSXV and completion of private placement financings in excess of C$100M.
  • Pinnacle Renewable Holdings Inc., a portfolio company of ONCAP, in its initial public offering and secondary offering for total group proceeds of C$150M and public listing on the TSX.
  • Shopify Inc., a leading cloud-based commerce platform, as Canadian counsel, in its dual listed initial public offering of Class A subordinate voting shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange, and the US$330M cross-border follow-on offering, and several subsequent acquisition and financing transactions.
  • Skyservice Investments Inc., Canada’s largest FBO and the leader in the Canadian business aviation market, and its shareholders, including Fulcrum Capital Partners Inc., as counsel in the sale of a majority equity interest of Skyservice to InstarAGF Asset Management Inc.
  • Bento Sushi, North America’s second largest sushi brand, in connection with its dual track IPO and sale process, in its sale to YO! Sushi, a portfolio company of Mayfair Equity Partners, and concurrent re-investment in the combined company by Bento’s founders to create one of the largest sushi companies outside of Japan, for approximately C$100M.
  • Waterton Precious Metals Fund II Cayman, LP in its all-cash offer to acquire through its subsidiary, Waterton Precious Metals Bid Corp., all of the issued and outstanding shares of Chaparral Gold Corp. not already held by it and its affiliates.
  • Pethealth Inc., an international leader in pet health insurance and other pet related services, in the sale of all of its outstanding common shares in the Company to Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. in a going private transaction by way of plan of arrangement.
  • EMC Corp., as Canadian counsel, to the newly merged Dell Inc. and EMC Corp., in the US$1.6B sale of its enterprise content division to Open Text Corp.
  • SkipTheDishes Restaurant Services Inc. in its C$200M sale to a subsidiary of Just Eat plc.
  • Blue Goose Capital Corp. and Blue Goose Cattle Company, a provider of organic beef, chicken and fish in North America, in various acquisitions and debt and equity financings, including the acquisition of the assets of Tender Choice Foods, Inc.
  • Yelp Inc., as Canadian counsel, in its US$20M acquisition of Turnstyle Analytics.
  • Verus Partners & Co. Inc. and its shareholders in the sale of shares to Lazard Ltd.
  • Samsung Electronics Canada, Inc. in the acquisition by AdGear Technologies Inc., a digital advertising technology company.
  • Medline Industries Inc., America’s largest producer of medical supplies and solutions, in its acquisition of Medical Mart Supplies Limited, a Canadian medical supplies distribution company, together with certain other related entities.
  • Waterton Global Resource Management, together with subsidiaries of Waterton Precious Metals Fund II Cayman, LP in their C$110M acquisition of Barrick Gold Corporation’s 70% interest in the Spring Valley project and 100% of the Ruby Hill mine.
  • Colfax Corporation, as Canadian counsel, in its acquisition of Alphair Ventilating Systems Inc. and certain US and Indian subsidiaries and in its subsequent acquisition of Simsmart Technologies Inc.
  • Flipp Corporation, a mobile consumer marketplace, in a US$61M strategic investment in Flipp Corporation by General Atlantic.
  • Armacell Group, a portfolio company of Blackstone and KIRK BI A/S, the leading global manufacturer of flexible foam products for equipment insulation and technical applications, in the acquisition of TB Concept Inc., the Canadian innovator of Insurguard pipe support solutions, and Industrial Thermo Polymers Limited (ITP), a leading manufacturer of extruded polyethylene foam products in North America.
  • Karrys Bros. Limited, a leading Ontario wholesale foodservice distributor, in the sale of substantially all of its assets to Core-Mark Holding Company, Inc., one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America.
  • Third Eye Capital, in connection with various senior and subordinated debt and equity transactions and other strategic transactions.
  • William Blair & Company LLC, the financial advisor to the board of directors of FirstService Corporation, in the plan of arrangement for FirstService to separate into two independent publicly-traded companies – "Colliers International," one of the top three global leaders in commercial real estate and "FirstService Corporation," the North American leader in residential property management and services.
  • Hearst Corporation, as Canadian counsel, in the acquisition of an 80% stake in Kubra Data Transfer Ltd., a leading provider of digital bill delivery and payment systems in North America, from Clairvest Group Inc., Clairvest Equity Partners III Limited Partnership and other management shareholders, and in the acquisition of a majority portion of the international magazine business of Lagardère SCA for a total purchase of approximately £640M.
  • ONCAP Management Partners and EnGlobe Corp., an ONCAP portfolio company, in its acquisition of LVM Inc., a leading Canadian geotechnical, materials and environmental engineering firm, from Dessau Capital Inc. and completion of related senior and subordinated debt financings in a transaction supported by La Casisse De dépot et placement du Québec to create the largest Quebec-based provider of integrated environmental and technical services.
  • Bento Holdings Ltd., consisting of the original founder of Bento Nouveau Ltd., management and Aviro Ventures Limited Partnership II, in the acquisition of Bento Nouveau Ltd. from Whitecastle Private Equity Partners Fund LP and Oakwest Corporation Limited and other minority shareholders and completion of concurrent equity and debt financing transactions.
  • GoPivotal, Inc. in the acquisition of Xtreme Labs Inc., a leading mobile strategy and product development firm.
  • Certain shareholders and others in the management buy-out of Skyservice Investments Inc., a leader in Canadian business aviation services, together with an investment by Fulcrum Capital Partners Private Equity Fund IV and the completion of related senior and subordinated debt and equity acquisition financings.
  • Swiss Herbal Remedies Limited, a leading nutraceutical company that manufactures and markets a broad range of scientifically formulated vitamins, minerals and supplements, in its sale to Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.
  • Les Boris and Jacqueline Boris, minority shareholders of Mountain Cablevision Limited, an independent communications company, in the C$300M sale by the Boris Family by way of a controlled auction to Shaw Communications Inc.
  • Zekelman Industries, Inc. (formerly JMC Steel Group, Inc.), the largest steel pipe and tube manufacturer in North America, in the acquisition of the debt and shares of Lakeside Steel Inc. in a going private transaction completed by way of statutory plan of arrangement.
  • A syndicate of underwriters led by GMP Securities L.P. and RBC Dominion Securities Inc. in various bought deal offerings by Russel Metals Inc., one of the largest metal distribution companies in North America, including a C$300M 6% Senior Unsecured Notes bought deal financing, a C$283.5M bought deal equity financing and a C$175M 7.75% convertible unsecured subordinated debenture bought deal financing.
  • The Clairvest Group in the sale of shares of Hudson Valley Waste Holdings, Inc. by Clairvest, other related funds and other shareholders to Waste Connections, Inc. for US$300M and the sale of its interest in Winters Bros. Waste Systems to BFI Canada Ltd. (now Waste Connections, Inc.) for US$263M.
  • The Zekelman Family in the acquisition and redemption by Zekelman Industries, Inc. (formerly JMC Steel Group, Inc.), the largest steel pipe and tube manufacturer in North America, of The Carlyle Group’s majority stake, together with the completion of its related US$1.1B refinancing and recapitalization.
  • Warburg Pincus Private Equity X, L.P. and Warburg Pincus X Partners, L.P., as Canadian counsel, in its investment of up to C$35M in Protox Therapeutics Inc.
  • Triton Managers Ltd. and PPM Ventures, Ltd., the private equity arm of Prudential Corporation plc, as Canadian counsel, in the US $575M acquisition of the worldwide Pharmaceutical Diagnostic business from Pfizer Inc.
  • Avista Capital Partners, as Canadian counsel, in the US$525M acquisition of the medical imaging business unit of Bristol Myers Squibb Company.
  • Diamond Castle Holdings LLC, as Canadian counsel, in the acquisition of Label Corp. Holdings Inc. from Wind Point Partners.
  • The Carlyle Group, as Canadian counsel, in connection with the US$1.5B acquisition of Niagara Holdings, Inc., the parent company of PQ Corporation.
  • Francisco Partners, as Canadian counsel, in its US$304M preferred share investment in Mitel Networks Corporation.
  • Transcore Inc., a portfolio company of KRG Capital Partners, as Canadian counsel, in the acquisition of assets of Vistar Telecommunications Inc. and Vistar Datacom Inc. and the subsequent sale by certain Transcore subsidiaries of Roper Industries Inc. of its global satellite communications assets of Skywave Mobile Communications to Inmarsat plc.
  • Genstar Capital LLC, as Canadian counsel, in its sale of Fort Dearborn Holdings to KRG Capital Partners LLC, the acquisition and related financing of Kilian Manufacturing Corporation and Kilian Canada ULC from a subsidiary of Timken U.S. Corporation, and the acquisition of Cromedica International by PRA International, Inc., a portfolio company of Genstar.
  • TM Bioscience Corporation in its all stock merger by way of statutory plan of arrangement with Luminex Corporation.
  • The Zekelman Family in connection with the proposed sale of its interest in the proposed US$3.5B acquisition of The John Maneely Company, the largest independent tubular manufacturer in North America, by The Carlyle Group and other minority shareholders to NovoLipetsk Steel and the related settlement agreement in respect thereof.
  • The Zekelman Family and Atlas Tube Inc., in connection with its C$1.5B merger with John Maneely Company, a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group, to form North America’s largest steel tubing manufacturer.
  • Atlas Tube Inc., in a US$350M acquisition of Copperweld Holding Company to form North America’s largest manufacturer of Hollow Structural Sections (HSS), together with the US$177.8M concurrent divestiture of the Automotive and Mechanical Divisions of Copperweld to Dofasco Inc. and completion of related US$250M syndicated acquisition financing and structuring led by Comerica Bank, and the subsequent sale by Atlas Tube Inc. and Dofasco Inc. of Copperweld Bimetallics, LLC, the world’s largest producer of bimetallic wire and strand products, by way of management buyout, to Copperweld Holdings LLC.
  • Deere & Co. in the establishment by John Deere Credit Inc. of a C$1B Medium Term Note (MTN) Program and subsequent renewals thereof and the establishment by John Deere Credit Inc. and John Deere Limited of an unlimited Canadian commercial paper program and subsequent renewals thereof.
  • Sysco Corporation in the C$440M acquisition of the assets of SERCA Foodservice Inc. and other affiliates from Sobeys Inc., including the C$75M divestiture of the SERCA Pacific Division to GFS Holdings, Inc., and the establishment of a C$500M Canadian commercial paper program.
  • Merck KGaA, as Canadian counsel, in the US$6.7B all cash sale of its generic pharmaceutical business to Mylan Laboratories Inc.
  • United Dominion Industries Limited in connection with its stock merger by plan of arrangement with SPX Corporation with a transaction value of US$1.95B.