Simon Romano

Simon A. Romano Partner

Representative Work
  • Shawcor Ltd. in its C$305M acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding common shares of ZCL Composites Inc., pursuant to a plan of arrangement.
  • Chair-Man Mills Corp. in connection with its acquisition by McCain Capital Partners Inc.
  • Matchpoint Financial Corp. in its acquisition of a controlling interest in Omega ATS and related debt and equity financings.
  • Livingston International Inc. on its sale to Platinum Equity.
  • The design and launch (by IPO) of Canada's Special Purpose Acquisition Corporations, as well as a number of their qualifying acquisitions.
  • ING Summit Industrial Fund LP in the C$2B sale by its limited partners to a joint venture company formed by KingSett Capital Inc. and Alberta Investment Management Corp.
  • Verizon in one of the largest secondary offerings in Canadian history, with Verizon selling its approximate 21% stake in TELUS for gross proceeds of over C$2.2B.
  • Assante Corporation in its definitive agreement to sell its Canadian operation, Assante Canada, to CI Fund Management Inc.
  • ShawCor Ltd.’s C$3B dual-class recapitalization transaction.
  • HSBC Bank Canada in the C$206M sale of the investment advisory business of HSBC Securities (Canada) Inc. and certain assets of HSBC Insurance Agency (Canada) Inc. to National Bank of Canada.
  • Livingston International in its purchase of the Vastera international trade business from JP Morgan Chase and other acquisitions.
  • CAI Capital in its C$400M sale of its interest in Corix and in its acquisition of interests in Feeney Brothers Excavation and Soil Nail Launcher.
  • North American Palladium Ltd. in its C$70M financing of 9.25% senior secured notes.
  • West 49 Inc. as co-counsel in its C$100M sale to Billabong International Ltd.
  • Livingston International Income Fund in its C$300M sale to CPPIB and Sterling Partners.
  • Golden Gate Private Equity’s US$286M acquisition of Eddie Bauer Holdings Inc. and its acquisition of Payless Shoes.
  • The buying consortium of CAI Capital Partners, Goldman Sachs Capital Partners, Kelso & Company and Vestar Capital Partners on the C$3.5B purchase of CCS Income Trust, one of Canada's largest management buyout deals to date.
  • ING Real Estate in its C$3.3B acquisition of Summit REIT.
  • Bell Canada’s multi-billion dollar creation of Bell Aliant, a new income trust created together with Aliant Telecom, to own and manage regional telephone lines in Eastern Canada.
  • Livingston Industrial Income Fund in its unsolicited takeover bid of PBB Global Logistics Income Fund, the first hostile business trust takeover bid.
  • CanWest MediaWorks Income Fund, in acting for the underwriters in connection with its C$550M initial public offering (IPO), the second largest income trust IPO in Canadian history, and the subsequent going private transaction of the Fund.
  • Perimeter Markets in the creation of its CBID and BlockBook alternative trading systems.
  • Canadian Apartment Properties REIT in its merger with Residential Equities REIT, creating one of Canada’s largest REITs.
  • Pernod Ricard’s acquisition of Seagram’s wines and spirits business.
  • Verizon’s acquisition of TELUS’ telephone (and electronic) phone directory business.
  • Alcatel’s acquisitions of Newbridge Networks Corporation, Innovative Fibres, iMagic TV, VoiceGenie Technologies and Conseros Software.
  • The defence of fONOROLA, resulting in an improved negotiated offer, against a hostile takeover by Call-Net Enterprises.
  • The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in the proposed merger with another major Canadian financial institution.
  • The Toronto Stock Exchange in connection with its demutualization.