John Godber  

Client Innovation Partner

Executive Summary

John Godber is a member of BLG's Partnership Board and was previously National Leader of the Business and Corporate Commercial Group. John specializes in corporate law with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, including advising and participating in public and private company mergers and acquisitions; advising and participating in corporate finance transactions such as private placements and public financings, including initial public offering of securities; and advising and participating in corporate reorganizations, international joint ventures, mergers and divestitures for both closely and widely held corporations. John is the client relationship partner for BLG Adroit, which is the Firm's project management and legal process improvement program.

Representative Work

  • Advised Bell Canada on its joint venture with the Cirque du Soleil.
  • Acted for the independent directors of KP Tissue Inc. in connection with its initial public offering of securities.
  • Acted for lead underwriter, TD Securities, in connection with a $50-million offering of preferred share securities by Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.
  • Advised The Co-operators Group Limited in connection with its $306.5-million public acquisition of Addenda Capital Inc.
  • Acted for the Independent Committee of Trustees of Medisys Health Income Fund in connection with the fund's going-private transaction.
  • Advised lead underwriters, BMO Nesbitt Burns and CIBC World Markets, in the $115-million initial public offering of securities of Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.
  • Advised the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador in connection with its purchase of rights in an undersea fibre-optic network between Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.
  • Acted for the shareholders of online brokerage firm TradeFreedom Securities Inc. in the sale of the company to The Bank of Nova Scotia.
  • Acted for Miranda Technologies Inc., a global developer and manufacturer of hardware and software for the television broadcast industry, on its $156-million initial public offering and secondary offering of securities.
  • Advised MAAX Inc. in connection with its $640-million successful public auction and sale process.
  • Advised BMO Nesbitt Burns and TD Securities in the initial public offering of fund units of Innergex Power Income Fund.
  • Advised Bell Canada and Bell Nordiq Income Fund in the fund's $326-million initial public offering of units.

Publications & Presentations

  • Speaker, "Fuelling Efficiency: Bringing Lean Six Sigma into Legal Services," Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, Annual Spring Conference, April 2014.
  • Speaker, "Lean Six Sigma: Practice Optimization and Innovation in Legal Project Management and Process Improvement," Quebec Bar Association's Annual Conference, May 2013.
  • Speaker, "Process Improvement: Bringing Lean Six Sigma Disciplines into Legal Services," Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, Annual Spring  Conference, April 2013.
  • Speaker, "La gestion de projet : mode de facturation alternatif," Congrès du Barreau du Québec, June 2012.
  • Panel Chair, "Demonstrating In-House Counsel Business Value in the International Context," Canadian Corporate Counsel Association World Summit, April 2012.
  • Co-Chair and Speaker, "The Negotiation and Drafting of Commercial Agreements," Insight Information Eighth Edition, January 2011.
  • Co-Chair and Speaker, "Legal and Business Guide on International and Crossborder Contracts," The Canadian Institute Conference, April 2010.
  • Speaker, "Creating a Due Diligence Framework," Federated Press Due Diligence Conferences, November 2007 and April 2008.
  • Speaker, "Securities and Capital Market's Agreements," Federated Press Drafting and Negotiating Business Contracts, May 22-23, 2007.
  • Speaker, "Complexities of Foreign Joint Ventures," Insight Information Joint Venture Conference, December 6-7, 2006.
  • Co-Chair and Speaker, "Liability of Directors and Officers in Public Company Mergers and Acquisitions," The Canadian Institute Mergers and Acquisitions Conference, October 2006.
  • Speaker, "Unitholder Liability," The Canadian Institute Conference on Income Trusts, March 2005.
  • Panel Chair, "Maximizing Relations with Outside Law Firms," The Canadian Institute In-House Legal Counsel Conferences, February 2004 and 2005.
  • Speaker, "Management and Protection of Confidential Information in Merger and Acquisition Transactions," The Canadian Institute Advanced Seminars on Mergers and Acquisitions, October 2004 and 2005.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized as a 2017 Acritas Star.
  • Recognized in the 2018 edition (and since 2014) of the Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Corporate Mid-Market).
  • Recognized as a leading corporate lawyer in the 2017, 2016 and 2015 editions of the Lexpert®/Report on Business Corporate Special Edition.
  • Recognized as a leading infrastructure lawyer in the 2017, 2015 and 2014 editions of the Lexpert® Special Edition on Infrastructure.
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2018 and 2017 editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law) and in the 2016, 2015 and 2014 editions (Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law). Also named "Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Lawyer of the Year Montréal" in the 2018 edition of Best Lawyers®.
  • Recognized in the 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013 editions of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Most frequently recommended for Corporate Mid-Market, also repeatedly recommended in Biotechnology, Corporate Commercial Law, Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity).
  • Recognized in the 2016 edition of the Lexpert® Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Corporate Finance and Securities).
  • Martindale-Hubbell® BV® Distinguished™ 4.4 out of 5 Peer Review Rated.