Manoj Pundit

Manoj Pundit  

Partner

Executive Summary

Manoj Pundit is a partner in the Securities and Capital Markets Practice Group at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. He is also the national leader of the Firm's India Group. Manoj's practice covers the mining, high-tech, life sciences and energy sectors.

Manoj regularly serves as lead counsel on complex domestic and international transactions and corporate governance and regulatory matters. He acts as counsel on securities and corporate matters including public and private offerings; going public transactions including IPOs, reverse takeovers, and CPCs and QTs; mergers and acquisitions; corporate governance; investment fund formation and offerings; and private equity and venture capital fund formation.

As well, Manoj advises issuers and underwriters on public and private offerings of equity and debt securities. He also advises Special Committees of boards of directors with regard to related party transactions and insider bids.

Manoj is regularly called upon to participate in policy submissions to government and elected officials with regards to Canada-India relations and bilateral initiatives.

Representative Work

Natural Resources and Energy

  • Advised on possible merger of two mineral development and processing companies based in Central Africa.
  • Acted for underwriters in $150-million financing of one of Canada's largest private timber and land management companies through public and private offerings of convertible debenture.
  • Advised independent directors of TSX-listed coal producer in $30-million debt financing facility from senior Indian energy conglomerate.
  • Advised Canadian potash company in negotiations with large-scale Indian company with regard to possible M&A transaction.
  • Counsel to Canadian investment bank on financing of African potash exploration company.

High Tech, Life Sciences, Industrials

  • Advised leading Canadian developer of robotic surgical technology in going public transaction and $30 million of equity financings through shelf prospectus offerings and private placements.
  • Counsel to US private equity firm in acquisition and divestiture of leading Canadian software company providing solutions to the power and resource sectors.
  • Advised on cross border going public transaction and financing of Canadian bio-pharma technology company, using exchangeable share structure.
  • Advised on $120-million sale of leading Canadian TSX-listed business process outsourcing company to an Asian conglomerate (by way of takeover bid).

Investment Fund and Alternative Fund Structures

  • Counsel to a number of Canadian investment fund managers in formation of investment funds and hedge funds and regulatory compliance matters.
  • Advised on formation of private equity funding vehicle and financing through high yield securities offerings.

Natural Resources and Energy

  • Counsel to Ontario-based natural gas exploration and development and production company in going public transaction and subsequent equity financings.
  • Counsel to gold exploration company with substantial deposit in northern Ontario in several merger and acquisition and financing transactions.
  • Counsel to wind exploration company in connection with formation and financings through equity and flow-through shares.

High Tech, Life Sciences, Industrials

  • Advised leading Canadian commercial printing company in acquisition of competitor by way of takeover bid.
  • Counsel in connection with going public transaction and financing of leading global provider of onboard store technology to domestic and international airlines.
  • Counsel to magnetic memory technology company in going public transaction and several rounds of equity financings.

Investment Fund and Alternative Fund Structures

  • Advised UK-based hedge fund in $40-million investment from Canadian pension fund.
  • Advised venture capital firm in formation of Ag-biotech venture capital fund.
  • Advised hedge fund manager on structuring and formation of Canadian mutual fund focused on portfolio investments in India.

Publications & Presentations