Alfred L. J. Page

Alfred L. J. Page  


Executive Summary

Alfred Page is a Partner and former leader of BLG's Securities, Capital Markets and Public Companies Group and US Group. He is a Legal Practice Division Council Member and Financial Services Section Liaison Officer of the International Bar Association, having previously served as a Co-Chair of the Securities Law Committee and Chair of the Mergers and Acquisitions Subcommittee of the IBA, and as a former member of the Securities Advisory Committee to the Ontario Securities Commission.

Alfred is a business lawyer whose securities law practice emphasizes mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, hedge funds, private equity, venture capital, technology and inbound investment. He advises a broad range of Canadian and international corporate finance and business clients, including companies, funds and underwriters, on public issues, stock exchange listings, corporate governance and private placements of securities; public and private buyers, sellers, minority shareholders, independent committees and investment bankers in connection with mergers and acquisitions, and related due diligence projects. He has represented both strategic and passive investors in a broad range of industries.

Recent clients include private equity, venture capital and hedge fund sponsors, managers and investors, regarding fund formation, private investments, strategic acquisitions, leveraged buy-ins, leveraged buy-outs, public offerings and other planned exits, particularly for natural resource and technology-based enterprises.

He serves as a trusted adviser to Canadian and international securities dealers, investment fund managers and investment advisers in registration matters, investment funds, private capital pools and shareholder activism.

Representative Work

  • Advised the world's largest brewer on an aggregate of $1.8 billion of maple bond offerings.
  • Assisted an Asian technology consulting firm in the acquisition of a mutual fund transfer agency business and a US technology company on two fold-in software acquisitions.
  • Represented a Canadian mobile advertising company in its sale to a strategic investor.
  • Represented a Canadian touch screen technology company in its sale to a foreign strategic investor.
  • Advised on the acquisition and reorganization of management of a large closed-end fund group and the successful defence of a hostile bid.
  • Represented management of a public communications company in defending a hostile bid and subsequent friendly private equity acquisition.
  • Advised on the sale of a large mutual fund complex in exchange for shares of a dominant financial institution.
  • Represented a Canadian private equity firm in its acquisition, financing and sale of a Canadian sawmill.
  • Advised on offering and registration matters regarding the introduction of a novel online financial product in Canada.
  • Assisted a private ethanol producer on its mezzanine round pre-IPO financing.
  • Represented a major Canadian private equity fund sponsor in forming and distributing its latest fund of fund offerings, and investment of the proceeds.
  • Represented the underwriters in a public equity offering by a Canadian mining company.

Publications & Presentations

  • Consulting Editor, "Hedge Funds: A Practical Global Handbook to the Law and Regulation – Second edition," Global Law And Business, August 2019.
  • Co-Author, "Less is More - the CSA Considers Significantly Streamlining Prospectus and Continuous Reporting Disclosure," BLG Securities and Capital Markets Bulletin, April 2017.  
  • Co-Chair, "Disclosing payments to governments and aboriginal peoples", International Bar Association (IBA) Annual Conference September 2016.
  • Co-Chair, "MiFiD II Implementation progress- will market fragmentation continue and what are the effects on market transparency?", 33rd International Financial Law Conference, May 2016.
  • Author, "Asian Sovereign Investments – A Canadian Perspective", produced for the 2nd IBA Asia-Based International Financial Law Conference, March 2016 (with Devin Persaud).
  • Co-Chair, "Asian Sovereign Wealth Funds",  2nd IBA Asia-Based International Financial Law Conference, March 2016 (with Devin Persaud).
  • Co-Chair, "Defensive Tactics: where are we now – merely a delay or just say no?", IBA Annual Conference October 2015.
  • Chair, "Compensation disclosure – do we need 100 pages?", 32nd International Financial Law Conference, May 2015.
  • Author, "One Proxy, One Vote: CSA Provides Update on Review of Proxy Voting Infrastructure," Securities and Capital Markets Bulletin, February 2015.
  • Author, Consideration and Acquisition Finance, Practical Law's Private Acquisitions Multi-Jurisdictional Guide - Country Commentary - Canada, Thomson Reuters 2014.
  • Speaker, "M&A Letters of Intent: Crafting Preliminary Deal Terms and Conditions," M&A Agreements Program, Federated Press, September 2013.
  • Co-Chair, "Litigation Lessons for Securities Lawyers," IBA Annual Conference, October 2012.
  • Co-Consulting Editor, "Hedge Funds – a Practical Global Handbook to the Law and Regulation," Globe Law and Business, 2012.
  • Speaker, "Structuring Purchase and Sale Agreements," 7th Structuring Venture Capital & Private Equity Transactions, Federated Press, September 2012.
  • Co-Chair, "Simultaneous Credit Facility Arrangements and Public and Private Bond Financings," 29th International Financial Law Conference, May 2012.
  • Co-Chair, "Disclosure Documents, a Global Perspective," IBA Annual Conference, November 2011.
  • Author, "Canada Chapter," Securities World: Jurisdictional Comparisons, 3rd Edition, Thomson Reuters, 2011.
  • Author, "Canada Chapter," IBA Float Guide, IBA, 2011.
  • Co-Chair, "The Fragmentation of the Securities Markets: A Perfect Landscape for Effective Trading?" 28th International Financial Law Conference, May 2011, and "Recent Developments Concerning Intermediated Securities and Netting Laws," 27th International Financial Law Conference, May 2010.
  • Speaker, "Clearing and Settlement – A Systemic Risk for Capital Market Lawyers?" and "Ethics for the Deal Lawyer," IBA Annual Conference, October 2010.
  • Author, "Continued Harmonization Regarding the Distribution of CFDs and Forex," BLG`s Securities & Capital Markets Alert, June 2010 (with Julie Mansi).

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2020 edition (and since 2010) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Corporate, Securities).
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition (and since 2017) of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Corporate Mid-Market and Private Equity) and every edition since 2008 (Corporate Commercial Law, Corporate Mid-Market and Private Equity).
    Recognized in the 2016 edition (and since 2008) of The Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Corporate Mid-Market).
  • Recommended in the 2016 Legal 500 Canada (Capital Market).
  • Recognized in the 2015 Who's Who Legal Canada (Private Funds) and the 2015 edition of Who's Who Legal: Private Funds.
  • Recognized by the 2013 Lexology Client Choice Awards as the exclusive winner in the General Corporate category in Canada.
  • Recognized as a 2019 Acritas Star.
  • Martindale-Hubbell® BV® Distinguished™ 4.4 out of 5 Peer Review Rated.