Cassandra Florio  

Senior Associate

Executive Summary

Cassandra Florio is a senior associate in the Corporate Commercial Group as well as the Securities and Capital Markets Group in our Vancouver office. She focuses her practice on advising domestic and international clients on a full range of business matters, including cross-border and Canadian mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, equity/debt financing, private placements, corporate reorganizations, commercial contract negotiations, and ongoing corporate governance matters.
Cassandra has worked with a variety of clients in industries such as natural resources, manufacturing, education, financial services, and consumer goods and services (including cosmetics and apparel).

Prior to joining BLG, Cassandra practised corporate and financing law in a leading New York law firm.

Representative Work

  • Advises and assists BC Hydro in respect of ongoing commercial PowerSmart program offerings and other project-specific matters.
  • Advises and assists in connection with the closing of various public-private partnership transactions, including in the transportation, correctional and hydroelectric energy sectors. Representative transactions include:
    • City of Edmonton Valley Line LRT (2016) — $1.8 Billion;
    • Okanagan Correctional Centre (2014) — $190 Million; and
    • John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project (2014) — $1.093 Billion.
  • Advised and assisted Finning International Inc. in its $230 million acquisition of the assets of Kramer Ltd., as well as other recent merger and acquisition transactions in Canada.
  • Advised and assisted a U.S.-based health products company in the acquisition of the assets of a Canadian natural health products business.
  • Completed a 7.5-month in-house secondment at Pacific NorthWest LNG in support of Petronas' proposed multi-billion-dollar LNG project on the west coast of British Columbia.
  • Advised and assisted a major private investment fund in acquisition financing transactions, including:
    • a $1.05 billion credit facility, consisting of a term loan and revolving credit facility used to finance the $2.4 billion acquisition of a major global digital learning company; and
    • an $800 million credit facility, consisting of first lien term loans, second lien term loans and an asset-based revolving loan facility used to finance the acquisition of a farm supply distribution business.
  • Advised and assisted an NYSE-listed cosmetics, skin care, fragrance, and personal care company refinancing an $800 million term loan facility and a $140 million asset-based revolving loan facility, and qualified certain of its foreign subsidiaries as local borrowers under the new facilities.
  • Advised and assisted an NYSE-listed multinational financial services corporation in its $1.7 billion sale of a portfolio of private equity investments including over 200 limited partnership interests in private equity funds, as well as direct stakes in companies.
  • Advised and assisted an NYSE Amex-listed Canadian company conducting a rights offering.
  • Advised and assisted a not-for-profit organization seeking 501(c)(3) status on formation and tax exemption application matters.

Publications & Presentations

  • Co-Presenter, "Incorporation: What You Need to Know to Start and Organize a business," BLG's Startup Seminar Series, April 5, 2017.
  • Co-Presenter, "Talking the Talk: Negotiation Techniques for Startups," BLG's Startup Seminar Series, January 11, 2017.
  • Presenter, "Confidentiality Agreements, Standstills and Letters of Intent," BLG U Continuing Legal Education Program, September 22, 2016.
  • Presenter, "Diversity on Boards," BLG U Continuing Legal Education Program, November 14, 2013.
  • Co-Author, “Student Perspectives on Legal Education: A Longitudinal Empirical Evaluation” Journal of Legal Education, Volume 62, Number 1 at p. 162, August 2012.