Neil Ezra Hazan  


Executive Summary

Neil Hazan is a partner in our Montréal office. His practice is focused on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, joint ventures, assisting businesses with their expansion into Canada as well as advising on local and international agency and distribution agreements.

Having acted for 5 of the top 25 Silicon Valley technology companies listed on the SV 150, Neil regularly advises strategic and private equity buyers in diverse industries on Canadian and international platform and bolt-on acquisitions.

Representative Work

  • Advised Textiles Amalgamated Inc. and its shareholders, including Capital régional et coopératif Desjardins, in connection with the sale of the company to Town & Country Holdings, an H.I.G. Capital Portfolio Company.
  • Advised Dental Corporation of Canada on Quebec matters related to its $1 billion financing in November 2017.
  • Advised Fanatics, Inc. on Canadian matters in connection with its acquisition of VF Corporation's licensed sports group business, including the Majestic brand.
  • Advised QuintilesIMS in connection with its acquisition of STI Technologies Limited, an outsourced pharma services and tech provider, from private equity firm Imperial Capital Group.
  • Advised Texas-based HollyFrontier Corporation in connection with its acquisition of Suncor Energy's Petro-Canada Lubricants business for CAD $1.125 billion.
  • Advised Caesars Interactive Entertainment in connection with its US $4.4 billion sale of its Playtika social and mobile games business to Alpha Frontier Limited.
  • Advised IMS Health in connection with its acquisition of Privacy Analytics Incorporated, a leader in technology solutions for de-identifying and anonymizing healthcare information.
  • Advised OSRAM Sylvania in connection with the carve-out of its Canadian lamps business.
  • Advised Symrise AG, a publicly-listed flavour and fragrance company based in Germany and Diana Group of France in connection with their acquisition of Nutra Canada Inc., a supplier of plant extracts in the food, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and natural health product industries.
  • Advised Fonds de Solidarité FTQ, Capital régional et coopératif Desjardins and Fondaction CSN in connection with their joint acquisition of door and window manufacturer Atis Group Inc. from Ohio-based private equity fund Cyprium Partners.
  • Advised Doris Inc. and its shareholders in connection with the sale of Doris' Canadian, US and Hong Kong business to Gildan Activewear Inc.
  • Advised prominent Silicon Valley-based company in connection with its acquisition of a Canadian IT security firm.
  • Advised Revision Military Inc. in connection with its acquisition of Ottawa-based Panacis Inc., a developer of lithium ion rechargeable energy storage systems.
  • Advised Genus plc, a publicly-listed animal genetics company based in the UK, in connection with its acquisition of Québec-based Génétiporc, a transaction involving the purchase of the vendor's Canadian porcine genetics business in addition to shares of several US and Mexican subsidiaries.
  • Advised Avalon Actuarial Inc. respecting its sale of its Quebec and Ontario business to Willis Canada Inc.
  • Advised Aéroports de Montréal (ADM) regarding a joint venture with Crestpoint Real Estate Investments Limited Partnership to acquire a large portfolio of real estate around Montreal's Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport.
  • Advised major sporting goods manufacturer throughout a dispute with an exclusive Asian distributor, resulting in a significant arbitral victory before the International Chamber of Commerce.
  • Advised Bell Canada in connection with its acquisition of Bell Aliant Regional Communications LP's xwave business.
  • Advised X3 Productions Inc. in connection with the global rollout of X3's Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archeology Exhibition produced in association with Lucasfilm Ltd. and the National Geographic Society.
  • Advised Elekta AB of Sweden in its acquisition of Resonant Medical Inc.
  • Advised the holders of senior secured notes in connection with AbitibiBowater Inc.'s $615 million sale of its McCormick hydroelectric facility.
  • Advised the Inukshuk Wireless Partnership, a joint venture between Bell and Rogers, with respect to the use of Inukshuk wireless spectrum by Alberta's Corridor Communications Inc.
  • Advised Novell, Inc. in its acquisition of data center management company PlateSpin Ltd.
  • Advised the shareholders of the Cameo Group in their sale of companies in Québec, California and Chile to LabelCorp Holdings, Inc.
  • Advised the shareholders of online brokerage TradeFreedom Securities Inc. in their sale of the company to The Bank of Nova Scotia.
  • 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.
  • Advised the US Federal Aviation Administration on regulatory strategies for emerging aerospace technologies.

Publications & Presentations

  • Chair, "Inside the Gaming World with Playtika's Eric Rapps," Montréal JCC, 2018.
  • Published in Kluwer Law's International Encyclopedia of Agency and Distribution Agreements, 2011 to the present.
  • Published in Thomson Reuters' European Lawyer Reference Series and Practical Law Global Guide's "Joint Ventures," 2012 and 2015 to present.
  • Panelist, Québec-Ontario Business Law Summit, "Multi-Jurisdictional Transactions," Ontario Bar Association, Toronto, 2015.
  • Chair, "Setting up your business for a successful exit," Montréal JCC, 2015.
  • Published in Globe Law and Business' Company Formation: A Practical Global Guide, Second Edition, 2009 and Third Edition, 2015.
  • Chair, Plenary Session of McGill Conference by the Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law, 2012.
  • Panelist, "Respecting success fees, retainers and referrals," Montréal M&A Forum, 2010.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2019 edition of IFLR1000 – The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms (Private Equity).
  • Recognized in the 2018 and 2017 editions of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Corporate Mid-Market).
  • Recognized in the Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada as a Corporate Lawyer to Watch.
  • Winner of BLG Montreal’s 2018 Mentor of the Year Award.