Anthony Milazzo

Anthony Milazzo  


Executive Summary

Anthony Milazzo is a partner in our Corporate Commercial Group in Toronto, an experienced business transactions lawyer and a trusted legal advisor to his clients, which operate across a spectrum of industries and range from emerging companies to market leaders. Anthony focuses his practice on domestic and cross-border private mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, private equity and venture capital investments, strategic alliances, corporate reorganizations and financings. He provides buy-side and sell-side transactional as well as corporate and commercial advice to domestic and foreign clients, and has represented clients in a wide array of industries, including technology, manufacturing, financial services, insurance, energy, health care and retail. Anthony is thoroughly familiar with the business and legal challenges regularly faced by emerging and established technology companies.

Representative Work

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Advising Tender Choice Foods  Inc. in connection with its sale to Blue Goose Pure Foods Ltd of its secondary meat processing business.
  • Advising Concentra Financial Services Association in connection with its joint acquisition with Financeit Canada Inc. of TD Bank's indirect home improvement financing business including assets having a book value of $339 million.
  • Advising Co-operators Financial Services Limited in connection with its purchase of a majority interest in The Edge Benefits Inc., a seller and administrator of group and individual life, disability, critical illness, travel and accident insurance.
  • Advising Co-operators Life Insurance Co. with its acquisition by assumption reinsurance of certain Canadian critical illness and disability insurance policies underwritten by RBC Life Insurance Co.
  • Advising Fluidigm Corporation in connection with its cross-border acquisition of DVS Sciences Inc., a biotechnology company with operations in California, Ontario and the U.K.
  • Advising Scepter Corporation in connection with its Canadian and US sale of its portable fuel containers and moulded plastics manufacturing business to Myers Industries, Inc.
  • Advising Harbinger Capital in connection with various investments in Asian Coast Development (Canada) Ltd.
  • Advising Scepter Corp. in connection with its distressed acquisition of certain US assets and facilities of Blitz USA.
  • Advising an affiliate of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. in connection with the Canadian aspects of its purchase of the Capsugel business of Pfizer Inc.
  • Advising CSRI, as principal shareholder, in connection with the merger of CSR (parent of XM Canada) and Sirius Canada.
  • Advising Richardson Electronics Canada Ltd. in connection with its sale of its Canadian RF, wireless and power division to a Canadian subsidiary of Arrow Electronics Inc.
  • Advising Oliver & Bonacini in connection with its joint venture with Compass Group Canada for the provision of fine dining and retail food services to Hudson's Bay.
  • Advising Bump Technologies in connection with its sale to Google International.
  • Advising Kensington Capital Partners in connection with various investments by its managed funds in other leading private equity funds. Advising Scotiabank in connection with outsourcing of certain ABM managed services.
  • Advising a major Canadian bank in connection with its sale of its ownership of a mortgage origination and servicing company.
  • Advising Hayward Industries in its acquisition of Les Thermopompes Summit Inc., a Québec-based heat pump manufacturer.
  • Advising Kendle International in its acquisition of Decision Line Clinical Research Corporation, a Toronto-based Phase I clinical research organization.
  • Advising vendors of Net Integration in connection with its acquisition by plan of arrangement by IBM Canada.
  • Advising Borealis Infrastructure in its acquisition of the laboratory diagnostics businesses of MDS Inc. and Stirrat Laboratories, respectively, as well as a controlling interest in Dynacare Kasper Medical Laboratories.
  • Advising Arcelor in its acquisition of Dofasco.
  • Advising CA Inc. in its acquisition of Cybermation.
  • Advising SupportSoft in its acquisition of Core Networks.
  • Advising Penhold and other vendors in their sale to Epcor Power LP (formerly TransCanada Power LP) of hydroelectric generating facilities.
  • Advising ADM Agri Industries in its sale of Five Roses to Smucker Foods of Canada and its sale of its Canadian edible beans business to Noble Grain.
  • Advising a US manufacturer of flexible packaging and specialty films in connection with its acquisition of several Canadian and US businesses pursuant to a cross-border stalking-horse bid procedure.

Corporate and Commercial

  • Advising a boutique litigation firm in respect of amendment and restatement of its partnership agreement.
  • Advising Mobilicity in connection with various corporate and commercial matters.
  • Advising Hayward Industries, Inc. and Hayward Pool Products Canada in connection with various corporate and commercial matters and certain financings.

Publications & Presentations

  • Author, "PLC's 2017 International Acquisitions Practice Guidelines," Canadian Chapter – Share Acquisitions, Practical Law Company (since 2010).
  • Co-Author, "The Role of Fairness Opinions in the Approval of Plans of Arrangement: Indicia of Transaction Fairness or Inadmissible Evidence?" International Corporate Rescue, 2014.
  • Author, Share Acquisition Documents, Practical Law's Private Acquisitions Multi-Jurisdictional Guide – Country Commentary – Canada, Thomson Reuters 2014.
  • Co-Author, "Material Adverse Change Provisions in Acquisition Agreements," paper delivered to the Judicial Interpretations Working Group of the Committee of Mergers & Acquisitions, Business Law Section, American Bar Association (ABA), August 2011.
  • Issue Leader and Co-Presenter, "Canadian Private Target Mergers & Acquisitions Deal Points Study," Mergers & Acquisitions Market Trends Subcommittee of the M&A Committee of the American Bar Association, 2012, 2010 and 2008 editions.
  • Co-Presenter, "Don't Fall at the First Cross-Border Hurdle – Preliminary Agreements in Cross-Border M&A," Annual Meeting of the Business Law Section in , International M&A Subcommittee, August 2009.
  • Author, "Commission overrules Toronto Stock Exchange in HudBay," The Lawyers Weekly, July 2009.
  • Co-Author, "Recent M&A Developments in Light of the Current Market Turmoil," International Law Office, May 2009.
  • Co-Presenter, "What are Today's Trends in Hotly Negotiated Deal Points?" Canadian Institute Securities SuperConference, January 2009.
  • Co-Author, "M&A Due Diligence," Counsel to Counsel Magazine, January 2007.
  • Author, "Risk Management in Outsourcing Transactions," paper delivered at a workshop, Legal Strategies In Outsourcing Conference, Federated Press, February 2004. Also served as Chair of this conference.
  • Speaker, "Down Round Financing: Legal Implications of Lower Valuations and Tougher Deal Terms in Private Equity Finance," The Sixth Quarterly IT.Can Roundtable, March 2003.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2018 edition (and since 2011) of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Corporate Mid-Market) and the 2016 edition (Corporate Commercial Law).
  • Recognized in the 2014 edition of the Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada® (Corporate Mid-Market).
  • Martindale-Hubbell® BV® Distinguished™ 4.1 out of 5 Peer Review Rated.