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Best Lawyers in Canada, Celia Rhea - Recognized, Banking and Finance Law, 2020

Best Lawyers in Canada, Celia Rhea - Recognized, Corporate Law, 2020

Best Lawyers in Canada, Celia Rhea - Recognized, Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law, 2020

Best Lawyers in Canada, Celia Rhea - Recognized, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, 2020

Best Lawyers in Canada, Celia Rhea - Recognized, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2020

Chambers Canada, Celia Rhea - Ranked, Banking and Finance - Nationwide, 2020

IFLR 1000, Celia Rhea - Highly Regarded, M&A, 2020

The Legal 500 Canada, Celia Rhea - Recommended, Banking and Finance, 2020

Chambers Global, Celia Rhea - Band 4, Banking and Finance, 2020

Chambers Global, Celia Rhea - Ranked, Banking and Finance - Nationwide, 2019

Chambers Canada, Celia Rhea - Ranked, Banking and Finance - Nationwide, 2019

Best Lawyers in Canada, Celia Rhea - Recognized, Banking and Finance Law, 2019

Best Lawyers in Canada, Celia Rhea - Recognized, Corporate Law, 2019

Best Lawyers in Canada, Celia Rhea - Recognized, Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law, 2019

Best Lawyers in Canada, Celia Rhea - Recognized, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, 2019

Best Lawyers in Canada, Celia Rhea - Recognized, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2019

The Legal 500 Canada, Celia Rhea - Recommended, Banking and Finance, 2019

The Legal 500 Canada, Celia Rhea - Recommended, Corporate/M&A, 2019

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Celia Rhea - Consistently Recommended, Banking & Financial Institutions, 2019

Best Lawyers in Canada, Celia Rhea - Recognized, Banking and Finance Law, 2018

Best Lawyers in Canada, Celia Rhea - Recognized, Corporate Law, 2018

Best Lawyers in Canada, Celia Rhea - Recognized, Insolvency & Financial Restructuring Law, 2018

Best Lawyers in Canada, Celia Rhea - Recognized, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, 2018

Best Lawyers in Canada, Celia Rhea - Recognized, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2018

Chambers Canada, Celia Rhea - Ranked, Banking & Finance - Nationwide, 2018

IFLR 1000, Celia Rhea - Highly Regarded, Corporate/M&A, 2018

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Celia Rhea - Repeatedly Recommended, Private Equity, 2018

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Celia Rhea - Consistently Recommended, Banking & Financial Institutions, 2018

Who's Who Legal, Celia Rhea - Recognized, Banking, 2017

Chambers Canada, Celia Rhea - Ranked, Banking and Finance, 2017

IFLR 1000, Celia Rhea - Leading, Mergers and Acquisitions, 2017

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Celia Rhea - Repeatedly Recommended, Banking & Financial Institutions, 2017

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Celia Rhea - Repeatedly Recommended, Private Equity, 2017

Best Lawyers in Canada, Celia Rhea - Recognized, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2017

Best Lawyers in Canada, Celia Rhea - Recognized, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, 2017

Best Lawyers in Canada, Celia Rhea - Recognized, Banking and Finance Law, 2017

Best Lawyers in Canada, Celia Rhea - Recognized, Corporate Law, 2017

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Celia Rhea - Consistently Recommended, Banking & Financial Institutions, 2016

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Celia Rhea - Repeatedly Recommended, Private Equity, 2016

Chambers Canada, Celia Rhea - Ranked, Banking and Finance, 2016

Best Lawyers in Canada, Celia Rhea - Recognized, Banking and Finance Law, 2016

Best Lawyers in Canada, Celia Rhea - Recognized, Corporate Law, 2016

Best Lawyers in Canada, Celia Rhea - Recognized, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, 2016

Best Lawyers in Canada, Celia Rhea - Recognized, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2016

Chambers Global, Celia Rhea - Ranked, Banking & Finance, 2016

Lexpert Magazine, Celia Rhea - Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada, Banking & Financial Institutions, 2016

Best Lawyers in Canada, Celia Rhea - Recognized, Banking and Finance, 2015

Best Lawyers in Canada, Celia Rhea - Recognized, Corporate Law, 2015

Best Lawyers in Canada, Celia Rhea - Recognized, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity, 2015

Best Lawyers in Canada, Celia Rhea - Recognized, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2015

IFLR 1000, Celia Rhea - Leading, Banking and Finance, 2015

Chambers Global, Celia Rhea - Ranked, Banking & Finance, 2015

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Celia Rhea - Repeatedly Recommended, Banking & Financial Institutions, 2015

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Celia Rhea - Repeatedly Recommended, Private Equity, 2015

Best Lawyers in Canada, Celia Rhea - Recognized, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2014

Best Lawyers in Canada, Celia Rhea - Recognized, Banking and Finance, 2014

Best Lawyers in Canada, Celia Rhea - Recognized, Corporate Law, 2014

IFLR 1000, Celia Rhea - Leading, Banking and Finance, 2014

Chambers Global, Celia Rhea - Ranked, Banking & Finance, 2014

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Celia Rhea - Repeatedly Recommended, Banking & Financial Institutions, 2014

Best Lawyers in Canada, Celia Rhea - Recognized, Banking and Finance, 2013

Best Lawyers in Canada, Celia Rhea - Recognized, Corporate Law, 2013

IFLR 1000, Celia Rhea - Leading, Restructuring and Insolvency, 2013

Chambers Global, Celia Rhea - Ranked, Banking & Finance, 2013

Martindale-Hubbell, Celia Rhea - BV Peer Review Rated, Corporate Commerical, Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures

Best Lawyers in Canada, Celia Rhea - Recognized, Banking and Finance, 2012

Best Lawyers in Canada, Celia Rhea - Recognized, Corporate Law, 2012

IFLR 1000, Celia Rhea - Leading, Restructuring and Insolvency, 2012

Chambers Global, Celia Rhea - Ranked, Banking & Finance, 2012

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Celia Rhea - Repeatedly Recommended, Private Equity, 2012

Best Lawyers in Canada, Celia Rhea - Recognized, Banking Law, 2011

Best Lawyers in Canada, Celia Rhea - Recognized, Corporate Law, 2011

Chambers Global, Celia Rhea - Ranked, Banking & Finance, 2011

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Celia Rhea - Repeatedly Recommended, Private Equity, 2011

Best Lawyers in Canada, Celia Rhea - Recognized, Banking Law, 2010

Best Lawyers in Canada, Celia Rhea - Recognized, Corporate Law, 2010

IFLR 1000, Celia Rhea - Leading, Banking and Finance Law, 2010

Chambers Global, Celia Rhea - Ranked, Banking and Finance, 2010

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Celia Rhea - Repeatedly Recommended, Private Equity, 2010

Best Lawyers in Canada, Celia Rhea - Recognized, Banking Law, 2009

Best Lawyers in Canada, Celia Rhea - Recognized, Corporate Law, 2009

Chambers Global, Celia Rhea - Ranked, Banking & Finance, 2009

IFLR 1000, Celia Rhea - Leading, Banking and Finance Law, 2009

Best Lawyers in Canada, Celia Rhea - Recognized, Banking Law, 2008

IFLR 1000, Celia Rhea - Leading, Banking and Finance Law, 2008

Best Lawyers in Canada, Celia Rhea - Recognized, Banking, 2006

Celia Rhea

Partner

crhea@goodmans.ca vCard
Bay Adelaide Centre - West Tower
333 Bay Street, Suite 3400
Toronto, ON M5H 2S7

Tel:   416.597.4178
Fax:   416.979.1234

Celia Rhea is a partner in a business law group at Goodmans.  Her practice encompasses corporate advice, financing, leveraged buyouts, private equity, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and restructuring.

Celia works with companies, private equity funds and hedge funds in financing and corporate transactions, including in the restructuring context, to find creative solutions to unique challenges in collaboration with clients and other professionals.

REPRESENTATIVE WORK

Celia’s representative work includes acting for:

Financing

  • Penfund Capital in its $100 million 2nd lien credit facility to Goodlife Fitness
  • Carlyle Group in its $225 million credit facility to Empire Communities
  • Brookfield Principal Credit in its US$650 million credit facility to Bumble Bee Foods
  • Bell Canada Enterprises in its $2.3 billion exchange of its medium term notes for medium term notes of Bell Aliant

M&A

  • Kew Media Group in its qualifying acquisition transaction of six leading content companies to create a global media platform and subsequent acquisitions of TCB Media, Sienna Films and Essential Quail Media Group
  • Acasta Enterprises Inc. in its $118 million sale of JemPak Corporation to Henkel AG&Co KGaA
  • Roots Canada in the sale of majority ownership to Searchlight Capital

Restructuring

  • Advanz Pharma Corp (f/k/a Concordia International Corporation) in its US$300 million bond issuance and US$800 million and €223 million credit facilities
  • Toys ‘R’ Us Canada in its $300 million sale to Fairfax Financial Holdings
  • Noteholders of Frontera Energy (f/k/a Pacific Exploration & Development Corporation) in Frontera’s US$5.4 billion restructuring

RECOGNITION

Celia is recognized as a leading lawyer by various legal publications including Lexpert, Chambers, IFLR 1000 and Best Lawyers in Canada in the areas of Banking and Finance Law, Corporate, M&A, Leveraged Buyouts, Private Equity and Restructuring.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Celia served as a director of People for Education from 2011 to 2018.

Education McGill University (LL.B., 1984)
University of Western Ontario (B.A., Huron College, 1980)
Professional Affiliations

Law Society of Ontario

Year of Call

1986 Ontario