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Stephen Pincus


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Bay Adelaide Centre
333 Bay Street, Suite 3400
Toronto, ON M5H 2S7

Tel:   416.597.4104
Fax:   416.979.1234

Stephen Pincus is a member of Goodmans’ Executive Committee, head of one of the firm’s Business Law Groups, and Chair of its REITs and income securities practice.  He has an extensive practice in mergers and acquisitions, corporate and project finance, private equity, corporate governance and international transactions.

Stephen has played a pioneering leadership role in the development of: Canada’s real estate capital markets; the country’s seniors housing sector; and numerous structures for cross-border IPOs and other financings for a broad range of businesses and assets. 

He is recognised as one of Canada’s leading practitioners by numerous legal publications including: Chambers Global; The Best Lawyers in Canada; Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Capital Markets Lawyers; Law Business Research’s Who's Who International of Capital Markets Lawyers; The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory; The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada, and IFLR 1000.  He has an AV Preeminent™ peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Stephen has acted as lead counsel on many significant transactions and his clients include a broad range of public and private companies, financial institutions, private equity and hedge funds, and entrepreneurs.  

Examples of Stephen’s M&A transactions include: Canada’s largest investment bank merger in more than a decade; the privatization and recapitalization of one of Canada’s major defence equipment manufacturers; Canada’s first mutually initiated merger of REITs; the going-private buyout of Canada’s largest wine companies; the consolidation and sale of a major nursing home and assisted living company; and the merger of two of the world’s leading hotel operators. 

Examples of Stephen’s IPOs and other major financing transactions include: Canada’s largest ever income securities IPO; one of the country’s largest equity offerings ever; the establishment of its first healthcare REIT; its first cross-border REIT; its first cross-border income fund; its first offering of income participating securities; the first high dividend common share Canadian IPO of a U.S. business; the first REIT IPO on The Toronto Stock Exchange under the new REIT rules; the first Canadian "financial distress" recapitalization involving concurrent public and private offerings; a major hydro power project financing in Newfoundland; and the project financing of Canada’s first fuel ethanol plant by numerous senior, mezzanine, equity and government financiers.

Stephen also advises boards of directors and activist shareholders on corporate governance and proxy fights.  He was retained by Industry Canada to lead a major governance study.

Stephen is the founding Chairman and a director of the Canada South Africa Chamber of Business. He lectured for a number of years at Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business, with responsibility for the M.B.A./LL.B. program seminar.  Stephen is a member of the Corporate and Securities Advisory Board for Practical Law - Canada and an author of The Canadian REIT Handbook

Education Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D, 2016)
Osgoode Hall Law School (LL.B. (Gold Medalist), 1987)
Schulich School of Business (M.B.A., 1987)
University of Witwatersrand (B.A. (Honours, English and Philosophy), 1980)