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Chris Sunstrum

Partner

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

Tel:   416.597.4270
Fax:   416.979.1234

Chris is a partner in a business law group at Goodmans. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and complex reorganizations, representing public and private buyers, sellers and issuers, as well as boards of directors and special committees. Chris has extensive experience in cross-border transactions involving private equity buyers and sellers.

Chris also advises bidders, targets and investors involved in hostile take-over bids, proxy contests, appraisal remedies and other contested situations. He is frequently asked to assist public companies with their corporate governance and disclosure obligations.

REPRESENTATIVE WORK

Chris’ recent transactional experience includes representing:

  • Rogers Communications Inc. in connection with its $26 billion acquisition of Shaw Communications Inc., combining Canada’s two largest cable providers
  • The Special Committee of Sagen (formerly Genworth) MI Canada in connection with the acquisition of Sagen by a consortium led by Brookfield Business Partners 
  • Incline Equity Partners and its portfolio company, Profile Products, in connection with their acquisition of Sunterra Horticulture, a Canadian producer of professional grade sphagnum peat moss
  • Wind Point Partners and its portfolio company, Voyant Beauty, in connection with their acquisition of the KIK Personal Care business from KIK Custom Products, a leading North American manufacturing partner and formulator for personal care, prestige beauty, over-the-counter and household products
  • The Special Committee of Fairfax Africa Corporation in connection with its strategic transaction with Helios Holdings Limited to create a leading pan-African focused investment company
  • Onex Corporation in its acquisition of WestJet Airlines Ltd. for CDN$5 billion
  • Newmont Mining Corporation in its successful acquisition of Goldcorp Inc. for US$10 billion
  • Newmont Mining Corporation in its succcessful creation of the world’s largest gold joint venture in Nevada with Barrick Gold Corporation
  • The Special Committee of AGT Food and Ingredients Inc. in its $1.1 billion going-private transaction by a group of investors led by certain members of its management and including Fairfax Financial Holdings and Point North Capital
  • Newmont Mining Corporation in connection with its acquisition from NovaGold Resources of a 50% interest in the Galore Creek Project joint venture with Teck Resources
  • Pure Industrial REIT in connection with the acquisition of the REIT by Blackstone Property Partners
  • InterOil Corporation in connection with its sale to Exxon Mobil Corporation

RECOGNITION

Chris is honoured as one of Lexpert’s 2019 Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40. He is also recognized by Chambers Canada 2021 as an “Up and Coming” lawyer in Corporate/Commercial (Ontario) and by The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and Best Lawyers List for Canada as a leading lawyer in Canada.

PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT

Chris is a member of the Securities Advisory Committee (SAC) of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC). He is a regular guest lecturer at the University of Toronto, where he teaches on various corporate, securities and commercial law topics and is a frequent writer and speaker on a variety of corporate and securities law issues.

Education Canadian Securities Course (Honours, 2012)
University of Windsor (LL.B, Gold Medalist, 2006)
University of Western Ontario (B.A., Honours, Economics, 2003)
Professional Affiliations

Law Society of Ontario
Canadian Bar Association
Ontario Bar Association

Year of Call

2007 Ontario