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Best Lawyers in Canada, John Connon - Recognized, Leveraged Buyouts & Private Equity Law, 2022

Best Lawyers in Canada, John Connon - Recognized, Securities, 2022

Best Lawyers in Canada, John Connon - Recognized, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2022

IFLR 1000, John Connon - Notable Practitioner, M&A, 2022

Lexpert Special Edition Ranked - Canada's Leading Finance and M&A Lawyers, M&A, 2021

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, John Connon - Repeatedly Recommended, Corporate Finance & Securities, 2021

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, John Connon - Repeatedly Recommended, Private Equity, 2021

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, John Connon - Repeatedly Recommended, Mergers & Acquisitions, 2021

IFLR 1000, John Connon - Notable Practitioner, M&A, 2021

Best Lawyers in Canada, John Connon - Recognized, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2020

IFLR 1000, John Connon - Notable Practitioner, M&A, 2020

Lexpert Special Edition Ranked - Canada's Leading Finance and M&A Lawyers, Finance and M&A, 2020

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, John Connon - Repeatedly Recommended, Corporate Finance and Securities, 2020

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, John Connon - Consistently Recommended, Private Equity, 2020

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, John Connon - Repeatedly Recommended, Mergers and Acquisitions, 2020

The Legal 500 Canada, John Connon - Recommended, Corporate/M&A, 2019

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, John Connon - Repeatedly Recommended, Corporate Finance & Securities, 2019

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, John Connon - Repeatedly Recommended, Mergers & Acquisitions, 2019

IFLR 1000, John Connon - Notable Practitioner, Corporate/M&A, 2018

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, John Connon - Repeatedly Recommended, Mergers & Acquisitions, 2018

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, John Connon - Repeatedly Recommended, Private Equity, 2018

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, John Connon - Repeatedly Recommended, Corporate Finance & Securities, 2017

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, John Connon - Repeatedly Recommended, Private Equity, 2017

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, John Connon - Repeatedly Recommended, Private Equity, 2016

Lexpert Magazine, John Connon - Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada, Corporate Lawyer to Watch, 2009

Lexpert’s Rising Stars - Leading Lawyers Under 40, John Connon - Recognized, 2008

John Connon

Partner

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

Tel:   416.597.5499
Fax:   416.979.1234

John Connon is a partner and co-heads a business law group and the Private Equity Group at Goodmans. He has a broad transactional practice involving all aspects of corporate and securities law, with particular emphasis on private equity, public and private mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance transactions.

John advises public companies, closely-held companies, private equity funds and their portfolio companies on a wide range of corporate transactions, including acquisitions, divestitures, capital raises and governance matters.

From 1998 to 2004, John was an associate in the New York, Hong Kong and London offices of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.

REPRESENTATIVE WORK

John has recently played a leading role in representing:

  • Tricon Residential in its US$300 million offering of preferred securities to a syndicate led by Blackstone Real Estate  Investment Trust
  • Tricon Residential in its US$1.4 billion acqusition of Starlight U.S. Multi-Family (No. 5) Core Fund
  • The Miller McAsphalt Corporation in connection with its sale of Miller Paving Limited and McAsphalt Industries Limited to Colas Canada Inc.
  • Aegis Brands in connection with its sale of Second Cup Coffee Co. to Foodtastic
  • General Atlantic Partners in connection with its strategic investment in Benevity, Inc., a global provider of corporate social responsibility and employee engagement software
  • The Kilmer Group in connection with the sale of the Toronto Argonauts Football Club, North America’s oldest continuously operated professional football club, to MLSE
  • Open Farm in connection with an $80 million investment led by General Atlantic
  • autoTRADER in connection with its strategic investments in Motoinsight and Activix and its acquistiions of LesPAC and Convertus
  • a syndicate of underwriters led by TD Securities in connection with multiple bought deal common share offerings by K Bro Linen Inc.
  • Clairvest Group Inc. in connection with the sale of CRS Contractors Rental Supply Limited Partnership to Sunbelt Rentals, the North American business of Ashtead Group plc, for $275 million plus a potential earn-out
  • Apax Partners in its sale of Trader Corporation, Canada’s lending digital automotive marketplace and software solutions provider, for approximately $1.575 billion
  • Birch Hill Equity Partners in the sale of Bluewave Energy to Parkland Income Fund for $214 million
  • Tricon Residential, Northstar Healthcare Inc., Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc., K-Bro Linen Income Fund and VOXCOM Income Fund in connection with their initial public offerings

RECOGNITION

John was recognized in 2008 as one of Canada’s Leading Lawyers Under 40 by Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40, ranked in the 2021 Lexpert Special Edition: Finance and M&A leading lawyers and in 2021, was recognized as repeatedly recommended in corporate finance and securities, private equity, and mergers and acquisitions by The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory. John has most recently been recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2022 Edition for Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law and Securities Law.

 

Education University of Toronto (LL.B., 1998)
McGill University (B.A., 1994)
Professional Affiliations

Law Society of Ontario

Year of Call

1999 New York
2005 Ontario