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William (Bill) Gorman


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

Tel:   416.597.4118
Fax:   416.979.1234

Bill has extensive experience in all aspects of the Canadian capital markets and has played a leading role in many of Canada’s most innovative capital markets transactions. Over his career, Bill has led or played a significant role on over 30 domestic and cross-border IPOs and going-public transactions. He regularly represents issuers and underwriters on follow-on offerings of equity (common and preferred) and debt (investment grade and convertible) and other public markets transactions including mergers and acquisitions, rights offerings, ATM programs and issuer bids. Bill has been extensively involved in the development of the Canadian REIT and SPAC sectors and regularly advises boards of directors and special committees on governance and compliance matters.

Early in his career, Bill worked as legal counsel in the Corporate Finance Brand of the Ontario Securities Commission where he gained valuable insight into Canada’s securities regulatory system. Since joining Goodmans, Bill has continued to serve on a number of committees at the OSC including its Continuous Disclosure Advisory Committee.


Bill’s representative work includes acting for:

  • The underwriting syndicates for the $144 million IPO of VerticalScope Inc. and the $200 million IPO of Anaergia Inc.
  • MCAN Mortgage Corporation in its $20 million rights offeirng.
  • Atlantic Power Corporation and its special committee in its agreement to be acquired by I Squared Capital for US$961 million.
  • Canaccord Genuity Growth II Corp. in connection with its $537 million qualifying transaction with Taiga Motors Inc.
  • Dye & Durham Limited in its initial public offering and listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange
  • Mercer Park Brand Acquisition Corp. and Canaccord Genuity Growth II Corp. in their initial public offerings and listings on the NEO Exchange
  • Canaccord Genuity Acquisition Corp. in its $30,000,000 initial public offering and subsequent merger with Spark Power Group Inc. as its qualifying acquisition
  • Paulson & Co. Inc. in connection with numerous private placement investments in Canada and its proxy solicitation to replace the board of Detour Gold Corporation
  • NexPoint Hospitality Trust in its cross-border initial public offering and listing on the TSX Venture Exchange
  • Plaza Retail REIT in connection with its conversion to a REIT structure and numerous debt and equity offerings
  • Sienna Senior Living Inc. in connection with its initial public offering and numerous acquisitions, debt and equity financings
  • the underwriters for numerous debt, equity and preferred share offerings of Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P., Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P., Brookfield Property Partners L.P. and Brookfield Asset Management Inc.
  • the special committee of trustees of Crombie Real Estate Investment Trust in connection with its acquisition of a portfolio of properties from Empire Company Ltd.


Bill is recognized as a leading lawyer in numerous publications including Chambers Global (capital markets: debt & equity – Canada) and Chambers Canada (capital markets: debt & equity – nationwide), Best Lawyers in Canada (corporate, energy, M&A, securities), IFLR 1000 (capital markets: debt and equity, M&A), The Legal 500 Canada (capital markets), The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (corporate finance & securities and M&A), The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (corporate finance & securities), the Lexpert Special Edition: Finance and M&A 2022 and the Lexpert Special Edition: Canada’s Leading Energy Lawyers.


Bill is the editor and a significant contributor to the Canadian REIT Handbook published by the Real Property Association of Canada.


Education University of British Columbia (LL.B., 1996)
University of Alberta (B.Comm., 1992)
Professional Affiliations

Law Society of Ontario