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Best Lawyers in Canada, William (Bill) Gorman - Recognized, Corporate Law, 2022

Best Lawyers in Canada, William (Bill) Gorman - Recognized, Energy, 2022

Best Lawyers in Canada, William (Bill) Gorman - Recognized, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2022

Best Lawyers in Canada, William (Bill) Gorman - Recognized, Securities, 2022

IFLR 1000, William (Bill) Gorman - Highly Regarded, Capital Markets: Debt, 2022

IFLR 1000, William (Bill) Gorman - Highly Regarded, Capital Markets: Equity, 2022

IFLR 1000, William (Bill) Gorman - Highly Regarded, M&A, 2022

Best Lawyers in Canada, William (Bill) Gorman - Recognized, Corporate Law, 2021

Best Lawyers in Canada, William (Bill) Gorman - Recognized, Energy Law, 2021

Best Lawyers in Canada, William (Bill) Gorman - Recognized, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2021

Best Lawyers in Canada, William (Bill) Gorman - Recognized, Securities Law, 2021

Chambers Canada, William (Bill) Gorman - Ranked, Capital Markets: Debt and Equity - Nationwide, 2021

The Legal 500 Canada, William (Bill) Gorman - Leading Individual, Capital Markets, 2021

Lexpert/American Lawyer Media Guide, William (Bill) Gorman - Most Frequently Recommended, Corporate Finance & Securities, 2021

Chambers Global, William (Bill) Gorman - Band 3, Capital Markets: Debt & Equity - Canada, 2021

Lexpert Special Edition, William (Bill) Gorman - Ranked - Canada's Leading Finance and M&A Lawyers, M&A, 2021

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, William (Bill) Gorman - Repeatedly Recommended, Corporate Mid-Market, 2021

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, William (Bill) Gorman - Most Frequently Recommended, Corporate Finance & Securities, 2021

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, William (Bill) Gorman - Repeatedly Recommended, Private Equity, 2021

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, William (Bill) Gorman - Consistently Recommended, Mergers & Acquisitions, 2021

IFLR 1000, William (Bill) Gorman - Highly Regarded, Capital Markets: Debt, 2021

IFLR 1000, William (Bill) Gorman - Highly Regarded, Capital Markets: Equity, 2021

IFLR 1000, William (Bill) Gorman - Highly Regarded, M&A, 2021

Best Lawyers in Canada, William (Bill) Gorman - Recognized, Corporate Law, 2020

Best Lawyers in Canada, William (Bill) Gorman - Recognized, Energy Law, 2020

Best Lawyers in Canada, William (Bill) Gorman - Recognized, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2020

Best Lawyers in Canada, William (Bill) Gorman - Recognized, Securities Law, 2020

Chambers Canada, William (Bill) Gorman - Ranked, Capital Markets: Debt and Equity - Nationwide, 2020

IFLR 1000, William (Bill) Gorman - Highly Regarded, Capital Markets: Debt and Equity, 2020

IFLR 1000, William (Bill) Gorman - Highly Regarded, M&A, 2020

The Legal 500 Canada, William (Bill) Gorman - Leading Lawyer, Capital Markets, 2020

The Legal 500 Canada, William (Bill) Gorman - Recommended, Capital Markets, 2020

Lexpert/American Lawyer Media Guide, William (Bill) Gorman - Recognized, Corporate Finance & Securities, 2020

Chambers Global, William (Bill) Gorman - Band 3, Capital Markets, 2020

Lexpert Special Edition, William (Bill) Gorman - Ranked - Canada's Leading Finance and M&A Lawyers, Finance and M&A, 2020

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, William (Bill) Gorman - Most Frequently Recommended, Corporate Finance and Securities, 2020

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, William (Bill) Gorman - Repeatedly Recommended, Corporate Mid-Market, 2020

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, William (Bill) Gorman - Repeatedly Recommended, Mergers and Acquisitions, 2020

Chambers Global, William (Bill) Gorman - Ranked, Capital Markets: Debt and Equity - Nationwide, 2019

Chambers Canada, William (Bill) Gorman - Ranked, Capital Markets: Debt and Equity - Nationwide, 2019

Lexpert Magazine, William (Bill) Gorman - Ranked - Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers in the Globe & Mail's ROB Magazine, Energy, 2019

Best Lawyers in Canada, William (Bill) Gorman - Recognized, Corporate Law, 2019

Best Lawyers in Canada, William (Bill) Gorman - Recognized, Energy Law, 2019

Best Lawyers in Canada, William (Bill) Gorman - Recognized, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2019

Best Lawyers in Canada, William (Bill) Gorman - Recognized, Securities Law, 2019

The Legal 500 Canada, William (Bill) Gorman - Leading Individual, Capital Markets, 2019

The Legal 500 Canada, William (Bill) Gorman - Recommended, Capital Markets, 2019

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, William (Bill) Gorman - Consistently Recommended, Corporate Finance & Securities, 2019

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, William (Bill) Gorman - Repeatedly Recommended, Corporate Mid-Market, 2019

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, William (Bill) Gorman - Repeatedly Recommended, Mergers & Acquisitions, 2019

IFLR 1000, William (Bill) Gorman - Rising Star, Capital Markets, 2018

IFLR 1000, William (Bill) Gorman - Rising Star, Corporate/M&A, 2018

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, William (Bill) Gorman - Consistently Recommended, Corporate Finance & Securities, 2018

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, William (Bill) Gorman - Repeatedly Recommended, Mergers & Acquisitions, 2018

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, William (Bill) Gorman - Repeatedly Recommended, Corporate Mid-Market, 2018

Lexpert Special Edition, William (Bill) Gorman - Ranked - Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers in the Globe & Mail's ROB Magazine, Energy, 2018

Best Lawyers in Canada, William (Bill) Gorman - Recognized, Corporate Law, 2018

Best Lawyers in Canada, William (Bill) Gorman - Recognized, Energy Law, 2018

Best Lawyers in Canada, William (Bill) Gorman - Recognized, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2018

Best Lawyers in Canada, William (Bill) Gorman - Recognized, Securities Law, 2018

Chambers Canada, William (Bill) Gorman - Ranked, Capital Markets: Debt & Equity - Nationwide, 2018

Lexpert Special Edition, William (Bill) Gorman - Ranked - Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers in the Globe & Mail's ROB Magazine, Energy, 2017

IFLR 1000, William (Bill) Gorman - Rising Star, Mergers and Acquisitions, 2017

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, William (Bill) Gorman - Consistently Recommended, Corporate Finance & Securities, 2017

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, William (Bill) Gorman - Repeatedly Recommended, Corporate Mid-Market, 2017

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, William (Bill) Gorman - Repeatedly Recommended, Mergers & Acquisitions, 2017

Lexpert Special Edition, William (Bill) Gorman - Ranked - Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers in the Globe & Mail's ROB Magazine, Corporate, 2017

Best Lawyers in Canada, William (Bill) Gorman - Recognized, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2017

Best Lawyers in Canada, William (Bill) Gorman - Recognized, Securities Law, 2017

Best Lawyers in Canada, William (Bill) Gorman - Recognized, Energy Law, 2017

Lexpert Magazine, William (Bill) Gorman - Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada, Corporate Finance & Securities, 2017

Lexpert Special Edition, William (Bill) Gorman - Ranked - Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers in the Globe & Mail's ROB Magazine, Energy, 2016

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, William (Bill) Gorman - Consistently Recommended, Corporate Finance & Securities, 2016

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, William (Bill) Gorman - Repeatedly Recommended, Corporate Mid-Market, 2016

Best Lawyers in Canada, William (Bill) Gorman - Recognized, Energy Law, 2016

Best Lawyers in Canada, William (Bill) Gorman - Recognized, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2016

Best Lawyers in Canada, William (Bill) Gorman - Recognized, Securities Law, 2016

Lexpert Special Edition, William (Bill) Gorman - Ranked - Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers in the Globe & Mail's ROB Magazine, Corporate, 2016

Lexpert Magazine, William (Bill) Gorman - Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada, Corporate Finance & Securities, 2016

Lexpert Special Edition, William (Bill) Gorman - Ranked - Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers in the Globe & Mail’s ROB Magazine, Energy Law, 2015

Best Lawyers in Canada, William (Bill) Gorman - Recognized, Mergers & Acqusitions Law, 2015

Best Lawyers in Canada, William (Bill) Gorman - Recognized, Securities Law, 2015

Lexpert Special Edition, William (Bill) Gorman - Ranked - Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers in the Globe & Mail's ROB Magazine, Corporate, 2015

Lexpert Magazine, William (Bill) Gorman - Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada, Corporate Finance & Securities, 2015

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, William (Bill) Gorman - Consistently Recommended, Corporate Finance & Securities, 2015

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, William (Bill) Gorman - Repeatedly Recommended, Corporate Mid-Market, 2015

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, William (Bill) Gorman - Repeatedly Recommended, Mergers & Acquisitions, 2015

Lexpert Special Edition, William (Bill) Gorman - Ranked - Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers in the Globe & Mail's ROB Magazine, Energy, 2014

Chambers Global, William (Bill) Gorman - Up and Coming, Corporate/M&A, 2014

Lexpert Magazine, William (Bill) Gorman - Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada, Corporate Finance & Securities, 2014

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, William (Bill) Gorman - Consistently Recommended, Corporate Finance & Securities, 2014

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, William (Bill) Gorman - Repeatedly Recommended, Corporate Mid-Market, 2014

Chambers Global, William (Bill) Gorman - Up and Coming, Corporate/M&A, 2013

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, William (Bill) Gorman - Repeatedly Recommended, Corporate Finance & Securities, 2013

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, William (Bill) Gorman - Repeatedly Recommended, Corporate Mid-Market, 2013

Lexpert Special Edition, William (Bill) Gorman - Ranked - Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers in the Globe & Mail's ROB Magazine, Energy, 2013

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, William (Bill) Gorman - Repeatedly Recommended, Corporate Finance & Securities, 2012

PLC Which Lawyer?, William (Bill) Gorman - Recognized, Capital Markets: Debt and Equity, 2012

PLC Which lawyer? Yearbook, William (Bill) Gorman - Recognized, Capital Markets: Debt and Equity, 2009

William (Bill) Gorman

Partner

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

Tel:   416.597.4118
Fax:   416.979.1234

Bill Gorman is a partner in a business law group at Goodmans. He specializes in securities and corporate law with a practice focusing on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and regulatory compliance matters. Bill regularly represents issuers and underwriters on domestic and cross-border initial public offerings, follow-on financings and private placements of debt and equity securities. Bill has been extensively involved in the development of the Canadian REIT and income fund sector. Bill also advises boards of directors and special committees with respect to governance and compliance matters. 

Before joining Goodmans, Bill acted as legal counsel in the Corporate Finance Branch of the Ontario Securities Commission.

REPRESENTATIVE WORK

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.

RECOGNITION

Bill is recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of corporate finance and securities by The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada and the Legal 500 Canada. He is also ranked in the 2021 Lexpert Special Edition: Finance and M&A leading lawyers and recognized as an up and coming lawyer by Chambers Global in the area of Corporate/M&A.

PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT

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