Stephen Pincus is a member of Goodmans Executive Committee and head of its Capital Markets Practice.
Widely recognised as one of Canada’s leading lawyers, and honoured as the first recipient ever of Canada’s “Capital Markets Lawyer of the Year” award by IFLR1000 Canada, Stephen has played a key role in developing Canada’s capital markets, including:
IPOs: Stephen has led the legal team on many significant IPOs - examples include VM Hotel Acquisition, Subversive REIT, Andlauer, Bespoke Capital, Mercer Brand, Minto, Kew Media, Canaccord Genuity Acquisition, BSR, Acasta, Milestone, WPT Industrial, Agellan, Northwest Healthcare, HealthLease, Leisureworld, Tricon Capital, Northstar, Crombie, Keystone, Futuremed, Student Transportation, Atlantic Power, Great Lakes Carbon, The Brick Group, Countryside Power, Yellow Pages, Medical Facilities Corp, Holloway, RRR, Central Park Lodges and Cineplex.
Who’s Who Legal - Capital Markets has cited the comment: “It’s difficult to think of anyone better than him for IPOs in Canada.”
M&A: Stephen has led the legal team on many significant public and private M&A transactions - examples include Subversive’s merger with Intercure, Canaccord Genuity Growth II’s acquisition of Taiga, Northview’s acquisition by Starlight and KingSett. Tricon’s acquisition of Starlight US, Milestone’s buyout by Starwood, Welltower & Revera’s buyout of Regal, Milestone’s acquisition from Landmark, Northwest Healthcare’s merger with Northwest International, Canadian Pacific’s JV with Dream Unlimited, HealthLease’s buyout by HCN, Revera’s JV with HCN, Canaccord’s acquisition of Collins Stewart Hawkpoint, Revera’s acquisition of Sunrise, Canaccord’s merger with Genuity, Versa Capital’s buyout of Allen-Vanguard, Scanfield & Fairfax’s taking private of Arbor, Futuremed’s buyout by Cardinal, Senior Care’s sale to Ventas, CI Financial’s acquisition of Rockwater, Revera’s buyout by PSP, and CPL’s merger with RRR.
Cross-border: Stephen has led many Canadian “firsts,” including its first cross-border income fund, first cross-border REIT, first offering of income participating securities, first cross-border high dividend common share IPO, first non-US IPO in the world of a US REIT, and first cross-border SPAC.
REITs: According to Lexpert, Bay Street dubs Stephen “Canada’s King of REITs.”
SPACs: A pioneer of several highly innovative SPAC structures, Stephen has been lead counsel on the majority of Canada’s SPAC transactions to date.
Governance: Stephen 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.
Awards & Recognition
Chambers Canada Capital Markets: Debt and Equity 2023
Chambers Canada Band 1, REITs 2023
Chambers Canada Corporate/Commercial Ontario 2023
The Legal 500 Canada Recommended, Corporate and M&A 2023
The Legal 500 Canada Leading Individual, Capital Markets 2023
Best Lawyers in Canada Recognized: Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Securities Law 2023
- Institute of Corporate Directors, ICD.D, 2016
- Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.B., 1987, Gold Medalist
- Schulich School of Business, M.B.A, 1987
- University of Witwatersrand, B.A., 1980, Honours
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Private Equity and Venture CapitalBrenda Gosselin and Stephen Pincus co-authored the Canada Chapter of The Law Reviews' Real Estate M&A and Private Equity Review 7th Edition. The Real Estate M&A and Private Equity Review is a…
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Private Equity and Venture CapitalBrenda Gosselin and Stephen Pincus co-authored the Canada Chapter of The Law Reviews' Real Estate M&A and Private Equity Review 6th Edition. The Real Estate M&A and Private Equity Review is a…
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