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Don Ross is a corporate and securities lawyer with extensive experience in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, proxy contests and multi-jurisdictional corporate finance. Some transactions have involved acting for or against activist shareholders. In addition to transaction work, Mr. Ross advises senior management and boards of directors on corporate governance matters and on a range of other strategic legal issues.

  • Cameco Corporation in the purchase of a 49% interest, together with Silex Systems Limited which purchased a 51% interest, in Ge-Hitachi Global Laser Enrichment LLC (“GLE”) from GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy LLC. Cameco also obtained an option from Silex to acquire a majority interest of up to 75% ownership of GLE. GLE is developing a process which uses lasers to enrich uranium.
  • Union Pacific Corporation in its opposition to a proposed merger of the Canadian Pacific and Norfolk Southern railroads.
  • Sears Holdings Corporation on its spin out to its shareholders of 44 percent of the common shares of Sears Canada Inc.
  • Icahn Partners LP and Icahn Partners Master Fund LP in its dual compliant multiple take-over bids and tender offers for the common shares of Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. and its proxy contest for the election of directors of Lions Gate.
  • International Business Machines Corporation in its acquisition by plan of arrangement of Cognos Incorporated, a provider of business intelligence software.
  • United States Steel Corporation in its acquisition by plan of arrangement of Stelco Inc., an integrated steel company.
  • Constellation Brands in its $1.52 billion acquisition by takeover bid of Vincor International.
  • Icahn Partners LP and Icahn Partners Master Fund LP in its dual compliant take-over bid and tender offer for 51% of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Inc.
  • Certain of the Principals of Mass Power in a $150 million disposition of a power plant in Massachusetts.
  • Eastman Kodak Company in its successful acquisition by plan of arrangement of Creo Inc.
  • Maple Leaf Foods Inc. in its successful negotiated acquisition of Schneider Corporation, a food products producer, from Smithfield Foods Inc.
  • Consortium of Cameco Corporation, TransCanada PipeLines Limited and BPC Generation Infrastructure Trust, in their acquisition from British Energy plc of its direct interest in British Energy (Canada) Ltd. and therefore its indirect interest in Bruce Power L.P., the lessee of two nuclear generating facilities.
  • The Toronto Stock Exchange in connection with its acquisition by means of a corporate reorganization of the Canadian Venture Exchange Inc.
  • Psion PLC, a personal computer manufacturer, in connection with its acquisition by a plan of arrangement of Teklogix International Inc., a transaction involving the first use of Canadian exchangeable shares by a UK company to acquire a Canadian corporation.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Law Society of Ontario
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Chambers Global, Corporate/M&A (2012)
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, Corporate Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law (2013)
  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, Corporate Commercial Law (2013)
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Corporate/Commercial; Mergers & Acquisitions (2012)
  • Expert Guides: The Legal Media Group Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers, Capital Markets; Mergers & Acquisitions (2011)
  • IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms, Mergers & Acquisition (2009)