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DEALS AND SUITS

Loblaw announces $845 million acquisition of Lifemark Health Group to expand Shoppers Drug Mart's healthcare services

On March 14, 2022, Loblaw Companies Limited (TSX: L) (Loblaw) announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Shoppers Drug Mart (Shoppers) has agreed to acquire Lifemark Health Group (Lifemark), a portfolio company of Audax Private Equity, for aggregate cash consideration of $845 million.

Lifemark is the leading provider of outpatient physiotherapy, massage therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic, mental health and other ancillary rehabilitation services through its more than 300 clinics across Canada.

Through the acquisition of Lifemark, Shoppers adds the leading provider in the $11-billion Canadian outpatient physiotherapy and rehabilitation market to its team of professionals working in pharmacies, medical clinics and healthcare businesses, supported by Shoppers' digital PC Health offering.

BLG is representing Loblaw with a team led by Frank Callaghan and Stefan Timms, including Stephen Nguyen, Kyle Denomme, Manon Gauthier, Éloïse Gratton, Maxime Laquerre, Lara Hubermann, Morgane Besner, Robert Russell, Adam Ziri, Walter Cheng, Max Jarvie, Simon Du Perron and Andy Nagy (Corporate), Steve Suarez, Pamela Cross, Bobby Solhi and Laurie Goldbach (Tax), James Fu, Matthew Certosimo, Noah Burshtein, Aliya Virani, Rose Massicotte and Tommy Leung (Labour & Employment), Jason Howg, Scott Dybwad and Andrea Pitts (Intellectual Property), Marta Lewycky, Nicole St-Louis, Christie Wilson, Brent Ruston, Kathryn Craner and Sara Lemieux (Beyond Leasing), Line Abecassis, Raphael Roditi, Catherine Guertin, Peter Byrne, Matthew Tobin, Matthew Gruchey, Justin Cuperfain, Serge Lakatos, Tamila Ivanov, Matthew Tolan and Samantha Lo (Commercial Real Estate), Christine Laviolette and Lydia Wakulowsky (Health Law); and Markus Kremer (Pensions).