Carlos Cerqueira

Partner

Toronto
CCerqueira@blg.com
416.367.6575

Carlos has practised corporate/commercial law for more than 20 years, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other complex transactions. He has extensive international experience, having worked in London for four years and the Middle East for three years, typically advising international clients on transactions in Canada or Canadian clients expanding internationally.

Carlos acts for a number of Canadian and international public companies, as well as large privately-held entities, in various industries. He acts for both strategic purchasers and private equity investors.

Carlos provides strategic advice and regularly leads large teams of transaction lawyers and subject matter experts. He provides practical advice and expert counsel, working closely with in-house counsel, business stakeholders and other outside advisors to effectively and efficiently complete transactions.

Experience

  • PayBright Inc., one of Canada’s leading buy-now-pay-later providers, in connection with its $340 million acquisition by Affirm, Inc., a leading U.S.-based “buy now, pay later” platform.
  • BLG acted as Canadian counsel for PE-backed Atlanta-based buyer, East West Manufacturing, LLC in its acquisition of all the assets of Groupe Varitron, Inc., a top 5 electronic manufacturing services (EMS) provider in Canada.
  • Captionmax, a U.S.-based close captioning company, in its acquisition of Calgary, Alberta-based National Captioning Canada (NCC). CaptionMax is one of North America's largest closed captioning and media accessibility companies. Captionmax serves a variety of industries including: Media and Entertainment, Corporate, Education, and Government.
  • Acting for Parrish & Heimbecker, Limited in its acquisition of 10 grain elevators across Western Canada from Louis Dreyfus Company Canada ULC
  • Acting for Capital Power Corporation in its C$977 million acquisition of Goreway Power Station Holdings Inc., from joint owners JERA Co. Inc. and Toyota Tsusho Corporation
  • Acting for a major private education provider in connection with its sale to a private equity fund for C$400 million
  • Acting for Kaba Ilco in its C$50-million acquisition of Keyscan Inc. and its C$100-million acquisition of Skyfold Inc.
  • Acting for Elanco Animal Health Incorporated (NYSE: ELAN), an animal healthcare company, in its C$78.5 million acquisition of biotech start-up Prevtec Microbia Inc.
  • Acting for Carmeuse Lime Canada in connection with its public takeover of STT Enviro Corp.
  • Acting for Fidelity Investments in connection with certain investments, including in a payment processing company which closed in July 2020
  • Acting for Henkel Corporation in connection with its C$120-million acquisition of JemPak
  • Acting for RBC Ventures Inc. in connection with its acquisition of certain technology businesses (most recently closing August 2020)
  • Acting for ECN Capital in connection with its sale of certain business lines to Canadian Western Bank for C$900 million
  • Acting for Champs Mushrooms in connection with its sale to a private equity fund for C$100 million
  • Acting for CIT Financial in the sale of substantially all of its Canadian operations to Laurentian Bank for more than C$1 billion
  • Acting for Anheuser-Busch/AmBev in connection with its US$417-million acquisition of Mike’s Hard Lemonade brands and its C$180-million acquisition of Mill Street Brewery
  • Acting for Standard Life in the sale of substantially all of its Canadian operations to Manulife for C$4 billion

Beyond Our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Past President of the Mergers & Acquisitions Commission (AIJA)
  • Former Bar Admissions Instructor (Corporate Law)

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2021 edition of Lexpert Special Edition: Finance and M&A
  • Recognized in the 2022 edition (and since 2021) of The Best Lawyers in Canada (Mergers and Acquisitions Law)
  • Recognized in the 2021 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Corporate Mid-Market)

Bar Admission & Education

  • Ontario, 1998
  • LLB, Osgoode Hall Law School, 1996