Graham King

Partner

Toronto
GKing@blg.com
416.367.6051

Graham is the national leader of our Private Company Group and the former manager of our Corporate & Commercial Group in Toronto. He is a corporate lawyer who acts as lead counsel to vendors, purchasers and other stakeholders in complex domestic and cross-border divestitures, acquisitions, mergers, management buyouts and other corporate arrangements in a diverse range of industries.

He serves as corporate counsel and advisor to several Canadian and U.S. corporations, partnerships, private equity, venture capital corporations and not-for-profit organizations.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Graham worked in the investment and corporate banking group at one of Canada's largest investment dealers, and managed the fixed-income portfolio of several mutual and pooled investment funds.

Experience

  • Wakefield Canada Inc. in its acquisition of Castrol Canada Inc. from BP Lubricants USA Inc.; its negotiation of exclusive Canadian distribution rights to all SuperClean branded products; in connection with the sale of its H2Blu-branded Diesel Exhaust Fluid business to Recochem Inc. and with respect to various ongoing commercial matters.
  • The management shareholder group of Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company, in the spinoff of Trisura Group Ltd., the majority shareholder, from Brookfield Asset Management Inc.
  • Krismark Holdings ULC and certain of its affiliates in its acquisition of Lakes of Muskoka Cottage Brewery Inc. and Vancouver Island Brewing Inc.
  • The shareholders of Medical Futures Inc. (MFI) in the sale of MFI, to Tribute Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc.
  • The management shareholder group of ND Graphics Inc. in its management buyout from Gerber Scientific International Limited and subsequent acquisition of Western Rim Industries Ltd. 
  • M & G Steel Ltd., in the sale by its shareholders to 2443790 Ontario Inc.
  • Evonik Degussa Corporation and Evonik Canada Inc. in the purchase of substantially all of the assets of Kemira Chemicals Canada Inc.
  • A U.S. investment fund in its acquisition of a steel manufacturing facility in Welland, Ontario, and in the negotiation of various revolving and term credit facilities and related matters.
  • Mobilicity and its affiliates in their $250 million bid for wireless spectrum.
  • Portland Group in the sale of shares of Manulife Financial Corporation to Berkshire-TWC Financial Group Inc.
  • Chrysler Canada Inc. in a $769 million funding agreement with the Government of Ontario.
  • Hammond Manufacturing Company Limited and Hammond Power Solutions Inc. on the sale of shares of Moloney Electric Inc. to Indian Corporation Universal Power Transformer Power Limited.
  • Maxxium Canada Inc. on the sale of its shares by Maxxium Worldwide B.V. to Beam Global and related global reorganization.
  • AMEC Americas Limited with its purchase of shares of Philips Engineering Inc., and AMEC Dynamic Structures Ltd. with its sale of shares to Empire Industries Ltd.
  • Best Buy Canada Ltd. in its purchase of Howell & Associates Inc.
  • Scepter Holdings Inc. in its purchase of certain shares of Globalive Communications Inc.

Beyond Our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Directorships - Alipay (Canada) Inc., Ant Financial (Canada) Inc., Beam Suntory, Adobe Systems Canada Inc., Hilti (Canada) Corporation, among others
  • Adjunct Professor/Instructor of Law, University of Western Ontario
  • Former Director, The London Goodenough Association of Canada (Goodenough College, London, England)
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association and American Bar Association
  • Member, Institute of Corporate Directors

Community Involvement

  • Habitat for Humanity, Greater Toronto Area – volunteer and former Director
  • Governor, The Sterling Hall School

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized as a leading lawyer in the 2019 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Corporate Mid-Market - Repeatedly Recommended)

Bar Admission & Education

  • Ontario, 2002
  • JD, University of Windsor, 2001
  • MSc, London School of Economics and Political Science, 1994
  • BA, Concordia University, 1992