Cassandra Florio

Counsel

Vancouver
[email protected]
604.632.3513

Cassandra has a robust corporate commercial law practice that regularly deals in domestic and cross-border matters for clients in a variety of industries, including financial services, technology, education, health, natural resources, manufacturing and consumer goods and services.

Cassandra advises both domestic and international clients on business matters including:

  • cross-border and Canadian mergers, acquisitions and divestitures
  • corporate reorganizations
  • commercial contract negotiations
  • marketing and sponsorships
  • venture capital and private equity transactions
  • public-private partnership transactions
  • ongoing corporate governance
  • equity/debt financing
  • private placements

Prior to joining BLG, Cassandra practiced corporate and financing law at a leading firm in New York.

Experience

  • Advised Radicle Group Inc., a Calgary-based leader in sustainability advisory services and market-based solutions, and technology-driven emissions measurement and management, in its sale to Bank of Montreal.
  • Advised The New York Times Company in its 2022 US$550M acquisition of The Athletic.
  • Advised Epiroc in its acquisition of the assets of FVT Research Inc.
  • Advises a broad range of private companies in the acquisition and sale of various businesses, and in a variety of commercial arrangements.
  • Advised B.C. Hydro in its commercial PowerSmart program offerings and other procurement and project-specific matters.
  • Completed a 9-month in-house secondment at B.C. Hydro in support of the Site C Project.
  • Advised in connection with the closing of the City of Edmonton Valley Line LRT, valued at C$1.8B, in 2016.
  • Advised PI Financial Corp. in its $100M acquisition by NG Holdings Canada Ltd.
  • Advised Finning International Inc. in its C$230M acquisition of the assets of Kramer Ltd.
  • Advised a U.S.-based health products company in the acquisition of the assets of a Canadian natural health products business.
  • Completed a 7.5-month in-house secondment at Pacific NorthWest LNG in support of Petronas' proposed multi-billion-dollar LNG project on the west coast of B.C.
  • Represented a major private investment fund in acquisition financing transactions, including a $1.05B credit facility, consisting of a term loan and revolving credit facility, used to finance the $2.4 billion acquisition of a major global digital learning company; and an $800M credit facility, consisting of first lien term loans, second lien term loans and an asset-based revolving loan facility, used to finance the acquisition of a farm supply distribution business.
  • Represented a NYSE-listed cosmetics, skincare, fragrance and personal care company refinancing an $800M term loan facility and a $140M asset-based revolving loan facility, qualified select foreign subsidiaries as local borrowers under the new facilities.
  • Represented an NYSE-listed multinational financial services corporation in its $1.7B sale of a portfolio of private equity investments.

Beyond our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Adjunct Professor, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia, 2022-present
  • Guest Instructor, Professional Legal Training Course, Law Society of British Columbia, 2016-present

Community Involvement

  • Volunteer, Pro Bono Students Canada – UBC Homeless ID Clinic, 2017-present
  • Director, Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Society, 2015-2020
  • Volunteer, BLG Reads to Kids, 2013-17
  • NYSBA Empire State Counsel Honoree for Pro Bono Work, 2011

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2024 edition (and since 2022) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® as “Ones to Watch” (Corporate Law)

Bar Admission & Education

  • British Columbia, 2014
  • New York, 2011
  • BA (first class honours), McGill University, 2006
  • JD, University of Toronto, 2010