Cassandra Florio

Senior Associate

Vancouver
CFlorio@blg.com
604.632.3513

Cassandra has a robust corporate commercial law practice that regularly deals in cross-border matters. She advises both domestic and international clients in a wide range of industries on business matters that include:

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

She works with clients in various industries, including natural resources, manufacturing, education, health, financial services, technology and consumer goods and services (including cosmetics and apparel).

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

Experience

  • Advises and assists a broad range of private companies in the acquisition and sale of various businesses, and in a variety of commercial arrangements.
  • Advises and assists B.C. Hydro in its ongoing commercial PowerSmart program offerings and other procurement and project-specific matters.
  • Advised and assisted with the closing of the City of Edmonton Valley Line LRT, valued at C$1.8B, in 2016.
  • Advised and assisted PI Financial Corp. in its $100M acquisition by NG Holdings Canada Ltd.
  • Advised and assisted Finning International Inc. in its C$230M acquisition of the assets of Kramer Ltd.
  • Assisted 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.
  • Assisted 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.
  • Assisted a NYSE-listed cosmetics, skincare, fragrance and personal care company refinancing an $800M term loan facility and a $140M asset-based revolving loan facility, and qualified some of its foreign subsidiaries as local borrowers under the new facilities.
  • Assisted an NYSE-listed multinational financial services corporation in its $1.7B sale of a portfolio of private equity investments.
  • Assisted a NYSE Amex-listed Canadian company conducting a rights offering.
  • Assisted a not-for-profit organization seeking 501(c)(3) status on formation and tax exemption application matters.

Beyond our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • NYSBA Empire State Counsel Honoree for Pro Bono Work (2011)

Community Involvement

  • Volunteer, Pro Bono Students Canada – UBC Homeless ID Clinic, 2017-present
  • Director, Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Society, 2015-present
  • Volunteer, BLG Reads to Kids, 2013-17

Bar Admission & Education

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