Cameron A. MacDonald

Partner & Co-Chair, Sports & Gaming Law Group

Toronto
CMacDonald@blg.com
416.367.6240

As founder and Co-Chair of BLG’s national Sports & Gaming Law practice group, Cameron advises public and private clients in a wide range of industries, including those seeking disruptive change through technology (iGaming, eSports, information technology, artificial intelligence, biotech, cleantech), cannabis and psychedelics. He practices corporate and securities law with clients ranging from emerging and high growth companies to large multinational companies and financial institutions listed on Canadian and foreign stock exchanges.

Cameron was recognized as one of Lexpert’s Top 40 Canadian Lawyers under 40 in 2015.

Cameron is experienced in representing senior management, boards of directors, acquirors, targets, and special committees, in public and private M&A transactions (hostile and friendly), proxy contests and restructurings. He also has extensive experience advising reporting issuers and investment banks on corporate finance and regulatory matters and has led numerous initial public offerings (IPOs), reverse takeovers (RTOs), qualifying transactions (QTs), “at-the-market” equity distribution programs (ATMs), substantial issuer bids (SIBs), normal course issuer bids (NCIBs) and other new issues, secondary offerings and private placements – both domestic and cross border.

Experience

  • Mergers & Acquisitions
    • Carl C. Icahn and affiliates in their dual compliant multiple takeover bids and tender offers for the common shares of Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. and their proxy contest for the election of directors of Lions Gate
    • RBC Global Asset Management, in connection with its strategic alliance with BlackRock Canada, to create RBC iShares, a $60-billion ETF platform representing Canada’s largest and most comprehensive ETF offering
    • CaféX Communications Inc., as Canadian counsel, in its acquisition of Vayyoo Inc.
    • High Times, in connection with its three cornered amalgamation with a subsidiary of Red White & Bloom Brands Inc. to effect the licensing of certain intellectual property
    • The Supreme Cannabis Company, Inc. in its acquisition of private Canadian cannabis company Truverra Inc.
    • Wildflower Brands Inc. in its acquisition of City Cannabis Corp., which operates the first licenced dispensary network in Vancouver
    • United Natural Foods Inc. in its acquisition of the SunOpta distribution group
    • Dyadem International Limited in connection with its acquisition by IHS Inc. by way of statutory arrangement
    • Walton Global Investments in its sale of Titan Funds Incorporated and Partners In Planning Financial Group Ltd. to Investment Planning Counsel Inc.
  • Equity Capital Markets
    • Goldman Sachs in connection with its launch of the SIGMA X Canada dark pool ATS
    • The Supreme Cannabis Company, Inc., in connection with the establishment of its “at-the-market” equity distribution program
    • Algoma Central Corporation in its substantial issuer bid to purchase for cancellation up to C$20 million of its common shares for cash by way of a "modified Dutch auction”
    • VBI Vaccines Inc., as Canadian counsel, in its underwritten public offering and concurrent registered direct offering of common shares for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately US$71.9 million
    • The underwriters, led by Stifel GMP, in connection with the $20 million bought deal public offering of units by Field Trip Health
    • The underwriters, led by Canaccord Genuity, in connection with the $30 million bought deal public offering of units by Cybin Inc.
    • The agents, led by Beacon Securities, in connection with the private placement offering of subscription receipts by DFS Gaming to fund its acquisition of Playgon Interactive
    • The agents, led by Beacon Securities, in connection with the private placement offering of subscription receipts by Danavation Technologies to fund its RTO of Wolf's Den
    • The agents, led by Clarus Securities, in connection with the private placement unit offering of Minaurum Gold Inc.
    • The underwriters, led by RBC Dominion Securities Inc., in the $390 million secondary offering by Hochschild Mining plc and Hochschild Mining Holdings Limited of common shares of Lake Shore Gold Corp.
    • The agents, led by Clarus Securities, in connection with the $15 million private placement offering of Ely Gold Royalties Inc.
    • The underwriters, led by Beacon Securities, in connection with the bought deal private placement of units by GR Silver Mining
    • The agents, led by Stifel GMP, in connection with the C$45M private placement offering by Cybin Corp. of subscription receipts to fund its RTO of Clarmin Explorations
    • The agents, led by Beacon Securities, in connection with the private placement offering by Danavation Technologies (Playgon) to fund its RTO of Wolf's Den
    • The agents, led by Beacon Securities Limited, in connection with the C$50 million private placement offering by 4Front Ventures (formerly, Cannex Capital Group Inc.) of subscription receipts to fund its acquisition of BrightLeaf Development LLC and concurrent RTO of Arco Resources Corp.
    • The underwriters in connection with Medmen Enterprises Inc.’s C$75 million bought deal offering of Units
    • Manulife's $2.26 billion equity financing to fund its $4 billion acquisition of Standard Life plc's Canadian-based operations, including its $1.76 billion public offering and concurrent $500 million private placement to La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
    • Scotia Capital Inc. in the combined sale of shares of TMX Group Ltd. held by each of Scotia Capital and Alberta Investment Management Corporation, representing 9.9 per cent overall of the issued and outstanding shares of TMX for aggregate proceeds of C$368 million
  • Debt Capital Markets
    • Algoma Central Corporation, a leading provider of marine transportation services, on a refinancing of its senior secured indebtedness which included (i) a private offering of $323 million (CDN equivalent) of new senior secured notes issued to Canadian and U.S. institutional investors and (ii) the concurrent establishment of a $171 million senior secured revolving credit facility to a syndicate of financial institutions
    • AIMCo Realty Investors LP in its C$400 million private placement offering of 2.266 per cent Senior Unsecured Notes, Series 1, due 2024.
    • Algoma Central Corporation in its C$82.5 million offering of convertible unsecured subordinated debentures
    • Manulife's offering in Taiwan of US$1 billion principal amount of 4.70 per cent senior notes due June 23, 2046.
    • Manulife's offering in Singapore of $500 million Singapore dollars principal amount of 3.85 per cent subordinated notes due May 25, 2026
    • Cara Operations Limited in its consent solicitation and subsequent $75 million private placement of debt-subscription receipts
    • The underwriters in connection with The Supreme Cannabis Company, Inc.’s C$100 million bought deal offering of 6 per cent Senior Unsecured Convertible Debentures
    • The underwriters, led by Scotia Capital Inc. and National Bank Financial Inc., in connection with the C$300 million bought deal private placement by CES Energy Solutions Corp. of 6.375 per cent senior unsecured notes due 2024
    • The underwriters, led by CIBC Capital Markets and Scotiabank, in connection with Superior Plus LP's C$250 million offering of 5.25 per cent senior unsecured notes and the C$150M reopening, led by National Bank Financial Markets and CIBC Capital Markets, to finance the redemption of its 6 per cent convertible unsecured debentures
    • $1 billion offering by The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company of 3.181 per cent fixed/floating subordinated debentures

Beyond Our Walls

Community Involvement

  • Member, Board of Directors and Policy Committee, Agincourt Community Services Association

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2022 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada (Mergers & Acquisitions Law).
  • Recognized in the 2020 edition of IFLR1000 - The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms (Capital Markets).
  • Named a Lexpert Rising Stars – Leading Lawyers under 40 (2015)

Bar Admission & Education

  • Ontario, 2009