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Private M&A in Canada

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Produced on June 24, 2015

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Course Information

Time 1h 30m
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

This seminar provides an overview of legal issues in the context of private M&A deals in Canada. Max Spearn of Miller Thomson describes the Canadian M&A market generally, focusing on market trends on key deal points. 


Mr. Spearn also addresses unique Canadian issues that often surprise U.S. attorneys engaged in cross-border M&A. The discussion includes tips on how to avoid pitfalls related to these issues.


Learning Objectives:

I.    Understand “market” deal terms in Canadian private M&A

II.   Grasp unique Canadian legal issues

III.  Identify and address traps and pitfalls that can arise on Canadian deals

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Max Spearn

Miller Thomson LLP

Max Spearn is a Partner in the Business Law Group of Miller Thomson LLP in Toronto. He has extensive experience working for clients, both public and private, in a diverse range of industries, including technology, hospitality, professional services, health care, manufacturing and distribution, insurance, real estate and automotive.


Max has been involved in a broad range of corporate and commercial transactions, including asset and share acquisitions and divestitures, debt and equity financings and corporate reorganizations. Max frequently works with U.S. law firms and businesses on cross-border transactions and structures for doing business in Canada. Max also negotiates and drafts shareholder, partnership and joint venture agreements, service agreements and various other major agreements.


Max regularly advises start-up and high growth clients on private placements and all aspects of corporate commercial law. Max focuses on delivering practical advice and solutions in a cost effective manner.


Max enjoys fly-fishing, travelling, cooking and spending time with his wife and son.



  • LL.B., University of New Brunswick, 2007
  • B.A., McGill University, 2004



  • Member, Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association


Diane R.

Excellent presentation.

Joy A.

Great content, great speaker.

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