Andrew Bleau is a corporate lawyer based in Hong Kong. He is US and Canada qualified and he specialises in equity and debt capital markets and public M&A. He has particular experience in structuring cross-border transactions involving the United States markets. In addition to representing issuers, significant security holders and underwriters on a transactional basis, he also advises reporting issuers, their directors and officers, and large institutional investors on securities law compliance matters in United States and Canada on an ongoing basis.
Andrew received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (New York), an MBA and Common Law and Civil Law degrees from McGill University (Montreal). He articled with the practice from 1995 to 1997, joined another international law firm in 1997 (working first in New York and then in Paris), and returned to the practice in 2003 to establish our Canadian US corporate finance practice.
Selected client work
A small sample of Andrew’s recent transactional experience includes:
- Advising Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited as underwriter on the HK$531 million rights issue of Lai Sun Development Company Limited.
- Advising founding shareholders of EPM Mining Ventures Inc. in respect of a strategic investment by Tata Chemicals Limited in a Utah potash project.
- Advising the underwriters, led by RBC Dominion Securities Inc., in connection with the C$75 million IPO of Bauer Performance Sports Ltd., including a private placement in the United States.
- Advising the underwriters, led by BMO Capital Markets and Scotia Capital, in connection with the public offering of C$287.5 million of Series A Preferred Shares by Bell Aliant Preferred Equity Inc.
- Advising the agents, led by CIBC World Markets, RBC Dominion Securities and TD Securities, in connection with the C$350 million issuance of Medium Term Notes by Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership.
- Advising the underwriters, led in each case by RBC Dominion Securities Inc., in connection with the C$300 million Canadian IPO of Dollarama Inc. and 3 subsequent secondary offerings of common shares, including in each case a private placement in the United States.
- Advising Garda World Security Corporation in a private placement in the United States and Canada of two series of 9.75% senior unsecured notes in aggregate principal amounts of US$250 million and C$75 million.
- Advising Morgan Stanley Canada Limited as independent financial adviser to Kinross Gold Corp. in its US$ 7.1 billion acquisition of Red Back Mining Inc.
- Advising African Minerals Limited in connection with a C$130.2 million private placement in Canada and the United States.
- Advising Quebecor World Inc. (since acquired by Quad/Graphics Inc.) in its successful emergence as a public entity from creditor protection under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) in Canada and, in respect of certain U.S. subsidiaries, Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.
- Advising the Montreal Exchange Inc. (Bourse de Montréal Inc.) in connection with its merger with TSX Group Inc. and its strategic partnership with NYMEX Holdings, Inc. as well as its stock exchange listing (C$1.0 billion initial market capitalization).
- Advising Videotron Ltd. in a US private placement of US$260 million of its senior notes.
- Advising syndicate of agents led by Dundee Securities Corporation in the C$100 million Canadian initial public offering of units and warrants of CMP Gold Trust, including a private placement in the United States.
- Advising syndicate of agents co-led by GMP Securities L.P. and Dundee Securities Corporation in the C$250 million Canadian initial public offering of units and warrants of DPF India Opportunities Fund, including a private placement in the United States.
- Advising Alcan Inc. in its C$38 billion business combination with Rio Tinto plc, the largest acquisition in Canadian history at the time.
- Advising Novelis Inc. in a private placement in the United States (Rule 144A) of US$1.4 billion of its 7 1/4 % Senior Notes due 2015.
- Advising Alcan Inc. in its US$6.4 billion cross-border spin-off and stock exchange listing of its rolled products businesses in the form of Novelis Inc.