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Mintz Continues To Expand Leading Life Sciences And Private Equity Capabilities In Toronto

TORONTO – Mintz continues to grow in Canada and extend its market-leading life sciences and private equity capabilities. The addition of Partners Matthew Atkey and Brad Tartick, Special Counsel Bernard Kwasniewski and Of Counsel Matthew Imrie, will bolster Mintz’s premier capital markets, M&A, funds, and employment and pensions-focused practices.

“This exceptional team adds further depth in core industries and enhances our ability to provide clients with consistent, high-caliber representation on their most complex matters,” said Mintz Managing Member, Bob Bodian. “These attorneys have a proven track record of collaboration and success and embody Mintz’s entrepreneurial brand. We are fortunate to have them join us to build the firm's presence and recognition in Canada and beyond."

Mr. Atkey leverages his corporate experience and deep industry knowledge to help clients across the life sciences and technology sectors execute a broad spectrum of transactions. He represents parties on all sides of financing transactions, private placements, and public offerings and counsels life sciences companies on a variety of commercial agreements. He also regularly works with acquirers and targets undertaking public or private mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions, such as share acquisitions, plans of arrangement, and other business combinations.

Mr. Tartick’s practice encompasses all aspects of employment, benefits, and pensions law, including matters arising in M&A and initial public offerings. He has extensive experience counseling both executives and public and private institutions across multiple industries – including private equity, life sciences, and telecommunications. He also regularly advises clients on executive and director compensation issues, the design and implementation of compensation arrangements and the related securities laws and stock exchange requirements.

Mr. Kwasniewski advises both sponsors and institutional investors in structuring, negotiating and investing in private equity, venture capital and infrastructure funds, as well as the formation of and investment by funds of funds. He also guides fund sponsors in all aspects of planning, forming and negotiating their U.S. and Canadian private equity funds.

Mr. Imrie’s practice focuses on corporate and securities law with a particular emphasis on corporate finance and public and private M&A. He has experience in public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities, M&A, reverse takeovers, and negotiating and drafting a wide range of commercial agreements. He advises clients across a broad spectrum of industries, including technology, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, health care, mining, cannabis, energy & sustainability, and financial services.

The firm will continue to grow the Toronto office with strategic hires, with a goal to have 20 lawyers by the end of April, 50 over the next 18 months, and 75 within three years.

This announcement comes on the heels of Mintz opening a Toronto office with industry-leading attorneys Mitch FrazerCheryl ReicinMichael AkkawiEric Foster, and Lee Johnson in March. Establishing a significant presence in Canada further builds on the firm’s momentum - over the last eight years, profit per equity partner at the firm grew 130%, with double-digit growth year by year. In addition, earlier this year, Mintz revealed that it would be launching a Miami office to be led by James Ball, a preeminent capital markets attorney, to serve clients across a variety of practices including private equity, life sciences, technology, and energy and sustainability.

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