D. Shawn McReynolds

Managing Partner at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

D. Shawn McReynolds

D. Shawn McReynolds

Managing Partner at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

Biography

Managing Partner in Toronto since 2010, Shawn leads the firm’s strategic
direction. He sets the standard for our partnership with his measured and
exacting focus on client service.
A leading capital markets and M&A lawyer, Shawn has served as lead counsel to
issuers and underwriters, advising on many of Canada’s most significant public
and private financings. Bringing his broad perspective to both hostile and
negotiated mergers and acquisitions, he has acted for acquirers, targets,
controlling shareholders and committees of independent directors. Senior
executives and institutional investors regularly turned to Shawn for advice on
their corporate governance matters. After more than 30 years of practice,
Shawn’s clients have come to rely on his “great judgment,” with one peer stating
that he is “absolutely superb” (Chambers Global).
Shawn has been a member of our Management Committee since 2007. He is a
former lecturer in securities regulation at McGill University and Osgoode Hall
Law School. Among other aspects of his community involvement, Shawn serves
on the board of directors of the St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation in Toronto.
REPRESENTATIVE WORK
BMO Capital Markets, Credit Suisse Securities Canada and
Scotiabank
Acted for a syndicate of underwriters BMO Capital Markets, Credit Suisse
Securities Canada and Scotiabank in connection with Centerra Gold Inc.'s $195million
public offering of subscription receipts. The proceeds of the offering were
used to partially finance Centerra's $1.1 billion purchase of Thompson Creek
Metals Company Inc.
RBC Dominion Securities Inc. and CIBC World Markets Inc.
Acted for a syndicate of agents led by RBC Dominion Securities Inc. and CIBC
World Markets Inc. in connection with the initial public offering of Energy Credit
Opportunities Income Fund, a closedend
investment fund which is managed by
Purpose Investments Inc.
Rothschild Inc.
Acted for Rothschild Inc., the financial advisor to MEGA Brands Inc. in connection
with Mattel, Inc.'s US$460million
acquisition of MEGA Brands Inc.
BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. and CIBC World Markets Inc.
Acted for a syndicate of underwriters led by BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. and CIBC
World Markets Inc. in connection with the $228million
initial public offering of
Milestone Apartments Real Estate Investment Trust, the first IPO in the world of a
qualifying U.S. REIT by a nonU.
S. entity.
ING Groep N.V.
Acted as Canadian counsel to ING Groep N.V. in the transfer of a portion of the
business of the Canadian branch of its subsidiary, ReliaStar Life Insurance
Company, to Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated.
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Rothschild Inc.
Acted for Rothschild Inc., the financial advisor to MEGA Brands Inc. in connection
with Mattel, Inc.'s US$460million
acquisition of MEGA Brands Inc.
BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. and CIBC World Markets Inc.
Acted for a syndicate of underwriters led by BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. and CIBC
World Markets Inc. in connection with the $228million
initial public offering of
Milestone Apartments Real Estate Investment Trust, the first IPO in the world of a
qualifying U.S. REIT by a nonU.
S. entity.
ING Groep N.V.
Acted as Canadian counsel to ING Groep N.V. in the transfer of a portion of the
business of the Canadian branch of its subsidiary, ReliaStar Life Insurance
Company, to Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated.
RECOGNITIONS
Expert Guides’ Best of the Best; Expert Guides—Capital Markets
Report on Business/Lexpert Special Edition Canada’s Leading Corporate
Lawyers
The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Corporate Commercial Law; Corporate
Finance and Securities; Mergers and Acquisitions
The Best Lawyers in Canada—Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law;
Securities Law
Who’s Who Legal: Canada—Capital Markets; Who’s Who Legal: Capital Markets
—Debt and Equity
INSIGHTS
International Bar Association, annual conference, “Managing Partners’ Breakfast:
Law Firm of the Future”; Sydney, Australia
Oct. 11, 2017
Advisory board and speaker, ALM, Global Independent Law Firms Forum,
“Looking forward key
strategies for independents”; London, UK
Apr. 25, 2017
EDUCATION
McGill University, LLB, 1982
Royal Military College of Canada, BA, 1975
BOARD MEMBERSHIPS
St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Ontario Securities Commission, Securities Advisory Committee, former
chairman
TEACHING ENGAGEMENTS
Shawn was a lecturer in securities regulation at McGill University and an adjunct
professor teaching securities regulation at Osgoode Hall Law School.

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Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

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735

Number of Boards

3

Number of Awards

1

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In The News
The Globe and Mail (Canada)
September 23, 2017
OSC accuses former Davies assistant of insider trading
The Globe and Mail (Canada)
September 17, 2016
STREETWISE : Bay Street lawyers big beneficiaries of recent M&A boom
Chicago Tribune (Illinois)
June 4, 2014
Death Notice: PAUL J. MCREYNOLDS
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Education
LLB
Class of 1982

McGill University is a public research university located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Founded in 1821 during the British colonial era, the university bears the name of James McGill, a prominent Montreal merchant from Glasgow, Scotland and alumnus of Glasgow University, whose bequest formed the beginning of the university.

BA
Class of 1975

RMC is now over one hundred years old. It was established by an act of the Canadian Parliament in 1874 ''for the purpose of providing a complete education in all branches of military tactics, fortification, engineering, and general scientific knowledge in subjects connected with and necessary to thorough knowledge of the military profession.'' On June 1, 1876, the Military College of Canada opened its doors to the first class of eighteen gentlemen cadets. These are the ''Old Eighteen,'' known by name to all cadets today. Two years later, in 1878, Her Majesty, Queen Victoria, granted the College the right to use the prefix ''Royal.'' ''The Royal Military College of Canada Degrees Act, 1959,'' passed by the 25th Ontario Legislature and given Royal Assent on March 26, 1959, empowers the College to confer degrees in Arts, Science, and Engineering. RMC now offers a wide variety of programmes in these three areas, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels offered both on site through traditional studies and by distance learning through the Division of Continuing Studies. The graduates of RMC have established a reputation of service and achievement throughout the world out of all proportion to their numbers. From the North West Campaign of 1885, through the South African War, the First and Second World Wars, Korea, the Persian Gulf, to the latest peace keeping operations the graduates of RMC have distinguished themselves in all aspects of Canadian military service. Ex-cadets have been similarly prominent in a wide variety of civilian professions.

Career History
Managing Partner
Current

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP is a law firm focused on high-stakes matters. They are fearless in approach and methodical in execution, taking issues seriously. Because excellence isn’t a talking point for them. It’s their starting point. They work in a fundamentally different way, starting with the structure of their firm and ending with the results they achieve for their clients. They are a true partnership. This frees them to work seamlessly and efficiently together, across geographies, practices and industries. Most importantly, it allows them to take on matters – however large or complex – with unparalleled clarity, speed and intelligence. Their way of working isn’t an official policy or mandate; it’s part of their DNA. It’s why they attract and retain the brightest, most creative lawyers. It’s what makes them the most innovative law firm in Canada. And it’s why their clients hire them.

Lecturer in Securities Regulation
Prior

McGill University is a public research university located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Founded in 1821 during the British colonial era, the university bears the name of James McGill, a prominent Montreal merchant from Glasgow, Scotland and alumnus of Glasgow University, whose bequest formed the beginning of the university.

Lecturer in Securities Regulation
Prior

Osgoode Hall Law School is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is the oldest law school in Ontario, and is one of the professional faculties at York University. Osgoode Hall Law School is consistently ranked as one of the top law schools in Canada by Maclean's Magazine, ranking second among common-law schools in 2011 and 2012. Named after the first Chief Justice of Ontario, William Osgoode, the law school was established by The Law Society of Upper Canada in 1889. The school was at the centre of the debates over the principles of modern legal education in the 1950s. Osgoode Hall Law School provided many of the founding members of the bar in the prairie provinces. Today, the law school offers a professional degree in law that is accepted for bar admission in every province in Canada with the exception of Quebec, as well as the American States of Massachusetts and New York. Osgoode has three joint degree programs, as well as Canada's largest graduate program in law. Osgoode Hall Law School has adopted the Juris Doctor degree designation which has replaced their previous Bachelor of Laws designation. The law school is home to the Law Reform Commission of Ontario, the Osgoode Hall Law Journal, the German Law Journal, and the largest law library in the Commonwealth. Osgoode Hall Law School students may participate in a number of clinical and intensive programs, including the Community and Legal Aid Services Program (CLASP), the Poverty Law Intensive at Parkdale Community Legal Services, the Criminal Law Intensive, the Innocence Project, and the Osgoode Business Clinic.[5] According to the Official Guide to Canadian Law Schools, Osgoode Hall Law School has the most extensive range of clinical programs in Canada. The primary student government at Osgoode is the Legal and Literary Society. Osgoode Hall Law School is particularly known for its leading role in the areas of constitutional law, the Charter and human rights, and international law. (Peter Hogg, Brian Slattery, Patrick J. Monahan, Jean-Gabriel Castel) Some of the world's most important legal scholars teach at Osgoode, including Leslie Green who holds the University of Oxford's statutory Chair in Philosophy of Law. Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and former judge at the Supreme Court of Canada, Louise Arbour taught at, and later became the associate dean of, Osgoode Hall Law School.

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Expert Guides – Best of the Best
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