Ian Macdonald Partner


Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 2001 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 416-369-4602

Fax: +1 416-862-7661

Email: ian.macdonald@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Toronto



Ian Macdonald

Ian Macdonald is a partner in Gowling WLG's Toronto office who advises domestic and international businesses on all aspects of competition and antitrust law and foreign investment review.

With an emphasis on merger review, Ian has successfully represented private sector and state-owned-enterprise (SOE) clients in a wide range of industries in relation to dozens of pre-notifications under the Competition Act and reviews and notifications under the Investment Canada Act.

His recent representative transactions include:

  • Canadian counsel to State Farm in the acquisition by Desjardins Group of State Farm Canada's businesses in property and casualty and life insurance, as well as its Canadian mutual fund, loan and living benefits companies
  • Counsel to Sterigenics, a portfolio company of GTCR, in its US$826 million cross-border acquisition of Nordion Inc.
  • Counsel to Sterigenics in a recapitalization of Sterigenics with an affiliate of Warburg Pincus and GTCR
  • Canadian counsel to The Travelers Companies, Inc. in its cross-border acquisition of The Dominion of Canada General Insurance Company from E-L Financial Corporation Limited
  • Counsel to Westmoreland Coal Company on its acquisition of Sherritt International Corporation's Prairie and Mountain coal mining operations
  • Counsel to Samuel, Son & Co., Limited in its acquisition of Wilkinson Steel and Metals
  • Canadian counsel to Clean Harbors, Inc. on its US$1.25-billion acquisition of Safety-Kleen, Inc.
  • Canadian counsel to YM Biosciences Inc. in its cross-border acquisition by Gilead Sciences, Inc.

Ian also advises clients in relation to the civil and criminal provisions of the Competition Act, and has assisted clients in responding to information and document production orders in relation to alleged violations of the Act's civil and criminal provisions. He frequently prepares competition law compliance policies and conducts compliance seminars for clients.

Ian is deeply involved in the competition law and foreign investment review community. In addition to speaking at conferences and authoring articles, Ian is the immediate past chair of the International Committee of the Competition Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association and a past member of the editorial board of the Canadian Competition Law Review.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2018

  • 2013

    • Rankings & Awards
      May2013
      Starbucks International Excellence in Diversity Award
  • 2005

    • Education
      2005
      Osgoode Hall Law School, LLM in International Trade and Competition Law
  • 2001

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      2001
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 1999

    • Education
      1999
      University of Western Ontario, LLB
  • 1996

    • Education
      1996
      Queen’s University, BA Hons. in Political Studies

Ian was a contributing author of the Firm's recently published book, The Electricity Industry In Canada, taking primary responsibility for the Ontario chapter.

Insights & Resources

Ian has recently been involved in the following matters:

  • Advising New World Gaming Partners Inc., a joint venture between Macquarie Group Limited and Crown Limited (formerly Publishing and Broadcasting Limited) in connection with its acquisition of Gateway Casinos Income Fund, certain subsidiaries of Gateway Casinos Inc. and Star of Fortune Gaming (B.C.) Corp.;
  • Advising Macquarie Securities (USA) Inc. in the formation of Macquarie Infrastructure Partners, a private equity fund focusing on infrastructure assets, and advising Macquarie Infrastructure Partners on various matters, including the acquisition of port assets in Nova Scotia and British Columbia, acquisitions of interests in Chicago Skyway, Indiana Toll Road, Dulles Greenway and South Bay Expressway, the acquisition of an interest in Aquarion Company, the acquisition by merger of an interest in Duquesne Light Holdings LLC, an electricity transmission and distribution company in the United States, and various other infrastructure acquisitions and financings;
  • Advising Macquarie Essential Assets Partnership, a private equity fund focusing on infrastructure assets, on various matters, including the acquisition of AltaLink LP, the operator of a major transmission utility in Alberta, the acquisition and subsequent disposition of an interest in Michigan Electricity Transmission Company LLC, the operator of a major electricity transmission utility in the State of Michigan, the construction of a natural gas electricity generation plant in Western Canada, the refurbishment of the Sea to Sky highway between Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia, the acquisition of the Edmonton Ring Road construction project, and the acquisition of an interest in Aquarion Company, a water and waste-water company in the United States;
  • Advising British Energy plc and Bruce Power LP with respect to the sale of British Energy's entire 82.4% interest in Bruce Power to a consortium of Canadian investors including Cameco Corporation, BPC Generation Infrastructure Trust and TransCanada PipeLines Limited;
  • Advising Bruce Power LP in connection with various matters;
  • Advising various clients with respect to district energy matters, including energy services agreements;
  • Advising the City of Vaughan and the Town of Markham in merging their electricity distribution companies (which jointly owned the distribution company of the Town of Richmond Hill) to form Ontario's third largest distributor now called PowerStream Inc.;
  • Advising Fortis Inc. in its acquisition of Cornwall Street Railway, Light and Power Company Limited from Enbridge Consumers Energy Inc;
  • Advising Macquarie Infrastructure Group with respect to two transactions involving 407 International Inc. In one transaction, MIG, through a Luxembourg incorporated subsidiary, acquired from a subsidiary of the Caisse de Depot, a subordinated convertible debenture which represents a fully diluted 16.13% interest in 407 International. In the other transaction, Cintra Concessiones de Infrastructuras de Transporte S.A., in which MIG indirectly holds a 40% equity interest, and an affiliate of Cintra acquired a fully diluted 5.97% of the common shares of 407 International from SNC Lavalin Inc.; and
  • Advising Ontario Electricity Financial Corporation in the renegotiation of its portfolio of non-utility generation (NUG) contracts with independent power producers.