Luke Hills Associate


Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 2020 - Ontario

Year of Call: 2017 - British Columbia


Primary office:  Toronto




Luke Hills

Luke is an associate in Gowling WLG’s Toronto office. His practice focuses on domestic, international, and cross-border mergers and acquisitions for both public and private companies, private equity and venture capital funds, and a variety of capital markets transactions and securities regulatory matters.

Luke has acted as counsel to Canadian and international purchasers and vendors in private mergers and acquisition transactions, and purchasers and target companies in public company acquisitions. He has acted for both public and private issuers, as well as underwriters in a variety of public and exempt market offerings, in addition to private equity funds, venture capital funds, and institutional and strategic investors on various investments in Canadian companies. He acts on transactions involving a wide range of industry sectors, including private equity, venture capital, gaming, life sciences, cannabis, technology, automotive, manufacturing, mining, retail and consumer products, and real estate.

Luke's considerable experience includes the following transactional and advisory work:

  • Mergers and acquisition transactions for both public and private companies (by way of plans of arrangement, share acquisitions, take-over bids, reverse take-overs, and asset purchases and sales).
  • Public offerings of equity and debt, initial public offerings, short form and long form prospectus offerings, issuer bids, rights offerings, exempt market offerings, as well as other public and private equity offerings and debt offerings.
  • Advising on stock exchange listing and exchange compliance matters, corporate governance (including special committee) matters, and regulatory compliance matters.
  • Advising on general corporate and commercial agreements, including joint venture agreements, partnership agreements, and shareholder agreements.

Prior to joining Gowling WLG, Luke practiced in the securities group of a full-service national law firm. In his free time, Luke volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters Toronto.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2020

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
       2020
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 2017

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
       2017
      Year of Call, British Columbia
  • 2016

    • Education
       2016
      Juris Doctor (Cum Laude), University of Ottawa
  • 2012

    • Education
       2012
      Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours, Finance), Okanagan University College

Memberships

Canadian Bar Association (since 2015)
Ontario Bar Association (since 2020).

Representative Work

Luke’s recent representative transactions include acting for:

Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity and Venture Capital

  • A TSX-listed issuer in connection with various acquisitions of Canadian automotive part suppliers with an aggregate purchase price of US$515-million;
  • A CSE-listed issuer in connection with its going-private transaction with and acquisition by its controlling shareholder;
  • A cannabis-focused subsidiary of a United States multinational corporation in connection with its strategic investment in, and purchase of US$175-million aggregate principal amount unsecured convertible debentures of, a CSE-listed cannabis company;
  • A LSE-listed gaming issuer in connection with its strategic investment in a TSXV-listed gaming company;
  • A United States alternative investment and private equity firm in connection with its exit from, and sale of, its 100% ownership interest in a TSX-listed issuer pursuant to a C$110-million secondary offering and sales of its remaining interests for an aggregate sale price equal to C$390-million;
  • A TSXV- and Nasdaq-listed clinical-stage pharmaceutical issuer in connection with its acquisition of a Nasdaq-listed clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company;
  • A private computing company in connection with multiple venture capital private placements for aggregate gross proceeds of C$90-million; and
  • A CSE-listed cannabis investment issuer in connection with its investment in a private medical device company.

Capital Markets and Private Financings

  • The dealers in connection with a French multinational’s inaugural C$500-million maple bond offering;
  • A TSX-listed Real Estate Investment Trust in connection with its inaugural private placement offering of C$350-million aggregate principal amount of senior unsecured debentures;
  • A TSX-listed issuer in connection with its initial public offering and listing on the TSX, pursuant to the secondary offering of its common shares by a United States alternative investment and private equity firm;
  • A TSX-listed issuer in connection with its one-for-one offering of rights to purchase common shares to all of the holders of its common shares and private placement offering of common shares to certain insiders of the company, for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately C$367.5-million;
  • A TSX-listed Real Estate Investment Trust in connection with its C$316-million public offering, the renewal of its C$1.5-billion base shelf prospectus, the establishment of its C$250-million "at-the-market" offering, and its green bond offering of C$500-million aggregate principal amount of unsecured debentures;
  • A TSXV-listed issuer in connection with its C$6-million private placement offering of special warrants and subsequent non-offering long form prospectus filing and direct initial listing on the TSX Venture Exchange;
  • The underwriters in connection with multiple secondary offerings of a TSX-listed issuer for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately C$400-million;
  • A TSXV- and Nasdaq-listed issuer in connection with multiple public and private placement offerings for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately US$146-million; and
  • Various public issuers (listed in Canada on the TSX, TSXV and CSE) in connection with their public offerings, including initial public offerings, short form and long form prospectus offerings, issuer bids, rights offerings, exempt market offerings, as well as other public and private equity offerings and debt offerings.