W. Ian Palm Partner


Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 1995 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 416-369-7332

Fax: +1 416-862-7661

Email: ian.palm@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Toronto




W. Ian Palm

Ian Palm is a partner in the Toronto office of Gowling WLG. His practice focuses on corporate finance, M&A and private equity.

Ian has extensive experience working with Canadian and international clients in a variety of industries, with particular expertise in the energy, technology and infrastructure sectors. He represents private and public companies, major corporate clients, pension funds, and private equity and venture capital investors.

Acting for issuers, investors and underwriters, Ian has advised clients in a range of corporate finance and M&A transactions, including private placements, public offerings, private equity and venture capital transactions, joint ventures and public and private M&A.

Lexpert magazine previously named Ian one of the "Top 40 Lawyers Under 40" in Canada. He has since been recognized as a leading practitioner in his field by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada and the Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Private Equity Lawyers.

Ian frequently lectures at law schools, conferences and elsewhere on private equity, M&A and securities law.

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Career & Recognition

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  • 2018

  • 2017

  • 2016

  • 2015

    • Rankings & Awards
      December2015
      Who's Who Legal: Canada 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      December2015
      Lexpert's Leading Lawyers in Energy 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      October2015
      Lexpert's Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining, 2015-2016
    • Rankings & Awards
      September2015
      Lexpert/ROB Special Edition on Infrastructure: Canada's Leading Infrastructure Lawyers
    • Rankings & Awards
      September2015
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016
    • Rankings & Awards
      September2015
      Lexpert 2015 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada
    • Rankings & Awards
      July2015
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      February2015
      The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      2015
      Who's Who Legal: Private Funds
    • Rankings & Awards
      2015
      Lexpert Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining
    • Rankings & Awards
      2015
      Lexpert/ROB Infrastructure: Canada's Leading Infrastructure Lawyers
    • Rankings & Awards
      2015
      Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada
    • Rankings & Awards
      2015
      The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
  • 2014

    • Rankings & Awards
      November2014
      Lexpert's Leading Lawyers in Energy 2014
    • Rankings & Awards
      October2014
      Lexpert's Guide to Canada's Leading Infrastructure Lawyers 2014
    • Rankings & Awards
      October2014
      Who's Who Legal: Canada 2014
    • Rankings & Awards
      September2014
      Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2014
    • Rankings & Awards
      September2014
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      July2014
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014
    • Rankings & Awards
      February2014
      Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 2014
  • 2013

    • Rankings & Awards
      December2013
      Who's Who Legal - The International Who's Who of Private Funds Lawyers 2014
    • Rankings & Awards
      November2013
      Who's Who Legal: Canada 2013
    • Rankings & Awards
      September2013
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2014
    • Rankings & Awards
      July2013
      Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2013
    • Rankings & Awards
      July2013
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2013
  • 2012

    • Rankings & Awards
      2012
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Corporate Mid-Market, Private Equity, Technology Transactions)
  • 2009

    • Rankings & Awards
      2009
      Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Corporate Mid-Market), 2009-2013
  • 2006

    • Rankings & Awards
      2006
      Lexpert's Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 in Canada
  • 2005

    • Rankings & Awards
      2005
      Lexpert/Thomson Guide to the Leading 100 Canada-US Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada
    • Rankings & Awards
      2005
      Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Private Equity Lawyers
  • 1995

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      1995
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 1993

    • Education
      1993
      University of British Columbia, LLB
  • 1990

    • Education
      1990
      McGill University, B.Com.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Represented Enwave Energy Corporation in its $480-million acquisition by Brookfield Asset Management

Represented OMERS Private Equity and Berkshire Partners in their $2.1-billion acquisition of Husky Injection Molding Systems

Represented ABB in Canada in its $3.9-billion acquisition of Thomas & Betts Corporation

Represented Wintrust Financial in its purchase of Macquarie Premium Finance

Represented many Canadian mobile and Internet-based technology companies (such as Five Mobile Inc., PushLife Inc., BumpTop Inc., Truition Inc. and Xkoto Inc.) through acquisitions by large, integrated, multinational public and private companies (such as Google, Microsoft, Zynga IBM and CA)

Represented TeraGo Inc. in its acquisition of the broadband customer and network assets of Metrobridge Networks Inc.

Represented many international energy and infrastructure companies (including Borealis, Renewable Energy Systems, AES Corporation, Bruce Power, Suncor and Enbridge) in acquisitions, investments and joint venture arrangements involving hydro, gas, co-generation facilities, wind farms, solar projects, transmission and other energy facilities

Represented broadcast and specialty television company in $265-million sale to another broadcast and specialty television company

Represented TSX- and Nasdaq-listed biotechnology company in plan of arrangement sale to a biotechnology company and an equipment leasing and services company

Represented public Canadian-based energy company in $1-billion sale of Ontario-based retail energy business

Represented TSX- and Nasdaq-listed software company in plan of arrangement sale to international telecom technology company

Private Equity

Represented Berkshire Partners in its growth equity investment in Farm Boy Inc.

Represented Tricor Pacific Capital in various purchase and sale transactions, including in respect of Interplast Packaging, Tharco, BFG Supply and CPI Card Group

Represented Caldic B.V. in its acquisition of Nealanders International

Represented Olympus Partners in Canada in their acquisitions of Centerplate Inc. and Waddingtons North America

Represented Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe in $188-million Canadian acquisition of the operating business of a TSX-listed income trust

Represented U.S. and Canadian private equity investors in an acquisition of an Ontario-based automotive parts manufacturer

Represented broad range of U.S. and Canadian venture capital investors in multiple cross-border financings

Represented many investors on fund investments into many private equity funds

Represented investors and sponsors on the establishment of various private equity and venture capital funds

Corporate Finance

Represented TeraGo Inc on initial public offering and listing on TSX and in subsequent transactions

Represented Enbridge Inc. on its private placement in Hydrogenics Inc.

Represented Constellation Software Inc. on initial public offering and listing on TSX and in subsequent transactions

Represented various Canadian biotech and technology companies listed on TSX and Nasdaq on prospectus offerings

Represented cellulosic ethanol technology company in reverse takeover and listing on TSX Venture Exchange

Client work