M&A and Corporate Finance


Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP


Davies Ward Phillips &Vineberg LLP is a firm of approximately 240 lawyers with offices in Toronto, Montréal and New York. Focusing on business law, the firm is consistently at the heart of the largest and most complex commercial and financial matters on behalf of its clients, regardless of borders. Davies acts for a wide range of leading industrial and commercial companies and financial institutions, both public and private, in Canada, the United States and abroad. The firm’s clients also include governments, regulatory bodies, charitable organizations, international agencies, educational institutions, individuals and trusts and estates. Many clients are directed to the firm for special-purpose engagements by other North American and international law firms. Recognised by clients, other professionals and rating agencies as world-class, Davies’ lawyers are known for their business insight and their decisiveness. In each of the firm’s core practice areas, Davies is regarded as a market leader.

William M. Ainley


Toronto, ON, Canada

☎ +1 416 865 3419

✉  wainley@dwpv.com

Bill Ainley is a senior partner in the Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets, Energy and Mining practices. Bill has acted as lead counsel for bidders and target boards in numerous solicited and unsolicited public takeovers and merger and acquisition transactions. He has also acted as lead counsel in a wide variety of private equity and leveraged acquisitions. Bill also practises extensively in the corporate governance area and has acted for independent and special committees of a number of public corporations in special mandates. Bill was seconded in 1984 to the Ontario Securities Commission as legal advisor to the Chairman. While at the Commission, he was primarily involved in the legislative reforms that created the current takeover and issuer bid rules in Ontario and opened up the ownership rules for the securities industry in Ontario.

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