Colin Ground

 cground@casselsbrock.com
Telephone: 416 860 6742
Fax: 416 350 6941
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Toronto
Suite 2100, Scotia Plaza
40 King Street West
Toronto, ON
Canada
M5H 3C2

“Pragmatic and business-oriented.”
Client Testimonial, The Legal 500 Canada

Colin is a partner and one of the co-chairs in our Business Law Group. He practises in the areas of project finance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital, corporate finance and commercial law.  Colin’s practice involves financings and mergers and acquisitions with both public and private companies. Colin provides legal advice on a wide range corporate, commercial, project finance and transactional matters and regularly acts as lead counsel on M&A transactions, private equity transactions and infrastructure deals in Canada and in a cross-border context.  In addition, Colin advises sponsors and institutional investors in structuring, negotiating and investing in private equity, venture capital and infrastructure funds.

Venture Capital and Private Equity

  • A US Private Equity firm in its acquisition of the Canadian assets of a US-based manufacturing company
  • A Canadian private equity fund in its acquisition of a series of private health services providers in Canada
  • Structuring and formation of a venture capital fund focused on early stage technology companies (assisted fund with multiple investments in early stage companies and in many exit transactions involving its portfolio companies including sales to Apple, Google, EA Sports and an affiliate of EMC Corporation)
  • A US Private Equity firm in its sale of the assets a Canadian technology company
  • Highline VC in connection with its operations and investments in early stage technology companies
  • Creation of a venture capital fund focused on clean tech investments and assisting fund with its initial investments (follow-on investments) in a variety of companies in the United States and Canada
  • Counsel to various early stage companies including Thirstie, Paywith, LookBookHQ, Greenhouse Juice, Tracker Networks and WireIE Canada Inc.

Infrastructure and Project Finance

  • Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Transportation regarding the C$1 billion Highway 407 East Extension project
  • Infrastructure Ontario and Markham Stouffville Hospital regarding the C$200 Million Markham Stouffville Hospital redevelopment project
  • Acting for one of the lead limited partners in the Northleaf Infrastructure Co-Investment Partners Fund
  • 407 International Inc., the consortium consisting of SNC-Lavalin Inc., Cintra, Concessiones de Infraestructures de Transporte, S.A. and Capital d’Amérique CDPQ Inc., in respect of its C$3.1 billion acquisition from the Province of Ontario of 407 ETR Concession Company Limited, the operator of Highway 407
  • Teramira Holdings Inc. in connection with its $370 million acquisition from Ontario SuperBuild Corporation of its 50% equity interest in Teranet Inc.
  • Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Transportation regarding the Driver Examination Services project
  • SNC Lavalin Operations & Maintenance Inc. in connection with its bid on the City of Edmonton’s Valley Line LRT Project
  • Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in connection with the building of the Groves Memorial Community Hospital
  • Honeywell Corporation regarding its commercial arrangements with Plenary Infrastructure ERMF GP, which was awarded the contract by Metrolinx to design, build, finance and maintain the new East Rail Maintenance Facility, a $859.2 million project located in Whitby, Ontario
  • Honeywell Corporation regarding its commercial arrangements with Plenary Health Peel LP, in its successful bid to design, build, finance and maintain the new Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness, a $491 million project located in Brampton, Ontario
  • Acting for the lead equity provider of one of the bidding groups in connection with its bid in respect of the OLG Niagara Falls Entertainment Centre project

Renewable Energy

  • A leading electricity company in the negotiation of a power purchase agreement for renewable energy
  • A TSXV company in the acquisition of a solar power company based in Germany
  • A venture capital fund focusing on early-stage clean technology companies in the formation of its new fund and the negotiation of its investments in underlying investee companies
  • A Canadian energy company in structuring its carbon offset marketing and sales strategy
  • Acted for Renewable Energy Developers Inc. (formerly Sprott Power Corp.) in connection with its acquisition and consolidation strategy, ongoing financings, regulatory matters and project financings (including the Amherst Wind Farm Project in Amherst, NS) and in connection with an arrangement transaction completed with Capstone Infrastructure
  • Counsel to an Ontario aboriginal group in connection with its participation in various solar energy projects
  • Acted for Acciona Wind Energy Canada Inc. in respect of the Canadian aspects of an international reorganization
  • Acting for a US-based fund in connection with its investments in various solar farm projects being developed throughout Ontario
  • Acting as local agent for US counsel in connection with the structuring of investments in renewable energy projects in Canada for US and European investors
  • Counsel to leading producer of electric vehicles in Canada, the United States and Europe

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Aegion Corporation in connection with the sale of its 51% interest in Bayou Perma-Pipe Canada
  • Arvind Limited in connection with its acquisitions in Canada
  • Gruppo Campari in its acquisition of Forty Creek Distilleries
  • Niagara Naturals in its acquisition by Sunopta Inc.
  • Xtreme Labs Inc. in its acquisition by GPVTL Canada, an affiliate of EMC Corporation
  • The founder of Bumptop in connection with the acquisition of Bumptop by Google
  • Acted for Extreme Venture Partners Fund I LP in connection with its fund formation, portfolio investments and related exit transactions
  • Locationary Inc. in its acquisition by Apple Inc.
  • Merger of Extreme Startups and GrowLab Ventures to form Canada’s premiere tech accelerator program
  • Acted for Klass Capital in its acquisition of PPM 2000
  • Torch Mobile in its acquisition by Research in Motion
  • The Special Committee of Redknee Inc., in connection with its IPO
  • Business Propulsion Systems Inc. in its merger with Resolver Inc.
  • A global information management company in its acquisition of a Canadian-based software and database company that provides solutions to the legal marketplace
  • Bionx International Inc. in connection with the acquisition of an electrical vehicle business from Magna E-Cars
  • Kingsdale Shareholder Services in connection with the sale of a majority interest to MDC Partners

Governmental Negotiations

  • Assisting the Chief Negotiator for the Government of Canada in respect of the transfer of legislative authority over lands and resources in the Northwest Territories to the Government of the Northwest Territories — this includes negotiating a definitive Devolution Agreement with the GNWT and any one or more of  the Inuvialuit, G’witchin, Sahtu, Deh Cho, Akaitcho, Tlicho and South Slave Métis for the transfer of legislative authority, resource revenue sharing, transfer of assets, governance forums, environmental panels and related obligations, and integration of land and water boards
  • A federal Port Authority in connection with lease negotiations in connection with a proposed disposition involving a tenant
  • Assisting the Chief Negotiator for the Government of Canada in respect of the transfer of legislative authority over lands and resources in Nunavut to the Government of Nunavut — this includes negotiating an agreement in principle with the Government of Nunavut and Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. which will set out the framework for a Devolution Agreement relating to the transfer of legislative authority, resource revenue sharing, transfer of assets, governance forums, environmental panels and related obligations, and integration of land and water boards

Colin has a Certificate in Carbon Finance from the University of Toronto’s Centre for Environment.

client commentary

  • “Pragmatic and business-oriented.” The Legal 500 Canada (Infrastructure)

Achievements

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017-2018 (Mergers & Acquisitions Law)

Call to the bar

Ontario, 2001

Associations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canadian Venture Capital Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • American Bar Association