2016 Rising Stars Award Winners

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Brenda Gosselin, Goodmans LLP

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Brenda Gosselin is a corporate and securities lawyer, focusing on corporate finance, restructuring, M&A and corporate governance. She advises companies on corporate governance and continuous disclosure obligations and has acted for RioCan REIT in its $250-million debenture offering, $230-million equity offering and issuance of $126 million in preferred trust units, a first for a Canadian REIT; for Milestone Apartments REIT in its $228.5-million IPO; for backstop financiers in a US$50-million liquidity backstop facility for Mood Media via non-brokered private placement; for Sherritt International on its extension of the maturity dates on $720 million worth of outstanding notes; and for Masonite International in the financial restructuring of US$2.2 billion of debt and its emergence from CCAA protection. Brenda is a former chair of the United Way committee who earned the firm its first Spirit Award nomination.

Jennifer L. Grossklaus, Davies Ward Philips & Vineberg LLP

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Jennifer Grossklaus is a partner in the M&A, corporate/ commercial, capital markets and mining practices. She has become a key player in complex M&A transactions, including Barrick Gold’s US$1-billion sale of a 50-per-cent interest in the Zaldívar copper mine, an auction process requiring her to assess several transaction structures; Barrick’s US$610-million sale to Kinross of non-core assets in Nevada, including the negotiation of a new 50/50 joint venture; New Gold’s sale of a 30-per-cent interest in the El Morro project to Goldcorp, complicated by a larger transaction in which Goldcorp and Teck Resources combined their El Morro and Relincho properties into a 50/50 joint venture; McKesson’s $3-billion acquisition of Rexall and related businesses; and Wind Mobile’s acquisition by Shaw for $1.6 billion. Jennifer is Board Chair of e.p.i.c. School, a non-profit specializing in early education.