Matthew W. Cockburn

Managing Partner at Torys LLP

Matthew W. Cockburn

Matthew W. Cockburn

Managing Partner at Torys LLP

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Matthew, a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, practises corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on private equity and mergers and acquisitions. Matt acts for a wide variety of private equity firms and pension funds, advising on all aspects of their investment activities. He has advised on public takeover bids, plans of arrangement, and private acquisitions and divestitures. Matt also has significant experience in the corporate finance area, advising issuers and underwriters on public and private offerings of debt and equity securities. His experience spans the full spectrum from advising on early-stage investments to multi-billion dollar acquisitions.

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Managing Partner at Torys LLP
Education
LLB
Class of 1993

Established in 1887, the Faculty of Law is one of the oldest professional faculties at the University of Toronto, with a long and illustrious history. Today, it is one of the world's great law schools, a dynamic academic and social community with more than 50 full-time faculty members and 15-25 distinguished short-term visiting professors from the world's leading law schools, as well as 600 undergraduate and graduate students. The Faculty's rich academic programs are complemented by its many legal clinics and public interest programs, and its close links to the Faculty's more than 6,000 alumni, who enjoy rewarding careers in every sector of Canadian society and remain involved in many aspects of life at the law school. Housed in two beautiful, historic buildings, the Faculty also features modern facilities, including the renowned, high-technology Bora Laskin Law Library. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, Canada's largest city, the law school is near a wide variety of attractions including the Royal Ontario Museum, which is next door.

BA Hons
Class of 1989

Queen's University at Kingston (commonly shortened to Queen's University or Queen's) is a public research university located in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Founded on 16 October 1841, the university predated the founding of Canada by 26 years. Queen's holds more than 1,400 hectares (3,500 acres) of land throughout Ontario and owns Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex, England. Queen's is organized into ten undergraduate, graduate and professional faculties and schools. The Church of Scotland established Queen's College in 1841 with a royal charter from Queen Victoria. The first classes, intended to prepare students for the ministry, were held 7 March 1842 with 13 students and two professors. Queen's was the first university west of the maritime provinces to admit women, and to form a student government. In 1883, a women's college for medical education affiliated with Queen's University. In 1888, Queen's University began offering extension courses, becoming the first Canadian university to do so. In 1912, Queen's secularized and changed to its present legal name.

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Current

The CVCA was founded in 1974 and is the association that represents Canada’s venture capital and private equity industry. It is a member-based organization consisting of firms and organizations which manage pools of risk capital designated to be committed to venture capital and private equity investment. With over 2,000 members, CVCA members have over $105 billion in capital under management in three distinct market segments: ? Buyout is characterized chiefly by risk investment in established private or publicly listed firms that are undergoing a fundamental change in operations or strategy. Buyout funds are often called such, even if their mandates are not exclusively buy out related. ? Mezzanine is characterized chiefly by use of Subordinated Debt, or preferred stock with an equity kicker, to invest largely in the same type of companies and deals as buyout funds. ? Venture Capital is characterized generally by investment in early stage companies, mostly in technology businesses.

Career History
Managing Partner
Current

Torys LLP provides legal services. It is an international business law firm with offices in Toronto, New York, Calgary and Montréal. The firm works with clients on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and major litigation matters. It was founded in 1941.

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Clairvest Group, Inc., Discovery Air, Inc. /Private Group purchase Discovery Air, Inc.

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Canada Pension Plan Investment Board purchases Entertainment One Ltd. from Marwyn Investment Management LLP

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Enercare Solutions, Inc., EnerCare, Inc. purchase Direct Energy Marketing Ltd. /ON Home & Small Comml Srvcs Bus from Centrica Plc

Events
Speaker
Banff, Canada
2013 CVCA Annual Conference

CAPITAL: The Fuel for Business

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The Fairmont Banff Springs-Banff, AB 
2013 CVCA Annual Conference

CAPITAL: The Fuel for Business

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Montreal, Canada
2012 CVCA Annual Conference

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