Charles M. Magerman

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Charles Magerman co-chairs the Corporate and Finance Practice Group in Baker McKenzie's Toronto office. He focuses on corporate law as well as M&A and finance matters. An Acritas Star Lawyer, Charles received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to Canada. He was an adjunct professor in the University of Western Ontario’s Faculty of Law, where he lectured on international business transactions. He authored the chapter on cross-border financings in the Ultimate Corporate Counsel Guide and is an active speaker at numerous conferences by Canadian federal and Ontario provincial government authorities.

Practice Focus

Charles focuses on corporate M&A as well as banking and finance matters. He advises clients on a broad range of corporate matters, particularly on multi-jurisdiction mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, reorganizations and other matters of corporate and partnership law. He also assists clients with secured and unsecured loans — as well as other forms of credit facilities — with particular focus on multijurisdictional and cross-border financings.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advised Brookfield Business Partners L.P. on all non-US legal matters and implementation of its USD 13.2 billion acquisition of the Power Solutions business of Johnson Controls International.

  • Represented Camso Inc. on its USD 1.7 billion sale to The Michelin Group.  The transaction spanned over 28 jurisdictions.

  • Advised on the Canadian legal implementation of the separation of Abbott Laboratories’ research-based pharmaceuticals business which included the portfolio of proprietary pharmaceuticals and biologics into AbbVie Corporation.

  • Advised on a USD 975 million sale of Canadian-based multinational corporation.

  • Represented a Canadian headquartered manufacturing company in a series of acquisitions in Europe and in South America.

  • Represents both sellers and buyers in asset and share acquisitions and mergers, both domestic and multi-jurisdictional transactions including venture capital/private equity transactions.

  • Advises on ongoing global legal needs of Canadian and global multinational corporations.

  • Regularly assists foreign businesses in structuring their entry into the Canadian marketplace and other corporate legal needs.

  • Assisted several large multinational corporations with the corporate reorganizations related to the integration of newly acquired subsidiaries.

  • Represented multinational corporations with their de-merger/spinoff of a significant part of its businesses.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Law Society of Ontario - Certified Specialist in Commercial and Corporate Law
  • Canadian Bar Association - Member


  • Ontario~Canada (1989)


  • Queen's University (LL.B.) (1987)
  • University of Toronto (B.A.) (1984)


  • English