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Fraser has acted for both domestic and foreign issuers and underwriters in Canadian and cross-border public offerings, including initial public offerings, and private placements of debt and equity, and for acquirers, targets and financial advisers in connection with M&A transactions, including take-over bids and plans of arrangement. Fraser has also acted as independent counsel to special committees of public entities in connection with a variety of transactions. His practice encompasses both transactional work and advising on governance matters, securities compliance and stock exchange matters. He has advised in respect of clients and transactions involving a wide variety of industries, including resource exploration and mining, energy, technology, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, media, entertainment and sports and real estate.
Fraser also has also advised in respect of shipping, aviation and rolling stock financings and public offerings in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Europe, including listings on major international stock exchanges.
Fraser has both in house and regulatory experience as well, having served a twelve month secondment as General Counsel of a Toronto Stock Exchange-listed investment corporation with interests in both public and private entities, providing in-house expertise on M&A, corporate finance and securities law matters, and a twelve month secondment to the staff of the Ontario Securities Commission. Fraser’s experience also includes serving on boards of directors of public and private corporations, as well as not-for-profits.
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Fraser lives in the Beach neighbourhood of Toronto where he grew up, with his wife Kathryn and Abbey, their Chesapeake Bay Retriever. Fraser and Kathryn have a son, Wesley, who completed his undergraduate education at Hobart College in Geneva, New York, where he was a member of the Division 1 lacrosse team. Kathryn and Fraser travelled all over the northeastern U.S. to attend Wesley’s games, missing only a couple over his four years playing. Wesley subsequently completed his MBA at the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester and is now a bond broker in Toronto. Kathryn and Fraser enjoy getting away on vacation to Manitoulin Island, the Outer Banks of North Carolina and Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands.
Fraser has been a life-long athlete and sports enthusiast, having begun skating and playing hockey on his neighbourhood friend’s backyard ice rink at around the age of three. He quickly found a love for a variety of sports and was also an active participant in many sports growing up. He eventually played hockey at the Junior A, university and Senior A levels, and continues to play recreationally. Fraser also enjoys golf, squash, beach volleyball, cycling and swimming.
In part to give back in recognition of his parents and the coaches and organizers who gave him the opportunity to participate in sports as a child and young man and to allow others to benefit from the same life lessons that he learned through sports, particularly team sports, Fraser became involved in coaching and sports management. Over the course of the last 30 years, Fraser has coached teams in the Greater Toronto Hockey League from Minor Pee Wee to Midget at the AA and AAA levels. He is currently a coach with the Toronto Red Wings Pee Wee AAA team. Over the years, teams coached by Fraser won three GTHL Championships. In 2013, Fraser travelled with his team to participate in a tournament in the Czech Republic.
In addition to hockey, Fraser has coached lacrosse at the minor and Junior A levels. Teams coached by Fraser won the Ontario Lacrosse Association Bantam championship and advanced to the Ontario Lacrosse Association Junior A championship series. He was a winner of the Jim Bishop Award as a member of Ontario Lacrosse Association Junior A Coaching Staff of the Year in 2000 and 2002. He has also coached basketball, soccer, baseball and rugby at the club level.
On the management side, for nine seasons, Fraser served as the President and General Manager of the Toronto Beaches of the Ontario Lacrosse Association Junior A series. Over 30 players who played for the Beaches during his tenure with the club went on to play lacrosse at NCAA universities and colleges in the United States. Fraser has also served on the executives of the Brooklin Redmen Major Series Lacrosse Club, the Toronto Beaches Minor Lacrosse Club and the Bermuda Youth Sports Program. He is currently involved with the management of the Arena Lacrosse League, a professional league scheduled to begin play in the United States in 2016.
Fraser was also part of the ownership of the Wexford Raiders Junior A hockey club of the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League from 1998 until 2003. The focus of the club was preparing players to move on to play hockey at NCAA universities and colleges in the United States.
Fraser served on the board of directors of the Scarboro Golf & Country Club for six years and is an active member of the Balmy Beach Club.
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