Trevor MacDonald


“Our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but by how we react to what happens; not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life.”
- Anonymous

Collaborating with clients.

As businesses grow, so do the ideas, interests and properties those businesses need to protect. With growth comes complexity. Trevor’s clients hire him to navigate them through the legal issues they encounter as they grow. Trevor’s role is to not only be there when his clients' problems or challenges arise, but to be there as a day to day confidant allowing his clients to navigate the various challenges which may appear, and to best anticipate and position them to avoid any unwanted legal outcomes.  

Representative matters

Working with clients in diverse fields such as construction, renewable energy, real estate management and forestry, Trevor has assisted these clients by:
  • Representing Sobeys in a private placement offering of $300 million aggregate principal amount floating rate senior unsecured notes due July 14, 2016.
  • Representing Sobeys in the acquisition of the assets of Canada Safeway for approximately $5.8 billion, with a particular focus on Empire’s public offering, on a fully marketed basis, of 24.2 million Subscription Receipts (including exercise in full of the over-allotment option) for gross proceeds of $1.844 billion and a $1 billion unsecured debt, on a private placement basis, from Sobeys.
  • Representing Sobeys in the sale leaseback transaction with Crombie REIT in respect to 70 properties and proceeds of approximately $990 million, with a particular focus on the public offering, on a bought-deal basis, of 17.7 million subscription receipts at $12.70 per subscription receipt and $75 million aggregate principal amount of 5.25% convertible extendible unsecured subordinated debentures, along with a $175 million aggregate principal amount of senior unsecured debt on a private placement basis.
  • Representing both lenders and borrowers in many commercial financings. These have included a $116 million financing of a downtown Halifax property, $107 million financing for a renewable energy project and a $500 million syndicated loan;
  • Representing clients in structural reorganizations, involving continuances, amalgamations and tax planning; and
  • Representing owner managed businesses in either the sale or acquisition of a business, from initial due diligence to post-transaction structural planning.

Areas of practice:

  • Corporate/Commercial
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Banking
  • Tax
  • Securities
  • Energy and Natural Resources


Nova Scotia, 2009


Nova Scotia Barristers' Society


University of New Brunswick, LL.B., 2008
St. Francis Xavier University, B.B.A., 1998


  • Member, Canadian Bar Association



Suite 900
Purdy's Wharf Tower One
1959 Upper Water Street
Halifax, NS, Canada
B3J 3N2

P 902.444.1720
F 902.420.1417

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