Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.’s Acquisition Of Ascendant Group


Clifford Chance advised Ascendant Group Limited (“Ascendant”) in the sale of all of its issued and outstanding shares to Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. (“Algonquin”).

The transaction represents a closing net enterprise value of US$470 million and an equity acquisition price of US$365 million. The agreement was signed on June 3, 2019, and transaction closing is expected to occur in the second half of 2019, following receipt of shareholder and regulatory approvals.

Ascendant is a Bermuda-based, publicly traded provider of energy and energy-related services. Ascendant is the parent company of Bermuda Electric Light Company Limited (“BELCO”), the sole utility providing generation, transmission and distribution services to Bermuda’s 63,000 residents and businesses. Algonquin is an established renewable energy and utility group, with North American assets in excess of US$10 billion.

The Clifford Chance team was led by Corporate partners Gary Boss (Picture) and John Healy and included Tax partner Mike Seaton, Employee Benefits partner Howard Adler and associates Dean Agnos, Neil Barlow and Laura Loaiza.

Involved fees earner: Howard Adler – Clifford Chance; Dean Agnos – Clifford Chance; Neil Barlow – Clifford Chance; Gary Boss – Clifford Chance; John Healy – Clifford Chance; Laura Loaiza – Clifford Chance; Michael Seaton – Clifford Chance;

Law Firms: Clifford Chance;

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