OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

​Blakes has one of the largest and most active M&A practices in Canada. We are frequently retained by major domestic and international mining companies, financial institutions and leading international law firms to provide strategic counsel in M&A transactions. We advise our mining clients on a range of transactions, from privately negotiated transfers of shares or mining assets to the largest public company M&A completed by way of take-over bids, amalgamations and plans of arrangement.  Blakes also provides M&A clients with the benefit of strategic advice from our Competition & Antitrust group, Canada’s top-ranked competition law practice. In the mining sector for the past five years (2010–2014), Blakes has been ranked No. 1 in Canada Announced Mining M&A deals by deal count and No. 1 Canadian firm in Global Announced Mining M&A deals by deal count (Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters and Mergermarket).

With one of the largest and most experienced securities law groups in Canada, Blakes acts for issuers and investment dealers in public and private securities transactions for mining companies. These include issuances of debt, equity and other securities by way of primary and secondary prospectus offerings and private placements in both the Canadian and international capital markets.


Representative Matters

Mergers & Acquisitions:

  • Romarco Minerals Inc. in connection with its acquisition by OceanaGold Corporation.
  • Fission Uranium Corp. in connection with its proposed merger with Denison Mines Corp. to form a combined C$900-million company to be named Denison Energy Corp.
  • Newstrike Capital Inc. in connection with its US$105-million acquisition by Timmins Gold Corp.
  • Lundin Gold Inc. (formerly Fortress Mineral Corp.) on its acquisition of the US$240-million Fruta del Norte Gold Project in Ecuador from Kinross Gold Corporation and offering of approximately C$200-Million of subscription receipts which funds were used to fund the acquisition.
  • Liberty Metals & Mining in connection with its joint acquisition, with Altius Minerals Corporation and others, of C$460-million of coal and potash royalty assets, sold by Sherritt International Corporation as part of its aggregate C$946-million divestiture of assets.
  • Fission Uranium Corp. in connection with its acquisition of Alpha Resources for C$200-million.
  • Sirocco Mining Inc. on its C$114.5-million merger with Canada Lithium Corp.
  • Afferro Mining Inc. on its US$220-million agreed take-over by International Mining & Infrastructure Corporation plc.
  • Aurizon Mines Ltd. in connection with its defence of a hostile take-over bid by Alamos Gold, which resulted in a proposed C$796-million acquisition of Aurizon by Hecla Mining Company.
  • CGA Mining Limited on its C$1.1-billion acquisition by B2Gold Corporation.
  • Talison Lithium Limited on its C$848‑million acquisition by Chengdu Tianqi Industry (Group) Co., Ltd.
  • The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Extorre Gold Mines Limited on its sale to Yamana Gold Inc. by way of plan of arrangement, a transaction valued at approximately C$415-million.
  • Quadra FNX Mining Ltd. on the C$3.5‑billion acquisition of Quadra FNX by KGHM Polska.
  • Capstone Mining Corp. on its C$725‑million acquisition of Far West Mining Ltd.
  • Kinross Gold Corporation on the sale of its 50 per cent interest in the Crixas mine to AngloGold Ashanti Limited for US$220-million.
  • The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of SouthGobi Resources Ltd. in connection with the proportional take-over bid for shares of SouthGobi by Aluminum Corporation of China Limited
  • Afferro Mining Inc. on the sale of its interest in the Putu iron ore project to Severstal Resources for a minimum of US$115-million.
  • Capstone Mining Corp. in connection with the acquisition of the Pinto Valley copper mine from BHP Billiton for US$650-million.
  • Acron JSC and Devonian Potash Inc. on the C$260-million sale of potash permits in Saskatchewan to Yanzhou Coal Mining Company Limited.
  • Solway Group on the C$170-million purchase of the Fenix ferro-nickel project in Guatemala.
  • Quadra FNX Mining Ltd. on its US$3‑billion joint venture with Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., Ltd. and Sumitomo Corporation.
  • The Special Committee of Lundin Mining Corporation on its proposed merger with Inmet Mining Corporation to form a combined C$9-billion company to be named Symterra Corp.
  • Medoro Resources Ltd. on its arrangement with Gran Colombia Gold Corp. to form a C$459-million Colombian gold company.
  • Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. on its C$4.9‑billion acquisition of Consolidated Thompson Iron Mines Ltd.
  • Jinchuan Group Ltd. on its C$431‑million acquisition of Continental Minerals Corporation.
  • BHP Billiton Ltd. on its US$40-billion offer to acquire Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan.

Capital Markets:

  • Pretium Resources Inc. in connection with its US$540-million construction financing package with the Orion Mine Finance Group and Blackstone Tactical Opportunities, including a US$350-million credit facility, a US$150-million gold and silver stream agreement and a US$40-million private placement of Pretium common shares.
  • Romarco Minerals Inc. on its public offerings of common shares aggregating approximately C$440‑million.
  • A syndicate of underwriters in connection with offerings by Silver Wheaton Corp. aggregating US$1.4‑billion.
  • Primero Mining Corp. on its US$75‑million public offering of convertible debentures.
  • A syndicate of underwriters in connection with Stornoway Diamond Corporation's C$132-million public offering of subscription receipts forming part of a C$946-million comprehensive financing transaction to fund the construction of its Renard diamond project in Quebec.
  • Fission Uranium Corp. on their C$12.5-million offering of common shares.
  • BHP Billiton Finance Limited on its C$750-million offering of Maple bonds.
  • Atico Mining Corporation on its C$20-million initial public offering.
  • IAMGOLD Corporation in connection with its US$650-million offering of senior notes.
  • A syndicate of underwriters on the US$1‑billion offering of debt securities of Kinross Gold Corporation.
  • National Bank Financial Inc. on the C$100-million public offering of units of Terrane Metals Corp.
  • NovaGold Resources Inc. on its public offerings of common shares aggregating US$175-million.
  • A syndicate of underwriters on the US$114‑million cross-border offering of common shares of Silver Standard Resources Inc.
  • Avnel Gold Mining Limited on its initial public offering and subsequent rights offering and public and private offerings valuing approximately C$55‑million.
  • A syndicate of underwriters in connection with the C$300-million financing of Primero Mining Corp., the proceeds of which were used to fund its C$500-million acquisition of the San Dimas mine in Mexico from Goldcorp Inc.
  • Quadra Mining Ltd. initial public offering and subsequent public offerings in the aggregate approximate amount of C$700‑million.
  • Equinox Minerals Limited in connection with its initial public offering and public and private offerings aggregating approximately C$630‑million.
  • Talison Lithium Limited on its C$80‑million public offering of ordinary shares.
  • A syndicate of underwriters in connection with Sherritt International Corporation’s public offerings of debentures aggregating approximately C$500-million and its C$400‑million public offering of common shares.
  •  A syndicate of underwriters on the US$750‑million cross-border offering of notes by Teck Resources Limited.
 

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Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9612
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Governance, Oil & Gas, Mining, Power, Energy, Infrastructure, Mining M&A and Capital Markets, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Pipeline & Midstream
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London: +44-20-7429-3555
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining, Oil & Gas, Infrastructure, Australia, Africa, Capital Markets, Europe, Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets, Corporate Governance, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Mining M&A and Capital Markets, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Oil & Gas, International Trade, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining, China, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Mining M&A and Capital Markets
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Vancouver: 604-631-3330
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