OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

For many years, Blakes has represented leading Australian companies doing business in Canada. Working alongside leading Australian law firms and advisers, we regularly counsel Australian-based companies on all aspects of Canadian foreign investment, securities, mergers and acquisitions, competition, tax, trade, and business law.

Blakes represents a wide range of Australian companies doing business or seeking to invest in Canada as well as Canadian companies operating or investing in Australia. As one of very few full-service, national Canadian law firms, Blakes has the experience and resources to provide fully integrated legal services to corporate clients across Canada and in Australia.

Our Firm maintains offices in Canada's key business centres, enabling us to offer investors geographic-specific advice regarding their Canadian investments. Leveraging our regulatory expertise, we assist them with optimizing their business opportunities, complying with regulatory requirements and limiting their risk exposure.

Blakes is especially well known for our financial services, M&A and capital markets work. With experience advising on many of the best-known global M&A and financing transactions, including more Australian deals than any other Canadian firm, we are frequently called upon to act for clients in transactions involving non-Canadian acquirers of Canadian businesses. Companies also seek our assistance with raising capital, investing in Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and TSX Venture Exchange-listed companies, and in obtaining exchange lists and dual listings.

The Blakes Australia team frequently advises on inbound and outbound investments in the energy and mining sectors, as well as a broad range of infrastructure projects, collaborative business dealings and financing arrangements. Clients appreciate our significant experience with venture structuring, multi-jurisdictional matters, corporate finance, banking, infrastructure development and project finance.

With active practices in major business and financial centres throughout the world, we fully grasp the complex interplay of laws and regulations as well as the challenges of coordinating transactions in which owners, investors and assets are in different jurisdictions. Leveraging long-established relationships with leading international legal and accounting firms and regulatory bodies and working with local counsel in Australia, we deliver comprehensive, streamlined service responsive to the particular needs of our clients.


Representative Matters

  • Chalice Gold Mines Limited on its acquisition for shares of the Cameron gold project in Ontario from Coventry Resources Inc.
  • ASX-listed Toro Energy in the acquisition from the Sentient Group of debt and equity-based interests in TSX-listed uranium explorer Strateco Resources Limited for A$18.9-million.
  • Reynolds Consumer Products, Inc. in its C$35-million acquisition of the North American foil business of Novelis Inc.
  • Gemcom Software International Inc. on its acquisition of TeamTech Australia's software and consulting services business.
  • Equinox Minerals Limited in connection with its initial public offering and redomicile from Australia (with dual listing on the TSX and ASX), and public and private offerings aggregating approximately C$675-million.
  • Equinox Minerals Limited on its A$1.2-billion offer to acquire Citadel Resource Group Limited.
  • Australian Solomons Gold Limited in connection with its C$52-million acquisition by Allied Gold Limited.
  • Santos, an Australian E&P company, on issues relating to Indian oil and gas regulatory regime, including advising on production sharing agreements.
  • Rank Group in its US$950-million acquisition of the automotive Consumer Products Group of Honeywell.
  • Mineralogy Pty Ltd. in its C$100-million acquisition of Waratah Coal Inc. by way of an unsolicited take-over bid.
  • BHP Billiton on its US$40-billion offer to acquire Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan.
  • Red Back Mining Inc. on its TSX listing, its redomicile from Australia, its public and private offerings, and its C$7.3-billion acquisition by Kinross Gold Corporation.
  • CGA Mining Limited on its proposed C$1.1-billion acquisition by B2Gold Corporation.
  • Talison Lithium Limited on its C$80-million bought deal public offering of ordinary shares, its proposed C$728-million acquisition by Rockwood Holdings, Inc.
  • Talison Lithium Limited on its C$47.9-million acquisition, its C$40-million private placement of Salares Lithium Inc. and its C$327.4-million TSX listing.
  • Randgold Resources Limited on its joint acquisition of Moto Goldmines Limited with AngloGold Ashanti Limited for C$578-million.
  • Macquarie Bank Limited on its US$100-million project financing of the Inata Gold mine in Burkina Faso.
  • GrainCorp Limited on Canadian aspects of its A$757-million acquisition of United Malt Holdings.
 

 INDUSTRY RECOGNITION

 
Members of the Blakes Australia team are consistently recognized as leaders in their respective fields by the most recent edition of the following surveys and guides:
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • The Legal 500
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada
  • IFLR: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
  • Who’s Who Legal
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada

 

 

 PEOPLE

 
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Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4236
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Restructuring & Insolvency, Australia, Equity Capital Markets, Mining, Corporate Governance, Life Sciences, Technology
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3333
Areas of Expertise: Environmental, Energy, Brownfields Redevelopment, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Power, Oil & Gas, Mining, Forestry, Australia, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Chemical & Waste Regulation, Climate Change, Environmental Assessment & Approvals, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Transportation, LNG, Aboriginal
Chair | Calgary, Toronto
Calgary: 403-260-9610
Toronto: 416-863-2150
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Oil & Gas, Energy, Restructuring & Insolvency, Australia, Africa, Europe, Middle East, Latin America, Equity Capital Markets, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Major Projects, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Cannabis, Credit Unions
Office Managing Partner | London
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
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3184
Areas of Expertise: Australia, Foreign Investment, Competition Litigation, Aviation/Aerospace, China, Technology, Misleading Advertising, Financial Services, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, Energy, Retail & Consumer Products, Life Sciences, Competition & Antitrust, Abuse of Dominance & Reviewable Matters, Cartels & Criminal Investigations, Competition Law Compliance, Merger Review & Control, E-Discovery/SIRs, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2647
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Retail & Consumer Products, Australia
Partner | London
London: +44-20-7429-3558
Areas of Expertise: Africa, Capital Markets, Australia, Europe, Equity Capital Markets, Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Defence
Partner | Vancouver, Toronto
Vancouver: 604-631-4242
Toronto: 416-863-5817
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Technology, Outsourcing, Information Technology, United States, Australia, Communications, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2785
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Mining, Australia, Africa, Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets, Europe, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Mining M&A and Capital Markets
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