OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

The rise of Asia, where half of the world's population resides, is transforming the world’s economic and geopolitical landscapes. In twenty years, it is predicted that three of the four largest economies in the world will be China, India and Japan. China is currently Canada’s second largest trading partner, and invests billions of dollars in the Canadian economy. Opportunities for Canadian investment in China’s natural resources and other sectors are also robust and growing.

Since our Beijing office opened in 1998, Blakes has provided its clients with efficient and effective legal advice and services, and is dedicated to building relationships with Chinese companies and State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) looking to invest or expand into Canada. Blakes is staffed with Canadian and Chinese-trained lawyers fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

The Blakes China practice group offers local and global expertise in the following key areas:

  • Mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and structuring, negotiating and implementing business strategies in Canada
  • Foreign Investment, advising on all aspects of the Investment Canada Act (ICA)
  • Competition & Antitrust and other regulatory matters
  • Project finance, securities, capital market regulations and licensing
  • International trade
  • Tax planning in Canada
  • Labour and employment matters
  • Litigation and dispute resolution
  • Technology transfer and intellectual property protection
  • Structuring, negotiating and implementing business strategies in China: joint ventures, wholly foreign-owned enterprises, PRC and offshore holding companies

Our expertise in these areas also allows us to participate in the majority of the significant investments by Chinese companies throughout Canada in numerous industries but particularly in the oil sands, conventional oil and gas, mining, and construction industries. We have a talented and diverse team of lawyers well versed in working with Chinese clients, who often work closely with Chinese, U.K., U.S., African, South and Central American legal firms in China-related transactions.


Representative Matters

Recent matters of the China practice group include advising:

  • Sinopec on its acquisition of a 15-per-cent interest and subsequent joint venture with China Huadian to participate in the proposed Pacific Northwest LNG project.
  • Novus Energy on its C$320-million acquisition by Yanchang Petroleum International.
  • Nexen Inc. on its C$15.1-billion acquisition by CNOOC Limited.
  • Greenland Group on its acquisition of a prominent downtown Toronto condominium development site at 355 King Street West for more than C$100-million.
  • Yintai Resources Co. Ltd on its purchase of an interest in the White Mountain, the Tanjianshan mines and Eastern Dragon development project from Eldorado Gold Corporation.
  • Johnson Electric Holdings Limited on its C$800-million acquisition of Stackpole International.
  • KuangChi Science Ltd. on its subscription for 32.6 per cent of the outstanding shares (fully diluted) of Toronto-based Solar Ship Inc. for C$17-million and its acquisition of an option to acquire an additional 21.8 per cent (fully diluted) of Solar Ship for an additional C$25-million.
  • Yanbu Aramco Sinopec Refining Company Limited, a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Sinopec, on its operational requirements and ongoing corporate and commercial matters.
  • Daylight Energy Ltd. on its C$2.2-billion acquisition by China Petrochemical Corporation, known as Sinopec Group.
  • Sinopec International Petroleum Exploration and Production Corporation on its US$4.65‑billion purchase of ConocoPhillips’ interest in the Syncrude joint venture that is the largest oil sands venture in the world.
  • Fission Uranium Corp. in connection with its C$82-million private placement to CGN Mining Company Limited (CGN Mining). Concurrent to the signing of the subscription agreement, Fission and CGN Mining also entered into an offtake agreement pursuant to which, upon completion of the transaction, CGN Mining will purchase uranium production from Fission.
  • Wescast Industries Inc. on its C$200‑million acquisition by Sichuan Bohong Industries Co., Ltd. of the People’s Republic of China. The deal is the biggest acquisition by value between industrial organizations in Sino-Canadian history.
  • China Minsheng Bank on its C$300-million financing related to the acquisition of Grande Cache Coal.
  • China Wind Power International Corp. in connection with its listing on the TSX Venture Exchange.
 

 RANKINGS & RECOGNITION

 
 
Members of the China group have consistently been recognized as leaders by the following publications:
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2014 (China – Experts Based Abroad, Foreign Experts)
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2014
  • The 2014 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2013
  • Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Energy and Natural Resources Lawyers 2013
  • Law Business Research’s The International Who's Who of Energy Lawyers 2013
  • Law Business Research’s The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2013
  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms – 2013 Edition
  • Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Practitioners: China 2012​
 
 

 PEOPLE

 
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Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3391
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Procurement, Outsourcing, Information Technology, Construction, China, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Cannabis
Partner |
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Financial Services, Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Banking, China, Korea, United States, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equity Capital Markets
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4021
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, China, Corporate & Commercial
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4262
Areas of Expertise: Competition & Antitrust, Foreign Investment, China, Europe, United States, Plan Nord, Competition Litigation, Abuse of Dominance & Reviewable Matters, Cartels & Criminal Investigations, Competition Law Compliance, E-Discovery/SIRs, Merger Review & Control, Misleading Advertising, Japan, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Cybersecurity, Government & Public Sector
Counsel | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4293
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Corporate Governance, Investment Funds, Energy, China, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Corporate & Commercial, Power, Technology
Firm Managing Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2748
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Procurement, China, India, Africa, Korea, Middle East, Latin America, United States, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles
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 | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3349
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Foreign Investment, Mergers & Acquisitions, Financial Services, Energy, Mining, China, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, LNG
Senior Counsel | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3377
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Capital Markets, Corporate Governance, China, Foreign Investment, Forestry, Equity Capital Markets
Partner | Beijing
Beijing: +86-10-6530-9001
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Oil & Gas, International Trade, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining, China, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Mining M&A and Capital Markets
Chair, Asia Region | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9692
Areas of Expertise: Oil & Gas, Energy, Mergers & Acquisitions, China, Plan Nord, Corporate & Commercial, Foreign Investment, Customs & Import Controls, International Trade, Investment Treaty Arbitration, Sanctions & Export Controls, Trade Litigation, Trade Negotiation & Compliance, Downstream & Marketing, E&P Conventional, E&P Unconventional, Joint Venture & Co-ownership Structuring, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Oil Field Services, Pipeline & Midstream, Korea, Japan, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Major Projects, Transportation, Oil Sands, LNG, E&P Conventional
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4062
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Corporate & Commercial, Infrastructure, Energy, Public-Private Partnerships, Project Finance, China, Japan, United States
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3345
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets, Corporate Governance, Mining, Forestry, Africa, Joint Venture & Co-ownership Structuring, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Latin America, Equity Capital Markets, Shareholder Activism, China, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Mining M&A and Capital Markets, Major Projects
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3327
Areas of Expertise: Competition & Antitrust, Foreign Investment, International Trade, China, Abuse of Dominance & Reviewable Matters, Cartels & Criminal Investigations, Competition Law Compliance, E-Discovery/SIRs, Merger Review & Control, Misleading Advertising, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9729
Areas of Expertise: Oil & Gas, Energy, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, China, LNG, Joint Venture & Co-ownership Structuring, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4052
Areas of Expertise: Tax, Tax Controversy & Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions, China
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4286
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Governance, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, China, Automotive, Manufacturing, Equity Capital Markets, Defence
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9625
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Energy, Oil & Gas, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures, E&P Conventional, E&P Unconventional, China, Transportation, LNG, Downstream & Marketing, E&P Conventional, Joint Venture & Co-ownership Structuring, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Oil & Gas
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