Bob J. Wooder
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3330

Bob's practice focuses on corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. He advises public and private companies as well as financial institutions. Bob has extensive expertise in advising on take-over and issuer bids, private equity financings and as independent counsel to boards of directors.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Recent representative transactions include advising:

  • The Special Committee of Alterra Power Corp. in connection with its $1.1-billion acquisition by Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.

  • Ero Copper Corp. in connection with its $127-million initial public offering

  • Capstone Mining Corp. in connection with its acquisition of the Pinto Valley Mine from BHP Billiton for US$650-million and in connection with its C$725-million acquisition of Far West Mining Ltd. and its simultaneous strategic alliance with Korea Resources Corporation

  • Aurizon Mines Ltd. in connection with the hostile take-over bid by Alamos Gold Inc., which became a $796-million friendly acquisition of Aurizon by Hecla Mining Company

  • Pretium Resources Inc. in connection with its US$540-million construction financing package which included a US$150-million callable gold and silver stream agreement and in connection with its US$150-million equity financing

  • Claude Resources Inc. in connection with its acquisition by Silver Standard Resources Inc. for C$337-million

  • True Gold Mining Inc. in connection with its acquisition by Endeavour Mining Corporation for C$191-million

  • Trek Mining Inc. in connection with its $400-million business combination with NewCastle Gold Ltd. and Anfield Gold Corp. to create Equinox Gold Corp.

  • The Special Committee of Coastal Contacts Inc. in connection with its acquisition by Essilor International SA for C$435-million

  • The Special Committee of Hathor Exploration Limited in connection with the hostile take-over bid by Cameco Corp., which, after an auction, resulted in a friendly acquisition by Rio Tinto for C$654-million

  • The Special Committee of Extorre Gold Mines Ltd. in connection with its purchase by Yamana Gold Inc. for C$414-million

  • The underwriters in connection with the US$250-million offering of convertible senior notes by Silver Standard Resources Inc.

  • The underwriters in connection with an offering by Silver Wheaton Corp. of US$800-million of common shares and of US$632-million of common shares

  • Galenica SA in connection with its US$915-million acquisition of Aspreva Pharmaceuticals Corporation

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Bob has been named Best Lawyers' "Mining Lawyer of the Year" in 2015, 2016 and 2018, and was named as one of Lexpert's "Top Forty under 40" in 2008. He has also been recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2018 (Leading Lawyer - Energy - Mining; Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada - 2014-2018 (Mergers & Acquisitions, Natural Resources, Mining, and Securities)

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2017 (Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets and Mining)

  • Who's Who Legal: M&A and Governance 2017

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014-2017 (Corporate Finance & Securities, Mergers & Acquisitions and Mining)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2017 (Leading Lawyer - Energy - Mining; Recommended - Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business - 2016 and 2017 (Mining and Corporate/Commercial - B.C.)

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2017 (Energy & Natural Resources)

  • The 2017 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Corporate Finance & Securities and Mining)

  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada - 2015, 2016 and 2017 (Corporate Finance & Securities, Mergers & Acquisitions and Mining)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2016 (Leading Lawyer - Energy - Mining; Recommended - Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions)

  • Who's Who Legal: Mining - 2014 and 2016

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada - 2014 and 2015 (Most Highly Regarded Individual - Mining; Leading Lawyer - Mergers & Acquisitions)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2015 (Corporate and M&A; Leading Lawyer - Energy - Mining)

  • Chambers Latin America 2015 (Projects: Mining: Leading Canadian Firms - Latin America-wide)

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business - 2013-2015 (Energy & Natural Resources: Mining)