Christopher Jones
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2704

Christopher's practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and private equity, venture and corporate finance transactions. He regularly advises Canadian, U.S. and other international clients on a wide variety of public and private acquisition and business combination transactions, public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities. His clientele include private equity, venture capital and pension funds and businesses that range from early-stage ventures to publicly-traded, multi-national corporations operating in a variety of industries, including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, technology, manufacturing, mining and resources.

Christopher currently serves as a member of the Ontario Bar Association Securities Law Subcommittee and also serves on the World Securities Law Report advisory board.

Prior to joining Blakes, Christopher spent five years practising law in the United States.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Recent representative transactions include advising:

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • BHP Billiton PLC on its US$40-billion offer to acquire Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan
  • Mineralogy Pty Ltd. On its unsolicited take-over bid of Waratah Coal Inc. completed in January 2009
  • LifeLabs Medical Laboratory Services on its acquisition of CML HealthCare Inc.
  • Fortress Investment Group and Culpeper Capital Partners on their acquisition of Paradigm Quest Inc. and Merix Financial Inc.
  • Schneider Electric Industries SAS on its acquisitions of SCL Elements Inc. and Viconics Electronics Inc.
  • Petaquilla Minerals Ltd. on its successful defence of an unsolicited take-over bid by Inmet Mining Corporation
  • Alberta Investment Management Corporation on its acquisition of Town Shoes
  • Orvana Minerals Corp. on its unsolicited take-over bid for Kinbauri Gold Corp.

Corporate, Private Equity and Venture Finance

  • Orvana Minerals Corp. on its C$50-million secured credit facility
  • Banyan Capital Partners on its acquisitions of MIP Inc. and the concrete division of Pennecon Limited
  • Meridian Capital International Fund on its investment in Sterling Resources Ltd.
  • Highland Capital Partners LLC on its investment in DavidsTeas
  • Orvana Minerals Corp. on its public offering of common shares
  • Gibraltar & Company in the formation of Gibraltar Ventures Fund One
  • Radar Capital Inc. in the formation of Radar Capital Fund 1
AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Chris has been recognized in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2016 (Private Equity).

PUBLICATIONS
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Blakes Bulletin on Capital Markets/Mergers & Acquisitions, November 2014.
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PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Co-presenter: The Rise of Insurance Innovation and InsurTechs
Bermuda International Life & Annuity Conference, Bermuda International Long Term Insurers and Reinsurers, September 2017.
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