Charles Kazaz
Partner | Montréal, Toronto
Montréal: 514-982-4002
Toronto: 416-863-4003

Charles practices all aspects of environmental law. He advises clients in the commercial, industrial, mining and waste-management sectors. Charles is based in both Montréal and Toronto and has extensive expertise in environmental aspects of corporate, commercial and property transactions, project development, regulatory compliance and liability issues. He advises businesses with regard to contaminated property, remediation and redevelopment, environmental permits, investigations and enforcement under environmental legislation, environmental assessments, waste management issues, environmental management systems, commercial agreements, environmental audits, regulatory and legislative compliance, officer/director/parent company liability, and defending environmental prosecutions.

Charles has advised several major mining companies in matters including mine acquisitions and divestitures, mine reclamation and closure issues, and mineral rights concerns. He has also been involved in negotiating agreements with First Nations.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Recent representative matters include advising:

  • Novacap Technologies III, L.P. on the amalgamation of iWeb Group Inc., under a merger agreement with 7807201 Canada Inc. and 7807210 Canada Inc., with two corporations controlled directly or indirectly by Novacap, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and an investment vehicle affiliated with Bank Street Capital Partners and certain of their affiliates
  • Goldcorp Inc. on a collaboration agreement signed with the Cree Nation of Wemindji, the Grand Council of the Crees and the Cree Regional Authority regarding the development and operation of Goldcorp's Éléonore gold project in northern Quebec
  • Novacap and the Fonds de solidarité FTQ in the amalgamation of certain of their affiliates with IPL Inc.
  • Barrick Gold Inc. on its acquisition of the Golden Giant Mine Properties at the Hemlo Camp in northern Ontario from Newmont Mining Corp.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Charles has been recognized as a leading lawyer by the following publications:

  • Chambers Canada 2018, Environment, Band 2

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018 (Environmental Law; Mining Law); also named Best Lawyers' Montréal Environmental Law "Lawyer of the Year"

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2018 (Environment)

  • The 2017 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Mining)

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

  • Who's Who Legal: Mining 2017

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017 (Mining; Environmental Law)

  • Chambers Canada 2017: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Band 2 in Environment)

  • Chambers Global 2017: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (Band 2 in Environment)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2016 (Environment; Mining)

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2016 (Mining; Environment)

  • Who's Who Legal: Environment 2016

  • The 2016 Lexpert Special Edition on Leading Corporate Lawyers (featured in Report on Business Magazine)

PUBLICATIONS
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Blakes Bulletin on Mining, December 10, 2015.
Blakes Bulletin on Environmental & Aboriginal Law, February 2015
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MEDIA APPEARANCES
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Quoted: The Supreme Court of Canada's decision recognizing title over a piece of First Nations land is having a major impact on investment in the resource sector
Lexpert Aboriginal Land and Resource Development, June 12, 2015.
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