John Wilkin
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2785

John's practice focuses on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance transactions for public companies. He regularly advises purchasers, vendors and target companies in connection with public and private mergers and acquisitions transactions, and acts for both issuers and underwriters on public offerings and private placements. He also advises Canadian and international companies on a wide range of corporate governance and securities law compliance matters.

John has significant experience in the mining, telecommunications, utilities and financial services sectors, and with issuers listed on multiple exchanges. John practised in the Firm's London office for two years, where his practice was exclusively devoted to advising on international mergers and acquisitions, and international equity and debt financings.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Recent matters include advising:

Mergers, Acquisitions and Reorganization Transactions

  • Avnel Gold Mining Limited on its C$160-million acquisition by Endeavour Mining Corporation

  • Sprott Resource Holdings Inc. on its C$150-million acquisition of Adriana Resources Inc.

  • Bell Aliant Inc. and Bell Aliant Preferred Equity Inc., and the special committee of the board of directors of each, on BCE Inc.'s C$4-billion privatization of Bell Aliant, and Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership on its C$2.3-billion exchange of medium term notes

  • As co-counsel to BlackBerry Limited in connection with a US$4.7-billion acquisition proposal from Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited

  • Talison Lithium Limited on its C$728-million proposed acquisition by Rockwood Holdings Inc.and the subsequent C$848-million competitive offer by Chengdu Tianqi Industry (Group) Co., Ltd.

  • Equinox Minerals Limited on its A$1.2-billion acquisition of Citadel Resource Group Limited

  • Talison Lithium Limited on its C$47.9-million acquisition and related C$40-million financing of Salares Lithium Inc. and concurrent C$327.4-million listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange

Capital Markets

  • Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. on its C$500-million public offering of common shares

  • Syndicate of underwriters in connection with the establishment of the Ontario Power Generation Inc. C$2-billion medium term note program and C$500-million public offering of notes

  • Syndicate of underwriters in connection with the renewal of Toronto Hydro Corporation’s C$1-billion medium term note program and C$200-million public offering of notes

  • Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. on its C$1.15-billion issuance and secondary public offering of convertible unsecured subordinated debentures represented by instalment receipts

  • CI Financial Corp. on the establishment and renewals of its C$1.5-billion shelf prospectus and subsequent C$200-million, C$450-million and C$250-million public offerings of debentures

  • Sprott Resource Holdings Inc. in connection with its C$30-million public offering of units

  • Syndicate of underwriters on the C$132-million public offering of subscription receipts of Stornoway Diamond Corporation forming part of the C$948-million financing package for the development of the Renard Diamond Project

  • BlackBerry Limited on its US$1.25-billion private placement of convertible debentures to Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited and other institutional investors

  • Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership in connection with the renewal of its C$1.5-billion medium term note shelf prospectus and subsequent C$350-million, C$300-million and C$400-million public offerings of notes

  • Underwriters in connection with the initial public offering (IPO) of Labrador Iron Mines Holdings Limited and its five subsequent public offerings of common shares and flow-through shares aggregating approximately C$350-million

  • Avnel Gold Mining Limited on its IPO and subsequent private placements, rights offering, public offering of ordinary shares, and establishment of a $325-million shelf prospectus

  • Equinox Minerals Limited on its IPO and four subsequent public equity offerings aggregating C$675-million

  • Bell Aliant Preferred Equity Inc. on its C$287.5-million and C$200-million public offerings of rate reset preferred shares

Advisory

  • The special committee of the Board of Directors of Teranga Gold Corporation in connection with the successful proxy contest with Mineral Deposits Limited

  • Various public companies, including Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp., Bell Aliant Inc., BHP Billiton plc, CI Financial Corp., Equinox Minerals Limited, Kazakhmys PLC, Talison Lithium Limited, Avnel Gold Mining Limited, Aura Minerals Limited and Sprott Resource Holdings Inc. on strategic advisory and securities compliance matters, including corporate governance, continuous disclosure obligations and shareholder meetings

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

John has been recognized in the following publications:

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018 (Mining)
  • The Legal 500 Canada 2017 (Mining)

  • International Who's Who Legal 2017 (Mining)

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

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2016 (Mining, Corporate Finance & Securities)

  • The 2016 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Corporate Finance & Securities)

  • Lexpert magazine's 2011 "Rising Stars" survey as one of Canada's leading lawyers under 40

PUBLICATIONS
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Blakes Bulletin on Capital Markets, November 23, 2015.
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PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Speaker: TSX Listings
INDABA Mining Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, 2015.
Speaker: Public Offerings
Intensive Course in Canadian Securities Law and Practice, Osgoode Hall Law School Professional Development, Toronto, Ontario, 2007-2016.
Guest Lecturer: Overview of the Canadian Capital Markets and M&A Transactions in the Mining Sector
York University Schulich School of Business Executive Education Program for China Exim Bank, 2010-2012, 2014, 2015.
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