Geoffrey S. Belsher
Managing Partner | New York
New York: 212-893-8223

Geoff practises in the area of corporate law with a focus on cross-border mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. He advises Canadian, U.S. and international public and private companies, investment dealers, private equity, venture capital and alternative investment funds with respect to Canadian law matters. He frequently acts as lead special counsel to boards of directors and special committees in mergers and acquisitions matters and has been special counsel to the target company and acquirer in a number of high-profile Canadian hostile take-over bids. He has also led some of the largest public offerings ever completed in Canada at the time.

Geoff has experience advising clients in a number of industries, including mining, energy, life sciences, technology and manufacturing.

Geoff is one of the partners responsible for the Firm's U.S. initiative. He has been a member of the Firm's Executive Committee since 2006 and previously was a member of the Partnership Committee. Geoff relocated to the U.S. in 2004 and, prior to that time, worked in the Vancouver and Toronto offices.


The following is a list of certain matters in which Geoff has acted:

  • Lead counsel to Quadra FNX Mining Ltd. in connection with over C$10-billion in transactions, including its C$3.5-billion sale to KGHM Polska Miedz S.A., its C$1.5 billion acquisition of FNX Mining Company and its C$3-billion joint venture with Sumitomo Metal Mining/Sumitomo Corp. for the Sierra Gorda project in Chile and numerous equity and debt capital markets transactions
  • Lead counsel to the financial advisers in connection with Mosaid Technologies Inc.'s successful defence to a C$600-million hostile take-over bid made by WiLAN
  • Lead counsel to the financial adviser in connection with Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation's successful defence to numerous attempts by Carl Icahn to acquire control
  • Lead Canadian counsel to Hub International Inc. and certain of its significant management shareholders in connection with its sale by shareholders, including Apax Partners, to Hellman & Friedman for C$4.4-billion
  • Lead Canadian counsel to Brockway Moran & Partners Inc. on its acquisition of the DayMen Group
  • Lead Canadian counsel to P.H. Glatfelter Company on its C$250-million purchase of Concert Industries Corp.
  • Counsel to Suncor Energy Inc. on its C$43-billion strategic merger with Petro-Canada
  • Lead Canadian counsel to Hub International Inc. in its US$1.8-billion sale to Apax Partners and Morgan Stanley Principal Investments
  • Lead counsel to Stornoway Diamonds Corporation in its C$110-million successful unsolicited take-over bid for Ashton Mining
  • Lead counsel to Kinross Gold Corporation in its C$2-billion three-way merger with Echo Bay Mines and TVX Gold Inc.
  • Lead counsel to the underwriters in connection with a C$500-million common share MJDS (multi-jurisdictional disclosure system) equity offering for Placer Dome Inc., which at the time was the largest gold equity offering ever completed

Geoff has been ranked as one of the leading lawyers in Canada by a number of publications:

  • Who's Who Legal: Mining 2013
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory ("Most Frequently Recommended" in Corporate Finance & Securities)
  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2011 (Mining & Metals (U.S.) and Regional Experts (U.S.))
  • The 2007 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada ("40 Corporate Lawyers to Watch")
  • Lexpert magazine's "Rising Stars: Top 40 Lawyers Under 40" (2004 and 2006)
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Quoted: The Atmosphere for M&A in Canada Has Remained Much More Positive than in the US Because of the Nature of the Companies in Canada
Article by Matthew Scott, Business 2 Community, March 12, 2012.
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