OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 
When complex and high-stakes mining disputes arise, industry clients retain Blakes. Our experienced Mining Litigation & Dispute Resolution team has represented Canadian and international mining clients worldwide on nearly every issue imaginable, representing them at every stage of their disputes, from risk evaluation through litigation and enforcement in Canadian courts at all levels, before domestic and international arbitration panels, at the negotiating table, and before government agencies and tribunals.
 
Handling diverse claims involving a wide array of resources and minerals across Canada, the U.S., Europe, Africa, Australia, Asia and the Middle East, we have represented clients in disputes regarding mine ownership, control, exploration, development and operations, joint venture partners, shareholders and customers, aboriginal rights, environmental and regulatory matters, construction issues, and takeover bids and proxy contests in securities commissions across Canada. We have also arbitrated disputes on behalf of clients on an ad hoc basis as well as under the supervision of international arbitration institutions such as the International Chamber of Commerce, the London Court of International Arbitration and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution. Beyond resolving dispute, we work closely with our clients to devise effective risk-management strategies to avoid disputes and limit their exposure to litigation.
 
Consistently ranked at the top of the league tables for mining transactions in Canada and globally, we also have one of Canada’s largest, most powerful and successful litigation and dispute resolution practices, enabling us to offer extraordinary depth and breadth of industry knowledge, practice expertise and litigation experience in each of our offices around the globe.
 

Representative Matters
  • A large U.S. mining producer in an ICC arbitration with a Korean customer arising under an off-take agreement.
  • A large mining producer in pursuing an ICC arbitration against an Asian customer before a three-person tribunal.
  • A mining producer in Newfoundland and Labrador in an ad hoc arbitration involving a long-term lease and royalty structure.
  • An ICC arbitration and successful settlement negotiations in a dispute between Canadian and Panamanian companies in connection with a coal mine in Colombia.
  • A Canadian public mining company in an arbitration and related court proceedings regarding a gold mine in Spain.
  • An UNCITRAL model law arbitration relating to failure of major equipment at a mine site and involving claims in excess of C$200-million.
  • Shareholders of a Canadian public mining company in court and security commission litigation relating to a successful contest for control of the company’s board of directors.
  • A global mining company in securities litigation relating to its bid to take over a Canadian potash company.
  • A large U.S. mining company in securities litigation relating to its bid to take over an Ontario-based public mining company.
 

 PEOPLE

 
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Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3393
Areas of Expertise: Environmental, Corporate & Commercial, Mining, Mining, Energy, Energy, Oil & Gas, Aboriginal
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3349
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Environmental, Mining, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response, Environmental, Aboriginal, International Trade
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4236
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Restructuring & Insolvency, Australia, Capital Markets, Mining, Corporate Governance, Life Sciences, Technology
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4003
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Capital Markets, Automotive, Mining, Investment Products & Asset Management, Mining, Mining, Capital Markets
Office Managing Partner | New York
New York: 212-893-8223
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets, Corporate Governance, Corporate & Commercial, Private Equity, Mining, Capital Markets, Capital Markets, United States, Life Sciences, Mining, Mining, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4316
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Mining
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4133
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Environmental, Mining, Aboriginal, Environmental, Environmental, Environmental
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4061
Areas of Expertise: Infrastructure, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Energy, Corporate & Commercial, Commercial Real Estate, Plan Nord, Construction, Mining, Pension Funds Investment, Pension Funds Investment, Pension Funds Investment, Mining, Mining
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3344
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, International Trade, Construction, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Mining, Cannabis, Intellectual Property, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9768
Areas of Expertise: Energy, Environmental, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Mining, Power, Environmental, Mining, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Aboriginal
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2237
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining, Energy, Middle East, Mining
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4601
Areas of Expertise: Environmental, Environmental, Energy, Energy, Mining, Environmental, Aboriginal, Environmental
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2594
Areas of Expertise: Restructuring & Insolvency, Financial Services, Corporate & Commercial, Financial Services, Mining, Mergers & Acquisitions
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3333
Areas of Expertise: Environmental, Energy, Environmental, Environmental, Power, Oil & Gas, Mining, Forestry, Australia, Mining, Environmental, Environmental, Environmental, Environmental, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Aboriginal
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4177
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Mining, Environmental, Aboriginal, International Trade, Environmental
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2492
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Financial Services, Financial Services, Life Sciences, Private Equity, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital, Technology, Mining, Insurance, Pension Funds Investment
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4033
Areas of Expertise: Environmental, Environmental, Environmental, Environmental, Oil & Gas, Power, Mining, Mining, Financial Services, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Aboriginal, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4089
Areas of Expertise: Commercial Real Estate, Corporate & Commercial, Mining, Plan Nord, Commercial Real Estate, Commercial Real Estate, Mining
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2159
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Mining, Banking, Financial Services, Financial Services, Financial Services, Mining, Mining, Cannabis
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5025
Areas of Expertise: Tax, Tax, Africa, Private Equity, Mining, Plan Nord, Mining
Office Managing Partner | London
London: +44-20-7429-3555
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining, Oil & Gas, Infrastructure, Australia, Africa, Capital Markets, Europe, Capital Markets, Capital Markets, Corporate Governance, Mining, Mining, Mining, Oil & Gas
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4009
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Mining, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Banking
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3872
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining, Shareholder Activism
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3374
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Mining, Corporate & Commercial
Counsel | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4087
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Mining, Corporate & Commercial, Forestry, Commercial Real Estate, Plan Nord, Banking, Financial Services, Financial Services, Financial Services, Financial Services, Capital Markets, Mining, Mining, Financial Services
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