OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

​Blakes has one of the largest and most active mergers and acquisitions practices in Canada, having been involved in more than 2,000 global public and private M&A transactions, with an aggregate dollar value in excess of US$1.6-trillion, over a 10-year period. According to Bloomberg and Refinitiv, Blakes is the No. 1 Canadian law firm in global M&A by deal count and value for 2009–2018. In Q3 2019, Blakes was the No.1 Canadian firm in global mining announced deals by deal value, and the No. 1 firm in announced mining deals by deal value, according to Bloomberg.

We are frequently retained by major domestic and international mining companies and financial institutions to provide strategic counsel in M&A transactions. Transactions range from privately negotiated transfers of shares or assets to the largest public company mergers and acquisitions completed by way of take-over bids, amalgamations and plans of arrangement. We advise our mining clients on structuring considerations, related party rules, special committee obligations, take-over defences and contested shareholder meetings.

The Blakes Capital Markets team is also one of the largest and most experienced in Canada. Our lawyers are leaders in capital markets transactions, serving prominent companies, investors and financial institutions in Canada, the United States and worldwide. Canada's leading public companies and investment dealers regularly turn to us to handle their corporate finance transactions and securities regulatory matters, tapping into our national and international presence to access our exceptional cross-border capability in principal markets.

We have extensive experience with public offerings, including initial public offerings, acquisition finance and innovative fund structures, as well as private placements and other forms of strategic investments. We routinely advise corporations, trusts, strategic and financial investors, and investment banks on all types of securities regulatory matters and have unsurpassed knowledge of securities regulation gained, in part, through our work with Canadian securities regulators. Our lawyers advised the TSX in the reformulation of its rules related to listed companies and its survey of corporate governance practices, as well as advised the Ontario Securities Commission and the Canadian Securities Administrators in the substantial reformulation of provincial securities regulations and policies.


Representative Matters

Mergers & Acquisitions:

  • Atlantic Gold Corporation on its C$802-million sale to St Barbara Limited.
  • Agrium Inc. on its US$38-billion merger of equals with Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. to form Nutrien Ltd.
  • Nevsun Resources Ltd. on its C$1.86-billion sale to Zijin Mining Group Co. Ltd.
  • Nextview New Energy Lion Hong Kong Limited on its C$263-million acquisition of Lithium X Energy Corp.
  • The Washington Companies on its C$1.5-billion acquisition of Dominion Diamond Corporation and various related debt financings.
  • Trek Mining Inc. in connection with its C$400-million business combination with NewCastle Gold Ltd. and Anfield Gold Corp. to create Equinox Gold Corp.
  • Avnel Gold Mining Limited on its C$160-million sale to Endeavour Mining Corporation.
  • Kinross Gold Corporation on the sale of its 25 per cent interest in the Cerro Casale project and 100 per cent interest in the Quebrada Seca project to Goldcorp Inc. for US$300-million in cash, the assumption by Goldcorp of a US$20-million payment obligation and the issuance of a 1.25 per cent Goldcorp royalty relating to such projects.
  • Americas Silver Corporation on its US$58.6-million acquisition of Pershing Gold Corporation.
  • The Independent Committee of the Board of Directors of Dalradian Resources Inc. on the C$537-million acquisition of Dalradian Resources Inc. by Orion Mine Finance.
  • Maverix Metals Inc. on its US$100-million acquisition of 54 royalties from Newmont Mining Corporation for 60 million common shares, 10 million warrants and US$17-million in cash.
  • Equinox Gold Corp. on its US$158-million acquisition of the Mesquite Gold Mine in California from New Gold Inc.
  • Aura Minerals Inc. on its C$25.4-million acquisition of Rio Novo Gold Inc. by way of shareholder-approved merger and on the US$40-million sale of Mineração Vale Verde Ltda, to a purchaser group.
  • Special Committee of Exeter Resource Corporation on Exeter’s C$247-million sale to Goldcorp Inc.
  • Liberty Metals & Mining Holdings, LLC on the C$75-million sale of its wholly owned subsidiary, Liberty Metals & Mining Canadian Coal Royalties Ltd., to a subsidiary of Altius Minerals Corporation

Capital Markets:

  • Lundin Gold Inc. on its C$46.6-million public offering of common shares.
  • Equinox Gold Corp. in connection with a strategic investment in Equinox by Mubadala Investment Company in the form of a US$130-million secured convertible notes and accompanying governance and investor rights agreement.
  • Ero Copper Corp. on its $127-million initial public offering.
  • Lundin Gold Inc. on its US$400-million equity private placement financing in connection with the Fruta del Norte gold project in Ecuador.
  • BHP Billiton in connection with its strategic equity investments in SolGold Plc and Midland Exploration Inc.
  • A private equity investor in connection with its investment of up to US$300-million in a Canadian iron ore project by way of equity subscription and option on project marketing rights.
  • SoftBank Group Corp. on its C$99-million strategic investment and related rights in Nemaska Lithium Inc.
  • A syndicate of underwriters on the US$156.5-million offering of convertible notes of First Majestic Silver.
  • A syndicate of underwriters on the US$250-million offering of senior secured notes of Taseko Mines Limited.
  • A syndicate of underwriters on the US$800-million cross-border offering of common shares of Silver Wheaton Corp.
  • Pure Gold Mining Inc. on its bought deal private placement and concurrent non-brokered private placement for aggregate gross proceeds of C$20.9-million.
  • A syndicate of underwriters on the C$175-million offering of subscription receipts by Leagold Mining Corporation.
  • Pretium Resources Inc. on its US$100-million private placement of unsecured convertible senior subordinated notes.
  • A syndicate of underwriters on the C$29.9-million bought deal public offering of units of eCobalt Solutions Inc.
  • A syndicate of underwriters on Stornoway Diamond Corporation’s C$132-million public offering of subscription receipts, forming part of its C$946-million comprehensive financing transaction to fund the construction of the Renard diamond project in Quebec.
  • BHP Billiton Finance Limited on its C$750-million offering of Maple bonds.
  • A syndicate of underwriters on the US$750‑million cross-border offering of notes by Teck Resources Limited.
  • A syndicate of underwriters on the US$250-million public offering of common shares of Kinross Gold Corporation.
 

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Office Managing Partner | London
London: +44-20-7429-3555
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining, Oil & Gas, Infrastructure, Australia, Africa, Capital Markets, Europe, Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Finance, Corporate Governance, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Mining M&A and Capital Markets, Mergers, Acquisitions, & Divestitures
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4229
Areas of Expertise: Equity Capital Markets, Capital Markets, Corporate & Commercial, Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining M&A and Capital Markets
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3341
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Equity Capital Markets, Mining M&A and Capital Markets, Mining Law, Private Equity, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4162
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Equity Capital Markets, Corporate & Commercial, Corporate Governance, Mining M&A and Capital Markets, Cannabis, Mergers & Acquisitions
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4005
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Private Equity, Mining, Equity Capital Markets, United States, Shareholder Activism, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Mining M&A and Capital Markets
Office Managing Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3345
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets, Corporate Governance, Mining, Forestry, Africa, Joint Venture & Co-Ownership Structuring, Mergers, Acquisitions, & Divestitures, Latin America, Equity Capital Markets, Shareholder Activism, China, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Mining M&A and Capital Markets, Major Projects
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2785
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Mining, Australia, Africa, Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Finance, Europe, Southeast Asia, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Mining M&A and Capital Markets, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro, & CleanTech), Transmission & Distribution
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3330
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining, Equity Capital Markets, Shareholder Activism, Forestry, Life Sciences, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Mining M&A and Capital Markets
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