Steven McKoen, Q.C.
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3319

Steven practises securities and corporate law. His practice emphasizes domestic and cross-border mergers & acquisitions, reorganizations, corporate finance, and corporate governance. He acts for a wide variety of issuer, underwriter and private equity clients in a variety of sectors including mining, forestry, high-tech and biotech.

Steven provides legal services through Steven McKoen Law Corporation.


Steven's recent representative transactions include acting as counsel to:

  • Digital Colony Partners and EQT Infrastructure IV Fund in connection with their consortium’s US$14.3-billion agreement to acquire, recapitalize and take private Zayo Group Holdings, Inc.

  • A US private equity fund on its acquisition of 51% of a Canadian consumer goods manufacturer

  • Timber Investments Ltd. on its acquisition of a 51% interest in Columbia Containers Ltd., a container terminal operator in Vancouver, Canada, from Providence Grain Group

  • Nevsun Resources Ltd. with respect to its acquisition by Zijin Mining Group Co. Ltd. for C$1.86-billion

  • A US private equity fund on its acquisition of 51% of a Canadian health supplements manufacturer

  • Nevsun Resources Ltd. with respect to its response to Euro Sun Mining Inc. and Lundin Mining Corporation’s non-binding unsolicited proposal to acquire Nevsun for C$1.5-billion

  • Nextview New Energy Lion Hong Kong Limited in the purchase of all shares of Vancouver listed company Lithium X Energy Corp. for approximately C$265-million through a plan of arrangement

  • Macquarie Infrastructure Partners III L.P. on its C$393-million private equity investment and subsequent sale in the C$5.125-billion recapitalization of GFL Environmental Inc.

  • Azarga Uranium Corp. on its announced C$35-million merger with URZ Energy Corp.

  • Reservoir Minerals Inc. with respect to its acquisition by Nevsun Resources Ltd. for US$440-million and an associated US$135-million financing

  • MHR Fund Management LLC in connection with the sale of 10-million common shares of Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. for C$518-million

  • Luna Gold Corp. in its restructuring of its gold stream with Sandstorm Gold Ltd. and a concurrent C$30-million investment by Pacific Road Resources Fund

  • SciVac Therapeutics Inc. in the reverse take-over of Levon Resources Ltd. by SciVac Ltd. and in SciVac's all stock acquisition of VBI Vaccines Inc.

  • D-Wave Systems Inc. on its placement of C$62-million of equity in a venture capital financing

  • The underwriters of West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. on its US$300-million senior unsecured note financing


Steven was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2018 and was one of 52 recipients of a national Lexpert Zenith Award, which recognizes those lawyers and judges, called between 1986 and 2000, who demonstrated excellence and thought leadership in their area of practice during 2013-2014.

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

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2020 (Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining, Securities)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2019 (Corporate Commercial, Corporate Finance & Securities, Corporate Mid-Market, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining)

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