Bob J. Wooder
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3330

Bob's practice focuses on corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. He advises public and private companies as well as financial institutions. Bob has extensive expertise in advising on take-over and issuer bids, private equity financings and as independent counsel to boards of directors.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Recent representative transactions include advising:

  • Nevsun Resources in connection with the C$1.4-billion takeover bid by Lundin Mining which resulted in a friendly agreement with Zijin Mining to acquire Nevsun for C$1.8 billion

  • Atlantic Gold in connection with the acquisition by St. Barbara for C$802-million

  • The Special Committee of Alterra Power Corp. in connection with its C$1.1-billion acquisition by Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.

  • Ero Copper Corp. in connection with its C$127-million initial public offering

  • Capstone Mining Corp. in connection with its acquisition of the Pinto Valley Mine from BHP Billiton for US$650-million and in connection with its C$725-million acquisition of Far West Mining Ltd. and its simultaneous strategic alliance with Korea Resources Corporation

  • Aurizon Mines Ltd. in connection with the hostile take-over bid by Alamos Gold Inc., which became a C$796-million friendly acquisition of Aurizon by Hecla Mining Company

  • Pretium Resources Inc. in connection with its US$540-million construction financing package which included a US$150-million callable gold and silver stream agreement and in connection with its US$150-million equity financing

  • 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.

  • The Special Committee of Coastal Contacts Inc. in connection with its acquisition by Essilor International SA for C$435-million

  • The Special Committee of Hathor Exploration Limited in connection with the hostile take-over bid by Cameco Corp., which, after an auction, resulted in a friendly acquisition by Rio Tinto for C$654-million

  • The underwriters in connection with the US$156.5-million convertible note offering by First Majestic Silver

  • The underwriters in connection with the US$250-million offering of convertible senior notes by Silver Standard Resources Inc.

  • The underwriters in connection with an offering by Silver Wheaton Corp. of US$800-million of common shares and of US$632-million of common shares

  • Galenica SA in connection with its US$915-million acquisition of Aspreva Pharmaceuticals Corporation

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Bob has been named Best Lawyers' "Mining Lawyer of the Year" in 2015, 2016 and 2018, and Best Lawyers’ “Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyer of the year” in 2020. He was also named as one of Lexpert's "Top Forty under 40" in 2008. Additionally, he has been recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada - 2014-2020 (Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining, Natural Resources and Securities)

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

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business - 2017-2019 (Energy & Natural Resources - Mining)

  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 2019 (Corporate Finance & Securities, Mergers & Acquisitions and Mining)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2018 and 2019 (Energy - Mining; Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business - 2016, 2017 and 2019 (Mining and Corporate/Commercial - B.C.)

  • Who's Who Legal: Mining - 2014, 2016 and 2019

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2019 (Lawyer of the Year - Securities)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2018 (Corporate Commercial Law, Corporate Finance & Securities, Corporate Mid-Market, Mergers & Acquisitions and Mining)

  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 2018 (Corporate Finance & Securities, Mergers & Acquisitions and Mining)

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2017 (Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets and Mining)

  • Who's Who Legal: M&A and Governance 2017

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014-2017 (Corporate Finance & Securities, Mergers & Acquisitions and Mining)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2017 (Leading Lawyer - Energy - Mining; Recommended - Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions)

  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 2017 (Corporate Finance & Securities and Mining)

  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada - 2015, 2016 and 2017 (Corporate Finance & Securities, Mergers & Acquisitions and Mining)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2016 (Leading Lawyer - Energy - Mining; Recommended - Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions)

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada - 2014 and 2015 (Most Highly Regarded Individual - Mining; Leading Lawyer - Mergers & Acquisitions)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2015 (Corporate and M&A; Leading Lawyer - Energy - Mining)

  • Chambers Latin America 2015 (Projects: Mining: Leading Canadian Firms - Latin America-wide)

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business - 2013-2015 (Energy & Natural Resources: Mining)