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Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2021

From junior explorers and mid-tier developers to global giants, mining companies worldwide turn to Blakes for strategic guidance and expert counsel on mergers and acquisitions, joint venture, project finance and corporate finance transactions, as well as a wide range of operational and non-transactional matters, such as corporate governance, taxation, title matters and environmental compliance. Our Mining lawyers have acted for clients on projects across Canada, the U.S., Europe, Africa, Australia, Asia and the Middle East on the exploration, development and operation of mining projects involving a wide array of resources and minerals.

Our Mining clients rely on our reputation as Canada’s leading law firm and our track record as a global leader in the provision of legal services to the mining industry.
To view a list of our most recent representative matters, please visit Mining Lending, Mining Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Mining M&A and Capital Markets, Mining Projects, and Mining Streaming & Royalties.

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Recent Experience
  • A syndicate of underwriters led by BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. and Canaccord Genuity Corp. on a C$172.8-million bought deal MJDS offering of common shares of NexGen Energy Ltd. pursuant to a short-form prospectus.

  • Canaccord Genuity Corp. on behalf of a syndicate of underwriters on a US$400-million public offering of common shares of Lithium Americas Corp.

  • Plateau Energy Metals Inc. on its C$160-million acquisition by American Lithium Corp.

  • The Special Committee of the Board of Teranga Gold Corporation on its C$2.4-billion acquisition by Endeavour Mining Corporation. 

  • Equinox Gold Corp. on its C$700-million acquisition of Premier Gold Mines Limited.

  • Pretium Resources Inc. on the sale of its Snowfield property for cash consideration of US$100-million, a 1.5 per cent net smelter royalty and a US$20-million contingent consideration.

  • New Millenium Iron Corp. on its business combination agreement with Abaxx Technologies.

  • Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. on its C$69-million brokered offering of 23-million common shares at a price of C$3 per share.

  • Artemis Gold Inc. on its C$175-million brokered and non-brokered offering of 64,825,925 subscription receipts at a price of C$2.70 per subscription receipt.

  • Canadian counsel to First Mining Gold Corp. on the sale of its subsidiary, Tamaka Gold Corporation, to Treasury Metals Inc.

  • Dominion Diamond Mines ULC in connection with its Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act filing.

  • Canadian counsel to a syndicate of agents on the US$300-million at-the-market offering of the common shares of Wheaton Precious Metals Corp.

  • Alio Gold Inc. on its acquisition by Argonaut Gold Inc.

  • The Special Committee of Balmoral Resources Limited on its C$110-million acquisition by Wallbridge Mining Company Limited.

  • Canadian counsel to a syndicate of agents on the US$300-million at-the-market offering of the common shares of Wheaton Precious Metals Corp.

  • Ascot Resources Ltd. on its acquisition of IDM Mining Ltd. in exchange for 0.0675 of a common share of Ascot for each share of IDM.
  • Atlantic Gold Corporation on its C$802-million sale to St Barbara Limited.

  • Denison Mines Corp. on its acquisition of Cameco Corp.’s 24% interest in the Wheeler River joint venture, in exchange for the issuance of 24,615,000 common shares of Denison.

  • Liberty Gold Corp. on the sale of its interest in the Halilağa copper gold porphyry, located in Biga Province, northwest Turkey, to Cengiz Holdings A.Ș.

  • Lucara Diamond Corp. on its US$29-million acquisition of Clara Diamond Solutions Corp., a digital sales platform using cloud and blockchain technologies.

  • Lundin Gold Inc. on a US$400-million equity private placement financing for the Fruta del Norte gold project in Ecuador.

  • Maverix Metals Inc. on its purchase of 54 royalties from Newmont Mining Corporation for 60 million common shares, 10 million warrants and US$17-million.

  • Maverix Metals Inc. on its US$20-million silver-streaming agreement and US$3.5-million equity subscription into Northern Vertex Mining Corp.

  • Nevsun Resources Ltd. on its proposed C$1.5-billion acquisition by Lundin Mining Corp. and Euro Sun Mining Inc.

  • Nextview New Energy Lion Hong Kong Limited on its C$265-million acquisition of Lithium X Energy Corp.

Awards & Recognition

According to Bloomberg, Blakes is the No. 1 Canadian law firm in global mining announced deals by deal count and No. 1 in Canada mining announced deals by deal count, for the past seven years (2013–2019).

Members of our mining team are recognized in the most recent editions of the following ranking publications:

  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business

  • The Legal 500 Canada

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada

  • Who’s Who Legal: Mining

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers

  • The Lexpert Guide to Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada for Mining

  • The Lexpert Special Edition – Global Mining