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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
  • The Special Committee of Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. on its acquisition by Rio Tinto.

  • Skeena Resources Limited on its C$48.6-million acquisition of QuestEx Gold & Copper Ltd.

  • ​Capstone Mining Corp. on its business combination Mantos Copper (Bermuda) Limited.

  • ​Pretium Resources Inc. in connection with the proposed C$3.5-billion acquisition by Newcrest Mining Limited.

  • ​A syndicate of underwriters led by Raymond James Ltd. on a US$17-million bought deal MJDS offering of common shares of Integra Resources Corp. pursuant to a supplement to Integra’s base shelf prospectus.

  • ​Atico Mining Corporation on acquisition of the remaining 40 per cent of Compañia Minera La Plata S.A. in Ecuador.

  • ​The Special Committee of Corvus Gold Inc. on its US$370-million sale to AngloGold Ashanti Limited.

  • ​Azarga Uranium on its agreement to be acquired by enCore Energy Corp.

  • ​New Found Gold Corp. on its C$57.5-million bought deal public offering of “flow-through” common shares offered by way of prospectus supplement to a short form base shelf prospectus.

  • ​G Mining Ventures Corp. on its acquisition of the Tocantinzinho gold project in Brazil from Eldorado Gold.

  • ​G Mining Ventures Corp. on its C$70-million bought-deal private placement.

  • ​BHP Lonsdale Investments Pty. Ltd. in connection with its board-supported takeover bid for Noront Resources Ltd.

  • Ero Copper Corp. on its precious metals purchase agreement with RGLD Gold AG, a wholly owned subsidiary of Royal Gold Inc. in relation to gold production from the NX Gold Mine, located in Mato Grosso, Brazil.

  • Triple Flag Precious Metals Corp. on a US$45.7-million acquisition of 34 royalties from IAMGOLD Corporation and certain of its subsidiaries.

  • Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. on its C$1.1-billion acquisition of Roxgold Inc.

  • NexGen Energy Ltd. on its Rook I uranium project in northern Saskatchewan.

  • Equinox Gold Corp. on its sale of its Pilar Gold Mine in Brazil to Pilar Gold Inc. for aggregate consideration of US$38-million in cash, a 9.9 per cent equity interest in Pilar Gold Inc. and a 1 per cent net smelter returns royalty on production from the Pilar Gold Mine.

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

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

  • Capstone Mining Corp. in connection with a US$290-million gold stream with Wheaton Precious Metals International Ltd. in respect of the Santo Domingo Project.

  • Teck Resources Ltd. on two separate large-scale expansions to existing mines in British Columbia, specifically the Highland Valley Copper 2040 Expansion and the Fording River Coal Mine Expansion Project.

  • Dominion Diamond Mines ULC in their restructuring proceedings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (Canada).

  • Conuma Resources Ltd. on their steelmaking coal mining operations in northeast British Columbia.

  • A mining company in an arbitration administered by the London Court of International Arbitration relating to the sale of interests in a mining joint venture in Mongolia.

  • The Bank of Nova Scotia in connection with Magris Resources Inc.’s acquisition of the Imerys talc assets.

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 and deal value, for the past ten years (2011–2020).

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