Blakes has one of the largest and most active mergers and acquisitions practices in Canada, having been involved in more than 1,400 global public and private M&A transactions, with an aggregate dollar value in excess of US$1.5-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 2010–2019.
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.