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Blakes represents a wide range of Australian companies doing business or seeking to invest in Canada as well as Canadian companies operating or investing in Australia. We work alongside leading Australian law firms and advisors and regularly counsel Australian-based companies on all aspects of Canadian foreign investment, securities, Canada-Australia M&A, competition, tax, trade and business law.

Our Firm maintains offices in Canada's key business centres, enabling us to offer investors geographic-specific advice regarding their Canadian investments. Leveraging our regulatory expertise, we assist them with optimizing their business opportunities, complying with regulatory requirements and limiting their risk exposure.

We are especially well known for our financial services, M&A and capital markets work. With experience advising on many of the best-known global M&A and financing transactions, we are frequently called upon to act for clients in transactions involving non-Canadian acquirers of Canadian businesses. Companies also seek our assistance with raising capital, investing in companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and TSX Venture Exchange, and obtaining exchange lists and dual listings.

The Blakes Australia team frequently advises on inbound and outbound investments in the energy and mining sectors, as well as a broad range of infrastructure projects, collaborative business dealings such as Canada-Australia joint ventures and financing arrangements. We’re well placed to serve our clients’ needs as a result of our significant experience with venture structuring, multi-jurisdictional matters, corporate finance, banking, infrastructure development and project finance.

We fully grasp the complex interplay of laws and regulations as well as the challenges of coordinating transactions in which owners, investors and assets are in different jurisdictions. Leveraging long-established relationships with leading international legal and accounting firms and regulatory bodies and working with local counsel in Australia, we deliver comprehensive, streamlined service that aligns with the needs of our clients.

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Recent Experience
  • Chalice Gold Mines Limited on its acquisition for shares of the Cameron gold project in Ontario from Coventry Resources Inc.

  • Gryphon Minerals Limited in connection with its US$63-million acquisition by Teranga Gold Corporation.

  • Savaria Corporation on the acquisition through its wholly owned subsidiary, Savaria (Australia) Pty Ltd, of all the assets of Master Lifts Australia Pty Ltd, a leading elevator dealer based in Brisbane, Australia.

  • Stars Group Inc. on its acquisition of a 62 per cent equity interest in CrownBet Holdings Pty Limited for approximately US$117.7-million.

  • Agrium Inc. on the acquisition, by its subsidiary Landmark Operations Limited, of Macrofertil Australia Pty Ltd from Louis Dreyfus Corp.

  • Transurban Group on its C$1.2-billion acquisition (including outstanding project-level senior debt and transaction costs) of the A25 toll road and bridge in Canada from Macquarie Infrastructure Partners.

  • Nutrien Ltd. on its A$470-million acquisition of Ruralco Holdings Limited.

  • WorleyParsons Limited on its US$3.3-billion acquisition of the Energy, Chemicals and Resource business of Jacobs Engineering Group.

  • Atlantic Gold Corporation on its C$802-million sale to St Barbara Limited.

  • Correvio Pharma Corp. on its US$76-million acquisition by ADVANZ PHARMA Corp.

  • Canadian counsel to Rank Group Limited, parent of its majority shareholder Packaging Finance Limited, on Reynolds Consumer Products Inc.’s US$1-billion initial public offering.

  • Allied Gold Corp. on its acquisition of F&M Gold Resources Ltd., owner of mining interests in Côte d'Ivoire.

  • Xero Limited on its US$70-million acquisition of Hubdoc Inc.

Awards & Recognition

Members of the Blakes Australia team are consistently recognized as leaders in their respective fields in the most recent editions of the following surveys and guides:

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

  • The Legal 500 Canada

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

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

  • IFLR: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial and Corporate Law Firms

  • Who’s Who Legal

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada