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For many years, Blakes has represented leading Australian companies doing business in Canada. Working alongside leading Australian law firms and advisers, we regularly counsel Australian-based companies on all aspects of Canadian foreign investment, securities, mergers and acquisitions, competition, tax, trade, and business law.

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. As one of very few full-service, national Canadian law firms, Blakes has the experience and resources to provide fully integrated legal services to corporate clients across Canada and in Australia.

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.

Blakes is 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 Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and TSX Venture Exchange-listed companies, and in 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 and financing arrangements. Clients appreciate our significant experience with venture structuring, multi-jurisdictional matters, corporate finance, banking, infrastructure development and project finance.

With active practices in major business and financial centres throughout the world, 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 responsive to the particular 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 of 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 (including project level senior debt outstanding and transaction costs) acquisition 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 Ltd.

Awards & Recognition

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

  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • The Legal 500
  • 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 Law Firms
  • Who’s Who Legal
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada