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The rise of Asia, where half of the world's population resides, is transforming the world’s economic and geopolitical landscapes. In 20 years, it is predicted that three of the four largest economies in the world will be China, India and Japan. China is currently Canada’s second-largest trading partner and invests billions of dollars in the Canadian economy. Opportunities for Canadian investment in China’s natural resources and other sectors are also robust and growing.

Blakes provides its clients with efficient and effective legal advice and services and is dedicated to building relationships with Chinese companies, including state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and individuals looking to invest and do business in Canada. Blakes is staffed with Canadian and Chinese-trained lawyers fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

The Blakes China practice group offers global expertise in the following key areas:

  • Mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and structuring, negotiating and implementing business strategies in Canada
  • Foreign investment, advising on all aspects of the Investment Canada Act (ICA)
  • Competition, antitrust and other regulatory matters
  • Project finance, securities, capital market regulations and licensing
  • International trade
  • Tax planning in Canada
  • Labour and employment matters
  • Litigation and dispute resolution
  • Technology transfer and intellectual property protection
  • Structuring, negotiating and implementing business strategies in China: joint ventures, wholly foreign-owned enterprises, PRC and offshore holding companies

Our expertise in these areas also allows us to participate in the majority of the significant investments by Chinese companies throughout Canada in numerous industries but particularly in the oil sands, conventional oil and gas, renewable energy, mining, technology, manufacturing and construction industries. We have a talented and diverse team of lawyers well versed in working with Chinese clients, who often work closely with Chinese, U.K., U.S., African, South American and Central American legal firms in China-related transactions.

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Recent Experience

Recent matters of the China practice group include advising:

  • JCHX Mining Management Co., Ltd. on its strategic equity investment of approximately C$11-million into Cordoba Minerals Corp.

  • Nevsun Resources Ltd. on its friendly take-over by Zijin Mining Group Co. Ltd.  for C$1.86-billion.

  • Weichai Power Co., Ltd. on its strategic equity investment of US$163-million in Ballard Power Systems Inc.

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

  • Sunward Intelligent Equipment Co. Ltd. on the purchase of shares of Calgary-based Avmax Group Inc. for approximately US$300-million.

  • Beijing BDStar Navigation Co., Ltd. on its acquisition of Canadian mobile-positioning-technology company Rx Networks Inc., with a total deal value of approximately C$31-million.

  • Mackenzie Investments, a subsidiary of IGM Financial Inc., on its acquisition of 13.9 per cent interest in China Asset Management Co., Ltd. for C$647-million.

  • Yintai Resources Co. Ltd on its purchase of an interest in the White Mountain, the Tanjianshan mines and Eastern Dragon development project from Eldorado Gold Corporation for approximately US$600-million.

  • Sinopec on its acquisition of a 15 per cent interest and subsequent joint venture with China Huadian to participate in the proposed Pacific Northwest LNG project.

  • Novus Energy on its C$320-million acquisition by Yanchang Petroleum International.

  • Nexen Inc. on its C$15.1-billion acquisition by CNOOC Limited.

  • Greenland Group on its acquisition of a prominent downtown Toronto condominium development site at 355 King Street West for more than C$100-million.

  • Johnson Electric Holdings Limited on its C$800-million acquisition of Stackpole International.

  • KuangChi Science Ltd. on its subscription for 32.6 per cent of the outstanding shares (fully diluted) of Toronto-based Solar Ship Inc. for C$17-million and its acquisition of an option to acquire an additional 21.8 per cent (fully diluted) of Solar Ship for an additional C$25-million.

  • Yanbu Aramco Sinopec Refining Company Limited, a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Sinopec, on its operational requirements and ongoing corporate and commercial matters.

  • Daylight Energy Ltd. on its C$2.2-billion acquisition by China Petrochemical Corporation, known as Sinopec Group.

  • Sinopec International Petroleum Exploration and Production Corporation on its US$4.65‑billion purchase of ConocoPhillips’ interest in the Syncrude joint venture that is the largest oil sands venture in the world.

  • Fission Uranium Corp. in connection with its C$82-million private placement to CGN Mining Company Limited (CGN Mining). Concurrent to the signing of the subscription agreement, Fission and CGN Mining also entered into an offtake agreement pursuant to which, upon completion of the transaction, CGN Mining will purchase uranium production from Fission.

  • Wescast Industries Inc. on its C$200‑million acquisition by Sichuan Bohong Industries Co., Ltd. of the People’s Republic of China. The deal is the biggest acquisition by value between industrial organizations in Sino-Canadian history.

  • China Minsheng Bank on its C$300-million financing related to the acquisition of Grande Cache Coal.

  • China Wind Power International Corp. in connection with its listing on the TSX Venture Exchange.

Awards & Recognition

Members of the China group have consistently been recognized as leaders by the following publications:

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business

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

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys

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

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

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial and Corporate Law Firms

  • Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders - Global Elite

  • Who’s Who Legal: Canada

  • The Legal 500 Canada

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada

  • Acritas Stars: Independently Rated Lawyers