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Blakes represents leading Mexican companies doing business in Canada and Canadian companies with interests in Mexico. We advise on a wide range of transactions, including joint ventures, strategic alliances, inbound and outbound investments, and acquisitions and business expansion in Canada.

Working alongside the most prominent law firms in Mexico, we regularly counsel Mexican-based companies on all aspects of Canadian foreign investment, competition and antitrust, securities, mergers and acquisitions, tax, anti-corruption, litigation and dispute resolution, trade, and corporate and commercial law. 

Our Firm has offices in Canada's key business centres, enabling us to offer clients 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.

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Awards & Recognition

Members of the Blakes Mexico team are recognized as leaders in the most recent editions of the following publications:

  • Chambers Latin America (Projects: Mining: Leading Canadian Firms - Latin America-wide)

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

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

  • The Legal 500 Canada

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

  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms

  • Who’s Who Legal

Recent Experience

Mining

  • Equinox Gold Corp. on its US$578-million all-stock acquisition of Leagold Mining Corporation and concurrent private placement of US$170-million and debt financing of US$500-million.

  • Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. on its acquisition of AK Steel in an all-stock deal valued at approximately US$1.1-billion.

  • Société Générale Capital Canada Inc. in a debt refinancing with a syndicate of lenders that includes a C$200-million term loan and a C$200-million revolving credit facility to Leagold Mining Corporation.

  • Equinox Gold Corp. on a concurrent US$670-million financing comprised of US$500-million syndicated credit facilities and private placements of a new US$130-million convertible debenture issued to Mubadala Investment Company and US$40-million common equity subscription entered into in connection with the merger of Equinox and Leagold Mining Corporation, creating one of the world’s top-producing gold companies operating entirely in the Americas.

  • BMO Capital Markets Corp. on its US$156.5-million offer to First Majestic Silver Corp. of aggregate principal amount of 1.875 per cent unsecured convertible senior notes due 2023.

  • Timmins Gold Corp. in connection with its operations of its Mexico-based operating assets.

  • Newstrike Capital Inc. on its combination with Timmins Gold Corp. to create an emerging, Mexican-focused, intermediate gold producer.

  • Aurizon Mines Ltd. in connection with its defence of a hostile take-over bid by Alamos Gold that resulted in a proposed C$796-million acquisition of Aurizon by Hecla.

  • Canaccord Genuity Corp., lead underwriter in the C$300-million financing of Primero Mining Corp., the proceeds of which were used to fund its C$500-million acquisition of the San Dimas mine from Goldcorp Inc.

  • MAG Silver Corp. in connection with its US$75-million bought deal financing to fund the development of the Juanicipio silver project.

Energy

  • Altex Energy Corporation on its heavy bitumen pipeline project from the Alberta oil sands to the Gulf of Mexico refineries.

  • The underwriters on a number of debt offerings by Pemex into Canada by private placement.


Financial Services

  • Banco Santander S.A. on its acquisition of Carfinco Financial Group Inc. for C$298-million.

  • An affiliate of LaSalle Investment Management Inc. with respect to the formation of LaSalle Mexico Fund I Investors A, L.P., a fund formed in order to pursue real estate investments in Mexico.

Pension Funds

  • A Canadian institutional investor with respect to the creation of a real estate joint venture and real estate acquisitions in Mexico.

  • A Canadian institutional investor with respect to a real estate investment joint venture in Mexico.

  • A Canadian institutional investor with respect to the creation of a fund-of-one for real estate investments in Mexico.


Additional Experience

  • CBS Corporation on the worldwide reorganization of its Outdoor Advertising business, including in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Uruguay, prior to the initial public offering and subsequent spinoff of CBS Outdoor, Inc., the predecessor to Outfront Media, Inc.

  • Element Financial Corporation on its acquisition of GE Capital’s fleet management business, including their C$250-million Mexican fleet operations, for a total value of approximately C$8.6-billion.

  • Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV on its US$20.1-billion acquisition of the remaining stake in Grupo Modelo, S.A.B. de C.V.

  • Garda World Security Corporation on the sale of its U.S. and Mexico guarding operations to Andrews International Inc.

  • Prominent mining, energy, oilfield service and financial services companies, with significant operations in Mexico, on developing anti-bribery compliance programs and training.

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