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About Bob

Bob's practice focuses on corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. He advises public and private companies as well as financial institutions. Bob has extensive expertise in advising on take-over and issuer bids and private equity financings, and as independent counsel to boards of directors.

Bob is the former chair of the Firm's Compensation Committee.

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Recent representative transactions include advising:

  • Sabina Gold & Silver Corp. in connection with its acquisition by B2Gold Corp. for C$1.1-billion

  • Pretium Resources Inc. in connection with its acquisition by Newcrest Mining for C$3.5-billion

  • Capstone Mining Corp. in connection with its C$1.1-billion business combination with Mantos Copper

  • Great Bear Resources Ltd. in connection with its acquisition by Kinross Gold Corporation for C$1.8-billion and Great Bear Royalties Corp. in connection with its acquisition by Royal Gold for C$200-million

  • Nevsun Resources in connection with the C$1.4-billion takeover bid by Lundin Mining which resulted in a friendly agreement with Zijin Mining to acquire Nevsun for C$1.8-billion

  • Maverix Metals Inc. in connection with its acquisition by Triple Flag Precious Metals Corp. for C$700-million

  • Gold Standard Ventures Corp. in connection with its acquisition by Orla Mining Ltd. for C$240-million

  • Ascot Resources Ltd. in connection with its C$200-million financing by Sprott Streaming and Ccori Apu

  • Atlantic Gold in connection with the acquisition by St. Barbara for C$802-million

  • The Special Committee of Alterra Power Corp. in connection with its C$1.1-billion acquisition by Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.

  • Artemis Gold in connection with its acquisition of the Blackwater project from New Gold and the associated C$175-million offering of common shares

  • Seabridge Gold Inc. in connection with its US$225-million note to Sprott Resource and Ontario Teachers Pension Plan which is convertible into a silver royalty

  • Aurizon Mines Ltd. in connection with the hostile take-over bid by Alamos Gold Inc., which became a C$796-million friendly acquisition of Aurizon by Hecla Mining Company

  • Equinox Gold in connection with its C$1.3-billion merger of equals with Leagold and its C$700-million acquisition of Premier Gold

  • The Special Committee of Coastal Contacts Inc. in connection with its acquisition by Essilor International SA for C$435-million

  • The Special Committee of Hathor Exploration Limited in connection with the hostile take-over bid by Cameco Corp., which, after an auction, resulted in a friendly acquisition by Rio Tinto for C$654-million

  • Galenica SA in connection with its US$915-million acquisition of Aspreva Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Awards & Recognition

Bob has been named Best Lawyers' "Mining Lawyer of the Year" in 2015, 2016 and 2018, and Best Lawyers' "Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyer of the Year" in 2020. He was also named as one of Lexpert's "Top Forty under 40" in 2008. Additionally, he has been recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory – 2019–2024 (Corporate Finance & Securities, Corporate Mid-Market, Corporate Commercial Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining, Private Equity)

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business – 2022–2024 (Mining (International & Cross-Border))

  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 2024 (Corporate Finance & Securities, Mining)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2024 (Hall of Fame: Mining)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (2016–2017, 2019, 2021–2022, 2024: Energy & Natural Resources: Mining; 2016–2017, 2019, 2021–2024: Corporate/Commercial – B.C.)

  • Best Lawyers: "Lawyer of the Year" 2024 (Securities Law and Mining Law, Vancouver)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada – 2014–2024 (Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Mining Law, Natural Resources Law, Securities Law)

  • Who's Who Legal: Thought Leaders – Global Elite – 2022–2024 (Mining)

  • Lexpert Special Edition: Mining 2023

  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial and Corporate Law Firms – 2021–2023 (Mergers & Acquisitions)

  • Who's Who Legal: Global (2022–2023: Mining; 2021, 2023: M&A)

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada – 2017, 2020–2023 (Capital Markets, M&A, Mining)

  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada – 2022–2023 (Corporate Finance & Securities, Corporate Mid-Market, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining)

  • The Legal 500 Canada (2023: Hall of Fame: Mining; 2022: Energy – Mining)

  • Best Lawyers: "Lawyer of the Year" 2021 (Mining Law, Vancouver)

  • Thomson Reuters Stand-out Lawyers 2021 – Independently Rated Lawyers (As nominated by senior in-house counsel)

  • The Legal 500 Canada – 2018–2020 (Energy – Mining; Corporate; Mergers & Acquisitions)

  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 2019 (Corporate Finance & Securities, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining)

  • Best Lawyers: "Lawyer of the Year" 2019 (Securities, Vancouver)

  • Who's Who Legal: Mining – 2014, 2016, 2019

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business – 2013–2015, 2017–2019 (Energy & Natural Resources – Mining)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2018 (Corporate Commercial Law, Corporate Finance & Securities, Corporate Mid-Market, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining)

  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 2018 (Corporate Finance & Securities, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining)

  • Who's Who Legal: M&A and Governance 2017

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2017 (Leading Lawyer – Energy – Mining; Recommended – Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions)

  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 2017 (Corporate Finance & Securities, Mining)

  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada – 2015, 2016 and 2017 (Corporate Finance & Securities, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory – 2014–2017 (Corporate Finance & Securities, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2016 (Leading Lawyer – Energy – Mining; Recommended – Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2015 (Corporate and M&A; Leading Lawyer – Energy – Mining)

  • Chambers Latin America 2015 (Projects: Mining: Leading Canadian Firms – Latin America-wide)

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada – 2014 and 2015 (Most Highly Regarded Individual – Mining; Leading Lawyer – Mergers & Acquisitions)

Professional Activities

Bob is a former member of the Firm's Executive Committee and is the former chair of the Firm's Compensation Committee.

Education

Admitted to the British Columbia Bar – 1995
LLB, Osgoode Hall Law School – 1994

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