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Kathleen Keilty

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Recent representative transactions include acting as counsel to:

Mergers & Acquisitions

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

  • Carillion Canada, the Canadian subsidiary of Carillion plc, one of Canada`s largest integrated construction support services and facilities management enterprises, in connection with the sale of its services business (including relating to facilities management of airports, commercial and retail properties, defense facilities and select hospitals) to an affiliate of Fairfax Financial Holdings as part of the restructuring of Carillion Canada under the Companies Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA)

  • Carillion Canada in connection with the distressed sale of the power line construction and maintenance services business of RPC Limited Partnership to the founders, Rokstad Power

  • The Special Committee of Great Canadian Gaming Corporation in its proposed C$3.3-billion acquisition by funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, Inc.

  • Tilray, Inc. in connection with its business combination with Aphria Inc. to create the world’s largest global cannabis company based on pro forma revenue, having an implied pro forma equity value of C$5.0 billion (US$3.9 billion)

  • The Special Committee of Auryn Resources Inc. in its C$151-million acquisition of Eastmain Resources Inc. to form Fury Gold Mines

  • Tilray, Inc. (a global leader in cannabis research, cultivation, production and distribution) on its acquisition of FHF Holdings Inc. (doing business as Manitoba Harvest (the world’s largest hemp food manufacturer and a leader in the natural foods industry) of approximately C$419-million via plan of arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (British Columbia)

  • True Gold Mining in connection with its acquisition by Endeavour Mining Corporation for C$191-million

  • Liberty Metals & Mining in connection with its joint acquisition, together with Altius Minerals Corporation and others, of C$460-million of coal and potash royalty assets, sold by Sherritt International Corporation as part of its aggregate C$946-million divestiture of assets, which included a concurrent sale to Westmoreland Coal of Sherritt's prairie and mountain coal operations

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

Corporate Finance

  • Counsel to the underwriters on the US$230-million convertible notes offering of First Majestic Silver Corp.

  • Counsel to the underwriters on the US$259-million convertible notes offering of Lithium Americas Corp.

  • Advised a syndicate of agents on the US$140-million at-the-market offering of common shares by Sandstorm Gold Ltd.

  • Counsel to agents on the US$300-million at-the-market offering and counsel to the underwriters in connection with the US$800-million and US$550-million offerings of common shares of Wheaton Precious Metals (formerly Silver Wheaton)

  • Tilray, Inc., a NASDAQ listed cannabis producer, in connection with its US$202-million initial public offering of common shares and subsequent offering of US$450-million of 5.00% Convertible Notes

  • The underwriters on the C$460-million initial public offering by way secondary offering of Subordinate Voting Shares of Aritzia Inc. and subsequent secondary offerings of C$100-million, C$382-million and C$330-million, respectively

  • Ero Copper in connection with its C$127-million initial public offering

  • CPI Card Group in connection with its US$150-million initial public offering of common shares and the concurrent US$22.5-million secondary offering

  • MAG Silver in connection with its US$50 million at-the-market offering of common shares and US$65-million and C$75-million offerings of common shares

  • Pretivm Resources in connection with its offering of US$129.9-million of common shares and its US$60-million primary and secondary offering of common shares and in connection with its US$540-million construction financing package which included a US$150-million callable gold and silver stream agreement

  • The underwriters in connection with the C$175-million, C$180-million, US$113-million and US$33-million offerings of common shares by Platinum Group Metals

Awards & Recognition

Kathleen has been recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2023 (Energy and Natural Resources: Mining (Nationwide – Canada))

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada - 2022-2023 (Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Mining Law, Securities Law)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2022 (Energy and Natural Resources: Mining; Cannabis)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory - 2021-2022 (Corporate Finance & Securities, Corporate Commercial Law, Corporate Mid-Market, Private Equity, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining)

  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada - 2021-2022 (Corporate Finance & Securities)

  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial and Corporate Law Firms - 2020-2022 (M&A)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2021 (Cannabis)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada - 2014-2021 (Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Mining Law, Securities Law)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2020 (Corporate Finance & Securities; Corporate Mid-Market; Mining; Private Equity)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2019 (Corporate Finance & Securities, Corporate Commercial Law, Mining)

  • The 2017 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Corporate Finance & Securities)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory - 2015-2017 (Corporate Finance & Securities)

  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada - 2014 and 2016

Professional Activities

Kathleen is member of the British Columbia Securities Commission, Corporate Finance Stakeholder Forum and the Solicitors Legal Opinions Committee. She was previously an adjunct professor teaching corporate law at University of British Columbia.

Professional Appearances
  • Speaker: Getting Ready for Proxy Season: Key Developments in Corporate Governance and Shareholder Activism
    Blakes Webcast, November 29, 2021.
  • Speaker: Canadian Public M&A Update
    Blakes Webcast, October 26, 2021.
  • Co-speaker: Special Edition: Blakes Board Report: Big Progress for Women GCs
    Blakes Continuity Podcast, April 22, 2021.
  • Speaker: Special Edition: Public M&A Trends: Looking Back and Moving Forward
    Episode 13, The Blakes Continuity Podcast, February 1, 2021.
  • Presenter: Corporate Governance Course
    Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, February 27, 2020.
  • Speaker: Capital Markets - Access to Capital, Blakes Cannabis Summit 2020
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, Vancouver, BC, January 16, 2020.
  • Presenter: Securities Fundamentals Course
    Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, November 21, 2019.
Media Activities
  • Mentioned: Cannabis Lawyers Talk Deals, Policy That Could Shape 2021
    Article by Jeremy Berke, Jack Newsham and Yeji Jessee Lee, Insider, June 7, 2021.
  • Mentioned: The top 7 law firms advising on marijuana megadeals worth billions
    Article by Jeremy Berke, Yeji Jesse Lee and Jack Newsham, Insider, May 27, 2021.
Admitted to the British Columbia Bar – 2001
LLB, University of British Columbia – 2000
BA, University of British Columbia – 1996
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