Skip Navigation

John Wilkin

Select Experience

Recent matters include advising:

Capital Markets and Strategic Investments

  • Aura Minerals Inc. on its primary and secondary cross-border offering of an aggregate of C$197-million of shares including its initial public offering (IPO) in Brazil and the first ever dual listing of a TSX-listed issuer on the Brazilian Stock Exchange

  • Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. on:

    • Eight public offerings of common shares aggregating approximately C$3.7-billion

    • Its US$1-billion cross-border public offering of Equity Units consisting of a share purchase contract and an interest in senior notes conducted under Algonquin’s Green Financing framework

    • The establishment and renewal of its US$3-billion cross-border base shelf prospectus

    • Two cross-border public offerings of fixed-to-floating hybrid notes aggregating US$600-million

    • The establishment of its US$500-million cross-border public “at-the-market” common share offering

    • Its C$1.15-billion issuance and secondary public offering of convertible unsecured subordinated debentures represented by instalment receipts

    • The private placement by its subsidiary Algonquin Power Co. of C$300-million principal amount of green bonds

  • Syndicate of underwriters in connection with the establishment and renewals of the Ontario Power Generation Inc. C$4-billion medium term note program, five public offerings of notes aggregating C$2.2-billion and four public offerings of green bonds aggregating C$2.15-billion

  • Syndicate of underwriters in connection with the renewals of Toronto Hydro Corporation’s C$1-billion medium term note program and five public offerings of notes aggregating C$1-billion

  • A private investor in connection with its investment of up to US$300-million in a Canadian iron ore project by way of equity subscription and option on project marketing rights

  • CI Financial Corp. on the establishment and renewals of its C$1.5-billion base shelf prospectus and five public offerings of notes aggregating C$1.625-billion and the establishment of its US$2-billion cross-border base shelf prospectus and two public offerings of notes aggregating US$960-million

  • Triple Flag Precious Metals Corp. on a C$80-million streaming and equity subscription finance package and subsequent US$35-million royalty, stream and equity financing package for Nevada Copper Corp.

  • Syndicate of underwriters on the C$132-million public offering of subscription receipts of Stornoway Diamond Corporation forming part of the C$948-million financing package for the development of the Renard Diamond Project

  • BlackBerry Limited on its US$1.25-billion private placement of convertible debentures to Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited and other institutional investors

  • Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership in connection with the renewal of its C$1.5-billion medium term note shelf prospectus and subsequent C$350-million, C$300-million and C$400-million public offerings of notes

  • Avnel Gold Mining Limited on its IPO and subsequent private placements, rights offering, public offering of ordinary shares, and establishment of a $325-million base shelf prospectus 

  • Underwriters in connection with the IPO of Labrador Iron Mines Holdings Limited and its five subsequent public offerings of common shares and flow-through shares aggregating approximately C$350-million

  • Equinox Minerals Limited on its IPO and four subsequent public equity offerings aggregating C$675-million

  • Bell Aliant Preferred Equity Inc. on its C$287.5-million and C$200-million public offerings of rate reset preferred shares

Mergers, Acquisitions and Reorganization Transactions

  • BHP in connection with its board-supported take-over bid for Noront Resources Ltd.

  • Triple Flag Precious Metals Corp. on a US$45.7-million acquisition of 34 royalties from IAMGOLD Corporation and certain of its subsidiaries

  • The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Teranga Gold Corporation on its C$2.4-billion acquisition by Endeavour Mining Corporation

  • Aura Minerals Inc. in connection with its acquisition of the Gold Road Project from Para Resources Inc. for US$35-million

  • Avnel Gold Mining Limited on its C$160-million acquisition by Endeavour Mining Corporation

  • A leading mining finance company on its acquisition of a portfolio of interests in streaming agreements on Canadian mining projects

  • Aura Minerals Inc. in connection with its related party merger with Rio Novo Gold Inc.

  • Sprott Resource Holdings Inc. on its C$150-million acquisition of Adriana Resources Inc.

  • Bell Aliant Inc. and Bell Aliant Preferred Equity Inc., and the special committee of the board of directors of each, on BCE Inc.'s C$4-billion privatization of Bell Aliant, and Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership on its C$2.3-billion exchange of medium term notes

  • As co-counsel to BlackBerry Limited in connection with a US$4.7-billion acquisition proposal from Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited

  • Talison Lithium Limited on its C$728-million proposed acquisition by Rockwood Holdings Inc.and the subsequent C$848-million competitive offer by Chengdu Tianqi Industry (Group) Co., Ltd.

  • Talison Lithium Limited on its C$47.9-million acquisition and related C$40-million financing of Salares Lithium Inc. and concurrent C$327.4-million listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange Advisory

Advisory

  • Various public companies and special committees of boards of directors on strategic advisory and securities compliance matters, including corporate governance, continuous disclosure obligations, executive compensation and shareholder meetings
Awards & Recognition

John is recognized in the following publications:

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2022 (Mining)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2022 (Mining)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2021 (Corporate Finance & Securities, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining)

  • Who's Who Legal Mining

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2021 (Capital Markets, Mining)

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

  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial and Corporate Law Firms (Highly regarded in Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets, Mining)

  • Lexpert magazine in its 2011 "Rising Stars" survey as one of Canada’s leading lawyers under 40

Professional Activities

John has taught a range of international and corporate law subjects at law schools in Canada and the U.K., including the University of King's College London School of Law, where he taught private international law. He has also delivered lectures and seminars at Osgoode Hall Law School on international transactions, mining transactions and securities law.

John has written several articles and chapters for publications on M&A, corporate governance and securities law topics.

Education

B.C.L. (with Distinction), University of Oxford - 2001
Admitted to the Ontario Bar - 1999
LL.B., Dalhousie Law School - 1997
B.Com. (Hons.), Queen's University - 1994
B.A. (with Distinction), Queen's University - 1994

More insights

Save Profile

Select sections to customize your PDF

Share Profile