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John Wilkin

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Recent matters include advising:

Capital Markets and Strategic Investments

  • Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. on:

    • Three public offerings of common shares aggregating approximately C$1.17-billion

    • Its US$350-million cross-border public offering of common shares

    • The establishment 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

    • Its US$250-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 renewal of the Ontario Power Generation Inc. C$4-billion medium term note program, and three public offerings of notes aggregating C$1.3-billion and two public offerings of green bonds aggregating C$950-million

  • Syndicate of underwriters in connection with the renewal of Toronto Hydro Corporation’s C$1-billion medium term note program and three public offerings of notes aggregating C$800-million

  • 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

  • Syndicate of underwriters in connection with the establishment and renewal of the Ontario Power Generation Inc. C$4-billion medium term note program, three public offerings of notes aggregating C$1.3-billion and two public offerings of green bonds aggregating C$950-million

  • Syndicate of underwriters in connection with the renewal of Toronto Hydro Corporation’s C$1-billion medium term note program and three public offerings of notes aggregating C$800-million

  • CI Financial Corp. on the establishment and renewals of its C$1.5-billion shelf prospectus and five public offerings aggregating C$1.625-billion

  • A leading mining finance company on a C$80-million streaming and equity subscription finance package for a TSX-listed corporation

  • Sprott Resource Holdings Inc. in connection with its C$30-million public offering of units

  • 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

  • Underwriters in connection with the initial public offering (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

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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Equinox Minerals Limited on its A$1.2-billion acquisition of Citadel Resource Group Limited

  • 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

  • The special committee of the Board of Directors of Teranga Gold Corporation in connection with the successful proxy contest with Mineral Deposits Limited

  • Various public companies, including Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp., BHP Billiton plc, CI Financial Corp., First Quantum Minerals Ltd., Talison Lithium Limited, Avnel Gold Mining Limited, Aura Minerals Limited and Sprott Resource Holdings Inc. on strategic advisory and securities compliance matters, including corporate governance, continuous disclosure obligations and shareholder meetings

Awards & Recognition

John is recognized in the following publications:

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Mining)
  • The Legal 500 Canada (Mining)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada (Mining)

  • Who's Who Legal Mining

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada (Mining)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Mining)

  • The Legal 500 Canada (Mining)

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

  • 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

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