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Canada: Mining 2016

We highlight 69 leading individuals in this chapter for their impressive work in the field, including dirt law, mine financing, native title law, leasing and financing and general representation of mining companies.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Darrell Podowski Cassels Brock & Blackwell, Vancouver
Michael Bourassa Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, Toronto
John Turner Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, Toronto
Jay Kellerman Stikeman Elliott, Toronto
Roger Taplin McCarthy Tétrault, Vancouver

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin remains the country’s leading mining group with 11 listings. Leader of the firm’s global mining group, John Turner is “a sensational dirt lawyer” admired for his extensive transactional experience in the resources sector. The group’s coordinator Josh Lewis is noted for his “first-rate practice” that encompasses exploration, sector-related equity and debt financing and joint ventures. Commended for his “meticulous and forensic approach”, Michael Bourassa is highly sought after by clients requiring counsel on environmental risk and due diligence matters. Exceedingly well versed in Canadian mining law, Jean Gagné is “one of the best” when it comes to negotiating commercial agreements in the sector. Andrew Gabrielson advises clients on a wide variety of mining matters from exploration to mine operations and development, while Charles Higgins is highly valued for the advice he delivers to international and domestic mining companies and investment dealers.

At Bennett Jones seven leading lawyers are highlighted, including head of the mining group, Sander Grieve. He advises industry clients on economic and corporate matters, such as mergers and acquisitions, and is regarded by peers as “one of the most important mining lawyers in Canada". Eden Oliver focuses her practice on the corporate issues surrounding the mining and energy sectors, and wins praise as an “astute legal mind”. The “brilliant” Norman Findlay runs a highly regarded corporate and securities practice with a strong focus on the mining sector. Peers praise him for his “exceptional commercial understanding”. Michael Melanson advises a host of international clients on corporate and securities issues relating to the mining sector, with an emphasis on China and Hong Kong.

Cassels Brock & Blackwell achieves six listings in this chapter. “Prominent lawyer” Darrell Podowski is “a responsive and diligent individual”, who handles M&A and securities matters for industry clients. He is joined by the “remarkable” Gordon Chambers, who is known for his “robust financing practice”. He possesses great experience representing mining issuers and financial institutions. “Up-and-coming corporate lawyer” Mark Bennett is known for the international dimension of his practice, having advised mining companies on exploration, development and business dealings in the Americas, Australia, Europe and Africa.

Blake Cassels & Graydon also receives six nominations, including the “incredibly talented” Charles Kazaz, whose “forte in mining issues” is widely recognised. Bob Wooder runs an outstanding corporate practice” with a strong focus on mining law. Recent highlights include assisting True Gold with its $191million acquisition by Endeavour Mining. The widely respected Peter O’Callaghan expertly handles mining transactions both domestically and across the US, South America, China, Africa and Australia.

Six lawyers at Gowling WLG garner recognition in this chapter, including the “absolutely excellent” co-leader of the mining group Cyndi Laval, who delivers “strategic and effective counsel” to clients. Fellow co-leader of the mining group Daniel Allen is established as “one of the country’s leading mining practitioners”. He advises mining companies on regulatory compliance, corporate governance and stock filings and options. Managing partner Tina Woodside has over 25 years of experience in the mining sector, and is recognised for her “phenomenal understanding of the industry”. Brett Kagetsu continues to impress clients who include public companies and shareholders, with his “strong financial acumen” and “pragmatic advice”. France Tenaille is co-leader of the firm’s Latin America and Cuba teams and wins praise for her “exceptional” commercial work in the region. Kathleen Ritchie is considered “a superb corporate lawyer” who provides “creative and solutions-oriented counsel” to both public and private companies.

Roger Taplin is one of five lawyers from McCarthy Tétrault who achieve recognition in this chapter. He is valued for his extensive experience handling various M&A transactions for mining companies, including joint ventures and friendly and hostile takeovers. Cameron Belsher is a highly rated practitioner who wins praise for his “dedication and professionalism”. Pierre Boivin delivers “first-class services” to mining clients who he counsels on business transactions and commercial matters.

McMillan achieves four listings this year. Co-chair of the mining group Bernhard Zinkhofer is well known in the field for his “expert knowledge” of the mining and natural resources sectors, assisting both public and private companies with their international business dealings, including mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructurings. Alongside him, the highly talented Leo Raffin advises industry issuers in relation to capital markets and corporate transactions.

At Stikeman Elliott, managing partner Jay Kellerman is considered “a truly outstanding mining lawyer”. He combines his strong industry knowledge and securities nous to provide “holistic and innovative solutions” to clients.

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