Canada: Mining 2017

We recognise 77 eminent lawyers for their expertise representing mining companies in financing matters, commercial transactions and disputes. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Michael Bourassa Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, Toronto
2. Roger Taplin McCarthy Tétrault, Vancouver
3. Darrell Podowski Cassels Brock & Blackwell, Vancouver
4. John Turner Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, Toronto
5. Fred Pletcher Borden Ladner Gervais, Vancouver
6. Erik Goldsilver Borden Ladner Gervais, Toronto

International business law firm FASKEN MARTINEAU DUMOULIN leads the market with an impressive 11 listings.
Michael Bourassa is a frontrunner in the Canadian marketplace. He is praised for his sophisticated negotiation skills and broad regulatory knowledge.
John Turner is a leading name for mining work in the region and “makes a great statement in the M&A and financing space”. He heads the firm’s mining practice and has broad experience advising companies in projects concerning Latin America and Africa.
Josh Lewis receives wide-ranging endorsements for his expert handling of joint venture, M&A and equity finance transactions. He provides strategic counsel to mining clients and is highly regarded for his work in the space.
Tanneke Heersche is a highly regarded adviser with a well-established mining practice. She stands out for her expertise in international project development and cross-border investments matters.
Jean Gagné draws praise from widespread international sources for his top-tier practice, which focuses on both private and public financings across the mining industry.

With eight listings, CASSELS BROCK & BLACKWELL is a force to be reckoned with for mining work in Canada.
Darrell Podowski is a leading figure in the Canadian market. With extensive in-house experience, he draws praise for his commercial insights and pragmatic approach to transactions.
Mark Bennett boasts a strong cross-border M&A and corporate finance practice. Market sources speak highly of his vast transactional experience in projects spanning Africa, Eastern Europe and the US.
Respondents commend the “outstanding” Jay Goldman for his expert handling of high-profile transactions as well as his strategic approach to commercial negotiations.
Gordon Chambers is a widely respected figure in the Canadian market, highlighted for his sector-related capital markets work.

BENNETT JONES is a strong player in the market and sees seven leading lawyers listed here.
Sander Grieve is known for his expertise in property acquisition, exploitation and development matters. He is highly regarded as a trusted representative to major mining companies.
John Sabine is a seasoned adviser to large investment banks and mining companies. He is recommended for his broad international expertise and seamless handling of cross-border transactions.   
Michael Melanson enjoys a superb reputation among peers as “an excellent lawyer for complex mining transactions”. 

MCCARTHY TÉTRAULT achieves six listings in this chapter.  
Roger Taplin is highly regarded as a “go-to lawyer” for corporate finance and M&A transactions. He co-leads the mining group and is internationally recognised as one of the leading practitioners in the sector.
Cameron Belsher heads the firm’s M&A practice. He enjoys a superb reputation in the market and stands out for his involvement in high-profile acquisitions.

Research highlights five BLAKE CASSELS & GRAYDON lawyers for their work in the space.
Andrew McLeod impresses peers and clients alike with his deep industry expertise and commercial approach to domestic and international transactions.
Bob Wooder is “an exceptional practitioner with a great following in the space”. According to market sources, “He is one of the true stars in British Columbia.”

Four lawyers from international corporate law firm STIKEMAN ELLIOTT are recognised here.
Jay Kellerman has extensive experience in M&A and financing transactions. Peers say “He is certainly a dominant force in the market.”
Ivan Grbesic is described as “a fantastic lawyer” for complex finance and M&A transactions. He draws praise as sophisticated negotiator in cross-border mining transactions.

Canadian outfit BORDEN LADNER GERVAIS achieves two listings this year. 
“Standout practitioner” Fred Pletcher receives wide-ranging endorsements for his intricate knowledge of mining law and vast experience in acquisition transactions, development projects and joint venture agreements.
Erik Goldsilver is “an outstanding operator in commercial transactions” with invaluable experience in the mining and natural resource industries. He is commended for his top-quality counsel in high-value mining projects.

Bernhard Zinkhofer at MCMILLAN is one of four practitioners highlighted in this chapter. He stands out for his exceptional work on major financing transactions.
Stephen Wortley’s first-class practice encompasses both domestic and international finance matters. He is recognised particularly for his adept handling of investments in the mining sector.

At LAWSON LUNDELL, Christopher Baldwin is highly commended by respondents for his excellent work dealing with the acquisitions and sale of mining companies and assets.
Khaled Abdel-Barr is internationally regarded as a standout name in the field, and focuses his superb practice on mining financings, acquisitions and projects.
Stuart Breen also gains recognition for his brilliant work advising both domestic and international clients.

Two practitioners from DENTONS CANADA are highlighted here.
Brian Abraham QC leads the firm’s global mining practice. He is widely recognised for his broad range of expertise encompassing the exploration, development and purchase of mines and is a trusted adviser to major Canadian and international companies.   
Christopher Manderville is a longstanding expert in mining law with impressive transactional experience in emerging markets around the world.

At OSLER HOSKIN & HARCOURT, Alan Hutchison impresses market sources with his deep knowledge of the mining industry and expert handling of M&A transactions, corporate reorganisations and public and private financing matters.

Eden Oliver of EDEN M OLIVER PC boasts a strong mining practice and is “certainly a prominent name in the Canadian market”.

René Branchaud of LAVERY DE BILLY stands out for his first-rate commercial transactions practice and expertise assisting foreign investors with their operations in Canada. He enjoys a superb reputation in the market and “dominates the market in the space”, according to one peer.

MCCULLOUGH O’CONNOR IRWIN’s Graham Scott is a highly respected practitioner who boasts over 30 years’ experience in the space. He is considered a real authority when it comes to mining law. 

At NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT, Marvin Singer is a longstanding fixture in the Canadian mining arena and “absolutely knows what he’s doing”, according to peers. 

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