Canada: Mining 2018

In this year’s research we identify 85 individuals who perform outstanding work in advising on mining acquisitions, developments and exploration.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Michael J Bourassa Fasken, Toronto
2. Erik Goldsilver Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Toronto
3. Brian Abraham QC Dentons Canada LLP, Vancouver
4. Christopher G Baldwin Lawson Lundell LLP, Vancouver
5. Darrell W Podowski Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, Vancouver
6. Roger Taplin McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Vancouver

Fasken continues to be a leading firm in the market with 13 practitioners listed.
Michael Bourassa is a dedicated mining practitioner who has extensive experience advising clients on matters that range from public financing to environmental risks. Sources note that his work “contributes a great deal to the sector”.
John Turner is a well-recognised mining lawyer who stands out for his excellent work on corporate financing and M&A deals in the sector, with one interviewee stating that he is a “true expert in the mining world”.
John Torrey is a financing expert who impresses sources with his deep knowledge of lending matters relating to mine financing cases.
Jean Gagné possesses extensive experience in the mining field and is well known among peers for his work on the financing and governance of mining projects throughout their lifespan.
Frank Mariage is a well-known name in Calgary who frequently advises clients on a broad range of mining issues including exploration and processing of mineral deposits.
Alison Lacy is a well-respected procurement and project development specialist who focuses her practice on procurement, development and financing matters in international mining projects.
Krisztián Tóth is recognised for his expertise in mining finance including areas such as royalties, joint ventures and M&A deals.
Andrew Gabrielson is highlighted as “a top-notch practitioner” whose impressive practice spans a range of mining issues from exploration to purchase and sale.
Tanneke Heersche focuses her practice on mining project development in emerging markets and is recognised for her particular expertise in African project development.

Cassels Brock & Blackwell is another mining powerhouse, and sees 10 lawyers recognised here.
Darrell Podowski is a highly sought-after practitioner who stands out as one of the pre-eminent mining lawyers in the Canada. His world-class practice spans a range of issues from exploration to regulatory advice.
Jay Goldman is a mining law expert, highlighted by sources for his impressive work providing project development advice in complex matters.
Brian Dominique specialises in commercial and property law within the mining sector, drawing praise for his work on issues such as joint ventures and contract matters. Sources describe him as “an excellent mining lawyer who is very strong on the statutory and regulatory framework”.
Paul Stein is a well-regarded practitioner who advises on corporate issues within the mining space, including M&A, takeovers and governance issues.
Chad Accursi is highlighted for his work providing outstanding advice on securities and financing matters for mining sector clients.
Mark Bennett has a strong focus on corporate financing and M&A work in mining cases, and is commended by peers for his work on matters such as IPOs, equity financing and takeover bids on a domestic and international scale.
Gordon Chambers impresses sources with his excellent work on corporate issues in the mining sector as well as his strong knowledge of regulatory frameworks governing the sector.

McCarthy Tétrault sees seven individuals highlighted in this chapter.
Roger Taplin is a prominent figure in the Canadian mining sector who is highlighted for his work on securities and M&A issues, advising clients on matters such as takeover bids, asset sales and joint ventures.
Daye Kaba provides domestic and international clients with first-rate advice on a range of issues affecting the development of mining projects from acquisitions to stock exchange listings.
Pierre Langlois draws praise for his work on high-value cases where he advises on the purchase, sale and development of mining projects.
Cameron Belsher is an M&A expert who is recognised here for his top-notch corporate work across the mining sector.
Pierre Boivin has significant expertise in mining issues and is particularly recognised for his specialisation in sub-Saharan Africa, where he advises clients on a broad range of sector-related matters.

Bennett Jones achieves eight listings in this year’s research.
Michael Melanson specialises in securities and M&A matters relating to the mining sector, with a focus on emerging markets. Sources describe him as “practical and pragmatic”.
Graham Scott impresses sources with his ability to marry his extensive legal experience and the knowledge gained over years working within the industry to provide clients with in-depth advice on a range of issues.
John Sabine has great experience in the international mining space and is commended for his expert handling of complex securities and financing issues.
James Clare is commended by sources for his work on corporate financing and securities matters relating to mining projects, distinguishing himself as a standout lawyer in the field.
Norman Findlay specialises in public offerings of securities and M&A matters, implementing his knowledge of matters such as takeovers and equity securities to provide clients with comprehensive advice.

Stikeman Elliott sees four practitioners recognised here.
Jay Kellerman has a wealth of experience in the field, with sources commending his deep understanding of financing issues and describing him as “an excellent mining lawyer”.
Ivan Grbesic provides clients with in-depth advice on corporate financing and securities, M&A issues and reorganisations in the mining field, impressing with his knowledge of the area.
D’Arcy Nordick gains recognition here for his superb work advising clients on issues relating to M&A issues, securities, governance and joint ventures in the mining sector.
John Anderson is a seasoned practitioner who focuses his work on M&A and corporate issues in the mining field and offers experience of working on complex high-value projects.

Gowling WLG achieves seven listings here.
Cyndi Laval focuses her top-tier practice on corporate finance and M&A issues, advising mining clients on matters that range from takeovers to equity financings.
France Tenaille is an expert on mining issues with a particular focus on Latin America and is commended by peers for her work on corporate and M&A matters. One source notes that she is “passionate about the mining space”.
Jason Saltzman focuses his practice on corporate and securities issues, impressing sources with his work on private equity, securities offerings and compliance within the mining field.
Kathleen Ritchie is a highly sought-after practitioner for her work on M&A, financing and governance matters across the mining sector.
Jean- François Pelland advises clients on mining projects throughout the length of their lifespan, and is particularly commended for his work on financing, acquisition and equity matters.

Blake Cassels & Graydon receives five listings in our research.
Bob Wooder is described by interviewees as “a leading practitioner in the market”, a testament to his experience in high-value M&A and corporate finance matters across the mining sector.
Charles Kazaz is an environmental specialist who advises mining clients on the environmental elements of transactional, regulatory and development work.
John Wilkin advises mining clients on domestic and international M&A matters, boasting extensive experience of representing clients in takeover, acquisition and securities issues.

Lawson Lundell sees three individuals highlighted.
Christopher Baldwin is a highly experienced and dedicated mining practitioner, who is highlighted for his deep knowledge of mining issues. He focuses on acquisition and disposition matters in both domestic and international projects.
Stuart Breen is a well-known mining expert with experience advising clients on commercial transactions as well as a wide range of matters in a project's lifespan.
Khaled Abdel-Barr has significant experience in the mining sector and draws praise for his impressive work on issues that include financing, acquisitions and joint ventures.

Borden Ladner Gervais sees two prominent individuals recognised.
Erik Goldsilver possesses a highly developed securities and capital markets practice and draws high praise for his outstanding work on high-value purchases and sales of mines, project development and joint ventures.
Fred Pletcher is commended for his deep expertise in mining transactions, exploration and project financings.

Brian Abraham QC at Dentons is a highly respected mining practitioner who advises clients across the whole lifespan of a mining project. His wealth of experience and knowledge in the field is highlighted by sources, who state that “Brian possesses more mining law knowledge than many lawyers will ever know."

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