In this chapter we feature 90 of Canada’s finest mining lawyers, who are recognised for their sterling work providing advice on regulatory, transactional and projects matters to domestic and international clients across the industry.
Most Highly Regarded
Cassels Brock & Blackwell stands out with 11 listings in this chapter.
Darrell Podowski is a “brilliant lawyer” with extensive experience negotiating large-scale transactions and providing first-tier governance advice on the full range of corporate issues arising in the mining industry.
Jennifer Traub is a “market-leading mining lawyer” who comes highly esteemed for her stellar track record in large and complex corporate finance and M&A deals.
Jay Goldman impresses market sources with his deep-seated knowledge of the mining industry and high-value securities transactions.
Paul Stein comes highly esteemed for his wealth of experience in takeovers, joint ventures and corporate reorganisations within the mining industry.
Fasken is home to an outstanding 14 lawyers highlighted here.
Michael Bourassa is celebrated as “one of the very best mining lawyers in the world” thanks to the breadth of his experience advising on domestic and international due diligence issues, contentious proceedings, transactions and commercial mining agreements.
Frank Mariage is a “vastly knowledgeable transactional lawyer with a strong understanding of mining law”.
Johanna Fipke is a go-to for drafting and negotiating commercial mining agreements, and for high-value M&A transactions.
Blake Cassels & Graydon sees six practitioners nominated this year.
Bob Wooder is a seasoned lawyer who is renowned for the depth of his experience in mining law, with a tremendously impressive practice focusing on M&A transactions and corporate finance.
The “excellent” Charles Kazaz is “a standout lawyer who excels in mining and environmental matters” ranging from divestures and acquisitions to mine reclamation and closures.
Andrew McLeod maintains a splendid reputation for his work on high-value transactions, governance and disclosure matters in the natural resources sector.
Bennett Jones claims an impressive eight listings.
Michael Melanson earns acclaim for his extensive experience handling public and private offerings of securities, takeover bids and M&A transactions for international clients in the mining industry.
James Clare is highly sought-after by mining companies for his strong expertise in cross-border corporate finance transactions.
Norman Findlay regularly provides top-notch advice on multi-million-dollar transactions to an array of clients in the mining industry.
McCarthy Tétrault also secures eight nominations.
Pierre Langlois is lauded for his broad mining practice covering domestic and international contract drafting and negotiating, acquisitions and environmental compliance.
Roger Taplin earns praise for his expertise in mining transactions including M&A deals, takeovers, spin-outs and strategic investments.
Pierre Boivin is distinguished by his expansive knowledge of corporate and commercial matters relating to oil and gas, mining and energy projects in Canada and sub-Saharan Africa.
Daye Kaba is well-versed at handling cross-border securities and M&A transactions and stands out as “The go-to mining lawyer for matters involving French-speaking African states”.
Brian Abraham QC of Dentons is singled out for his top-tier mining practice which regularly sees him engaged in the negotiation of joint ventures and complex reclamation agreements.
Khaled Abdel-Barr at Lawson Lundell is revered for his expertise advising on acquisitions and dispositions of mining projects at home and abroad.
Chris Baldwin is a “truly excellent and extremely well-experienced lawyer” who masterfully negotiates mining contracts, impact benefit agreements and large-scale mergers and acquisitions.
Stikeman Elliott’s Jay Kellerman enjoys a stellar reputation as a “first-class transactional lawyer” with three decades of experience advising on multi-million-dollar deals in the mining industry.
At Borden Ladner Gervais, the “phenomenal” Erik Goldsilver emphasises his distinguished practice on corporate and securities law in the mining and natural resources space.
Fred Pletcher receives effusive praise for his impeccable knowledge of mining transactions and corporate law.
Farzad Forooghian of Forooghian & Company is endorsed as “detail-oriented, extremely efficient and vastly knowledgeable” and is “highly skilled at ensuring excellent outcomes for his clients in acquisitions and divestments of significant mining projects”.
René Branchaud at Lavery de Billy enjoys a “dominant presence in the mining industry”. Clients rely on his expertise in complex multijurisdictional transactions.