Davies is a leading law firm in the global mining sector. We act for both Canadian and offshore companies in connection with projects and operations located around the world. The Mining practice at Davies brings together mergers & acquisitions, corporate, securities, tax, banking, environmental, aboriginal and other experts with extensive experience in issues that are mission critical to publicly traded mining clients with operations around the world.

We have been involved in some of the most complex mergers and acquisitions transactions that have shaped the mining industry worldwide, such as Glencore's acquisition of the remaining stake in Xstrata to create a US$90-billion global resources company, BHP Billiton's proposed US$147-billion acquisition of Rio Tinto, Xstrata's $24.1-billion acquisition of Falconbridge and Barrick Gold's US$10.4-billion acquisition of Placer Dome. In addition, we have worked with our major high profile mining clients as well as numerous smaller mining companies on a wide variety of transactions to help them advance their exploration and development plans through joint ventures, private placements, public offerings, project financings, royalty transactions, commodity streaming arrangements and numerous other transactions. Our breadth of experience and range of expertise enables us to provide advice on every step in the acquisition, growth and financing of mining companies and the exploration, development, financing and operation of mining properties.

Our Clients

We represent senior, mid-tier and junior companies engaged in all aspects of the mining industry. Our clients include many of the largest and most sophisticated Canadian and international mining companies, such as Glencore, BHP Billiton, Barrick Gold, China Minmetals and its publicly traded subsidiary Minmetals Resources, Rio Tinto, Nyrstar, Detour Gold and others. In addition, we regularly act for junior and mid-size producers and for exploration and development companies. On the finance side, we also act for investment banks, resource focused private equity firms, lenders and other parties that support mining companies in raising capital.

We assist clients in a wide range of areas including:

  • Mergers and acquisitions, including takeover preparation and defence;
  • Securities offerings, private placements, strategic investments and project finance;
  • Stock exchange listings and reverse takeovers;
  • Property purchases and dispositions;
  • Joint ventures, strategic alliances, earn-ins, royalties, commodity streaming arrangements and property options;
  • General securities law matters, such as governance, disclosure and compliance;
  • Legal risk assessment, dispute resolution and litigation;
  • Fiscal stability agreements and other means of mitigating political risk;
  • Tax structuring and property, mining, commodity and income tax;
  • Environmental and aboriginal matters.

Our clients rely on us to organize and coordinate teams of legal, financial, accounting and technical experts from around the world to successfully complete their transactions. In addition to Canadian mining projects, we regularly assist our clients with investments and projects in the United States and in countries as diverse as Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Tanzania, South Africa, Burkina Faso, Mali, Finland, Russia, Mongolia and Indonesia. Our international tax experts coordinate the development of tax-effective investment and transaction structures, which frequently involves the linking of tax treaties through various countries around the world in order to achieve tax efficiencies and enhance returns.


Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business

  • Energy & Natural Resources: Mining
  • Projects: Mining: Latin America

Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Energy & Natural Resources: Mining

The Legal 500: Canada—Energy: Mining

The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Mining: Toronto

Lexpert Special Edition Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Mining: Toronto

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Mining Law

Recent Work

  • US$166-million bought deal public offering of common shares of New Gold Inc.
  • Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. Prices Offering of US $500 Million of 10-Year Notes


Key Contacts

William Ainley William M. Ainley
Patricia Olasker Patricia L. Olasker
Melanie Shishler Melanie Shishler
Peter Hong Peter Hong
Richrad Fridman Richard Fridman