Melanie A. Shishler

Partner

Melanie A. Shishler

Melanie A. Shishler

Partner

Dedicated and pragmatic, Melanie is considered “an extremely capable M&A lawyer,” with one client stating she is “one of the best strategic deal counsellors we’ve come across in any sector, not just mining.”
Chambers Global 2017

Melanie’s ability to bring strategic thinking to clients’ public and private mergers and acquisitions is the reason organizations across numerous sectors rely on her expertise for their complex transactions.

A significant portion of Melanie’s practice is working with clients in the mining sector. Her skill in this area has earned Melanie recognition in Chambers Global for Mining. She is lead counsel on worldwide and significant M&A initiatives for Barrick Gold Corporation as well as numerous intermediate and junior mining companies.

She is well regarded by clients for her insight into the business realities of Canadian and international M&A. Melanie, says a client, “gives frank advice, which is always top notch, but also grounded in commercial sense, regarding what’s possible and how to do the transaction.” (Chambers Global 2016)

Melanie is a member of our Management Committee.

Melanie A. Shishler

Partner

Dedicated and pragmatic, Melanie is considered “an extremely capable M&A lawyer,” with one client stating she is “one of the best strategic deal counsellors we’ve come across in any sector, not just mining.”
Chambers Global 2017

Melanie’s ability to bring strategic thinking to clients’ public and private mergers and acquisitions is the reason organizations across numerous sectors rely on her expertise for their complex transactions.

A significant portion of Melanie’s practice is working with clients in the mining sector. Her skill in this area has earned Melanie recognition in Chambers Global for Mining. She is lead counsel on worldwide and significant M&A initiatives for Barrick Gold Corporation as well as numerous intermediate and junior mining companies.

She is well regarded by clients for her insight into the business realities of Canadian and international M&A. Melanie, says a client, “gives frank advice, which is always top notch, but also grounded in commercial sense, regarding what’s possible and how to do the transaction.” (Chambers Global 2016)

Melanie is a member of our Management Committee.

The Pallinghurst Group

Acting as counsel for The Pallinghurst Group, a global metals and mining industry investor, in its proposed equity investment of up to $600 million in Nemaska Lithium Inc. to help fund Nemaska's Whabouchi project in Québec. The proposed financing consists of a $200-million private placement and a $400-million rights offering guaranteed by way of a standby commitment.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation in its historic joint venture with Newmont Goldcorp Corporation, which combined their respective mining operations, assets, reserves and talent in Nevada to create the world's largest gold complex.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation in its unsolicited proposal to the Newmont Goldcorp Corporation (Newmont) Board of Directors to merge with Newmont in an all share transaction to combine the world's two largest gold companies. Under the proposal, Barrick shareholders would own approximately 55.9 percent and Newmont shareholders would own approximately 44.1 percent of the combined company with an approximate market capitalization of US$42 billion.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation in its recommended US$18.3-billion share-for-share merger with Randgold Resources Limited. This complex and multijurisdictional transaction created an industry-leading gold company with the greatest concentration of tier one gold assets in the industry and a diversified asset portfolio positioned for growth.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation in connection with its strategic equity investment in Midas Gold Corp., which is advancing the Stibnite Gold Project in Idaho, and the negotiation of a related investor rights agreement.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation in connection with a transaction with Shandong Gold that included the sale of a 50% interest in the Veladero gold mine for US$960 million; the negotiation of a 50/50 joint venture arrangement in respect of the Veladero gold mine; the negotiation of a strategic cooperation agreement to explore the joint development of the Pascua-Lama deposit located along the Chilean-Argentinean border; and the evaluation of additional investment opportunities on the highly prospective El Indio Gold Belt on the border of Argentina and Chile.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation in connection with its sale of a 25% stake in the Cerro Casale Project to Goldcorp, and the negotiation of a 50/50 regional joint venture over the Cerro Casale, Quebrada Seca and Caspiche projects in Chile's Maricunga district. This highly complex and multi-faceted transaction involved the acquisition by Goldcorp of Kinross' entire 25% interest in the Cerro Casale Project and a 25% interest in the project from Barrick, whose holding in the project will fall from 75% to 50%. Upon closing of the transaction, the joint venture was established.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation in connection with its US$610-million sale to Kinross Gold Corporation of non-core assets in Nevada, including a 50% interest in the Round Mountain mine and 100% of the Bald Mountain mine, and related arrangements for a new 50-50 exploration joint venture with Kinross that will own a large land package on the Bald Mountain property.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation in connection with its $1.005-billion sale of a 50% interest in the Zaldívar copper mine in Chile to Chile-based Antofagasta Plc and related joint venture arrangements.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation in connection with its US$610-million gold and silver streaming agreement with Royal Gold Inc. for production linked to Barrick's 60 percent interest in the Pueblo Viejo mine.

New Gold Inc.

Acted for New Gold Inc. in connection with the sale of its 30% interest in the El Morro copper-gold project in Chile to Goldcorp Inc. in exchange for a $90-million cash payment, a 4% gold stream on life-of-project gold production from the El Morro property and cancellation of a $93-million carried funding loan. In conjunction with the transaction, Goldcorp and Teck Resources Limited announced that they plan to combine their respective El Morro and Relincho properties into a 50/50 joint venture with the interim name of Project Corridor.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation in connection with the US$550 million sale of its 100% interest in the Cowal gold mine in New South Wales, Australia to Evolution Mining Limited.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation in connection with the US$298-million sale to Zijin Mining Group Co., Ltd of China of a 50% interest in Barrick (Niugini) Limited, the company that owns 95% of and manages the Porgera Joint Venture gold mine in Papua New Guinea, and related strategic cooperation agreement.

BHP Billiton

Acted for BHP Billiton in connection with the sale of its diamond business, comprising its controlling interests in the EKATI Diamond Mine and its Diamonds Marketing operations in Belgium, to Dominion Diamond Mines Ltd. for an aggregate cash consideration of US$500 million.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation in its strategic equity investment in Reunion Gold Corporation and the negotiation of a related investor rights agreement.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation in its strategic equity investment in Royal Road Minerals Limited and the negotiation of a related investor rights agreement.

AuRico Gold Inc.

Acted for the Special Committee of AuRico Gold Inc. in connection with the sale to Minera Frisco, S.A.B. de C.V., a Mexican public company controlled by Carlos Slim, of Aurico's Ocampo mine in Mexico, together with a 50% joint venture interest in AuRico's Orion Mexican project for US$750 Million.

Rainy River Resources Ltd.

Acted as Ontario counsel to Rainy River Resources Ltd. in the acquisition by New Gold Inc. of Rainy River for $310 million.

True Gold Mining Inc.

Acted for True Gold Mining Inc. in connection with a strategic investment by Liberty Metals & Mining Holdings, LLC, pursuant to which Liberty acquired shares of True Gold comprising 19.95% of the issued and outstanding shares of True Gold on a private placement basis. In connection with the private placement, Liberty also acquired a 2% net smelter royalty in respect of True Gold's Karma gold property located in Burkina Faso.

Fronteer Gold Inc.

Acted for Fronteer Gold Inc. in its $281-million acquisition of AuEx Ventures Inc. by way of a plan of arrangement, including a "spin-off" of AuEx's exploration properties into a new publicly traded vehicle.

West Timmins Mining Inc.

Acted for the Special Committee of West Timmins Mining Inc. in connection with the $319-million acquisition of West Timmins by Lake Shore Gold Corp. effected through a share exchange plan of arrangement.

National United Resources Holdings Limited

Acted as Canadian counsel for National United Resources Holdings Limited in connection with its acquisition of a 29.95% interest in SouthGobi Resources Limited.

Fronteer Development Group Inc.

Acted for Fronteer Development Group Inc. in its successful unsolicited insider bid for the remaining 58% of Aurora Energy Resources Inc. not already owned by Fronteer, in a transaction valuing Aurora at $175 million.

Clarica Life Insurance Company

Acted for Clarica Life Insurance Company in connection with the merger with Sun Life Financial Services of Canada Inc. in a transaction valued at approximately $7.1 billion.

Iogen Corporation

Acted for Iogen Corporation in connection with its commercial alliance with Royal Dutch Shell plc, the investment made in Iogen by Goldman, Sachs & Co. and its financing for the development of Canada's first proposed commercial-scale cellulose ethanol production facility in Saskatchewan.

True Gold Mining Inc.

Acted for True Gold Mining Inc. in connection with its $51.9-million financing consisting of a $42-million bought deal offering of units by way of short form prospectus and concurrent $9.9-million private placement of units to Liberty Metals & Mining Holdings, LLC, True Gold's largest shareholder.

Lundin Mining Corporation

Acted for Lundin Mining Corporation in its A$4.3-million subscription for 14.3% of the shares of PolarX Limited, which secures an option for Lundin Mining to earn a 51% interest in PolarX's Stellar Project by staged spending of US$24 million on exploration and staged payments to PolarX of US$20 million over three years.

Roxgold Inc.

Acted for Roxgold Inc. in connection with an $18.4-million investment in the company by International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, by way of a non-brokered private placement of 25,783,352 units.

Roxgold Inc.

Acted for Roxgold Inc. in connection with a series of bought deal private placement offerings.

Fronteer Gold Inc.

Acted for Fronteer Gold Inc. in its $2.3-billion acquisition by Newmont Mining Corporation (now known as Newmont Goldcorp Corporation). The transaction was structured as a plan of arrangement providing for cash consideration and the spin off of shares of Pilot Gold Inc., a new TSX-listed company holding exploration assets, to the former shareholders of Fronteer Gold.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation and its wholly owned subsidiary, Barrick Gold Finance Company, in an offering of an aggregate of US$750 million of notes. The notes, of which US$400 million are due 2034 and US$350 million are due 2014, were offered only in the United States by a syndicate of underwriters led by Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated and Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.

Soulpepper Theatre Company

Acted for the Soulpepper Theatre Company in connection with a joint venture with George Brown College to develop the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, a theatre and educational complex in Toronto's historic distillery district.

In the News

Melanie Shishler Featured in Lexpert’s Special Feature on the Art of the Deal

Aug. 06, 2019 - In Lexpert’s annual Art of the Deal feature, Davies partner Melanie Shishler is profiled for her role as lead counsel to Barrick Gold Corp. in the wave of consolidation that has transformed the gold sector over the past year. Melanie, who appears on the cover of the issue, takes readers...

In the News

Melanie Shishler Reflects on M&A Activity in 2017

Feb. 08, 2018 - Davies partner Melanie Shishler spoke recently to Listed Magazine about 2017 M&A trends and activity and the outlook for dealmaking in 2018. Noting that private equity played a key role in fuelling growth, Melanie remarked, “I haven’t worked on any deal where there haven’t been both pension...

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Shareholder Engagement – ICD Provides Guidance for Canadian Companies

Mar. 10, 2016 - On March 7, 2016, the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), a not-for-profit director association consisting of more than 10,000 members across Canada, published guidance to help boards of Canadian public companies develop a shareholder engagement approach to corporate governance. Recent...

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“Publish What You Pay” Guidance Issued for Consultation

Aug. 17, 2015 - Natural Resources Canada recently released for consultation its draft guidance and reporting specifications with respect to the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act (ESTMA). Commonly known as “publish what you pay” standards, the ESTMA establishes mandatory reporting standards for...

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Plan Nord, Take Two

Apr. 29, 2015 - On April 8, 2015, the Québec government released its Plan Nord toward 2035, 2015-2020 Action Plan (Plan Nord), a 20-year plan designed to provide main policy directions and priorities for the development of northern Québec. Plan Nord revamps the previous plan announced in 2011 by...

Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Energy & Natural Resources: Mining

Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Energy & Natural Resources: Mining; Corporate/Commercial: Ontario (Recognised Practitioner)

The Legal 500 Canada—Corporate and M&A (Recommended); Energy: Mining (Leading Lawyer)

IFLR1000: Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms—Mergers and Acquisitions

Lexpert Special Edition Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining

Report on Business/Lexpert Special Edition Canada’s Leading Corporate Lawyers

Lexpert Guide to US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada—Mergers & Acquisitions

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Corporate Commercial Law; Corporate Finance and Securities; Mergers and Acquisitions; Mining

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Natural Resources Law

Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40

Lexpert Zenith Award—Pro Bono Award

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 1999

Education

University of Toronto, LLB, 1997
McGill University, BA Classics (with Great Distinction), 1994

Community Involvement

Doug Philpott Inner-City Childrens Tennis Fund, former director
University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review, former co-editor-in-chief

Dedicated and pragmatic, Melanie is considered “an extremely capable M&A lawyer,” with one client stating she is “one of the best strategic deal counsellors we’ve come across in any sector, not just mining.”
Chambers Global 2017

Melanie’s ability to bring strategic thinking to clients’ public and private mergers and acquisitions is the reason organizations across numerous sectors rely on her expertise for their complex transactions.

A significant portion of Melanie’s practice is working with clients in the mining sector. Her skill in this area has earned Melanie recognition in Chambers Global for Mining. She is lead counsel on worldwide and significant M&A initiatives for Barrick Gold Corporation as well as numerous intermediate and junior mining companies.

She is well regarded by clients for her insight into the business realities of Canadian and international M&A. Melanie, says a client, “gives frank advice, which is always top notch, but also grounded in commercial sense, regarding what’s possible and how to do the transaction.” (Chambers Global 2016)

Melanie is a member of our Management Committee.

The Pallinghurst Group

Acting as counsel for The Pallinghurst Group, a global metals and mining industry investor, in its proposed equity investment of up to $600 million in Nemaska Lithium Inc. to help fund Nemaska's Whabouchi project in Québec. The proposed financing consists of a $200-million private placement and a $400-million rights offering guaranteed by way of a standby commitment.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation in its historic joint venture with Newmont Goldcorp Corporation, which combined their respective mining operations, assets, reserves and talent in Nevada to create the world's largest gold complex.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation in its unsolicited proposal to the Newmont Goldcorp Corporation (Newmont) Board of Directors to merge with Newmont in an all share transaction to combine the world's two largest gold companies. Under the proposal, Barrick shareholders would own approximately 55.9 percent and Newmont shareholders would own approximately 44.1 percent of the combined company with an approximate market capitalization of US$42 billion.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation in its recommended US$18.3-billion share-for-share merger with Randgold Resources Limited. This complex and multijurisdictional transaction created an industry-leading gold company with the greatest concentration of tier one gold assets in the industry and a diversified asset portfolio positioned for growth.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation in connection with its strategic equity investment in Midas Gold Corp., which is advancing the Stibnite Gold Project in Idaho, and the negotiation of a related investor rights agreement.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation in connection with a transaction with Shandong Gold that included the sale of a 50% interest in the Veladero gold mine for US$960 million; the negotiation of a 50/50 joint venture arrangement in respect of the Veladero gold mine; the negotiation of a strategic cooperation agreement to explore the joint development of the Pascua-Lama deposit located along the Chilean-Argentinean border; and the evaluation of additional investment opportunities on the highly prospective El Indio Gold Belt on the border of Argentina and Chile.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation in connection with its sale of a 25% stake in the Cerro Casale Project to Goldcorp, and the negotiation of a 50/50 regional joint venture over the Cerro Casale, Quebrada Seca and Caspiche projects in Chile's Maricunga district. This highly complex and multi-faceted transaction involved the acquisition by Goldcorp of Kinross' entire 25% interest in the Cerro Casale Project and a 25% interest in the project from Barrick, whose holding in the project will fall from 75% to 50%. Upon closing of the transaction, the joint venture was established.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation in connection with its US$610-million sale to Kinross Gold Corporation of non-core assets in Nevada, including a 50% interest in the Round Mountain mine and 100% of the Bald Mountain mine, and related arrangements for a new 50-50 exploration joint venture with Kinross that will own a large land package on the Bald Mountain property.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation in connection with its $1.005-billion sale of a 50% interest in the Zaldívar copper mine in Chile to Chile-based Antofagasta Plc and related joint venture arrangements.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation in connection with its US$610-million gold and silver streaming agreement with Royal Gold Inc. for production linked to Barrick's 60 percent interest in the Pueblo Viejo mine.

New Gold Inc.

Acted for New Gold Inc. in connection with the sale of its 30% interest in the El Morro copper-gold project in Chile to Goldcorp Inc. in exchange for a $90-million cash payment, a 4% gold stream on life-of-project gold production from the El Morro property and cancellation of a $93-million carried funding loan. In conjunction with the transaction, Goldcorp and Teck Resources Limited announced that they plan to combine their respective El Morro and Relincho properties into a 50/50 joint venture with the interim name of Project Corridor.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation in connection with the US$550 million sale of its 100% interest in the Cowal gold mine in New South Wales, Australia to Evolution Mining Limited.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation in connection with the US$298-million sale to Zijin Mining Group Co., Ltd of China of a 50% interest in Barrick (Niugini) Limited, the company that owns 95% of and manages the Porgera Joint Venture gold mine in Papua New Guinea, and related strategic cooperation agreement.

BHP Billiton

Acted for BHP Billiton in connection with the sale of its diamond business, comprising its controlling interests in the EKATI Diamond Mine and its Diamonds Marketing operations in Belgium, to Dominion Diamond Mines Ltd. for an aggregate cash consideration of US$500 million.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation in its strategic equity investment in Reunion Gold Corporation and the negotiation of a related investor rights agreement.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation in its strategic equity investment in Royal Road Minerals Limited and the negotiation of a related investor rights agreement.

AuRico Gold Inc.

Acted for the Special Committee of AuRico Gold Inc. in connection with the sale to Minera Frisco, S.A.B. de C.V., a Mexican public company controlled by Carlos Slim, of Aurico's Ocampo mine in Mexico, together with a 50% joint venture interest in AuRico's Orion Mexican project for US$750 Million.

Rainy River Resources Ltd.

Acted as Ontario counsel to Rainy River Resources Ltd. in the acquisition by New Gold Inc. of Rainy River for $310 million.

True Gold Mining Inc.

Acted for True Gold Mining Inc. in connection with a strategic investment by Liberty Metals & Mining Holdings, LLC, pursuant to which Liberty acquired shares of True Gold comprising 19.95% of the issued and outstanding shares of True Gold on a private placement basis. In connection with the private placement, Liberty also acquired a 2% net smelter royalty in respect of True Gold's Karma gold property located in Burkina Faso.

Fronteer Gold Inc.

Acted for Fronteer Gold Inc. in its $281-million acquisition of AuEx Ventures Inc. by way of a plan of arrangement, including a "spin-off" of AuEx's exploration properties into a new publicly traded vehicle.

West Timmins Mining Inc.

Acted for the Special Committee of West Timmins Mining Inc. in connection with the $319-million acquisition of West Timmins by Lake Shore Gold Corp. effected through a share exchange plan of arrangement.

National United Resources Holdings Limited

Acted as Canadian counsel for National United Resources Holdings Limited in connection with its acquisition of a 29.95% interest in SouthGobi Resources Limited.

Fronteer Development Group Inc.

Acted for Fronteer Development Group Inc. in its successful unsolicited insider bid for the remaining 58% of Aurora Energy Resources Inc. not already owned by Fronteer, in a transaction valuing Aurora at $175 million.

Clarica Life Insurance Company

Acted for Clarica Life Insurance Company in connection with the merger with Sun Life Financial Services of Canada Inc. in a transaction valued at approximately $7.1 billion.

Iogen Corporation

Acted for Iogen Corporation in connection with its commercial alliance with Royal Dutch Shell plc, the investment made in Iogen by Goldman, Sachs & Co. and its financing for the development of Canada's first proposed commercial-scale cellulose ethanol production facility in Saskatchewan.

True Gold Mining Inc.

Acted for True Gold Mining Inc. in connection with its $51.9-million financing consisting of a $42-million bought deal offering of units by way of short form prospectus and concurrent $9.9-million private placement of units to Liberty Metals & Mining Holdings, LLC, True Gold's largest shareholder.

Lundin Mining Corporation

Acted for Lundin Mining Corporation in its A$4.3-million subscription for 14.3% of the shares of PolarX Limited, which secures an option for Lundin Mining to earn a 51% interest in PolarX's Stellar Project by staged spending of US$24 million on exploration and staged payments to PolarX of US$20 million over three years.

Roxgold Inc.

Acted for Roxgold Inc. in connection with an $18.4-million investment in the company by International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, by way of a non-brokered private placement of 25,783,352 units.

Roxgold Inc.

Acted for Roxgold Inc. in connection with a series of bought deal private placement offerings.

Fronteer Gold Inc.

Acted for Fronteer Gold Inc. in its $2.3-billion acquisition by Newmont Mining Corporation (now known as Newmont Goldcorp Corporation). The transaction was structured as a plan of arrangement providing for cash consideration and the spin off of shares of Pilot Gold Inc., a new TSX-listed company holding exploration assets, to the former shareholders of Fronteer Gold.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation and its wholly owned subsidiary, Barrick Gold Finance Company, in an offering of an aggregate of US$750 million of notes. The notes, of which US$400 million are due 2034 and US$350 million are due 2014, were offered only in the United States by a syndicate of underwriters led by Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated and Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.

Soulpepper Theatre Company

Acted for the Soulpepper Theatre Company in connection with a joint venture with George Brown College to develop the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, a theatre and educational complex in Toronto's historic distillery district.

In the News

Melanie Shishler Featured in Lexpert’s Special Feature on the Art of the Deal

Aug. 06, 2019 - In Lexpert’s annual Art of the Deal feature, Davies partner Melanie Shishler is profiled for her role as lead counsel to Barrick Gold Corp. in the wave of consolidation that has transformed the gold sector over the past year. Melanie, who appears on the cover of the issue, takes readers...

In the News

Melanie Shishler Reflects on M&A Activity in 2017

Feb. 08, 2018 - Davies partner Melanie Shishler spoke recently to Listed Magazine about 2017 M&A trends and activity and the outlook for dealmaking in 2018. Noting that private equity played a key role in fuelling growth, Melanie remarked, “I haven’t worked on any deal where there haven’t been both pension...

Bulletin

Shareholder Engagement – ICD Provides Guidance for Canadian Companies

Mar. 10, 2016 - On March 7, 2016, the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), a not-for-profit director association consisting of more than 10,000 members across Canada, published guidance to help boards of Canadian public companies develop a shareholder engagement approach to corporate governance. Recent...

Bulletin

“Publish What You Pay” Guidance Issued for Consultation

Aug. 17, 2015 - Natural Resources Canada recently released for consultation its draft guidance and reporting specifications with respect to the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act (ESTMA). Commonly known as “publish what you pay” standards, the ESTMA establishes mandatory reporting standards for...

Bulletin

Plan Nord, Take Two

Apr. 29, 2015 - On April 8, 2015, the Québec government released its Plan Nord toward 2035, 2015-2020 Action Plan (Plan Nord), a 20-year plan designed to provide main policy directions and priorities for the development of northern Québec. Plan Nord revamps the previous plan announced in 2011 by...

Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Energy & Natural Resources: Mining

Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Energy & Natural Resources: Mining; Corporate/Commercial: Ontario (Recognised Practitioner)

The Legal 500 Canada—Corporate and M&A (Recommended); Energy: Mining (Leading Lawyer)

IFLR1000: Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms—Mergers and Acquisitions

Lexpert Special Edition Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining

Report on Business/Lexpert Special Edition Canada’s Leading Corporate Lawyers

Lexpert Guide to US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada—Mergers & Acquisitions

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Corporate Commercial Law; Corporate Finance and Securities; Mergers and Acquisitions; Mining

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Natural Resources Law

Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40

Lexpert Zenith Award—Pro Bono Award

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 1999

Education

University of Toronto, LLB, 1997
McGill University, BA Classics (with Great Distinction), 1994

Community Involvement

Doug Philpott Inner-City Childrens Tennis Fund, former director
University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review, former co-editor-in-chief