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 M&A 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 M&A 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.

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Nevada Gold Mines

Acted for Nevada Gold Mines (NGM), the Barrick-Newmont joint venture, in its asset exchange agreement to acquire the remaining 40% of the South Arturo property from i-80 Gold Corp in exchange for NGM's Lone Tree and Buffalo Mountain Properties, and in its conditional up to $50-million private placement in i-80 common shares.

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The Pallinghurst Group

Acted for The Pallinghurst Group in its acquisition, through Pallinghurst Nickel International Limited, of a 19.2% interest in Talon Metals Corp. from Resource Capital Fund VI L.P. Talon Metals is a TSX-listed base metals company with a nickel-copper-cobalt project in the United States.

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Roxgold Inc.

Acted for Roxgold Inc. in its C$1.1-billion business combination with Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. to create a premier growth-oriented global intermediate gold and silver producer.

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Barrick Gold Corporation

Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation in the up to US$430-million sale to Teranga Gold Corporation of a 90% interest in the Massawa gold project in Senegal by a subsidiary of Barrick and its Senegalese joint venture partner.

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SEMAFO Inc.

Acted as counsel to SEMAFO Inc. in its US$2.1-billion business combination with Endeavour Mining Corporation by way of plan of arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (Québec).

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The Pallinghurst Group

Acted for The Pallinghurst Group, a private investor in the global natural resources sector, in its joint 50-50 acquisition with Investissement Québec of Québec-based Nemaska Lithium Inc. pursuant to a sales process under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act. The acquisition was structured as a credit bid with Nemaska's largest secured creditor, Orion Mine Finance, and achieved through a reverse vesting order granted by the Superior Court of Québec and upheld by the Québec Court of Appeal.

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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.

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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.

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Blackstone Tactical Opportunities

Acted for Blackstone Tactical Opportunities in its US$460-million sale with Orion Resource Partners of the gold prepay, stream facilities and an offtake agreement in respect of Lundin Gold Inc.'s Fruta del Norte mine to Newcrest Mining Limited.

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Barrick Gold Corporation

Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation in an integrated transaction involving (i) the sale by Barrick of all of the shares of Bullfrog Mines LLC to Bullfrog Gold Corp., a U.S.-based gold and silver exploration company; and (ii) a concurrent $22 million equity investment in Bullfrog Gold by Augusta Investments Inc. and certain individuals identified by Augusta.

Guide
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Public Mergers and Acquisitions in Canada: Overview, co-author

Nov. 01, 2021 - Practical Law – Mergers and Acquisitions Global Guide (Thomson Reuters)
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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...

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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...

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Shareholder Engagement – ICD Provides Guidance for Canadian Companies

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Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Mining (International and Cross-Border)

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

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

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The Legal 500 Canada—Energy and Natural Resources: Mining (Leading Individual)

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Lexpert Special Edition: Mining

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Lexpert Special Edition: Finance and M&A

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

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

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

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Who’s Who Legal: Canada—Mining; Who’s Who Legal: Mining

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Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40

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Lexpert Zenith Award—Pro Bono Award

Bar Admissions
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Ontario, 1999

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

Community Involvement
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Canadian Stage Company, director
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 M&A 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.

Nevada Gold Mines

Acted for Nevada Gold Mines (NGM), the Barrick-Newmont joint venture, in its asset exchange agreement to acquire the remaining 40% of the South Arturo property from i-80 Gold Corp in exchange for NGM's Lone Tree and Buffalo Mountain Properties, and in its conditional up to $50-million private placement in i-80 common shares.

The Pallinghurst Group

Acted for The Pallinghurst Group in its acquisition, through Pallinghurst Nickel International Limited, of a 19.2% interest in Talon Metals Corp. from Resource Capital Fund VI L.P. Talon Metals is a TSX-listed base metals company with a nickel-copper-cobalt project in the United States.

Roxgold Inc.

Acted for Roxgold Inc. in its C$1.1-billion business combination with Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. to create a premier growth-oriented global intermediate gold and silver producer.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation in the up to US$430-million sale to Teranga Gold Corporation of a 90% interest in the Massawa gold project in Senegal by a subsidiary of Barrick and its Senegalese joint venture partner.

SEMAFO Inc.

Acted as counsel to SEMAFO Inc. in its US$2.1-billion business combination with Endeavour Mining Corporation by way of plan of arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (Québec).

The Pallinghurst Group

Acted for The Pallinghurst Group, a private investor in the global natural resources sector, in its joint 50-50 acquisition with Investissement Québec of Québec-based Nemaska Lithium Inc. pursuant to a sales process under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act. The acquisition was structured as a credit bid with Nemaska's largest secured creditor, Orion Mine Finance, and achieved through a reverse vesting order granted by the Superior Court of Québec and upheld by the Québec Court of Appeal.

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.

Blackstone Tactical Opportunities

Acted for Blackstone Tactical Opportunities in its US$460-million sale with Orion Resource Partners of the gold prepay, stream facilities and an offtake agreement in respect of Lundin Gold Inc.'s Fruta del Norte mine to Newcrest Mining Limited.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation in an integrated transaction involving (i) the sale by Barrick of all of the shares of Bullfrog Mines LLC to Bullfrog Gold Corp., a U.S.-based gold and silver exploration company; and (ii) a concurrent $22 million equity investment in Bullfrog Gold by Augusta Investments Inc. and certain individuals identified by Augusta.

Guide

Public Mergers and Acquisitions in Canada: Overview, co-author

Nov. 01, 2021 - Practical Law – Mergers and Acquisitions Global Guide (Thomson Reuters)
Read the chapter.

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...

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 changes...

Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Mining (International and Cross-Border)

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

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

The Legal 500 Canada—Energy and Natural Resources: Mining (Leading Individual)

Lexpert Special Edition: Mining

Lexpert Special Edition: Finance and M&A

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; Securities Law

Who’s Who Legal: Canada—Mining; Who’s Who Legal: Mining

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

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