100 King St W, Suite 3400, 1 First Canadian Pl, PO Box 130, Toronto, ON
Year called to bar: 2001 (ON)
Abbas is a partner at Bennett Jones LLP in the corporate and securities group with a particular focus on corporate finance and mergers & acquisition transactions in the natural resources sector. Abbas acts for Canadian and international mining companies involved in public equity and debt offerings, private placements, reverse takeover transactions, joint ventures, partnerships, mergers & acquisitions, and stock exchange listings with properties in Canada, the United States, South America, Europe, Africa, and Australia. Abbas also advises mining companies on Canadian securities law matters (including mineral project disclosure), property acquisitions, royalty acquisitions, and earn-in agreements. Advises investment dealers in equity and debt offerings, and mergers & acquisition transactions. Advises boards of directors and special committees on securities law compliance matters, corporate governance, proxy contests, related party transactions, and crisis response and management. Abbas is a member of the Ontario Securities Commission Continuous Disclosure Advisory Committee. Osgoode Hall Law School/Schulich School of Business (MBA/LLB, 1999). Admitted to the Ontario Bar in 2001.
On July 10, 2017, Integra Gold Corp. (Integra) and Eldorado Gold Corp. (Eldorado) completed a plan of arrangement pursuant to which Eldorado acquired all of the Integra shares that it did not already own.
On June 2, 2016, Premier Gold Mines (Premier) and Orion Mine Finance (Orion) closed a $45 million financing arrangement, pursuant to which Orion provided Premier with a multi-draw senior unsecured term facility in the amount of US$30 million, and subscribed for US$15-million of common shares of Premier.
Centerra Gold Inc. (Centerra) and Premier Gold Mines Limited (Premier) entered into a 50/50 limited partnership for the joint exploration and development of Premier’s Trans-Canada Property in Northern Ontario. Under the terms of the joint venture agreements, Centerra will contribute up to $300 million in cash to the limited partnership in consideration for its 50 per cent interest in the limited partnership, while Premier will contribute all property, assets and rights it holds in respect of the Trans-Canada Property to the limited partnership in consideration for its 50 per cent interest in the limited partnership.
NIBE Industrier AB (publ) of Sweden acquired all of the issued and outstanding shares of WaterFurnace Renewable Energy, Inc. pursuant to a plan of arrangement under the Canada Business Corporations Act, for cash consideration of around $378 million.