40 King St W, Suite 2100, Scotia Plaza, Toronto, ON
Year called to bar: 1989 (ON)
Brian's practice focuses on the infrastructure, natural resources, and electricity sectors and on related Aboriginal law. He has acted on transactions involving mining projects across Canada (including the Far North) and throughout the Americas, Africa, Australia, Europe, and Asia including advising clients that explore for, build, and operate gold, silver, copper, zinc, nickel, iron, uranium, and diamond mineral projects. Brian has significant experience in mining exploration and mine development (and related infrastructure), production and metals sales, and private electricity projects (hydro, cogeneration, solar and wind and related infrastructure), including farm-in, operating, royalty, off-take, rail & port, and power purchase agreements, easements, joint ventures, partnerships, and limited partnerships, and acquisition of related government rights. He acted as Chief Federal Negotiator in negotiating the transfer of legislative authority over lands and resources in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Territory and advised the Government of Ontario on the restructuring of the electricity industry and break-up of the former Ontario Hydro. Brian also has extensive experience in Aboriginal law and negotiating with and for Indigenous peoples. Called to the Ontario Bar in 1989.
On July 14, 2017, Lithium Americas Corp. (Lithium Americas) completed a $355,000,000 financing transaction with Ganfeng Lithium Co., Ltd. (GFL) and Bangchak Corporation Public Company Ltd. (BCP) to finance the development of the Cauchari-Olaroz lithium project in Argentina.
On December 1, 2015, Antofagasta plc (Antofagasta) acquired from Barrick Gold Corporation (Barrick) a 50 per cent interest (the Acquisition) in Compañia Minera Zaldívar Limitada (Zaldívar) that holds the Zaldívar copper mine located in northern Chile (the Zaldívar Mine). The resulting joint venture combines the resources and expertise of two global mining leaders to maximize the value of the Zaldívar Mine.
Emera Incorporated, through its subsidiary NSP Maritime Link Incorporated, completed a $1.3 billion bond financing in support of the $1.56 billion Maritime Link Project. The Maritime Link Project involves the development, construction and commissioning of both, a new 500MW HVdc transmission line, as well as a 230kV HVac line and associated infrastructure, between the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Province of Nova Scotia.