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Year called to bar: 1990 (ON)
Counsel in the firm’s Toronto office. Practice focuses on public and private equity and debt financing, mergers & acquisitions, and securities regulation, with special emphasis on transactions (financings, M&A, and industry-focused commercial arrangements) involving mining and finance companies and securities industry registrants. Also advises independent committees of Boards of Directors regarding “related party” and significant material transactions and circumstances, as well as dealers and advisors on investment funds and registration compliance. Acts as co-head of the editorial board for the firm’s industry law blog Mining Prospects. Adjunct Professor of Advanced Securities Law at Osgoode Hall Law School. He is listed as a leading lawyer in the areas of natural resources law and securities law in The Best Lawyers in Canada and in IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms as highly regarded in the areas of capital markets, equity, private equity, and M&A. Admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1990.
On October 31, 2017, Nexa Resources S.A. (formerly, VM Holding S.A.) (Nexa) and Votorantim S.A. (Votorantim) completed the initial public offering of 35,650,000 common shares (including full exercise of the over-allotment option on closing) of Nexa on the TSX and NYSE at a price of US$16.00 (C$20.69) per share for aggregate gross proceeds to Nexa and Votorantim of US$570M (C$728M).
On March 18, 2015, Chesswood Group Limited (“Chesswood”) announced that it had completed the acquisition of all of the shares in the capital of, and certain shareholder loan receivables in respect of, Blue Chip Leasing Corporation (“Blue Chip”) and EcoHome Financial Inc. (“EcoHome”) pursuant to a share purchase agreement between Chesswood, CB Leaseco Holdings Inc. (the “Vendor”), and the principals of the Vendor made as of February 25, 2015.
Stornoway Diamond Corporation announced that it had closed its previously announced financing transactions with US private equity firm Orion Mine Finance, Investissement Québec (through its wholly owned subsidiaries Diaquem Inc. and Resources Québec) (“RQ”), and the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec to fund the construction of the Renard Diamond Project, Quebec’s first diamond mine.