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Year called to bar: 1992 (BC)
Geoff is Chair of Blakes and one of Canada's leading M&A and corporate finance lawyers. As Chair, he is responsible for the firm's overall strategic vision and its client relationships and market strategies. In his practice, Geoff focuses on M&A, corporate finance and corporate governance. He advises Canadian, US and international public and private companies, investment dealers, private equity, venture capital and alternative investment funds, and family offices with respect to Canadian law matters. Geoff frequently acts as special counsel to boards of directors and special committees in M&A, governance, shareholder activism and internal investigation matters. He advises clients operating in a range of industries, including financial services, mining, energy, life sciences, and technology. Geoff has worked in the firm's Toronto, Vancouver and New York offices.
On July 31, 2018, Galaxy Digital Holdings Ltd. (Galaxy) completed an arrangement transaction pursuant to which Bradmer Pharmaceuticals Inc., Galaxy Digital LP and First Coin Capital Corp. combined to form a new enterprise in the blockchain, digital asset and cryptocurrency space.
On November 1, 2017, The Washington Cos. (Washington), a group of privately held North American mining, industrial and transportation businesses founded by industrialist and entrepreneur Dennis R. Washington, completed its acquisition of Dominion Diamond Corp. (Dominion) for approximately $1.5 billion.
On December 14, 2016, Just Eat plc (LSE: JE), a leading global marketplace for online food delivery, announced its completed acquisition of SkipTheDishes Inc., one of Canada’s largest online food delivery marketplaces.
BC-based Hot House Growers Income Fund, a producer of greenhouse tomatoes and sweet bell peppers completed a $70.7 million initial public offering of trust units through a syndicate of underwriters co-led by TD Securities Inc. and RBC Dominion Securities Inc., and included National Bank Financial, HSBC Securities (Canada) Inc., Canaccord Capital Corp. and Raymond James Ltd.