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Year called to bar: 1997 (BC)
James advises publicly-listed companies, institutional investors, fund sponsors and private enterprises on matters relating to corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital. He has extensive experience advising on public offerings of debt and equity securities, public takeover bids, plans of arrangement, cross-border acquisitions, corporate governance, related party transactions, private acquisitions and divestitures, venture capital investments and private fund formation. James’s practice includes clients in a variety of industries including mining, life sciences, finance and technology. James has been recognized as a leading practitioner in The Best Lawyers in Canada, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and Who’s Who Legal. James regularly writes and speaks on matters relating to securities law and private equity and is a member of Practical Law's Corporate M&A and Securities Advisory Board for Canada and of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation.
On April 2, 2019, an investor consortium comprised of Anamered Investments Inc., ANTA Sports Limited, FountainVest Partners and Tencent Holdings Limited completed its acquisition of substantially all of the outstanding securities of Amer Sports Corporation for approximately €5 billion in a tender offer on the Nasdaq Helsinki stock exchange.
On May 2, 2018, Emerald Health Therapeutics Inc. acquired all of the issued and outstanding securities of 8611165 Canada Inc. (doing business as Agro-Biotech), a private company which is a Québec based Licensed Producer under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) and an affiliated company for a purchase price of $90 million, payable half in cash and half in shares of Emerald.
On May 10, 2018, First Majestic acquired all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Primero Mining Corp. (Primero) and shareholders of Primero received 0.03325 First Majestic shares for each share of Primero held pursuant to a court-approved plan of arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (British Columbia).
On January 29, 2018, and February 15, 2018, First Majestic Silver Corp. completed the issuance of US$156.5 million aggregate principal amount of 1.875 per cent unsecured senior convertible notes due 2023, including notes issued pursuant to the partial exercise of an over-allotment option granted to the initial purchasers.
On June 6, 2017, Village Farms International, Inc. (Village Farms) and Emerald Health Therapeutics Inc., together with its affiliates (Emerald), entered into a definitive agreement to form a joint venture for large-scale, high-quality, low-cost cannabis production. Under the terms of the agreement, Village Farms initially contributed a 1.1-million square-foot greenhouse facility in Delta, BC.
On May 12, 2016, First Majestic Silver Corp. completed a brokered private-placement offering on a bought-deal basis, of 5,250,900 common shares (including 684,900 common shares issued pursuant to the exercise in full of an over-allotment option), at a price of $10.95 per common share for gross proceeds of approximately $57.5 million.
On June 17, 2016, First Mining Finance Corp. (First Mining) (FF: TSX-V) completed its acquisition of Tamaka Gold Corporation (Tamaka Gold). The acquisition of Tamaka Gold was completed pursuant to an amalgamation of Tamaka Gold and a wholly owned subsidiary of First Mining.
On October 1, 2015, First Majestic Silver Corp. acquired SilverCrest Mines Inc., a silver mining company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the NYSE MKT through a plan of arrangement. Pursuant to the transaction, First Majestic acquired all of the issued and outstanding common shares of SilverCrest Mines in exchange for common shares of First Majestic at a ratio of 0.2769 common shares of First Majestic and $0.0001 in cash for each common share of SilverCrest Mines. Options of SilverCrest Mines were exchanged for replacement options of First Majestic.
Holloway Lodging Corporation and Royal Host Inc. announced that Holloway has completed its previously announced acquisition of Royal Host with an effective date of July 1, 2014. The acquisition is valued at approximately $157 million (on an enterprise value basis),