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Year called to bar: 1998 (ON)
Kathleen Ritchie is a partner in Gowling WLG's Toronto office. She is the Head of Toronto's Business Law Group (since 2016) and is the past leader of the firm's Corporate Finance, M&A, and Private Equity Group (2010–2013). She practises securities and corporate law and has over 20 years’ experience advising on M&A and corporate finance transactions, securities regulation, and corporate governance matters. Kathleen provides advice on mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures. She acts on behalf of public companies in public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities. She has experience relating to the creation and acquisition of royalties and streams within the mining industry. She also advises on securities regulation matters, including disclosure, stock exchange and related requirements, regulatory reviews/investigations of disclosure/trading, and matters relating to shareholder meetings, including proxy contests. She advises boards of directors and management on corporate governance structures, best practices, as well as external rankings, executive and board compensation, stakeholder activism, and D&O liability. She has been recognized in The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, The Best Lawyers in Canada, and Who’s Who Legal: Mining.
On March 14, 2019, Aleafia Health Inc. (TSX: ALEF) completed its acquisition of Emblem Corp. (TSXV: EMC) by way of a plan of arrangement under the provisions of the Canada Business Corporations Act in an all share transaction valued at approximately $172.3 million at the time of the deal’s announcement. Pursuant to the arrangement, Aleafia acquired all of the common shares of Emblem, to form a new wholly-owned subsidiary continuing as “Emblem Corp.” Following the transaction, Aleafia graduated from the TSX Venture Exchange and commenced trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
On November 30, 2018, Essar Steel Algoma Inc. (“ESAI”) concluded its comprehensive restructuring under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act by way of the sale of substantially all of its assets to Algoma Steel Inc. (“ASI”).
On July 11, 2016, Maverix Metals Inc. and Pan American Silver Corp. closed a plan of arrangement pursuant to which Maverix acquired 13 royalties, precious metals streams and payment agreements from Pan American.