A partner well regarded for her strategic thinking and insights into Canadian and international M&A, Melanie advises on complex public and private mergers & acquisitions. She has expertise in acting for both bidders and target companies in solicited and unsolicited public takeover bids and privately negotiated acquisitions in a variety of industries. A significant portion of Melanie’s practice is focused on mining. Her diverse practice involves advising clients on mining asset acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, royalty and metals streaming transactions, private equity investment transactions, proxy contests, and equity and debt corporate finance. She is lead counsel on worldwide and significant M&A initiatives for Barrick Gold Corporation, as well as numerous intermediate and junior mining companies. Melanie is a frequent writer and speaker on mining law, governance issues, and joint ventures. She is also a member of Davies’ Management Committee. Select Recognition: Chambers Global; Chambers Canada; IFLR1000; The Legal 500 Canada; Lexpert® Special Edition — Finance and M&A and Mining; Best Lawyers in Canada.
On June 30, 2017, Barrick Gold Corp. (Barrick) completed the sale of a 50-per-cent interest in the Veladero mine in San Juan province, Argentina, to Shandong Gold Mining Co., Ltd. (SDG) for US$960 million. Following the sale, each of Barrick and SDG holds an indirect 50-per-cent interest in Minera Argentina Gold S.R.L., the joint venture company that owns the Veladero mine.
On August 31, 2015, Zijin Mining Group Co., Ltd., one of China’s largest gold producers, completed the acquisition from Barrick Gold Corporation of a 50 per cent stake in Barrick (Niugini) Limited (the holder of a 95 per cent interest in the Porgera gold project in Papua New Guinea) for US$298 million in cash, through Gold Mountains (H.K.) International Mining Company Limited, its wholly owned subsidiary. The parties also entered into a shareholders agreement with respect to the newly formed joint venture and a separate strategic cooperation arrangement relating to future potential joint initiatives.