100 King St W, Suite 3400, 1 First Canadian Pl, PO Box 130, Toronto, ON
Year called to bar: 1981 (ON)
Michael Melanson advises clients on a variety of corporate and securities law matters, with a particular focus on capital markets transactions. Michael practises extensively in the capital markets area, with an emphasis on public and private offerings of securities, takeover bids, and mergers & acquisitions. He acts for clients in a wide range of industries, particularly in the mining industry. One area of focus of Michael's practice is representing clients in China, Hong Kong, and other international markets. Michael's recent recognitions include the 2021 Chambers Global and 2021 Chambers Canada– Leading lawyer in Energy & Natural Resources, Mining, 2021 Best Lawyers – Leading lawyer, Mining, Natural Law and Securities, 2020 Lexpert/Report on Business Special Edition – One of the Leading Mining in Canada. And the 2020 The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory – Most consistently recommended, Mining and repeatedly recommended, Corporate Finance & Securities and Corporate Mid-Market. Michael is a member of the American Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association, the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum.
On March 31, 2017, Western Potash Corp. (“Western Potash”) completed its corporate restructuring pursuant to a court-approved plan of arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (British Columbia) whereby Western Potash became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Western Resources Corp. (“Western Resources”).
Antofagasta plc, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Antofagasta Investment Company Limited, acquired Duluth Metals Limited by way of a plan of arrangement at a price of $0.45 per share, for total cash consideration of approximately $52.8 million. Immediately following the acquisition, Antofagasta funded the purchase of $30-million aggregate principal amount convertible debentures, being all of Duluth’s outstanding convertible debentures.