181 Bay Street, Fl 33, Brookfield Place, Bay Wellington Tower, Toronto, ON
Year called to bar: 1998 (BC); 1999 (ON)
Michael’s practice focuses on corporate and international tax planning, regularly advising Canadian and foreign-based multinational groups on a variety of matters, including financing, mergers & acquisitions and natural resource taxation. He also has considerable experience in handling tax controversy issues in Canada and a number of other countries. In this regard, Michael has appeared in the Supreme Court of Canada, Federal Court of Appeal, Tax Court of Canada, the superior courts of British Columbia and Ontario, and the Revenue Tribunal of the United Republic of Tanzania. Michael has developed a widely recognized expertise in issues involving the mining industry, and regularly advises a number of Canadian and foreign-based multinational mining companies. In addition to his transactional experience (which has involved everything from complex acquisitions and divestitures to metal stream financing transactions), Michael has counselled both taxpayers and governments on legislative and tax policy matters relating to the mining industry. Michael also acts for a number of large multinational companies in a broad range of industries including aerospace and defence, paper and household products, pharmaceuticals, financial services, nuclear and hydro power, and real estate.
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 July 19, 2016, Goldcorp Inc. (Goldcorp) acquired all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Kaminak Gold Corp. (Kaminak) pursuant to a court-approved plan of arrangement (the Arrangement) on the basis of 0.10896 of a Goldcorp common share for each common share of Kaminak.
On March 13, 2015, Goldcorp completed its $526 million acquisition of Probe Mines Limited by way of a plan of arrangement. Probe’s principal asset is the 100 per cent-owned Borden Gold project located near Chapleau, Ontario.