Summary

As one of the most experienced corporate and securities law teams in Canada, the lawyers of BLG’s Securities, Capital Markets and Public Companies Group partner with you to provide legal advice that will help you overcome your business challenges. The group is well equipped to provide you with practical and efficient advice on domestic and cross-border transactions, and regulatory compliance. We pride ourselves on our level of service to our clients. By partnering with a BLG lawyer, you can be assured that your matter will always be our highest priority — whether you are a Tier 1 issuer or entrepreneurial organization ready for your first listing.

Our clients include major Canadian and international corporations, entrepreneurial and growth-oriented businesses, some of Canada’s best-known investment banks, and other securities industry participants engaged in securities and capital markets activities in Canada.

As a pre-eminent, full-service law firm, we are able to draw on the experience and expertise of more than 700 professionals across Canada to help you achieve your objectives in a timely and efficient manner. We take an industry team approach to your business challenge, pulling together professionals from relevant practice areas. We can provide you with consistent advice on different provincial and territorial securities laws, and our Francophone lawyers in Québec have an in-depth knowledge of civil law and Québec securities laws.

Publications

Rankings & Recognitions

The Securities, Capital Markets and Public Companies Group or its members are recognized in: 

  • Canadian Venture Capital Market Overview First Half of 2015 Lists BLG as the Most Active Legal Firm in Canada.
  • The 2017 edition of Chambers Canada Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business.
  • The 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada®.
  • The 2017 edition of The Legal 500: Canada.
  • The 2017 edition of the Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada.
  • The 2017 edition of Chambers Latin America Latin America's Leading Lawyers for Business.
  • The 2016 edition of Who's Who Legal – The International Who's Who of Capital Markets Debt and Equity Lawyers.
  • The 2016 edition of Who's Who Legal – The International Who's Who of Private Funds Lawyers.
  • The 2015 edition of Who's Who Legal – The International Who's Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers.
  • The 2016 edition of Who's Who Legal – The International Who's Who of Mining Lawyers.
  • The 2016 Lexpert®/Report on Business Special Edition on Global Mining.
  • The 2017 edition of IFLR1000 – The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms.
  • The 2017 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory.
  • The 2017 edition of the Lexpert® Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada.

Representative Work

Corporate Finance & Securities

BLG has been involved in many corporate finance and securities transactions. Set out below is a selection of recent representative transactions, where we acted as or represented the following:

  • Anheuser-Busch InvBev in its record-breaking C$2 billion maple bond offering
  • The Agents in Blackbird Energy Inc.’s C$84.8 million public offering
  • Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc. in its C$173.1 million public offering
  • Raymond James Ltd.’s in Trinidad Drilling Ltd.’s C$149.5 million bought deal
  • Titan Medical Inc., a TSX-listed medical device company, in connection with several prospectus qualified offerings for gross proceeds of approximately $150,000,000 through Bloom Burton Securities Inc. and other dealers
  • The Bank of Nova Scotia in Cara Operations Limited's C$550 million financing for its Groupe St-Hubert Inc. acquisition
  • Northview Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust in its C$74.8 million public offering
  • Gold Standard Ventures Corp. in its non-brokered C$38 million private placement of common shares
  • Alterra Power Corp. in its bought-deal offering and its non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of C$67.9 million
  • Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and Canada Housing Trust No.1 in the offering of over $180 billion of mortgage-backed securities
  • Husky Energy Inc. in its $1-billion bought deal public offering and concurrent $200 million private placement of common shares.
  • GMP Securities LP in Klondex Mines Ltd.'s C$114.5 million bought deal financing.
  • Birchliff Energy Ltd. in its C$653 million bought deal financing.
  • Kaizen Capital Corp. in its private placement of C$1.2M in subscription receipts.
  • Kelt Exploration Ltd. in its C$90 million convertible debenture financing and private placement offering.
  • Sandstorm Gold Ltd. in its US$152 million multi-asset stream transaction with Yamana Gold Inc.
  • Teck Resources Ltd. in its US$610 million silver streaming agreement with Franco-Nevada.
  • Cynapsus Therapeutics Inc. in its US$72.5 million public offering of common shares in the United States, marking the first underwritten southbound-only equity offering under the Multijurisdictional Disclosure System.
  • Boston Pizza Royalties Income Fund in its subscription receipt offering and C$155.9 million accretive acquisition of additional 1.5% of franchise revenues from Boston Pizza International Inc.
  • Northland Power Inc. in its offering of $157.5 million convertible debentures.
  • Northland Power Solar Finance One L.P. in its C$232 million private placement offering of bonds.
  • Husky Energy Inc., in connection with its $250 million public offering of cumulative rate reset preferred shares.
  • Northland Power Inc., in connection with its $225 million public offering of common shares and convertible debentures.
  • RBC Dominion Securities Inc., in connection with Cameco Corporation's sale of $500 million senior unsecured debentures.
  • AutoCanada Inc., in connection with its $403 million bought deal equity offering and $150 million debt offering.
  • Central 1 Credit Union, in connection with an aggregate of $800 million debt offerings.
  • Syndicate of agents in connection with Cameco Corporation completed sale of C$500 million of senior unsecured debentures.
  • AutoCanada Inc. in its C$150 million private placement of senior unsecured notes.
  • Canadian counsel to Husky Energy Inc. in its US$750 million senior unsecured notes offering.
  • Raymond James Ltd., in connection with Trinidad Ltd.'s C$172.5 million bought deal offering.
  • Canadian counsel to Heli-One Canada Inc. (CHC Group) in its C$310 million initial public offering.
  • Finning International Inc. in its £70 million private placement.
  • Anheuser-Busch InBev Finance Inc. in its C$1.2 billion maple bond offering.
  • Canadian Phoenix Acquisition Corp., an oil and natural gas operations company, in its $114 million private placement of subscription receipts.
  • TD Securities Inc., in connection with Cameco Corporation's $500 million marketed offering of senior unsecured debentures.
  • AltaLink L.P., one of Canada's largest transmission companies, in connection with its $275 million drawdown of commercial grade debt.
  • Citigroup Global Markets Inc., in connection with IAMGOLD Corporation's $650 million private placement of senior unsecured notes.
  • Kellogg Company, a multinational food manufacturing company, in connection with its $300 million private placement of senior unsecured notes.
  • Birchcliff Energy Ltd., an oil and gas exploration company, in connection with its $110 million marketed offering and private placement.
  • The syndicate of underwriters led by RBC Dominion Securities Inc., in connection with Chartwell Seniors Housing Real Estate Investment Trust's $339 million bought deal of convertible unsecured subordinated debentures.

Corporate Governance & Special Committees

  • Corus Entertainment Inc. in its acquisition of Shaw Media Inc. from Shaw Communications Inc. for C$2.65 billion
  • The Board of Taseko Mines in its proxy fight with Raging River Capital
  • The Board of Directors of Eldorado Gold in its C$900 million sale of assets to China National Gold
  • Far West Mining Ltd. in its C$725 million cash-and-share acquisition by Capstone Mining Corp.
  • MI Developments in connection with the transaction proposed by certain Class A Shareholders and the Stronach Shareholders resulting in the elimination of the multiple voting share structure of MID and the transfer of certain assets, valued at approximately $675 million (US)
  • The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Economical Insurance in connection with proposals to effect its demutualization through either a sponsored demutualization or an initial public offering
  • The Special Committee of Eldorado Gold Corporation's Board of Directors in the US$60 million sale of the White Mountain and Tanjianshan Mines and Eastern Dragon Development Project.
  • Softchoice Corporation and its special committee of directors in connection with Birch Hill Equity Partners' $412 million acquisition of Softchoice.
  • The Special Committee of Far West Mining Limited, an international mineral exploration company, in connection with its $710 million acquisition by Capstone Mining Corporation, by way of plan of arrangement.

Mining

  • Pan American Silver in Maverix Metals Inc.'s C$100 million acquisition of its Royalty, Stream and Payment Agreement Portfolio.
  • Anfield Gold Corp. in its C$16.94 million acquisition of Magellan Minerals Ltd.
  • NewCastle Gold Ltd. in its C$33.8 million merger with Catalyst Copper Corp.
  • Pan American Silver in its US$15 million sale of the shares in Shalipayco S.A.C. to Votorantim Metals.
  • Sulliden Mining Capital Inc. in its C$1.3 million option arrangement with First Quantum Minerals Ltd. to acquire the Troilus Mine.
  • Dominion Diamond Corporation (formerly Harry Winston Diamond Corporation) in its C$680 million acquisition of the Ekati Diamond Mine.
  • Pan American Silver Corporation, a Canadian silver mining company, in connection with its $1.5 billion acquisition of Minefinders Corporation Limited, by way of plan of arrangement.
  • Eldorado Gold Corporation, a Canadian international gold producer, in connection with its $2.5 billion acquisition of European Goldfields Limited, by way of plan of arrangement.
  • Citigroup Global Markets Inc. in connection with IAMGOLD Corporation’s $650 million private placement of senior unsecured notes

M&A

  • Bedrock Industries in its C$500 million acquisition of Stelco Inc. and the associated CCAA restructuring
  • Stone Canyon Industries, LLC in its acquisition from Platinum Equity of BWAY Corp. for US$2.4 billion.
  • Northern Property REIT, in its creation of a $3 billion national multi-family REIT through the acquisition of True North Apartment REIT and C$535 million multi-family portfolio from Starlight Investment Ltd.
  • Finning International Inc. in its C$230 million acquisition of Kramer Cat® dealership in Saskatchewan.
  • Ridley Inc. in its C$521 million acquisition by Alltech, Inc.
  • Energy Fuels Inc. in its acquisition of Uranerz Energy Corp.
  • Boston Pizza International Inc. in the C$155.9 million accretive acquisition of additional 1.5% of franchise revenues by Boston Pizza Royalties Income Fund. 
  • Beaumont Energy Inc. in its C$587.5 million acquisition by Whitecap Resources Inc.
  • Kelt Exploration Ltd. in its C$307 million acquisition of Artek Exploration Ltd.
  • TransCanada Energy Ltd. in its acquisition of the eighth solar facility from Canadian Solar Solutions Inc., bringing TransCanada's investment in its Ontario solar program to over C$450 million.
  • Health Care REIT, Inc. in its C$1 billion acquisition of HealthLease Properties REIT.
  • Huntingdon Capital Corp. in its C$210 million acquisition by Slate Asset Management LP.
  • ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. in its C$362 million acquisition of M+W Process Automation GmbH and ProFocus LLC.
  • Lumina Copper Corporation in its C$470 million acquisition by First Quantum Minerals Limited.
  • China Oil and Gas Group Limited in its C$235 million acquisition of Baccalieu Energy Inc.
  • Globalive Capital in its C$300 million acquisition of WIND mobile.
  • Canadian counsel to Balfour Beatty PLC in connection with its US$1.35 billion sale of Parsons Brinckerhoff Group Inc. to WSP Global Inc.
  • Competition counsel for Loblaw Companies Limited in its C$12.4 billion acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation
  • JLL Partners, Inc. in its US$ 1.98 billion acquisition of Patheon Inc.
  • Yanchang Petroleum International Limited in its C$320 million acquisition of all of the shares of Novus Energy Inc.
  • Fluidigm Corporation in its C$207.5 million cross-border merger with DVS Sciences, Inc.
  • Montez Corporation and Montez Core Income Fund II Limited Partnership in connection with Montez Income Fund II Limited Partnership's C$320 million acquisition of Sears Canada Inc.'s interest in eight shopping centres in Quebec
  • Canadian counsel to Strides Arcolab Limited in its C$1.75 billion sale of Agila Specialties to Mylan.
  • West Face Capital Inc. in connection with Hudson's Bay Company's C$2.9 billion acquisition of Saks Fifth Avenue.
  • North American Energy Partners Inc. in its C$320 million sale of its piling division to Keller Group.
  • Special counsel for Health Care REIT in its C$1.35 billion acquisition of a 75% interest in 47 seniors housing facilities owned by Revera Inc.
  • Peer 1 Network Enterprises and senior management of Peer 1 in connection with Peer 1 Network Enterprises' C$600 million sale to Cogeco Cable.
  • Bonterra Energy Corp., in its C$480 million business combination with Spartan Oil Corp.
  • Celtic Exploration Limited, an oil and gas exploration company, in connection with its US$3.1 billion acquisition by ExxonMobil, by way of acquisition of shares.
  • Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, one of the lead investors in Maple Group Acquisition Corp., in connection with Maple Group's $3.8 billion acquisition of TMX Group Inc., operator of the Toronto Stock Exchange, by way of take-over bid and subsequent arrangement.
  • Finning International Inc., the world's largest Caterpillar dealer, in connection with its $465 million acquisition of the distribution and support business formerly operated by Bucyrus, by way of acquisition of assets.
  • Cutpick Energy Inc., an oil and gas exploration and development company, in connection with its $425 million acquisition by Crescent Point Energy Corp., by way of plan of arrangement.
  • Western Financial Group Inc., a financial services company providing insurance and banking services, in connection with its $443 million acquisition by Desjardins Financial Corporation, by way of acquisition of shares.
  • Korea Gas Corporation, the world's largest liquefied natural gas importer, in connection with its $1.1 billion acquisition of certain oil and gas assets of EnCana Corporation.
  • K+S Aktiengesellschaft, a German-based agricultural chemical company, in connection with its $434 million acquisition of Potash One Inc., by way of take-over bid.
  • Acuity Funds Ltd., a Canadian investment management firm, in connection with its $339 million acquisition by AGF Management Limited, by way of acquisition of shares.
  • Canadian Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. (now operating as SiriusXM Canada), an audio entertainment company, in connection with its $520 million acquisition of Sirius Canada Inc., by way of acquisition of shares.