Fred R. Pletcher  


Executive Summary

Fred R. Pletcher is Chair of our National Mining Group and a partner in our Securities and Capital Markets Group. Based in Vancouver, Fred advises public companies and underwriters in connection with a broad range of transactions and issues, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, corporate governance, continuous disclosure and general commercial matters. He is recognized as a leading lawyer in these areas by the foremost national and international legal ranking publications.

Although Fred acts for clients across a diverse range of industries, he has a particular focus on mining. In the mining field, Fred acts for Canadian and international mining companies in connection with: acquisitions and dispositions of mines, development projects and exploration properties; option agreements; joint venture agreements; project finance; royalty, streaming, off-take and ore sales agreements; confidentiality agreements; tenure issues; permitting; expropriations; and NI 43-101 reporting obligations.

Fred frequently advises boards of directors and special committees of public companies. He also has considerable experience in the field of shareholder activism.

Representative Work

  • Counsel to Guyana Goldfields Inc. in connection with its successful defence of a proxy contest launched by its former Executive Chairman.
  • Counsel to Imperial Metals Corporation in connection with its sale of a 70% interest in the Red Chris mine in British Columbia to Newcrest Mining Limited for US$804 million and a follow-on joint venture between the parties for the ongoing operation of the Red Chris mine.
  • Counsel to Pan American Silver Corp. in connection with its US$1.07 billion acquisition of Tahoe Resources Inc.
  • Counsel to the Special Committee of Nevsun Resources Ltd. in connection with its successful defense against an unsolicited $1.4 billion acquisition proposal from Lundin Mining Corporation and its subsequent friendly $1.8 billion sale to Zijin Mining Group Co. Ltd.
  • Counsel to Northview Apartment REIT on a $86.3 million bought deal offering of trust units.
  • Counsel to Alterra Power Corp. in connection with its $1.1 billion acquisition by Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.
  • Counsel to Anfield Gold Corp. in connection with its $400 million business combination with Trek Mining Inc. and NewCastle Gold Ltd. to create Equinox Gold Corp.
  • Counsel to the CEO and Founder of Payfirma Corporation in his successful proxy fight to remove three directors from the board.
  • Counsel to Natural Resources Canada in connection with its guidance to the industry on the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act (Canada).
  • Counsel to Pan American Silver Corp. in connection with the $100 million spinoff of Maverix Metals Inc., a public royalty and streaming company.
  • Counsel to the Special Committee of Eldorado Gold Corporation in connection with the US$900 million sale of mines and development projects in China to Yintai Resources Co. Ltd. and China National Gold Group.
  • Counsel to Alterra Power Corp. on a $68 million combined bought deal and private placement offering of common shares.
  • Counsel to Dolly Varden Silver Corp. in its successful defence against a hostile take-over bid by Hecla Mining Company.
  • Underwriters' counsel on a $57.5 million bought deal offering of common shares of Sandstorm Gold Ltd.
  • Counsel to Cameco Corporation on the restructuring of its Inkai uranium joint venture in Kazakhstan with Kazatomprom JSC, a state-owned enterprise.
  • Counsel to the Special Committee of Taseko Mines Limited in connection with its successful proxy fight against a shareholder activist.
  • Counsel to Panoro Minerals Ltd. on a $140 million streaming transaction with Silver Wheaton (Caymans) Ltd. linked to production from the Cotabambas project in Peru
  • Counsel to Northern Property REIT on the $845 million acquisition of True North Apartment REIT and a private portfolio of multi-family properties from affiliates of Starlight Investments Ltd. and Public Sector Pension Investment Board.
  • Counsel to Teck Resources Limited on a US$610 million streaming transaction with an affiliate of Franco Nevada Corporation linked to silver production from the Antamina mine in Peru.
  • Counsel to Teck Resources Limited on a US$525 million streaming transaction with an affiliate of Royal Gold, Inc. linked to gold production from the Carmen de Andacollo mine in Chile.
  • Counsel to Alterra Power Corp. on a C$110 million loan facility in connection with the 62 MW Jimmie Creek hydro project in British Columbia and the 204 MW Shannon wind project in Texas.
  • Counsel to Lumina Copper Corp. on its $470-million acquisition by First Quantum Minerals Ltd.
  • Underwriters' counsel on a $1 billion public offerings of debentures by Cameco Corporation.
  • Counsel to Pan American Silver Corp. on its $1.5 billion acquisition of Minefinders Corporation Ltd.
  • Counsel to Eldorado Gold Corporation in connection with its $2.5 billion acquisition of European Goldfields Limited.
  • Counsel to Miedzi Copper Corp. in connection with a $100 million private equity financing.
  • Counsel to the Special Committee of Far West Mining Ltd. on its $725 million acquisition by Capstone Mining Corp. and Korea Resources Corporation.
  • Counsel to K+ S Aktiengesellschaft on its $434 million friendly take-over bid for Potash One Inc.
  • Canadian counsel to Avoca Resources Limited on its $2 billion merger with Anatolia Minerals Development Limited.

Publications & Presentations

  • Co-author, "Pan American Silver Resolves Human Rights Claim Against Tahoe," BLG Publications, September 2019.
  • Featured, "Activism in Canada — How Might Activists Fare in 2018?,", January 29, 2018.
  • Moderator, "Taking the Fight Public: The Role of Shareholder Engagement," Shareholder Activism, Unlocking Shareholder Value Conference, January 25, 2018.
  • Speaker, "Managing Long-Term Value Creation Through Effective Engagement Policies and Best Practices: How Can Boards Work Effectively with Shareholders, Institutional Investors and Management," 4th Annual Shareholder Engagement in Canadian Companies Conference, November 2, 2017.
  • Speaker, "Effective Tips and Techniques:  How Canadian Managers Have Successfully Responded to Activism," Global Shareholder Engagement & Activism Summit, September 27, 2017.
  • Featured, "Canadian Activism – Where It's Going, How It's Growing,", September 21 2017.
  • Co-Author, "Do I hear an Eco? OSC Approach to Share Issuances in Proxy Fight Echoes the Approach in Take-overs," BLG Securities and Capital Markets Bulletin, August 2017.
  • Editorial Board, Securities Law and Practice, 3rd Edition, Thomson Carswell, 2004-present.
  • Co-Chair, Securities Law-Advanced Issues, The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, 2004-present.
  • Instructor, Canadian Securities Regulation Course, Canadian Bar Association 2015-present, Insight Information, 2000-2013.
  • Author, "Saying What You're Paying: New Extractive Sector Transparency Reporting Initiatives in the United States, EU/UK and Canada'"; 62 Rocky Mt. Min. L. Inst. 7-1, 2016 (with Kevin O'Callaghan, Thomas M. Rose and Robert J. Wilder).
  • Keynote Speaker, "Shareholder Activism in the Canadian Mining and Energy Industries," Management and Economics Society (MES), Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) Convention in Vancouver, 2016
  • Author, "Force Majeure (and other useful French profanities)," 59 Rocky Mt. Min. L. Inst. 17-1, 2013 (with Anthony Zoobkoff).
  • Author, "ROFR Madness! Rights of First Refusal in Mining and Oil & Gas Transactions," 56 Rocky Mt. Min L. Inst. 4-1, 2010 (with Anthony Zoobkoff).
  • Author/Speaker, "Mining Joint Ventures — Structures and Agreements — North America," International Bar Association Section Biennial Conference on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources & Infrastructure, in Copenhagen, 2008.
  • Author, "Gotcha! Turning Confidentiality and Standstill Agreements into Gold Mines," 53 Rocky Mt. Min L. Inst. 28-1, 2007 (with Anthony Zoobkoff).
  • Author, "What is a Canadian Junior, Eh? Doing Business with Canadian Exploration and Mining Companies," 51 Rocky Mt. Min. L. Inst. 16-1,2005 (with Graham H. Scott).
  • Author, "Canadian Valuation Cases of Note and Developments in the Law Regarding Expert Evidence," Journal of Business Valuation 105, 1991 (with Stephen J. Mulhall, QC).

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2020 edition of Chambers Canada – Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Energy & Natural Resources: Mining). 

  • Recognized as a Lawyer of the Year in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Corporate Governance Practice)

  • Recognized in the 2020 edition (and since 2008) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining Law, Natural Resources Law, Securities Law) and Corporate Governance Practice.

  • Recognized in the 2019 edition of the Lexpert® Guide to US/Canada Cross-border Lawyers in Canada.
  • Recognized in the 2020 edition (and since 2015) of Chambers Canada – Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Corporate/Commercial).
  • Recognized in the 2020 edition (and since 2017) of IFLR1000 — The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms (Highly regarded-Capital Markets: Equity, M&A).
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition (and since 2012) of Chambers Global — The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (Canada, Energy & Natural Resources: Mining). 
  • Recommended in the 2019 edition of The Legal 500 Canada as a "Leading Lawyer" (Energy: Mining). Also recognized in the 2017 and 2016 editions (Corporate; Capital Markets, Energy: Mining).
  • Recognized in the 2019 (and since 2012) editions of The Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Corporate Finance & Securities, Corporate Mid-Market, Mining).
  • Recognized in the 2019 and 2018 editions of the Lexpert®/ROB Special Edition – Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers.
  • Recognized in the 2018 edition of The Legal 500 Canada as "Leading Lawyer" Nationwide (Capital Markets).
  • Recognized in the 2017 editions (and since 2014) of Chambers Latin America — Latin America's Leading Lawyers for Business (Latin America-wide, Projects: Mining — Leading Canadian Firms).
  • Recognized in the 2017 (and since 2013) editions of the Lexpert®/Report on Business Corporate Special Edition.
  • Recognized in the 2017 edition (and since 2015) of the Lexpert® Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Corporate Finance & Securities; Mergers & Acquisitions; Mining ).
  • Recognized as a leading Canadian lawyer in the 2016/2015 Lexpert® Special Edition on Global Mining.
  • Recognized in the 2019 (and since 2013) editions of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Mining, Corporate Finance & Securities, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Mid-Market, Corporate Commercial Law).
  • Recognized in the 2016 (and since 2013) edition of Who's Who Legal: Canada (Mining).
  • Recognized in the 2017 (and since 2013) edition of Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Mining Lawyers.
  • Recognized by Acritas Stars™ .