Robert D. Wallis

Robert D. Wallis  


Executive Summary

Robert Wallis is a partner in our Securities and Capital Markets Group and Investment Management Focus Group in our Vancouver office.

Robert's practice is focused on advising clients engaged in all aspects of the investment management industry, including investment fund managers, portfolio managers and dealers. He has experience advising clients in connection with the formation, management and operation of public and private investment funds in Canada, and the offering of their securities in public offerings and private placements. Robert also advises clients engaged in the investment management industry on matters relating to registration under Canadian securities laws.

In addition, Robert acts for public and private companies and underwriters in connection with mergers & acquisitions, public offerings and private placement transitions. He also advises companies on general corporate matters, disclosure obligations and corporate governance matters.

Representative Work

Investment Management

  • Member of the BLG team that represented First Block Capital Inc. in connection with its registration as an investment fund manager and an exempt market dealer in order to operate a bitcoin investment fund, the first registration of an investment fund manager in Canada solely dedicated to cryptocurrency investments. Also acted in connection with the direct and syndicated private placement of units of the bitcoin fund to investors in Canada and abroad.
  • Regularly advises on all issues relating to the formation, organization and operation of retail mutual funds, hedge funds, pooled funds and other investment vehicles.
  • Regularly advises portfolio managers, dealers and investment fund managers with respect to registration and ongoing securities regulatory and compliance matters.

Corporate Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Acted for Lumina Copper Corp. in connection with its $470-million acquisition by First Quantum Minerals Ltd.
  • Acted for Boston Pizza in connection with a related party transaction and a $110-million public offering.
  • Acted for Eldorado Gold Corporation in connection with its $2.5-billion acquisition of European Goldfields Limited.
  • Acted for Huntingdon Capital Corp. in connection with its $210-million acquisition by Slate Capital Corporation.
  • Acted for Miedzi Copper Corp. in connection with a $100-million private equity financing.
  • Acted for Vista Gold Corp. in connection with a $30-million bought deal public offering.
  • Acted for underwriters in connection with a $28-million bought deal public offering of Timmins Gold Corp.
  • Acted for a number of issuers and underwriters in connection with various brokered and non-brokered private placements ranging from $1-million to $30-million.

Publications & Presentations