Canadian North and Arctic

Our Canadian North and Arctic team has the experience and expertise to advise on the legal and economic challenges of investing in and carrying on business in Canada’s North and Arctic. We provide:

  • Full service support – We find innovative solutions to complex issues . In addition to our broad experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate and securities law, project and debt finance and taxation, we have leading expertise in legal matters unique to Canada’s North and Arctic, including in: mining and resources, energy, oil & gas, cleantech, the environment, real property, infrastructure and transportation, aboriginal, tourism, business immigration and mobility, health and safety, employment and labour and international arbitration.
  • Understanding our client – We focus on your business objectives and partner with you to achieve those objectives. Any transaction, large or small, represents a business-critical undertaking. We work as integral members of your transaction team to ensure a successfully planned and executed deal.
  • Experience with the North and Arctic – We have a deep working knowledge of Canada’s North and Arctic. Our strong focus on infrastructure, mining and minerals, oil and gas and other natural resources complements our in-depth knowledge of the distinctive geographic, cultural and industry characteristics of the Canadian North and Arctic.
  • Global seamless service – We have a comprehensive understanding of legal jurisdictions throughout the world and our team collaborates seamlessly to deliver the highest calibre of services worldwide. Our truly global network of legal professionals is unparalleled among law firms in Canada and the team has the experience of acting on transactions in almost every country in the world.

Rankings and accolades

  • Chambers Canada, Nationwide: Transportation: Shipping (Band 1), Chambers and Partners, 2018
  • Chambers Canada, Nationwide: Energy & Natural Resources: Mining, Chambers and Partners, 2018
  • Chambers Canada, Nationwide: Energy: Oil & Gas, Chambers and Partners, 2018
  • Legal 500, Canada: Transport: Shipping (Tier 1), The Legal 500, 2018
  • Legal 500, Canada: Energy: Mining, The Legal 500, 2018
  • Legal 500, Canada: Energy: Oil and Gas, The Legal 500, 2018
  • Chambers Global, Canada: Transportation: Shipping (Band 1), Chambers and Partners, 2017
  • Chambers Global, Canada: Energy & Natural Resources: Mining, Chambers and Partners, 2017
  • Chambers Global, Canada: Energy: Oil and Gas, Chambers and Partners, 2017

Select client work

  • Stornoway Diamond Corporation in its $946 million comprehensive financing transaction with US private equity firm Orion Mine Finance, Investissement Québec, and the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec to fund the construction of the Renard Diamond Project, Quebec’s first diamond mine.
  • Yamana Gold Inc. in connection with its joint acquisition with Agnico Eagle Mining Limited of Osisko Mining Corporation for $3.9 million.
  • ArcelorMittal in its US$1.1 billion agreement to sell a 15% interest in ArcelorMittal’s Quebec Labrador Trough iron mining operations to a consortium led by POSCO and China Steel Corporation and related off-take, infrastructure and joint-venture agreements.
  • ArcelorMittal in its C$590 million acquisition of Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation, owner of the Mary River Project located on Baffin Island in Nunavut Canada, one of the largest mining developments planned in Canada, and by far the most significant development ever planned above the Arctic.
  • Stornoway Diamond Corporation (TSX) in its acquisition from Diaquem Inc. of a 50% interest in the Renard Diamond Project in Northern Quebec.
  • Jilin Jien Nickel Industry Co., Ltd. on their C$122 million equity funding and C$354 million project finance funding of Canadian Royalties Inc., owner of the Nunavik Nickel Project in northern Canada.
  • Nexen Inc. in the sale of its western Canadian heavy oil properties, located in the Cold Lake portion of the oil sands, stretching from northern Saskatchewan into northern Alberta, to Northern Blizzard Resources Inc.
  • Mackenzie Gas Project (owners are Imperial Oil Resources Ventures Ltd., ConocoPhillips Canada (North) Limited, Shell Canada Limited, ExxonMobil Canada Properties), in various matters including the negotiation and drafting of benefits and access agreements with Aboriginal groups along the pipeline right of way.
  • De Beers Canada Inc. as immigration and mobility counsel in connection with their Snap Lake Mine and Gahcho Kue at Kennedy Lake, in the Northwest Territories and their Yellowknife project office.
  • Government of the Northwest Territories in connection with professional development agreements with Aboriginal bands relating to the Taltson Hydro Expansion Project.
  • Government of Quebec in connection with the negotiation of claims of the Innus.
  • Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Department Canada in reclamation security agreements with mining companies, the collection of outstanding royalties under the mining legislation and the disposition of an abandoned/bankrupt mines.
  • Government of Canada with respect to the negotiation and settlement of environmental agreements and socio-economic agreements with affected native communities in connection with the development of BHP’s Etaki Diamond Project in the Northwest Territories.
  • The underwriters, led by Dundee Securities, in multiple bought deal offerings of shares in Sabina Gold & Silver Corp. (TSX) projects are currently located in Nunavut, in the Canadian North.
  • Rambler Metals and Mining Canada Ltd., (TSX / AIM) in it’s financing of the Ming Mine located in Northern Newfoundland.
  • Aluminerie Alouette in the defence of claims made by the Innu First Nation of Maliotenam/Uashat (Sept-îles).

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