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Global Mining Group Leader


Partner Mining Mergers & Acquisitions Project Finance Corporate Finance


Leader of the firm’s Global Mining Group, which has been ranked number one in the world in mining by Who’s Who Legal seven times, including 2015. Described by Canada’s Financial Post as “one of the best dirt lawyers in Canada, if not the world.” Involved in many of the leading corporate finance and M&A deals in the resources sector, including acting for First Quantum Minerals on its recent $1.4B equity raise and its $5.1B successful unsolicited take-over of Inmet Mining and its acquisition of Lumina Copper, Oryx Petroleum on its $250M IPO and its $224M subsequent offering, Primero Mining on its US$75M convertible debenture offering, GoGold Resources on its successful contested acquisition of Animas Resources and its $20M equity raise, IAMGOLD on its US$530M sale of Niobec, AuRico Gold on its US$1.5B merger with Alamos Gold and Addax Petroleum on its $8.3B acquisition by Sinopec. Listed in Chambers Global, Chambers Latin America, Chambers Canada, International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, The Legal 500 Canada and The Legal Media Group Guide to the World’s Leading Energy and Natural Resource Lawyers. Named Best Lawyers’ 2015 “Natural Resources Lawyer of the Year” in Toronto. A recipient of the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal. Called to the Ontario Bar in 1989.




Member, Canadian Bar Association Member, Ontario Bar Association


BSc (Hons), 1983 Queen's University LLB, 1986 Queen's University LLM, 1987 University of Cambridge


Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

FASKEN continues to grow its already extensive national network, with its platforms in Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City, Toronto and Vancouver now joined by a new office in Surrey, British Columbia. The firm, which has a prominent reputation globally for its mining practice, also draws upon international offices in Beijing, London and Johannesburg. In Toronto, Jon Levin is highly sought after for M&A and advised OneREIT, and the OneREIT Special Committee, on its C$1.1bn privatization transaction. On the mining side, global mining head John Turner partnered with Bradley Freelan to advise Richmont Mines on its C$770m acquisition by Alamos Gold. In Montreal, Michel Boislard ('very capable and great to work with’), Diane Bertrand and Marie-JosĂ©e Neveu advised Parkland Fuel on its acquisition of over 800 gas stations from Alimentation Couche-Tard. Among the Vancouver office’s highlights, Ally Bharmal and Iain Mant advised Daiya Foods on its C$405m acquisition by Otsuka Pharmaceutical.

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Canada: Energy and natural resources

Energy and natural resources: mining

Within: Leading individuals

John Turner - FASKEN

Within: Energy and natural resources: mining

‘A global leader for mining law’, FASKEN houses an ‘absolutely first-tier practice in this space’. The department, which is well represented throughout the firm’s six domestic offices, draws on on-the-ground teams in Beijing, Johannesburg and London, as well as several foreign desks, to ensure a truly international practice. The group has a particularly strong profile for headline corporate finance deals, but covers the full life cycle of mining matters, from permitting and development through to mine closure. Toronto-based global mining leader John Turner is a ‘heavy-hitter in mining law’ and recently paired up with ‘up-and-coming capital markets specialist’ Krisztián Tóth to advise AuRico Metals on its C$310m acquisition by Centerra Gold. In what was arguably the firm’s headline deal of 2017, Toronto’s Nancy Eastman advised Orion Mine Finance on the C$1.1bn sale of a precious metals portfolio to Osisko Gold Royalties. In Vancouver, Georald Ingborg advised Eldorado mining on its C$590m acquisition of Integra Gold. Other senior names in Toronto include Michael Bourassa and ‘leading light’ Brian Graves, while global mining chair Andrew Gabrielson is also recommended in Vancouver.

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