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Michael Bourassa

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FASKEN

Work Department

Global Mining Group

Position

Partner Mining

Career

Named Who’s Who Legal’s Mining Lawyer of the Year (2010–2012, 2014). Member of the firm’s Global Mining Group and its coordinator (2004–2012). Extensive experience with international mining due diligence issues concerning title, technical matters and environmental risks. Negotiates, drafts and advises on public financings, commercial mining agreements (joint venture, option, purchase and sale, royalty and other mining-related agreements) and litigation support. Frequent speaker and author on a variety of mining related topics, including corporate social responsibility. A Director of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, Vice-Chair of the International Bar Association’s Mining Executive Committee and a Director of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. BSc in physical geography (1976) from the University of Saskatchewan. Worked in the uranium exploration industry prior to graduating law school. Called to the Ontario Bar in 1986. Recognized by Legal 500 Canada 2015 as a leading individual for Energy: Mining, The Best Lawyers in Canada 2013–2016 for Natural Resources Law, Chambers Global 2011–2015 for Energy & Natural Resources: Mining and Projects, Chambers Canada for Energy & Natural Resources: Mining and several Lexpert® publications.

Languages

English

Member

Past-Chair, Ontario Bar Association, Natural Resources Section Member, Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum Director, Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada Senior Vice-Chair, Mining Committee, International Bar Association Director and Former Trustee, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Member, Canadian Bar Association Member, Ontario Bar Association

Education

BSc (Hons), Physical Geography, 1976 University of Saskatchewan LLB, 1984 University of Ottawa


Canada: Energy and natural resources

Energy and natural resources: mining

Within: Leading individuals

Michael Bourassa - 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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