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Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
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Work Department

Securities & Capital Markets, Mining


Partner and Chair of BLG’s Mining Group


Fred practises mining, securities and corporate/commercial law. He advises Canadian and international mining companies and underwriters in connection with a broad range of transactions and issues within the mining industry, including M&A, corporate finance, project finance, royalties and metals streaming, continuous disclosure, corporate governance, joint ventures and commercial mining contracts.




Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, PDAC, and CIM.


LLM, Columbia University. LLB, University of Toronto. AB, magna cum laude, Harvard University.

Lawyer Rankings

Canada > Energy and natural resources: mining

(Leading individuals)

Fred PletcherBorden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s national practice is spread throughout its several national offices, but has concentrated mining expertise in Vancouver and Toronto. The group handles a mix of corporate, finance, commercial and regulatory matters for corporates from mid-tier and junior mining companies to major producers such as Pan American Silver. The mining practice also benefits from the firm’s expertise in indigenous law and taxation. Vancouver-based Fred Pletcher advises Canadian and international mining companies on a range of corporate, project development and finance matters.

Canada > Corporate and M&A

(Leading individuals)

Fred PletcherBorden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP handles a steady stream of both private and public M&A, with a strong record in cross-border, particularly US-related, transactions. Its Vancouver office, which is the seat of mining head Fred Pletcher, continues to increase its presence in sophisticated mining transactions, while financial services and energy are sweet spots for the Toronto team. Its Calgary office had a banner year, which saw it advise on several big-ticket energy transactions, including its recent advice to the Government of Canada on its highly publicized acquisition of the Trans Mountain Pipeline. It also benefits from a well-staffed Montreal platform. Public M&A head Paul Mingay and private M&A head Graham King are the key contacts, both based in Toronto.

Canada > Capital markets

It was a storming start to 2019 for Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, which ranked at the top by deal value for issuer-side equity offerings in Canada for the first half of the year. The performance was marked by an impressive seven-deal run, which also earned the firm a second place rank for deal count in the leader tables. The practice also handles a significant volume of debt capital markets transactions and it also routinely acts for underwriters. The team is particularly standout in mining work, with recent strong showings in the lithium space, but the technology, retail and financial services sectors also represent a growing share of high-quality work. Kent Kufeldt, who splits his time between Vancouver and Calgary, and Vancouver-based mining chair Fred Pletcher are the names to note.