John Christian

PartnerCassels Brock & Blackwell LLPCorporate and Private M&A; In-House Counsel

John Christian's practice focuses on corporate finance and securities law, mergers and acquisitions and related corporate and commercial law matters. He assists issuers and underwriters in connection with the offering of securities by way of public offerings and private placements. John also advises in connection with friendly and hostile take-over bid transactions, proxy solicitations, corporate restructurings, mergers and acquisitions involving public and private issuers, and "special committee" advisory engagements.

John Christian's practice focuses on corporate finance and securities law, mergers and acquisitions and related corporate and commercial law matters. He assists issuers and underwriters in connection with the offering of securities by way of public offerings and private placements. John also advises in connection with friendly and hostile take-over bid transactions, proxy solicitations, corporate restructurings, mergers and acquisitions involving public and private issuers, and "special committee" advisory engagements. John has extensive experience in the mining and natural resource sector, acting for senior and junior mining issuers on governance matters, financings, acquisitions and dispositions of properties and operating mines, and joint venture and royalty agreements.

John acts for locally, nationally and internationally-based investment dealers, investment counsel and private equity funds in connection with a range of matters, including fund formation and registration and compliance issues.

Education

  • Queen's University, LL.B., 1991
  • University of British Columbia, B.Comm., 1988

Bar Admission

  • British Columbia, 1992

Experience

  • Acted for a leading Canadian gold mining company in connection with its acquisition by plan of arrangement, creating the world’s leading gold company
  • Acted for a leading Canadian media production, distribution and rights management company in connection with a reverse take-over bid transaction, and concurrent private placement
  • Acted for a British Columbia based automotive OEM in connection with its acquisition by a US based OEM by way of plan of arrangement
  • Acted for a dissident shareholder in connection with the shareholder’s successful appeal of an order approving a plan of arrangement transaction on the basis that the transaction had not been established to be fair and reasonable
  • Was seconded to assist the general counsel of a major gold mining company on a range of matters, including corporate governance matters and the acquisition and disposition of joint venture interests and an operating mine located in the United States
  • Acted for a NYSE-Euronext mining royalty company in connection with a range of matters, including the acquisition of royalty interests and private placement and rights offering transactions
  • Acted for several Australian-based mining and exploration issuers in connection with Canadian stock exchange listings and domestic and offshore offerings of securities

Awards & Honours

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada in Securities Law, 2016 to 2019
  • Lexpert ranked leading lawyer in corporate/commercial law and corporate finance and securities, 2016 to 2019