Brett A. Kagetsu

Brett Kagetsu is a partner in Gowling WLG's Vancouver office and is the head of the Business Department of the Vancouver office. He previously served as former vice-chair of the firm's Corporate Finance, M&A and Private Equity Practice Group. He has over 20 years' experience in leading the successful completion of financings, stock exchange listings and merger transactions.

Brett assists his public company clients with all legal aspects of their businesses, including securities law and stock exchange policy compliance, as well as with the conduct of shareholder meetings. He has also provided strategic advice to dissident shareholders in connection with contested shareholder meetings.

Brett has been included in legal directories such as Lexpert, The Legal 500, The Best Lawyers in Canada and Who's Who Legal: Mining, and is a regular presenter for the TSX Venture Exchange on corporate governance and listings related topics.

Within Gowling WLG, Brett is an active member of the firm's China Initiative Group and Japan Country Desk. Brett has assisted several Asian-based companies that have invested in Canada or that have sought a Canadian stock exchange listing.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:


  • Canada, Australia & New Zealand Business Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Institute of Corporate Directors
  • Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
  • Vancouver Board of Trade
  • Co-author of Canadian Chapter of "Getting the Deal Through" - Securities Finance 2011
  • Speaker at KPMG Mining Executive Forum (2010) regarding Canadian Securities laws
  • Speaker at several business seminars, including TSX listings roadshows in China and the United States, and is a regular presenter at the TSX Venture Exchange's Rules and Tools corporate governance workshops
  • Speaker at the Financial Executives International Presentation in respect of Canada's proposed national securities regulator (2009)
  • Speaker at the TSX Venture Exchange's Rules and Tools corporate governance workshops (since 2003)
  • Speaker at S.U.C.C.E.S.S. seminar regarding investing in Canadian junior mining companies (2010), being listed on the TSX and TSX Venture Exchange (2009), and Coal Mining Investment
  • Speaker at Canadian Corporate Counsel Association seminar regarding corporate governance (2007)
  • Speaker at Gowlings' Bootcamp Workshop - "Choosing an Appropriate Corporate Structure" (2006)
  • Speaker at Bio Partnering North America on Canadian securities laws and the going public process (2005)

Representative Work

Some of Brett's representative transactions include:

  • Acted for Sabina Gold & Silver Corp. in connection with over $125 million in underwritten bought deal financings
  • Acted for Platinum Group Metals Ltd. in connection with a $35 million underwritten public offering
  • Acted for Candente Copper Corp. in connection with a $30 million private placement
  • Acted for Paramount Gold & Silver Corp. in connection with its acquisition of X-Cal Resources Ltd. by way of a plan of arrangement
  • Acted for Mineral Mountain Resources Ltd. on its IPO and subsequent private placement financings
  • Acted for Global Securities Corporation, a Vancouver-based investment dealer, on several IPOs and private placements