Cyndi D. Laval Partner Leader of the Corporate Finance, M&A & Private Equity Group


Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 1993 - British Columbia

Primary phone: +1 604-891-2712

Fax: +1 604-443-5629

Email: cyndi.laval@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Vancouver



Cyndi D. Laval

Cyndi Laval is a partner in Gowling WLG's Vancouver office and leader of the firm's national Corporate Finance, M&A and Private Equity Group. She is also a past co-leader of its Mining Group. She specializes in the areas of corporate finance, securities, mergers and acquisitions, and mining law.

Cyndi’s practice involves advising both domestic and foreign companies regarding friendly and hostile merger transactions, corporate finance activities, such as equity and debt financings, stock exchange listings, corporate and securities regulatory compliance, corporate reorganizations, corporate governance, and mining-related transactions. Cyndi is particularly active in advising publicly listed companies (TSX, TSXV, NYSE-MKT and AIM) in the resource industry.

Cyndi was named one of Vancouver’s 30 leading lawyers by the National Post and is recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

Cyndi is past head of the Vancouver Business Law Group and has been a member of the Vancouver Management Committee. Cyndi previously served as a member of the firm’s National Partnership Admissions Subcommittee and is a member of the firm's Mining Group. Prior to joining private practice, Cyndi worked in the policy department of what is now the TSX Venture Exchange.

Cyndi was a member of the TSX Venture Exchange’s Local Advisory Committee from 2006 to 2013 and an instructor of the TSX Venture Exchange Rules and Tools Corporate Governance Workshop from 2004 to 2010. She has also given lectures at several other conferences and seminars.

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Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AME BC)
  • Institute of Corporate Directors
  • Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
  • Securities Law and Business Law Sections of the Canadian Bar Association's British Columbia Branch
  • Co-author of "Resource Companies with Foreign Affiliates May Face New Exposure to their Assets" Canadian Mining Magazine p.26, Fall 2015
  • Co-author of "Shareholders Object High Executive Compensation," Canadian Mining Magazine p.24, Summer 2015
  • Co-author of "Have We Reached the Bottom Yet?," Canadian Mining Magazine, Spring 2015
  • Co-author of "The Reign of the Royalty Company," Canadian Mining Magazine, Fall 2014
  • Co-author of "Searching for a White Knight," Canadian Mining Magazine, Summer 2014
  • Co-author of "The Return of the Hostile Takeover Bid," Canadian Mining Magazine, Spring 2014
  • Author of "Smaller Companies Turn to Streaming Deals as Alternative Finance Option, " Business in Vancouver, Spring 2012

Some of Cyndi's representative transactions include:

  • Acted for Hathor Exploration Limited in its defence of Cameco Corporation’s attempted hostile takeover of Hathor and subsequent successful acquisition by Rio Tinto in a transaction valued at $654 million.
  • Acted for Silver Quest Resources Limited in its acquisition by New Gold Inc. and concurrent spin out plan of arrangement valued at $125 million.
  • Acted for Extorre Gold Mines Limited in its $414 million acquisition by Yamana Gold Inc. by way of a statutory arrangement under the Canada Business Corporations Act.
  • Acted for Iplayco Corporation Limited in connection with a $8,839,500 strategic equity investment into Iplayco by Saudi FAS Holding Company and its wholly-owned British Columbia subsidiary, FAS Entertainment B.C. Ltd
  • Acted for Extorre Gold Mines Limited in its $25.2 million underwritten bought deal financing.
  • Acted for Extorre Gold Mines Limited in its $49.4 million underwritten bought deal financing.
  • Acted for Canaccord Genuity Corp., financial advisor to Asanko Gold Inc. in Asanko’s acquisition of PMI Gold Corporation by way of a plan of arrangement.
  • Advised a consortium composed of Korea Resources Corporation, LS-Nikko Copper Inc., Hyundai Hysco Co., Ltd., SK Networks Co., Ltd., and Iljin Materials Co., Ltd., in connection with the construction funding for the Boleo project in Mexico.
  • Acted for Canaccord Genuity Corp, financial advisor to B2Gold Corp., in connection with B2Gold’s $1.1 billion cross border acquisition of CGA Mining Limited by scheme of arrangement.
  • Acted for Hathor Exploration Limited in its acquisition of Terra Ventures Inc. by plan of arrangement.
  • Acted for Mariana Resources Ltd. in connection with a definitive option agreement with Condor Resources Inc. for the Soledad Prospect in Peru.
  • Acted for the special committee of independent directors of Alpha Minerals Inc. in its acquisition by Fission Uranium Corp and concurrent spin out transaction.
  • Acted for Brazilian Gold Corporation in its $23 million underwritten bought deal financing.
  • Acted for Hathor Exploration Limited in its $13 million bought deal flow-through equity financing.
  • Acted for Hathor Exploration Limited in its listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
  • Acted for Mariana Resources Limited in its listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
  • Acted for the special committee of independent directors of Mercator Minerals Ltd. in connection with Mercator’s acquisition of Creston Moly Corp by way of plan of arrangement.
  • Acted for Salares Lithium Inc. in the company’s $350 million acquisition by Talison Lithium Limited via plan of arrangement.
  • Acted for Salares Lithium Inc. in its $40 million subscription receipt equity financing.
  • Acted for Sama Resources Inc. in connection with the $2.1 million strategic investment by MMR Exploration Limited (a subsidiary of Minmetals Resources Limited) into Sama.
  • Advised in connection with a take-over bid offer for Canico Resource Corp. by Vale S.A. valued at $941 million.
  • Advised in connection with the acquisition of Cumberland Resources Ltd. by Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited for $710 million.
  • Advised in connection with the merger by plan of arrangement between EuroZinc Mining Corporation and Lundin Mining Corporation, with the resulting company having a market capitalization valued at approximately $3.77 billion.
  • Advised in connection with EuroZinc Mining Corporation’s $156 million acquisition of the Neves Corvo Mine.
  • Advised in connection with New Gold Inc.'s $392 million debt-equity British Columbia mine project financing.
  • Advised in connection with Redcorp Ventures Ltd.'s $252 million debt-equity British Columbia mine project financing.
  • Acted for Bema Gold Corporation in connection with its listing on the London Stock Exchange's Alternative Investment Market (AIM).
  • Acted for Bema Gold Corporation in connection with its $132 million underwritten bought deal financing.
  • Acted for Bema Gold Corporation in connection with its US$70 million principal amount 3.25% convertible note financing.
  • Advised Exeter Resource Corporation (Toronto Stock Exchange, NYSE-MKT LLC and Frankfurt Stock Exchange), a Canadian mineral exploration company focused on the exploration and development of the Caspiche project in Chile, on its negotiated CDN$240-million acquisition, via a takeover bid, by Goldcorp Inc. (Toronto Stock Exchange and NYSE)
  • Advised Mariana Resources Ltd. (Alternative Investment Market and the TSX Venture Exchange), a Guernsey incorporated exploration and development company with a diversified portfolio of precious metals projects in Latin America, Turkey and West Africa, on its USD$175-million acquisition by Sandstorm Gold Ltd. (Toronto Stock Exchange and NYSE), a gold royalty company, via scheme of arrangement.