Denis G. Silva

Denis Silva is a Vancouver-based Gowling WLG partner who considers it a top priority to provide additional value for his clients beyond traditional legal advice and services. One of the ways in which Denis does so is by leveraging his network to facilitate introductions, originate deals and generate revenue for his clients and referral sources. Denis advises companies and dealers in a variety of capital markets transactions with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, options and joint ventures, proxy contests, and exchange listings. He is experienced in a broad spectrum of securities products, including equity and debt securities, and has worked on numerous financing transactions.

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Recent representative transactions include advising:

  • Tempus Resources Limited in its acquisition of the Blackdome-Elizabeth Mine in British Columbia from Skeena Resources Limited
  • MCC Mining Corp. in connection with its private placement of common shares
  • Metalla Royalty & Streaming Ltd. in its acquisition of a portfolio of royalty assets from Alamos Gold Inc.
  • Metalla Royalty & Streaming Ltd. in connection with a convertible loan facility with Beedie Capital to fund acquisitions of new royalties and streams
  • Draganfly Inc. in connection with a recapitalization, reverse takeover transaction and listing on the Canadian Securities Exchange
  • Adventus Mining Corporation in connection with a bought deal placement of common shares
  • Wikileaf Technologies Inc. with respect to its reverse takeover transaction, private placement and listing on the Canadian Securities Exchange
  • Metalla Royalty & Streaming Ltd. in its acquisition of a net smelter royalty on St. Barbara Limited's Fifteen Mile Stream project in Nova Scotia
  • Adventus Mining Corporation in connection with its bought deal private placement of common shares, including strategic investment by Wheaton Precious Metals Corporation
  • Brixton Metals Corporation with respect to its private placement of securities, including a strategic investment by Eric Sprott
  • Adventus Mining Corporation with respect to its private placement of common shares, led by Unionar S.A., a subsidiary of Consorcio Nobis S.A., one of Ecuador’s largest private business conglomerates
  • BatteryOne Royalty Corp. in its acquisition of a portfolio of royalties from Pacific Empire Minerals Corp. 
  • Neptune Dash Technologies Corp in connection with its private placement and listing on the TSX Venture Exchange
  • BatteryOne Royalty Corp. in its acquisition of a net smelter return royalty on the Dumont Nickel-Cobalt project
  • Maverix Metals Inc. in its acquisition of a net smelter return royalty on the Silvertip Mine
  • Underwriters in connection with various private placements and public offerings of securities 

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2019

  • 2009

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
       2009
      Year of Call, British Columbia
  • 2008

    • Education
       2008
      University of Windsor, LLB
  • 2004

    • Education
       2004
      Queen's University, MPA
  • 2002

    • Education
       2002
      University of British Columbia, BA

Memberships

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of British Columbia
  • "Start-up Crowdfunding Registration and Prospectus Exemptions," Multilateral CSA Staff Notice 45-316
  • "Guidance for Portfolio Managers regarding Online Advice," CSA Staff Notice 31-342
  • "Some Provincial Regulators Propose Streamlining Rules for Venture Issuers," World Securities Law Report

Representative Work

  • Counsel to a technology company on its acquisition of shares of a public target company, concurrent financing and listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange
  • Counsel to an Australian mining company on its acquisition
  • Counsel on a qualifying transaction with a capital pool company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange and concurrent private placement
  • Counsel to a life sciences company on a bought deal public offering of common shares, concurrent listing on the Nasdaq Capital Market and various commercial transactions
  • Counsel to underwriters on an offering of convertible senior notes by mining company
  • Counsel to a technology company on its going private transaction