Gordon Chmilar Partner

Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 2002 - Alberta

Primary phone: +1 403-298-1049

Fax: +1 403-263-9193

Email: gordon.chmilar@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Calgary

Gordon Chmilar

Gordon Chmilar is a partner and lawyer in the Calgary office of Gowling WLG. For over fifteen years, his legal practice has focused on initial public offerings, share and asset acquisitions and dispositions, securities transactions and other areas of M&A.

He frequently represents issuers, underwriters and investors in public and private securities offerings, and has gained extensive experience in international technology (blockchain/cryptocurrency), oil & gas and mining-related financings and transactions. In his M&A practice, Gordon acts for Canadian and international public and private clients in strategic transactions and joint ventures.

Gordon acted for BTL Group Ltd., an enterprise technology platform provider that is developing a proprietary private blockchain, in connection with its listing on the TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV) in Nov. 2015. The listing is believed to have been the first-ever public listing of a blockchain company. He also currently acts for a number of other blockchain and cryptocurrency companies that are working toward public listings inCanada.

In 2011, Gordon was seconded to London, UK, where he worked on financings by TSX and AIM-listed issuers and other corporate finance matters. This international experience allowed Gordon to gain vital knowledge of the Latin American, African and European markets.

Career & Recognition

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  • Calgary Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • The Law Society of Alberta

Representative Work

  • Advising various investment banks and brokers on IPOs and prospectus (long and short form) and private placement financings, such as Mackie Research Capital Corporation, TD Securities Inc., Cormark Securities Inc., FirstEnergy Capital Corp., National Bank Financial Inc., Stifel Nicolaus Canada Inc., GMP Securities L.P. and RBC Dominions Securities Inc.
  • Takeovers and mergers, acting for both bidders and targets, and plans of arrangement, including acting for:
    • Trafigura Beheer B.V. in connection with acquisition of all outstanding shares of Iberian Minerals Corp. by way of a take-over bid for approximately $500 million and subsequent migration of Iberian to achieve a squeeze out of minority shareholders;
    • Trafigura Beheer B.V., the controlling shareholder of Anvil Mining Limited, in the negotiation and consummation of the acquisition of Anvil Mining Limited by Minmetals Resources Limited in which Minmetals purchased all common shares of Anvil by way of a friendly takeover bid for approximately $1.3 billion;
    • West Energy Ltd. in connection with acquisition of all outstanding common shares by Daylight Resources Trust by way of plan of arrangement in a transaction valued at approximately $500 million;
    • Sirius Energy Inc. in connection with a business combination of Charger Energy, Seaview Energy, Silverback Energy and Sirius Energy pursuant to a plan of arrangement;
    • Ivory Energy Inc. in connection with acquisition of all outstanding common shares and debentures by Emergo Energy Inc. by way of plan of arrangement; and
    • Wilderness Energy Corp. in connection with acquisition of all outstanding common shares by NuLoch Resources Inc. by way of plan of arrangement.
  • Acted for various issuers in connection with IPOs (including capital pool company IPOs), listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange / TSX Venture Exchange or continuous disclosure obligations (including oil and gas and mineral reporting obligations), including companies such as Suroco Energy Inc., Northern Aspect Resources Ltd., Passport Energy Ltd. and Edleun Group, Inc.
  • Reorganizations, private acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures and farm-ins, including acting for:
    • Trafigura Beheer B.V. in connection with US$200 million strategic investment in Anvil Mining Limited by way of private placement and project loan facility;
    • Trafigura Beheer B.V., as Canadian counsel, in connection with the sale to Iberian Minerals Corp. of the Peruvian copper company Compania Minera Condestable for $140 million;
    • Suroco Energy Inc. in connection with acquisition of a Spanish company with oil and gas operations in Colombia, Venezuela and Mexico; and
    • Suroco Energy Inc. in connection with acquisitions of oil and gas properties in Colombia.