Nurhan Aycan Partner

Speaks:  English, Turkish

Barrister and Solicitor of Ontario, Canada: 1994 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 416-814-5691

Fax: +1 416-862-7661


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Primary office:  Toronto

Nurhan Aycan

Nurhan Aycan is a partner in Gowling WLG's Toronto office and member of its Corporate Finance, M&A, and Private Equity Group. He also leads the Turkish desk at Gowling WLG and is a member of the Firm's Hydrogen industry focus group.

Nurhan has more than 20 years of experience in dealing with Canadian and international corporate and commercial matters, with a particular focus on assisting high-growth companies. His experience as a former general counsel of a high-growth multinational plastic products company (and as a managing director for an international private equity fund focused on distressed turnaround situations) gives him a unique set of credentials to act for multinational clients as their outside general counsel in a diverse range of industry sectors.

Nurhan frequently lectures on Canadian securities law, public and private mergers and acquisitions, and resource sector matters at international conferences. In addition to his work as outside counsel for large multinational corporations with operations in Canada and internationally, Nurhan also sits on the board of various client companies as well as three not-for-profit Canadian charities.

He has been recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory for several years as a Top 50 lawyer in each of the mining, energy, and infrastructure sectors. Nurhan obtained his JD from Osgoode Hall in 1992 and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1994.

Among some of Nurhan's notable transactions, Nurhan assisted Virtus Mining Ltd. and Trafigura Ventures B.V. in connection with the plan of arrangement transaction with Turkish mine operator Aldridge Minerals Inc. Nurhan also assisted Cummins Inc. in its acquisition of Hydrogenics Corporation, a TSX and NASDAQ listed company.

Career & Recognition

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  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of Ontario
  • "Accessing Canada's Public Capital Markets," by Nurhan Aycan. Presented at the Eurasia-MENA Mining, Industrial Minerals Mineable Energy Trade & Investment Summit, Istanbul, Turkey, May 2012
  • "Raising Capital in Difficult Equity Markets," by Nurhan Aycan. Presented at the Eurasia-MENA Mining Industrial Minerals Mineable Energy Trade & Investment Summit, Atakoy, Istanbul, Turkey, April 2013
  • "Structuring M&A Deals for Resources Investment," by Nurhan Aycan. Presented at IFLR's China-Africa Investment Forum, Beijing, China, June 2013

Representative Work

  • Advised Pacific Equity Partners, an Australian private equity fund, and Canadian Stock Transfer in connection with its acquisition of the registrar and transfer agency business of CIBC Mellon.
  • Advised Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) in connection with Canadian securities law matters relating to the +$75 million acquisition by private placement of a 17 per cent stake in Denison Mines Corp., a TSX listed issuer, together with an offtake agreement and other commercial arrangements.
  • Advised a consortium of Tokyo Electric Power Company Inc., Toshiba Corporation and Japan Bank for International Cooperation in connection with its US$270 million private placement transaction for common shares of Uranium One Inc., together with an offtake agreement and other commercial arrangements.
  • Advised Rudy Holding II S.à r.l. (a portfolio company of Platinum Equity) in connection with the sale of Broadleaf Logistics Company (Broadleaf) for (i) 10.25 million common shares in CanWel Holdings Corporation (CanWel) (subsequent to its conversion from an income trust to a dividend paying corporation), (ii) $20 million in cash, and (iii) a secured subordinated promissory note of CanWel in the principal amount of US$18,500,000.
  • Advised Italian-Thai Development PLC in connection with its +$100 million acquisition by takeover bid, and subsequent acquisition transaction, of all of the shares of Asia Pacific Resources Limited, a TSX listed issuer.
  • Advised Everclear Acquisition Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Behringer Harvard REIT I Inc. in its US$1.4 billion acquisition of all of the assets of IPC Real Estate Investment Trust, a trust publicly traded on the TSX.
  • Advised Asia Thai Mining Co., Ltd. in connection with its successful +$150 million acquisition of Pan African Mining Corp, a TSX Venture Exchange listed company, by way of a Plan of Arrangement transaction.
  • Acted for General Dynamics Corporation in connection with its +$1.2 billion acquisition of General Motors' defense business.
  • Acted for General Dynamics Corporation in connection with its +$300 million acquisition of SNC Lavalin's defense business.