R. Ian Mitchell Partner


Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 2004 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 416 862 3546

Fax: +1 416 862 7661

Email: ian.mitchell@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Toronto




R. Ian Mitchell

Ian Mitchell is a partner* in Gowling WLG's Toronto office. He practises primarily in the areas of corporate finance and securities, with an emphasis on public and large private company transactions and advice.

Ian holds in-depth expertise in all aspects of securities law, including:

  • Public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities
  • Take-over bids and issuer bids
  • Proxy battles and shareholder disputes
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Restructurings by way of plans of arrangement
  • Stock exchange listings and other securities regulatory matters

He also counsels clients on the avoidance of foreign-based litigation risks related to bribery and corruption legislation and tort actions.

With extensive experience in the mining industry in Canada and around the world, Ian has advised companies at all stages of development. In addition, he routinely deals with clients in the alternative energy and professional services fields. His clients include issuers, dealers and advisers, underwriters, targets, special committees, and independent directors.

In 2015, Ian was recognized as one of Canada's Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40. More recently, he was named a Corporate Lawyer to Watch in the 2016 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada.

*Partner through a professional corporation

Career & Recognition

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  • 2018

  • 2016

    • Rankings & Awards
      2016
      Named a "Corporate Lawyer to Watch" in 2016 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross­-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada
  • 2015

    • Rankings & Awards
      2015
      Named among Lexpert's Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40
  • 2013

    • Rankings & Awards
      2013
      Recognized in Lexpert's Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining, 2013/2014 Special Edition
    • Education
      2013
      Osgoode Hall Law School, The Osgoode Certificate in Mining Law
  • 2004

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      2004
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 2003

    • Education
      2003
      Dalhousie University, LL.B.
  • 2000

    • Education
      2000
      Canadian Securities Institute, Canadian Securities Course
    • Education
      2000
      Queen's University, B.Comm. (Hons.)

Articles & presentations

  • "Risks of International Tort Litigation at Home," Canadian Lawyer Magazine, December 2013
  • "Quiz: Securities, Sports and Leisure - Get in the Game," Canadian Lawyer InHouse Magazine, October 2010 (with Wayne Egan)
  • "Secured Parties and Trust Assets - How Secure is Your Security?" Journal of Credit and Banking Litigation, Volume IX, No. 2, 2003

Speaking engagements

  • Co-lecturer, 17th Reinventing the Corporate Secretary Course, Federated Press, Oct. 28-29, 2015
  • Counsel to Largo Resources Ltd. in connection with its secured US$150M high yield note offering.
  • Counsel to Largo Resources Ltd. in connection with a $96.6M secondary offering of common shares by key investors.
  • Counsel to Kraken Robotics in connection with various private placement financings, including, the recent acquisition of 9.99% of Kraken Robotics by Ocean Infinity Ltd.
  • Counsel to Karmin Exploration Inc. in connection with the sale of Peruvian assets to VI Mining PLC for consideration of US$27.5M.
  • Counsel to Minera Alamos Inc. in connection with its acquisition by plan of arrangement of Corex Gold.
  • Counsel to Minera Alamos Inc. in connection with their option and joint venture agreement with Vista Gold Corp. in respect of the Guadalupe de Los Reyes project.
  • Counsel to Echelon Wealth Partners Inc. and National Bank Financial Inc. in connection with the $10M bought deal financing with Immunovaccine Inc.
  • Counsel to Largo in connection with the negotiation of amendments to its previously secured project financing (approximately US$170M) from the Brazilian Development Bank guaranteed by a syndicate of Brazilian commercial banks, led by Banco Itau BBA for the construction of its vanadium mine in Brazil. This transaction was selected for Project Finance Magazine's Latin American Mining Deal of the Year 2012 award.
  • Counsel to Largo Resources Ltd in connection with various equity financings for aggregate proceeds of approximately $315M.
  • Counsel to Zaff, LLP as financial sponsor and resulting controlling shareholder of MBAC Fertilizer Corp. ("MBAC") in connection with the concurrent restructuring of MBAC under the CCAA in Canada and parallel proceedings in Brazil resulting in a reduction of approximately USD$307M of debt.
  • Acted for Honeywell (NYSE:HON) in the acquisition by plan of arrangement of COM DEV International Ltd. (TSX:CDV), a leading satellite and space components provider of switches and multiplexers, February 2016.
  • Acted for a syndicate of underwriters consisting of GMP Securities L.P.(TSE: GMP), Paradigm Capital Inc., INFOR Financial Inc. and Cormark Securities Inc. in connection with a $30M bought deal private placement of Dealnet Capital Corp. (TSX:DLS).
  • Counsel to Kraken Sonar Systems Inc. in connection with the reverse take­over of Anergy Capital Inc., a capital pool company, listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. Lead counsel to Grandview Gold Inc., subsequently PUDO Inc., in connection with the reverse take­over of Grandview by My Courier Depot Inc. and subsequent listing on the common shares on the CSE.
  • Canadian counsel to tilr Corporation a new and exciting technology company seeking to connect employers with workers on an on demand basis.
  • Canadian counsel to Canadian Solar Inc. in connection with its concurrent offerings of common shares and convertible senior notes for aggregate proceeds of approximately US$250M.
  • Acted as counsel for a TSX listed company in connection with a dissident shareholder action and contested shareholder meeting.
  • Counsel to Exall Resources Limited with its $433M merger with Southern Star Resources.