Tina M. Woodside-Shaw Firm Managing Partner Internal

Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 1990 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 416-369-4584

Fax: +1 416-862-7661

Email: tina.woodside-shaw@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Toronto

Tina M. Woodside-Shaw

Tina Woodside-Shaw is one of Canada's leading corporate and securities lawyers. A Toronto-based Gowling WLG partner with more than 25 years' experience, she can provide you with expert, strategic advice on corporate finance, M&A and corporate governance matters, with a particular focus on the natural resources and mining sectors.

Passionate about helping clients succeed in achieving their goals, Tina is known for her strong business acumen and commitment to delivering excellent service. She is a recognized expert in the areas of capital markets, M&A and corporate governance, and uses that expertise to deliver creative, effective, practical solutions to her clients. She also has a deep understanding of the mining industry, having served clients in that sector for over 25 years, and having served as a director of several mining companies for more than 15 years.

Tina's reputation as a leader in M&A, corporate governance, securities law and the mining sector has been recognized by numerous legal directories, including:

  • The International Who's Who of Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyers
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada - M&A and Corporate Governance
  • Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada - Corporate Mid-Market
  • Lexpert's Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada - Natural Resources Law and Securities Law
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory - Mining, Corporate Finance & Securities and Corporate Mid-Market

In her role as one of Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP's two firm managing partners, Tina is primarily responsible for internal matters relating to the firm's operations, including professional complement, service delivery, performance and firm culture.

Prior to becoming firm managing partner – internal, Tina was co-leader of the firm's Corporate Finance, M&A and Private Equity Group, and, before that, was head of the Toronto Corporate Finance Department, a member of the Toronto office Management Committee, chair of the firm's National Professional Development and Associates Committee, and chair of the firm's National Governance Committee.

Tina believes in giving back to her community, and has served on the boards of a number of public and private companies and not-for-profits. She is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors/Rotman School of Business Directors' Education Program, and is a certified director (ICD.D).

Career & Recognition

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  • American Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Institute of Corporate Directors
  • International Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association

Representative Work

Mergers and Acquisitions

Tina's M&A practice involves advising acquirers and target companies regarding friendly and hostile takeover bids and other forms of business combinations. Her recent transactions include:

  • Acting for Advantagewon Oil in its reverse takeover of Majescor Resources
  • Acting for Taurus Drilling in its sale to Major Drilling
  • Acting for Sundance Minerals in its combination with First Majestic Silver
  • Acting for South American Silver in its acquisition of High Desert Gold
  • Acting for High Desert Gold in its acquisition of the Gold Springs project from Pilot Gold
  • Acting for Highvista Gold in its option and joint venture agreement with AuRico Gold in respect of a portion of the Canasta Dorada Gold Project
  • Acting for General Financial Group in its acquisition and in its subsequent sale to Fairfax Financial Holdings of shares of Imvescor Restaurant Group
  • Acting for Transonic Systems in its cross-border acquisition of Scisense
  • Acting for Franco-Nevada in its $1-billion acquisition of Gold Wheaton Gold
  • Acting for the Premier and the Province of Saskatchewan in connection with BHP Billiton's attempted $36.8-billion hostile takeover bid for Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc.
  • Acting for Penfold Capital Acquisition in connection with its $820-million Qualifying Transaction with PBS Coals, and in connection with its subsequent takeover by OAS Severstal for approximately $1 billion
  • Acting for High Desert Gold in its substantial issuer bid to defeat a hostile takeover bid
  • Acting for BV! Media Inc. in connection with its $25-million sale to Rogers Media

Corporate Finance

Tina's corporate finance practice includes initial public offerings, prospectus offerings, brokered and non-brokered private placements and stock exchange listings. Her recent transactions include:

  • Acting for South American Silver in the creation, distribution to its shareholders and listing of Class B Non-Voting shares, which entitle the holders to a percentage of the net cash received from an award or settlement in relation to the international arbitration proceedings against Bolivia for the expropriation of the Malku Khota project
  • Acting for Highvista Gold in its private placement to AuRico Gold
  • Acting for General Financial in its loan to facilitate Azura Ventures' qualifying transaction with Excellium Technologies
  • Acting for CRS Electronics in its sale of a control block to a strategic investor by way of private placement
  • Acting for South American Silver in connection with a $16-million private placement to strategic investors
  • Acting for Franco-Nevada in its $391-million bought deal public offering of common shares pursuant to its shelf prospectus
  • Acting for Franco-Nevada in filing its $1-billion base shelf prospectus in Canada and the United States
  • Acting for Breakwater Resources in connection with a $44-million bought deal public offering
  • Acting for South American Silver in connection with a $32-million bought deal private placement and private placement to a strategic investor
  • Acting for Highvista Gold in its initial listing on the TSX Venture Exchange and related private placement

Client work