Tina M. Woodside-Shaw Partner

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. Based in Gowling WLG's Toronto office, for more than 30 years she has delivered strategic, pragmatic advice to clients on their complex corporate finance, M&A and corporate governance matters.

With experience spanning multiple industries, Tina is known for her strong business acumen and passion for helping clients overcome challenges and achieve their goals. She is particularly engaged in the mining and natural resources sectors: over the past three decades, she has advised on numerous significant transactions for Canadian and international mining clients, and has served as a director for several mining companies.

In addition to managing a highly regarded corporate practice, Tina has held a number of key leadership positions at Gowling WLG. Most notably, she served as Firm Managing Partner – Internal from 2015 to 2022. In this national senior leadership role, Tina was responsible for overseeing the Firm's internal and professional-based strategies, policies and performance, including matters related to the recruitment, retention, advancement and compensation of partners, associates and students, and the quality of legal services and service delivery.

Tina is a recognized leader in the areas of securities law, M&A, corporate governance, mining and law firm management, and uses that expertise to deliver creative, effective and practical solutions. She has been repeatedly recognized in many prominent legal directories, including The Best Lawyers in Canada, the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, Who's Who Legal and the International Who's Who of Mining Lawyers. Tina was also among the winners of the prestigious Lexpert Zenith Award in 2017.

A champion for equity and inclusion, Tina helped found GROW, Gowling WLG's network for women professionals, more than 25 years ago. The network has supported the career growth and success of countless women leaders in law and business, and was one of the first forums of its kind in the Canadian legal community.

Tina has also devoted substantial time and energy to the broader business community. She has served on the boards of a number of public and private companies and not-for-profit organizations, and is a past member of the Ontario Securities Commission's Securities Advisory Committee.

Tina is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors/Rotman 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