Michael Taylor is a leading securities lawyer with uniquely broad expertise in capital markets. His practice focuses on the listing and financing of public companies in Canada on the TSX and TSX Venture Exchange; in the United States on the NYSE MKT, NASDAQ and NYSE; and in Hong Kong on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. He is recognized as a leading lawyer in securities law in Best Lawyers in Canada (2021) and is a leader of the firm’s China-focused practice.

Working with clients in a range of industries, including the mining and technology sectors, Michael assists at all stages of the going-public process, from corporate organization through to listing and public trading. He provides guidance on prospectus and private placement offerings, submits stock exchange listings, and ensures compliance with ongoing continuous disclosure obligations and exchange listing regulations.

Michael also provides counsel on mergers and acquisitions, and reverse takeover transactions.

Representative Matters

Merus Labs International Inc.:

  • $27 million private placement of subscription receipts in March 2016 and related qualifying prospectus
  • $180 million debt financing in February 2016 in connection with product acquisitions
  • $63 million bought deal prospectus offering in May 2015
  • $7 million acquisition of Dacha Strategic Metals in 2014
  • $10 million preferred share financing in 2014
  • $54 million bought deal prospectus offerings in 2014

Great Panther Silver Limited:

  • US$30 million bought deal prospectus offering in July 2016
  • US$10 million “at-the-market offering” in May 2016

Northern Dynasty Minerals:

  • $17 million prospectus offering of Units in June 2016
  • $30 million private placement offerings of Special Warrants in December 2014 and September 2015, including resale registration statements for secondary sales of common shares by U.S. investors

McorpCX Inc.:

  • Listing on the TSX Venture Exchange in January 2016 and related $3.0 million private placement

Uranerz Energy Corporation:

  • US$115 million merger with Energy Fuels Ltd. in 2015
  • listing on the TSX in 2007 and an aggregate of over US$40 million cross-border (MJDS) public offerings from 2009 to 2014

Century Global Commodities Corporation:

  • listing on the TSX in 2011 with related $110 million private placement financings and investments by WISCO International Resources and Minmetals
  • $80 million investments by WISCO in Century’s Attikamagen and Sunny Lake joint ventures in 2012 and 2013

Primero Mining Corp.:

  • $500 million acquisition of San Dimas mine and listing on TSX in 2010
  • Listing on NYSE in 2011

Underwriter’s Canadian counsel to Citigroup Global Markets Asia and BOC International, joint book runners and lead managers, in connection with the listing of China International Gold on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2010 with related US$309 million global offering and US$742 million mining property acquisition



Media Mentions

Canadian lawyers allowed to become U.S. PALs” by Drew Hasselback, National Post, June 24, 2014

Rankings & Recognition

  • Recognized by the Best Lawyers in Canada (2021) as a leading lawyer in the area of Securities Law
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in Canada 2011 – 2020 as a leading lawyer in Securities Law
  • Listed in The Legal Media Group – Guide to Leading Practitioners: China – Mergers & Acquisitions 2011

Education & Admissions

Called to the Nevada bar
Called to the British Columbia bar
LLB University of Victoria
B.Sc. (Chemical Engineering) University of Alberta

Insights by Michael H. Taylor (1 Posts)

CSA Reinforces Position that Securities Laws Apply to Cryptocurrency Offerings, Confirms Regulatory Scrutiny for Industry Participants

Jul 19, 2018

Jun 11, 2018, CSA published Staff Notice 46-308 – Securities Law Implications for Offerings of Tokens providing regulatory guidance on token and coin offerings.