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Michael Taylor has a thriving capital markets practice and is focused on representing Canadian public companies that are listed in both Canada and the United States. Michael is qualified in both British Columbia and Nevada and has extensive experience helping Canadian public companies navigate United States securities laws as they expand their public listings and financings into the United States. Michael has over 25 year of experience advising clients on all stages of the “going public” process, from corporate organization through to listing and public trading.  In addition to assisting clients with stock exchange listings in both Canada and the United States, he is experienced in the completion of complex cross-border mergers, acquisitions and joint venture transactions. He also counsels clients on the completion of cross-border public offerings qualified by Canadian prospectus and US Securities and Exchange Commission registration statements. He assists issuers with ongoing continuous disclosure obligations and corporate governance requirements in both Canada and the United States.



Representative Matters

Capital Markets Transactions

  • West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. (TSX: NYSE) in connection with its listing on the New York Stock Exchange in February 2021 and follow-on $1 billion substantial issuer bid
  • Northern Dynasty Minerals (TSX: NYSE American) in connection with over US$100 million in cross-border financings through to 2021
  • Greenlane Renewables Inc. (TSX) in connection with its follow-on $50 million private and public financings
  • Taseko Mines Limited (TSX: NYSE) in connection with its US$23 million cross-border offering completed in 2020
  • Fury Gold (formerly Auryn Resources) in connection with its 2017 listing on the NYSE American stock exchange and follow-on registered and private placement financings
  • Great Panther Mining Limited (TSX: NYSE American) in connection with US$85 million in cross-border financings from 2016 to 2020
  • Canadian counsel to Agriforce Growing Systems Inc. (Nasdaq) in connection with its 2021 IPO on Nasdaq
  • Merus Labs International Inc. (TSX: Nasdaq) in connection with over $300 million of debt and equity offerings from 2014 to 2016
  • Counsel to the underwriters in connection with over US$140 million in cross-border offerings completed by Denison Mines Corp. (TSX:NYSE American) in 2020 and 2021

Mergers, Acquisitions and Joint Venture Transactions

  • West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. (TSX:NYSE) in connection with the $4 billion acquisition of Norbord Inc. in February 2021
  • West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. (TSX:NYSE) in connection with its $300 million acquisition of Angelina Forest Products in October 2021
  • West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. (TSX:NYSE) in connection with the US$430 million acquisition of the Gilman forest products group completed in 2017
  • Greenlane Renewables Inc. (TSX) in connection with the acquisition of the renewable natural gas division of Pressure Technologies in 2019
  • Great Panther Mining Limited (TSX: NYSE American) in connection with the acquisition of Beadell Resources Limited in 2019
  • Great Panther Mining Limited (TSX: NYSE American) in connection with the acquisition of the Coricancha gold mine in 2017
  • Thunder Mountain Gold, Inc. (TSX-V: OTCQB) in connection with its option agreement for the South Mountain property with BeMetals Corp. (TSX-V) in 2019
  • Asanko Gold Inc. (TSX: NYSE American) (now Galiano Gold) in connection with the $300 million sale of a 50% interest in the Asanko gold mine to Gold Fields Limited and related joint venture agreement in 2018
  • Jiangxi Copper in connection with the acquisition of a minority interest in First Quantum (TSX) valued at $2 billion in 2019
  • Uranerz Energy Corporation in connection with its US$115 million merger with Energy Fuels Ltd. in 2015
  • Century Global Commodities Corporation (TSX) in connection with its joint venture agreements with WISCO International Resources (now Baowu Steel) from 2011 to 2020

News


Media Mentions

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


Rankings & Recognition

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada (2024) as a leading lawyer in the area of Securities Law
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada (2023) as a leading lawyer in the area of Securities Law
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada (2022) as a leading lawyer in the area of Securities Law
  • 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

2000
Called to the Nevada bar
1991
Called to the British Columbia bar
1990
LLB University of Victoria
1987
B.Sc. (Chemical Engineering) University of Alberta

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SEC Approves NYSE and NASDAQ Clawback Listing Standards – Assessing the Implications for Canadian Foreign Private Issuers

On June 9, 2023, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission approved the clawback listing standards of the New York Stock Exchange.

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Aug 2, 2023
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CSA Reinforces Position that Securities Laws Apply to Cryptocurrency Offerings, Confirms Regulatory Scrutiny for Industry Participants

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

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Jul 19, 2018

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West Fraser Completes Sale of Quesnel River and Slave Lake Pulp Mills

On April 20, 2024, West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. (TSX and NYSE: WFG) completed its previously announced agreement to sell its Quesnel River Pulp mill in British Columbia and its Slave Lake Pulp mill in Alberta to Atlas Holdings.

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Apr 20, 2024
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West Fraser to Sell Two Pulp Mills in Western Canada to Atlas Holdings

On September 22, 2023, West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. (TSX and NYSE: WFG) (“West Fraser”) announced its agreement to sell it’s Quesnel River Pulp mill in Quesnel, British Columbia and its Slave Lake Pulp mill in Slave Lake, Alberta to Atlas Holdings (“Atlas”) for US$120 Million.

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Sep 22, 2023
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Jiangxi Copper (Hong Kong) Investment Company Ltd. acquires common shares in SolGold plc

On November 23, 2022, Jiangxi Copper (Hong Kong) Investment Company Limited (“Jiangxi Copper”) acquired 155,000,000 common shares in SolGold plc (LSE & TSX: SOLG) (“SolGold”) at a price of US$0.20 per share for a total investment of US$31 million. On closing of the acquisition, Jiangxi Copper owned 6.3% ‎of the issued ordinary share capital of SolGold.

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Nov 23, 2022
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McMillan LLP Advises West Fraser on C$1.0 Billion Substantial Issuer Bid

On August 20, 2021, West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. (“West Fraser”) announced the completion of its substantial issuer bid (“SIB”) pursuant to which West Fraser purchased from shareholders for cancellation a total of 10,309,278 common shares at a price of C$97.00 per share for an aggregate purchase price of C$1.0 billion.

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Jul 27, 2021
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Taseko Mines Limited Completes US$23 Million Bought Deal Offering

On November 17, 2020, Taseko Mines Limited (TSX: TKO; NYSE American: TGB; LSE: TKO) completed a US$23 million bought deal public offering pursuant to an underwriting agreement dated November 11, 2020 among the company and Cantor Fitzgerald Canada Corporation, as lead underwriter and sole bookrunner, and a syndicate of underwriters including Velocity Trade Capital Ltd., BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc., National Bank Financial Inc. and TD Securities Inc.

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Feb 19, 2021
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McMillan LLP Acts for West Fraser in $4 billion Acquisition of Norbord

McMillan LLP Acts for West Fraser in $4 billion Acquisition of Norbord

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Nov 26, 2020
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Auryn Resources Inc. completes comprehensive reorganization transaction

Auryn Resources Inc. completes comprehensive reorganization transaction

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Oct 13, 2020
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Century Metals completes spin-out transaction

Century Metals completes spin-out transaction

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Jun 12, 2019
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Greenlane Renewables completes $8.4 million offering

Greenlane Renewables completes $8.4 million offering

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Jun 10, 2019
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Great Panther completes acquisition of Beadell

Great Panther completes acquisition of Beadell

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Mar 5, 2019
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West Fraser Completes the Acquisition of Gilman Building Products

McMillan LLP acted as West Fraser's lead counsel with a team led by Tom Theodorakis and comprised of Mike Taylor, Jill Pereira, Peter Botz, Leo Raffin, Morgan McDonald, Joanna Dawson, Becky Rock, Lindsay Dykstra, Navnit Duhra and Mark Neighbour.

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Sep 18, 2017
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Intrinsic4D closes private placement of convertible debentures

Intrinsic4D closes private placement of convertible debentures

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Jun 1, 2016
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Great Panther Silver launches US$10 Million at-the-market offering

Great Panther Silver launches US$10 Million at-the-market offering

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Apr 21, 2016
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Merus Labs International closes subscription receipt offering

Merus Labs International closes subscription receipt offering

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Mar 1, 2016
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McMillan represents Underwriters on Petrus Bought Deal Financing and Going-Public Transaction

McMillan represents Underwriters on Petrus Bought Deal Financing and Going-Public Transaction

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Feb 22, 2016
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Goldcorp Inc. sells stake in Tahoe Resources Inc. for $998M

Goldcorp Inc. sells stake in Tahoe Resources Inc. for $998M

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Jun 30, 2015
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Merus Labs International Inc. completes $60M bought deal financing

Merus Labs International Inc. completes $60M bought deal financing

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May 1, 2015
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West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. Completes US$300 Million Senior 10 Year Notes Offering

West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. Completes US$300 Million Senior 10 Year Notes Offering

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Oct 15, 2014
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Primero Mining Corp. Announces a $1.2 Billion Merger Agreement With Northgate Minerals Corp.

Primero Mining Corp. Announces a $1.2 Billion Merger Agreement With Northgate Minerals Corp.

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Jul 14, 2011
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Taseko Mines Limited Completes Public Offering of US$200 Million Senior Unsecured Notes

Taseko Mines Limited Completes Public Offering of US$200 Million Senior Unsecured Notes

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Apr 15, 2011