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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

Capital Markets Transactions

  • West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. (TSX: NYSE) in connection with its $1 billion substantial issuer bid completed in August 2021
  • Northern Dynasty Minerals (TSX: NYSE American) in connection with over US$100 million in cross-border financings through to 2020
  • Great Panther Mining Limited (TSX: NYSE American) in connection with US$85 million in cross-border financings from 2016 to 2020
  • Taseko Mines Limited (TSX: NYSE) in connection with its US$23 million cross-border offering completed in 2020
  • 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
  • Greenlane Renewables Inc. (TSX) in connection with its follow-on $50 million private and public financings
  • S. counsel to Organigram Holdings Inc. (TSX: Nasdaq) in connection with its 2019 “at-the-market” offering and 2020 unit offering
  • Canadian counsel to Agriforce Growing Systems Inc. (Nasdaq) in connection with its 2021 IPO on Nasdaq
  • Auryn Resources Inc. (now Fury Gold Mines Limited) in connection with its 2017 listing on the NYSE American stock exchange
  • Merus Labs International Inc. (TSX: Nasdaq) in connection with over $300 million of debt and equity offerings from 2014 to 2016

Mergers, Acquisitions and Joint Venture Transactions

  • West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. (TSX:NYSE) in connection with the $4 billion acquisition of Norbord Inc. and the related listing of West Fraser on the New York Stock Exchange in February 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
  • 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
  • Greenlane Renewables Inc. (TSX) in connection with the acquisition of the renewable natural gas division of Pressure Technologies in 2019
  • 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 (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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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