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Roland Hurst is an experienced business lawyer with exceptional expertise in corporate finance and securities regulation as well as mergers and acquisitions (M&A). A trusted advisor to public and private companies, boards of directors and entrepreneurs, Roland assists clients on M&A, equity and debt financing, securities and corporate governance compliance, disclosure requirements, and corporate and commercial matters. He works closely with Canadian and international companies and their stakeholders on the formation and financing of business ventures, strategic domestic and cross-border M&A, and domestic and cross-border public and private securities offerings.

In addition to his transactional work, Roland regularly negotiates, drafts and implements commercial agreements for clients operating in a wide variety of industries, including the mining, power generation, oil and gas, hospitality, technology, and media and communications sectors.



Representative Matters

Corporate Finance

  • Canadian counsel to the issuer in connection with a Canadian mining company’s $1.83 billion rights offering on the Toronto Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange.
  • Canadian counsel to the issuer in connection with a Canadian mining company’s $1.18 billion rights offering on the Toronto Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange.
  • Canadian counsel to the issuer in connection with a Canadian mining company’s $493 million initial public offering on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
  • Canadian counsel to the issuer in connection with a US mining company’s $350 million offering of 9.75% senior secured first priority notes.
  • Canadian counsel to the issuer in connection with a Canadian mining company’s $50 million equity offering.
  • Canadian counsel to the issuer in connection with a Canadian mining company’s reverse takeover and listing on the Toronto Venture Exchange for $4 million.
  • Canadian counsel to dozens of issuers in the junior mining and technology start-up industries in connection with numerous private placement financings ranging from tens of thousands of dollars to tens of millions of dollars.

Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance

  • Regularly advise public companies on compliance with continuous disclosure obligations under Canadian securities laws and stock exchange rules. Extensive experience drafting continuous disclosure documents, including: management information circulars, annual information forms, management discussion and analysis, exempt distributions reports, material change reports and press releases.
  • Regularly advise public mining companies on compliance with National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects, including the review of National Instrument 43-101 Technical Reports.
  • Regularly advise public companies on board of directors and board committee obligations and corporate governance best practices, including experience drafting board and committee charters and operating guidelines.

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Canadian counsel to the purchaser in connection with a US power generation company’s $1.1 billion acquisition of a Canadian power generation company.
  • Canadian counsel to the purchaser in connection with a Japanese investment bank’s purchase of a 27% interest in a global finance firm for $998 million.
  • Canadian counsel to the purchaser in connection with a US mining company’s $700 million acquisition of a Canadian mining company.
  • Canadian counsel to the vendor in connection with a US mining company’s sale of 25% life-of-mine gold production for $310 million.
  • Canadian counsel to the purchaser in connection with a Japanese hotel chain’s purchase of a Canadian hotel chain for $210 million.
  • Canadian counsel to the vendor in connection with a Canadian oil and gas company’s sale of oil and gas assets for $105 million.
  • Canadian counsel to the vendor in connection with the sale of its restaurant business for $90 million.
  • Canadian counsel to the vendor in connection with a restaurant chain’s sale of a 51% interest in the company for $85 million.
  • Canadian counsel to the vendor in connection with a Canadian oil and gas company’s sale of one of its subsidiaries for $45 million.
  • Canadian counsel to the purchaser in connection with the purchase of a GPS focused technology company for $13 million.
  • Canadian counsel to dozens of purchasers and vendors in connection with the purchase and sale of numerous private companies by way of both share purchase and asset purchase transactions.
  • Canadian counsel to dozens of shareholders in connection with private company shareholder disputes and subsequent buyouts.

News


Community Involvement

  • Royal Vancouver Yacht Club – AI Committee – Board Member (2016/2017)

Directorships & Affiliations

  • Canadian Bar Association (British Columbia Branch)
  • Business Law Subsection – Current Executive Committee Member (2016/2017)
  • Securities Law Subsection – Member
  • The Law Society of British Columbia – Member
  • The Law Society of Ontario – Member
  • Association of Corporate Growth – Member
  • Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada – Member
  • Vancouver Mining Alliance – Member
  • Young Mining Professionals (Vancouver Branch) – Member

Education & Admissions

2018
Called to the Ontario bar
2011
Called to the British Columbia bar
2015
Business Foundations Specialization Certificate University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Business School)
2010
LLM, International Business University of London
2009
JD University of Victoria
2008
Canadian Securities Certificate Canadian Securities Institute
2006
BA University of British Columbia

Publications

Insights (2 Posts)

Featured Insight

The Next Phase of Canadian Cannabis: What to Expect in 2019 and Beyond

On June 14, 2019, Health Canada unveiled its Final Regulations for New Cannabis Products

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Jun 21, 2019
Featured Insight

Breaking New Ground: SEC Updates Rules to Modernize Property Disclosures Required for Mining Issuers

The Securities and Exchange Commission's new rule amendments seek to modernize the property disclosure requirements for mining registrants in the United States.

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Nov 24, 2018