Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Energy & Natural Resources: Mining Department

Nationwide - Canada
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What the team is known for A major force in the market, regularly seen on the most significant transactions in Canada's mining sector. Noted for its impressive bench strength, the firm maintains deep and long-standing relationships with major multinational as well as junior mining companies. It also acts for a number of significant investment banks and advises on projects in Latin America, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia. The group has played a key role in several noteworthy streaming transactions and represents numerous precious- and base-metal companies.

Strengths One source explained that the firm "has breadth and deep experience in almost every area of law you would need."

Interviewees praise the team's "depth of expertise," adding: "They are very responsive and look for solutions."

Work highlights Acted for Goldcorp on its USD10 billion acquisition by Newmont Mining.

Notable practitioners


Brian Dominique
is noted for his work on mine development and operation issues. He is a skilled commercial practitioner with experience acting on contractual agreements and Aboriginal consultation arising from project development in the sector.


Darrell Podowski
is highly experienced across both development matters and transactional mining law. He draws upon his background in geophysics to advise on a wide array of matters in the sector, including M&A, option agreements and governance. He is sought after for his experience acting on Latin American mining mandates.

Vancouver-based
David Redford
represents clients in cross-border corporate and commercial transactions across the mining space. He has notable experience in representing natural resources companies in mandates involving joint venture agreements and securities offerings.


Gordon Chambers
is noted for his domestic and international expertise in securities law, frequently representing organisations with mining interests in Australia and Latin America. He also handles corporate financing matters for clients in the mining and financial services sectors.


Jay Goldman
is active on financial mandates arising from mining project development, regularly representing major gold producers. He also offers experience handling transactions and securities issues for Canadian clients with operations in Asia and Latin America.

Co-chair of the firm's mining practice
Jennifer Hansen
is highlighted by sources as "an excellent problem solver who goes the extra mile to meet her clients' needs while maintaining professionalism and calm even in times of stress."She handles of a variety of sizeable M&A and corporate financing mandates, providing mining clients with additional expertise in capital markets.


Jennifer Traub
is noted for advising on M&A and securities matters in the Canadian mining sector. Also active on a wide array of international mining transactions, she is co-chair of the firm's mining practice.

Managing partner of the firm
Mark Bennett
represents an enviable portfolio of national and international mining interests, with noted strength in advising Latin American clients. He is frequently mandated to act on sizeable dispositions and acquisitions in the sector.


Paul Stein
impresses with the breadth of his experience representing major mining clients in domestic and international transactions. He offers additional expertise in project development, capital markets and corporate restructuring.