Dumoulin Blackllp

Our Practice

Corporate Finance & Securities

We are consistently identified as one of the top Western Canadian securities law firms based on the amount of funds raised by clients. Our sole focus is corporate and securities law.  There are no other distractions in our firm, only a focus on your deal or financing.

We utilize our experience and our relationships with regulators to get your deals done efficiently, whether small or large, simple or complex.

Our clients are start-ups to mid-sized enterprises requiring a range of corporate and securities law advice. Sectors of operation of our clients include mining, oil and gas, alternative energy, biotech, technology and healthcare.

We help clients from the earliest stages. When you start small, as new issuer or a start-up, we know you need just enough legal advice to meet your objectives and minimize risks. Particular attention and sensitivity to your costs is important, so we indicate where our greatest value lies and where your team can take a more active role, if you wish.

Many of our clients are junior and senior-listed issuers. We assist them in obtaining and maintaining their stock exchange listings, and execute restructurings and reorganizations, including spinouts and plans of arrangement. We prepare and assist in the administration of stock option, RSU, DSU and other share compensation plans. We also help clients utilize the TSX Venture Exchange capital pool company (CPC) program to raise seed funds and complete IPOs and qualifying transactions.

We have daily interactions with the Canadian stock exchanges and securities regulators. We are regularly recognized in the National Post’s League Tables as one of the top corporate finance legal advisors in Canada.

Our clients carry out a wide variety of financing transactions, including:

  • pre-IPO seed financings
  • venture capital financings
  • initial public offerings
  • private placements and prospectus offerings
  • rights offerings
  • cross-border financings
  • reverse take-overs
  • alternative financing structures, including royalty, streaming and offtake agreements

To see a few of our clients’ recent transactions see our Representative Transactions.

Mergers & Acquisitions

We support clients who conduct a variety of merger and acquisition transactions locally, cross-border and all over the world.

Our lawyers are skilled in implementing effective M&A strategies.  From hostile bids to negotiating key agreements in friendly transactions, we help our clients get deals done.

We advise acquirers, vendors, target companies and special committees on a wide range of transactions, including:

  • plans of arrangement
  • take-over bids
  • reverse take-overs
  • amalgamations
  • purchase and sale agreements
  • property option agreements
  • consolidations, subdivisions and other share capital reorganizations
  • going private transactions

To see a few of our clients’ recent transactions see our Representative Transactions.

Proxy Contests

Our lawyers are well-versed in this specialized area of law. When there is much to gain (or lose), you require experienced counsel who can advise swiftly and accurately.

Whether acting for dissidents on the attack or defending management against opportunists, our clients rely on our experience and knowledge to gain the advantage.

We work closely with proxy solicitors, transfer agents, Broadridge and other intermediaries to develop winning strategies.

Our proxy battle expertise includes:

  • launching and defending against proxy contests
  • advising on proxy solicitation and stakeholder engagement
  • implementing advance notice policies
  • advising on voting and meeting procedures
  • negotiating settlements

To see a few of our clients’ recent transactions see our Representative Transactions.

 

Corporate Governance

We advise large and small public and private companies, directors, officers and security holders on matters relating to corporate governance, including:

  • directors’ duties and responsibilities
  • corporate governance policies, including board mandates and committee charters
  • board and committee composition and function
  • shareholder, board and board committee meetings
  • special committee and independent director committee formation and advice, including in the context of take-over bids and restructuring transactions
  • related party transactions
  • conflicts of interest
  • continuous disclosure practices
  • security holder action and proxy contests
  • compliance with anti-bribery legislation

To see a few of our clients’ recent transactions see our Representative Transactions.

Sectors

We act for growth-focused companies in a variety of industries, including energy, food and beverage, industrial, life sciences, mining and technology.

Our clients cover a wide range from start-ups to large publicly traded companies.

We provide a whole range of business law services, from corporate finance and securities work including formation of business entities, seed and venture capital financings, initial public offerings and follow-on private and public offerings, to complex transactional advice on acquisitions, divestitures and corporate reorganizations.

We understand where your legal obligations and competitive environment intersect with your commercial ambitions. This is the advantage we offer.

To see a few of our clients’ recent transactions see our Representative Transactions.

Corporate Law

For nearly five decades, our clients have relied on our advice for everything from their day-to-day corporate matters to highly sophisticated transactions.

Every enterprise is unique; our objective is to first understand your needs so that our customized solution is right for you.

This practical advice supports growing business in a variety of industries and covers all areas of corporate services including:

  • incorporations, continuances and extra-provincial registrations
  • corporate reorganizations, including:
    • amalgamations
    • plans of arrangement
    • consolidations, subdivisions and other share capital reorganizations
  • shareholder agreements
  • compliance with corporate statutes
  • shareholder meetings
  • shareholder dissent proceedings
  • sale of all or “substantially all” of a company’s undertaking
  • share capital structure
  • change of auditor

To see a few of our clients’ recent transactions see our Representative Transactions.