John Laffin

John R. Laffin Partner

Representative Work
  • Hasbro, Inc. in its all-cash C$5.3B acquisition of all of the outstanding shares of Entertainment One Ltd.
  • Flutter Entertainment plc, in its proposed US$15B all-share business combination with The Stars Group Inc.
  • Detour Gold Corporation in its C$4.9B acquisition of all of its issued and outstanding common shares by Kirkland Lake Gold Ltd.
  • Elad Canada in its C$680M all cash acquisition of Agellan Commercial Real Estate Investment Trust.
  • Sprott Inc. and the newly-established Sprott Physical Gold and Silver Trust in connection with Sprott’s acquisition of Central Fund of Canada Limited and its management, and the related transfer of over C$4.2B of gold and silver bullion from Central Fund to Sprott Physical Gold and Silver Trust.
  • Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. in its US$36B merger of equals by way of a plan of arrangement with Agrium Inc.
  • Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd. in its acquisition by Waste Connections, Inc. in a C$13B all-stock business combination effected by way of a reverse merger.
  • Sprott Asset Management in its successful hostile takeover bid to acquire all of the outstanding units of Central GoldTrust in exchange for units of Sprott Physical Gold Trust on a net asset value to net asset value basis. The transaction was valued at over C$1B.
  • Centerra Gold Inc. in its US$1.1B acquisition of Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc.
  • China National Offshore Oil Company in its US$19.5B cash acquisition of Calgary-based Nexen Inc., including the assumption of debt.
  • Vector Capital and its portfolio company Saba Software, as co-counsel, in their C$293M acquisition of Halogen Software Inc.
  • Vector Capital in its proposed C$483M acquisition of Sandvine Corporation.
  • Mood Media Corporation in connection with its arrangement under the Canada Business Corporations Act providing for the acquisition of all of its outstanding common shares and comprehensive solution for its debt obligations.
  • Harbour Energy Ltd., in its proposed acquisition, together with ALFA S.A.B. de C.V., a Mexican conglomerate, of Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. by way of plan of arrangement in a transaction valued at approximately C$6.4B (including assumed debt).
  • Special Committee of Osisko Mining Corporation in connection with its successful defense of the hostile take-over bid made by Goldcorp Inc. offering C$2.6B in cash and shares, and related friendly acquisition by Agnico Eagle Mines Limited and Yamana Gold Inc. offering C$3.9B in cash and shares.
  • Queenston Mining Inc., as special counsel in its C$550M acquisition by Osisko Mining Corporation.
  • Hochschild Mining PLC in its C$103M take-over of Andina Minerals Inc.
  • CryptoLogic Limited in its sale by way of a Canadian, U.S. and UK regulated take-over bid to Amaya Gaming Group Inc.
  • Antofagasta Minerals and Duluth Metals Limited in their joint acquisition of Franconia Minerals Corporation.
  • Grupo México S.A.B. de C.V., and its subsidiary Southern Copper Corporation, in its US$100M purchase of Stingray Copper Inc.’s El Pilar mining project in Sonora, Mexico.
  • Corsa Coal Corp. in connection with its acquisition of PBS Coals from OAO Severstal, and related equity and debt financing transactions.
  • Parsons Corporation in its acquisition of Delcan Corporation.
  • Cartesian Capital Group in connection with its sale of Public Mobile Inc. to TELUS Communications Inc.
  • Various issuers in connection with ongoing continuous disclosure and corporate governance/board and management advisory matters.
  • Various issuers and underwriters in connection with numerous equity and debt public offerings and private placements.