?Plan Nord/Développement Nordique du Québec is one of the largest economic, social and environmental initiatives ever undertaken in Quebec. It offers opportunities in acquisitions, investment, infrastructure development and project financing, attracting key players in the mining, energy and a variety of other industries to northern Quebec. However, participation in Plan Nord is subject to a complex regulatory scheme, governmental requirements and environmental restrictions, requiring expertise across a wide range of business and legal specialties.

Foreign and domestic clients come to Blakes because of our renowned multi-jurisdictional capacity and depth of expertise across the various industries impacted by Plan Nord as well as our ability to provide comprehensive legal, business and regulatory advice on Plan Nord projects and investment. We have specialized leading practices in mining, energy, food, forestry, aboriginal rights, infrastructure, environmental law, real estate, mergers and acquisitions, financing, and taxation. This broad-ranging expertise uniquely positions us to provide clients with the strategic advice they need to avail themselves of the opportunities and meet the challenges of Plan Nord.

As a global leader in mining M&A and finance, we are more experienced than any other Canadian firm when it comes to advising on mining ventures, financing, operations and investment. With leading regulatory and environmental practices and solid working relationships with regulators, we possess insights into the complexities of regulatory and environmental compliance.

We represent a wide variety of industry-leading companies as well as financial institutions and investors, government entities, service providers and others involved in mining, energy-generation, real estate development, infrastructure, forestry, bio-food, hospitality and tourism, transportation, and communication projects, including related activities. Additionally, we advise on structuring transactions to promote sustainable development, tax efficiencies, reduce risk exposure and facilitate financing arrangements. Clients feel secure retaining Blakes to advise them on investment opportunities, financing, business operations, First Nations agreements, infrastructure development, environmental concerns and a host of other potential problems they may face.

Blakes lawyers skilfully and seamlessly integrate development projects with social, economic and regulatory requirements, as well as assist with capital raising and operational plans. Our lawyers are able to navigate complex challenges, effectively manage risk, and devise effective and efficient resolutions when disputes arise.

Representative Matters

Clients Blakes has recently advised include:

  • Goldcorp Inc. in relation to the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment under the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement with respect to the Eleonore.
  • IAMGOLD Corporation in connection with its US$650-million offering of senior notes.
  • A mining company with respect to permitting and the environmental social impact assessment processes, federal and provincial, in relation to Adriana’s Lac Otelnuk project involving the construction of a mine railway and power plant and concentrator.
  • A mining client in relation to the applicability of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.
  • Goldcorp Inc. on a collaboration agreement signed with the Cree Nation of Wemindji, the Grand Council of the Crees and the Cree Regional Authority regarding the development and operation of Goldcorp's éléonore gold project in northern Quebec.
  • Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. on its C$4.9-billion acquisition in 2011 of Consolidated Thompson Iron Mines Limited.
  • Several mining clients with respect to prosecutions under the Environmental Quality Act.
  • Goldcorp Inc. in relation to the negotiation of the environmental provisions related to the Collaboration Agreement with the Wemindji Cree.
  • A syndicate of agents led by Haywood Securities Inc. in the C$4-million private placement of units of Century Mining Corporation, a mid-tier Canadian gold producer and explorer.
  • Several mining clients with respect to the establishment of a Qualifying Environmental Trust.
  • Stornoway Diamond Corporation on its equity financing for the funding of predevelopment expenditures at the Renard diamond project (Quebec).
  • Financings to a joint venture partner for the development of a zinc and copper mine in Quebec and ongoing exploration activities.



?In 2012, Blakes was named “Law Firm of the Year: Canada” for the third time by Chambers and Partners and “Canada Law Firm of the Year” for the fourth consecutive year by Who’s Who Legal. We also consistently rank as one of the top Canadian firms on the Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters and mergermarket M&A league tables in terms of transactional value or number of deals for Canadian announced transactions.

Blakes lawyers have been recognized as leaders in their field by various surveys including: 

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2013
  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms – 2013 Edition
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2012
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2012
  • The 2012 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
  • Law Business Research’s The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2012
  • PLC Which Lawyer? 2012
  • PLC Cross-border Mergers and Acquisitions Handbook 2010/11


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Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4025
Areas of Expertise: Energy, Banking, Commercial Real Estate, Financial Services, Construction, Infrastructure, Oil & Gas, Pension Funds Investment, Plan Nord, Debt Capital Markets, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Transportation, Major Projects, Downstream & Marketing, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Hotel Finance
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4061
Areas of Expertise: Infrastructure, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Energy, Corporate & Commercial, Commercial Real Estate, Plan Nord, Construction, Mining, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Credit Unions
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4262
Areas of Expertise: Competition & Antitrust, Foreign Investment, China, Europe, United States, Plan Nord, Competition Litigation, Abuse of Dominance & Reviewable Matters, Cartels & Criminal Investigations, Competition Law Compliance, E-Discovery/SIRs, Merger Review & Control, Misleading Advertising, Japan, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Cybersecurity, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4089
Areas of Expertise: Commercial Real Estate, Corporate & Commercial, Mining, Plan Nord, Acquisitions, Dispositions & Joint Ventures, Leasing, Mining Streaming & Royalties
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5025
Areas of Expertise: Tax, Tax Controversy & Litigation, Africa, Private Equity, Mining, Plan Nord, Mining Streaming & Royalties
Counsel | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4087
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Mining, Corporate & Commercial, Forestry, Commercial Real Estate, Plan Nord, Banking, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Project Finance, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Debt Finance & Lending
Partner | Montréal, Toronto
Montréal: 514-982-4002
Toronto: 416-863-4003
Areas of Expertise: Chemical & Waste Regulation, Environmental Assessment & Approvals, Mining Law, Plan Nord, Brownfields Redevelopment, Climate Change, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Forestry, Mining, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Aboriginal, Environmental
Chair, Asia Region | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9692
Areas of Expertise: Oil & Gas, Energy, Mergers & Acquisitions, China, Plan Nord, Corporate & Commercial, Foreign Investment, Customs & Import Controls, International Trade, Investment Treaty Arbitration, Sanctions & Export Controls, Trade Litigation, Trade Negotiation & Compliance, Downstream & Marketing, E&P Conventional, E&P Unconventional, Joint Venture & Co-Ownership Structuring, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Oil Field Services, Pipeline & Midstream, Korea, Japan, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Major Projects, Transportation, Oil Sands, LNG, E&P Conventional
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4005
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Private Equity, Mining, Plan Nord, Equity Capital Markets, United States, Shareholder Activism, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Mining M&A and Capital Markets
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4007
Areas of Expertise: Public-Private Partnerships, Energy, Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Plan Nord, Oil & Gas, Power, Foreign Investment, Construction, Infrastructure, Oil & Gas, Plan Nord, Power, Project Finance, Transportation, Major Projects, Joint Venture & Co-Ownership Structuring, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5051
Areas of Expertise: Equity Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Plan Nord, Public-Private Partnerships, Mining, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties
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