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John Turner

John S.M. Turner

Partner | Global Mining Group Leader and Securities, Mergers & Acquisitions Group Leader Fasken
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Jurisdiction Ontario, 1989
Language(s) English
Office(s) Toronto


John Turner is Leader of the firm’s Global Mining Group and the Securities, Mergers & Acquisitions Group . His practice is focused in the resource sector, where he has been involved in many leading corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions deals.

One of Canada's national newspapers, the Financial Post, has described John as "one of the best dirt lawyers in Canada, if not the world."

John represents issuers and underwriters in capital markets and mergers and acquisitions transactions involving resource companies active throughout the globe.

He also regularly advises corporate boards, senior management and special committees on a breadth of transactional and governance matters.

Recognized by Chambers Global, John also received Lexpert’s “Zenith Award” for his extensive mining law expertise.

  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2013-2017 for Corporate Finance & Securities, Corporate Mid-Market, Mergers & Acquisitions and Mining
  • Recipient of the 2014 Lexpert Zenith Award for Mining
  • Best Lawyers 2015 Natural Resources Law "Lawyer of the Year” in Toronto
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada for Natural Resources Law 2006-2018 and 2017-2018 for Mining Law 
  • Legal 500 Canada 2014-2018 "Leading Lawyer" for Energy: Mining and 2017 for Corporate and M&A
  • Legal 500 Canada 2018 for Capital Markets
  • Chambers Latin America 2014-2015 for Projects: Mining: Leading Canadian Firms: Latin America-wide (Band 2)
  • Chambers Global 2012-2017 for Energy & Natural Resources: Mining and Projects: Mining: Leading Canadian Firms
  • Chambers Canada 2016 and 2017 for Energy & Natural Resources: Mining
  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada 2014 for Mining, Corporate Finance & Securities and Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Who's Who Legal 100 2014-2015 for Mining
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2014-2016 for Mining and 2016 for Capital Markets
  • The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers
  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
  • Guide to the World's Leading Energy & Natural Resource Lawyers as an authority on mining, oil and gas and/or project law
  • Recipient, Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal


  • LLM University of Cambridge
  • LLB Queen's University
  • BSc (Hons) Queen's University

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association
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