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Fasken Martineau’s Global Mining Group seminar series during PDAC 2015 to start this week

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Fasken Martineau presents 14 seminars at Prospectors and Developers of Canada Convention

Toronto (Canada) – Fasken Martineau, a leading international business law and litigation firm, will be presenting 14 individual seminars in conjunction with this year’s Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (“PDAC”) Convention, the mineral industry’s largest annual event. Fasken Martineau is also participating in three events at the PDAC Convention and is a corporate sponsor of the MineAfrica breakfast seminar and a sponsor of the Canada-China Investment Forum.

Fasken Martineau’s series digs in on Wednesday, February 25 with its 5th annual Pre-PDAC Primer seminar. Guests and clients of the firm can attend the seminar in person at one of the firm’s six Canadian offices. The Primer features short and practical presentations designed to prime attendees on topics of relevance to their discussions at PDAC 2015. Topics include: hostile bids in the Canadian mining sector (featuring highlights from the firm’s recently released 2015 Canadian Hostile Take-Over Bids Study) prepared by M&A partners Aaron Atkinson and Bradley Freelan; the ins and outs of obtaining a mining lease in Quebec; and the difference between premium and standard listings on the Main Market on the London Stock Exchange.

Following the Primer, the series gets going on Thursday, February 26 and continues for seven consecutive days (Saturday and Sunday included) until Wednesday, March 4. The sessions, held at Fasken Martineau's downtown Toronto office at 333 Bay Street, Suite 2400, offer a broad perspective on current industry issues and trends including:

  • Restructuring alternatives for mining companies;
  • Hostile bids for Canadian mining companies;
  • Anti-bribery and corruption: A peek inside what it is like to be squarely in the sight of the enforcers/regulators;
  • Recent energy reforms in the mining sector by the Mexican government;
  • Panel discussion and meet and greet with the Moroccan Minister of Mines;
  • Examining the advancement of women in mining;
  • Mining projects and the energy sector in Peru;
  • Examining a renaissance of mining in Europe;
  • Opportunities in Francophone Africa;
  • Meet and greet with the Chilean Minister of Mining at a cocktail reception;
  • Key legal and financial structuring considerations when dealing with Aboriginal businesses;
  • An international perspective in identifying and mitigating corruption risk in M&A transactions;
  • Panel discussion and meet and greet with South Africa’s Minister of Mineral Resources Ngoako Ramatlhodi; and
  • Building a mining project during an economic downturn;

“Fasken Martineau has been providing legal services to the global mining industry for over 150 years. It is this serious bench strength that our clients around the world rely on to get their projects off the ground,” said John Turner, practice group leader for Global Mining at Fasken Martineau.

“Our clients and anyone interested in the Canadian and global mining business turns to us for thought leadership and market intelligence. This is why our annual seminar series is so popular and always over-subscribed. We put on a really comprehensive series that takes the efforts of the whole team, but it is well worth it. We welcome anyone with an interest to attend,” added Michael Bourassa, senior mining partner and organizer of the seminar series.

Many of Fasken Martineau’s global team of mining lawyers from North America, Africa and Europe are speakers and are also available to comment throughout the seminar series. These lawyers practice in various mining related groups, including Global Mining; Aboriginal Law; Securities, Mergers & Acquisitions; Corporate Social Responsibility; International Arbitration; International Trade; Insolvency and Restructuring; Construction Law and White Collar Crime.

Registration for any or all of the seminars including the Pre-PDAC Primer can be found on the firm's website.

About Fasken Martineau

Fasken Martineau is a leading international business law and litigation firm. With more than 770 lawyers, the firm has offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal, Québec City, London, Paris and Johannesburg. For additional information, please visit the firm's website at


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