Paul Fornazzari’s practice is focused predominantly in the areas of corporate, commercial and securities law. Clients rely on his expertise in deal structuring, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, shareholder disputes, regulatory and stock exchange compliance and a wide variety of commercial arrangements.
Advising boards, executive teams, entrepreneurs and investment dealers, Paul acts for domestic and foreign clients in various industries including mining, petroleum, technology, life sciences (including cannabis) and financial services. Paul has a particular expertise in lithium mining having been counsel to the first lithium brine company listed in Canada and assisted the Ontario Securities Commission (“OSC”) in formulating its policy on the application of NI 43-101 to lithium brine projects. He was the first to introduce the concept of an automatic securities trading plan for insiders in Ontario, and working with the OSC to formulate an acceptable form of such plan modelled after U.S. SEC Rule 10b5-1 plans.
A fluent Spanish speaker from Latin America, Paul has transactional experience and strong networks in almost all jurisdictions in that region.
By virtue of having acted as Chairman and a director of several listed companies in diverse industries, Paul brings a wealth of practical experience related to corporate, securities and corporate governance matters.
Speaking and writing on a variety of topics, including Canadian mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance regulation, mining agreements, corporate governance, and CEO/CFO certification, Paul is also a member of the TSX Venture Exchange’s Ontario Advisory Panel and the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation.
Paul’s expertise has been recognized by legal directories including, Who’s Who Legal, Best Lawyers and the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.