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John Sabetti Toronto Lawyer

John M. Sabetti

Partner Fasken
When seeking to access capital in the public markets, it is important for an issuer to consider all financing alternatives that are available in order to determine the right choice at that time.
Jurisdiction Ontario, 2000
Language(s) English
Office(s) Toronto


John Sabetti practices primarily in the areas of securities, mergers, acquisitions and corporate commercial law. With significant experience in corporate finance and M&A transactions, John regularly assists clients with structuring and leading initial public offerings, private placements, acquisition financing, take-over bids, business combinations, debt offerings and redomiciling transactions.

In his corporate commercial practice, John has acted for public companies and some of Canada’s largest private corporations and their shareholders. With experience in a broad range of corporate matters, John regularly advises clients with structuring joint venture and shareholder arrangements, as well as the purchase and sale of businesses and corporate reorganizations, in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, high tech, and construction equipment rental.

From a capital markets perspective, John has participated in numerous public and private capital raising transactions in a broad range of sectors including mining, healthcare and technology.

In the mining sector, John has represented a variety of issuers including  Golden Star Resources Ltd., First Quantum Minerals, De Beers Canada Inc., Golden Minerals Company and Rare Element Resources Inc., and also has represented investment dealers such as BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc., RBC Dominion Securities Inc., GMP Securities L.P., Raymond James Ltd. and Laurentian Bank Securities.

John regularly advises clients on structuring investment funds and other structured products, including having acted on the initial public offerings of closed-end funds, mortgage investment corporations and real estate investment vehicles that have raised in excess of $4 billion in gross proceeds.

As the Canadian cannabis industry has developed and evolved, John has been involved in structuring and implementing the go-public transactions and stock exchange listings of numerous issuers, both Canadian and international. He has also been involved in the financings of ancillary businesses that provide support to the cannabis industry, including issuers that provide cannabis stream financing. In addition, as the Canadian cannabis sector has experienced recent consolidation, John has been involved in various aspects of these M&A transactions. His clients in the cannabis sector have ranged from industry players to many of the prominent Canadian investment banks that have taken leading roles in the sector.

John has also advised clients in establishing and renewing financing programs for automotive finance companies, including launching commercial paper programs, medium term note programs and euro bond offerings, and developing alternative finance structures.

John also acts as legal counsel for the Canadian Elite Basketball League and has been involved in the formation of the League and its subsequent expansion.


Client Work

  • Research Capital Corporation leads brokered private placement of convertible debenture units of PyroGenesis Canada Inc.,
  • BULGOLD Inc. completes non-brokered private placement,
  • Beacon Securities Limited leads C$5 million private placement offering of units of Trigon Metals Inc.,
  • Delta Resources Limited completes bought deal private placement,
  • Algernon Pharmaceuticals Inc. completes C$1.1 million rights offering,
  • Beacon Securities Limited and Canaccord Genuity Corp. co-lead underwriting syndicate in approximate C$42.5 million bought deal public offering and concurrent private placement for Quipt Home Medical Corp.,
  • Eastern Resources OOD completes qualifying transaction with St Charles Resources Inc.,
  • DFR Gold Inc. completes sale of its diamond business to Jean Boulle Diamond Mines Ltd.,
  • Subsidiaries of ASG III, LLC (an affiliate of Alpine Software Group) complete acquisition of ThinkLP Inc., and Anderson Oxford Inc.,

Career & Education


  • LLB Osgoode Hall Law School at York University
  • MBA York University
  • B Comm University of Toronto

Memberships & Affiliations

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


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