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Robert Black

Robert Black

Partner
About

Robert Black is a partner in the firm's Toronto office. Robert practises corporate and securities law, with an ‎emphasis on commercial transactions, securities and corporate finance, private equity, investment funds ‎and hedge funds, mining and resource company transactions, corporate governance and mergers and ‎acquisitions.‎

Robert is a former member of the Securities Advisory Committee to the Ontario Securities Commission, ‎which is the senior advisory committee to the Chair and staff of the OSC. The Committee is composed of ‎senior partners of various Toronto law firms and its members are chosen by application.‎

Robert has acted for numerous corporations and their boards of directors with respect to commercial ‎transactions, public and private financings, mining and resource transactions, corporate governance, ‎mergers and acquisitions and general corporate law matters.‎

He also advises Canadian and U.S. investment dealers, investment funds and hedge funds with respect to ‎securities offerings, regulatory compliance, registration and trading issues. He represents private equity ‎and pension funds, crown corporations and other institutions on investments, financings and regulatory ‎matters and also acts for Canadian, U.S. and offshore fund managers and investment management ‎companies on business and registration issues, new products, financings and regulatory matters.‎

Prior to joining the firm as a partner in 2009, Robert was a partner at another prominent national law firm, ‎where he practised for 15 years. Earlier in his legal career, Robert was Senior Counsel and Vice-President ‎with Merrill Lynch Canada and Manager, Listings at The Toronto Stock Exchange. He also worked as a ‎Corporate Finance and International Markets lawyer at the Ontario Securities Commission.‎

Robert is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario (Bachelor of Arts – B.A. and Bachelor of Laws –‎‎ LL.B.) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (Master of Laws – LL.M.).‎

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    EXPERIENCE

    • Acted for Assured Automotive Inc. in its sale of assets and business to Boyd Group Income Fund for ‎‎$194 million. Ontario-based Assured is the largest operator of non-franchised collision repair centres in ‎Canada, while the Boyd Group is one of North America’s largest operators of auto repair facilities. The ‎purchase price was funded with cash consideration and Boyd Group Income Fund units, which trade on ‎the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX). With the acquisition, the Boyd Group expanded its network to 474 ‎locations across North America, including 110 in Canada.  Assured will continue to operate under its ‎original brand name.‎
    • Acted for Xstrata Nickel and Koniambo Nickel on various project and commercial agreements for the $5 billion Koniambo Project nickel mine, smelter and related infrastructure in New Caledonia.
    • Acted for the underwriters on the U.S./Canada MJDS cross-border public offering of common shares by Coastal Contacts Inc.
    • Acted for the issuer on the underwritten offering of $550 million of senior bonds for financing the Northeast Anthony Henday Drive ring road PPP infrastructure project in Edmonton, Alberta.
    • Acted for the issuer on the underwritten offering of $230 million of senior bonds for financing the North Island Hospitals in British Columbia.
    • Acted for the underwriters, led by Stephens Inc., on two U.S./Canada cross-border offerings of common shares by Regional Management Corp.
    • Acted for Spektra Jeotek and Spektra Drilling Canada Inc. on the acquisition of Forage Mercier Inc., a mining drilling company in Quebec.
    • Acted for the issuer on the underwritten offering of $190 million of senior bonds for financing of the new Ontario Forensic Services and Coroner’s Complex PPP infrastructure project in Toronto.
    • Acted as part of the team for Canacol Energy Ltd. on short form prospectus offerings of $100 million total value of common shares and convertible debentures.
    • Acted for Copperweld Corporation on its sale to Atlas Tube Inc. and Dofasco Inc.
    • Acted on the take-over bid defense team for Clarington Corporation and its subsequent sale to Industrial Alliance.
    • Acted for Public Sector Pension (PSP) Investment Board on private equity co-investment.
    • Acted for Mackenzie Investment Management Inc. on its sale to Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc.
    • Acted for Brick Brewing Co. Limited on numerous acquisitions, financings and business initiatives.
    • Acted for Williams plc and its Canadian subsidiaries on the divestiture of various Canadian assets and the demerger of Williams plc into the separate companies Kidde plc and Chubb plc.
    • Acted for Jascan Resources Inc. on its sale by way of plan of arrangement to Breakwater Resources Ltd.
    • Acted for Falconbridge Limited on its investments in Baltic Resources Inc. and MCK Mining Corp.
    • Acted for Bank of America Canada on offering of units linked to offshore investment company advised by Chesapeake Capital Corporation.
    • Acted for BICC Phillips Inc. on its going private transaction.
    • Acted for the special committee of the board of directors of Kerr Addison Mines Ltd. on the buyout by Noranda Inc.
    • Acted for Minacs Worldwide Inc. on its initial public offering and listing on The Toronto Stock Exchange.
    Languages
    • English
    Education
    • B.A., University of Western Ontario
    • LL.B., University of Western Ontario
    • LL.M., The London School of Economics and Political Science

    Awards

    • Best Lawyers in Canada (Mining Law), 2018-2023
    • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Leading Lawyer in Corporate Finance & Securities, 2018-2020
    • Lexpert Special Edition on Global Mining, Leading Canadian Lawyer
    • Martindale-Hubbell, Leading Canadian Lawyer

    Memberships and Directorships

    • Director and past Chairman, The London Goodenough Association of Canada, a charitable foundation ‎that provides scholarships for Canadian graduate students to study in England
    • Former Special Lecturer, Multijurisdictional Disclosure System for cross-border securities offerings - ‎Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario
    • Former counsel, Corporate Governance Committee, Pension Investment Association of Canada
    • Past member, Securities Law Subcommittee, Canadian Bar Association - Ontario
    • Former director, Moorelands Community Services, a charity that provides after-school programs and ‎trips to summer camp for Toronto inner-city children

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