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Third-Party Beneficiaries and Nougat
September-01-2019

The Subsidiary Entity
August-01-2019

That's What Proxies Are For!
June-01-2019

It's Right There in the Agreement
May-01-2019

Challenging Dissent Proceedings
April-01-2019

Root for the Forum Conveniens Team
March-01-2019

A Short Story About Short Selling
February-01-2019

Green Eggs and Securities Ham
January-01-2019

A meal of material adverse changes
November-01-2018

The Population of Misrepresentation
October-01-2018

Narration About Representations
September-01-2018

An everyday story of trading Volk
August-01-2018

Disclosure decisions gone wrong
June-01-2018

Insider Trading as Baseball Season Starts
May-01-2018

Livent litigation, last act
April-01-2018

M&A drug wars
March-01-2018

Travelling in securities
February-01-2018

Director independence depends
January-01-2018

Cryptocurrent events
November-01-2017

Soliciting dealers in proxyland
October-01-2017

Full-bodied oppression
September-01-2017

When to pay your financial advisors
August-01-2017

The Mobius strip of securities reform
July-01-2017

A done deal undone
June-01-2017

Tiffin doubt: Just what is a 'security'?
May-01-2017

The compromises of tenure
April-01-2017

It was a privilege
March-01-2017

Fishy insider trading in Salman
February-01-2017

Technically but not reasonably mistaken
January-01-2017

Trying to expend best efforts
November-01-2016

Dealing with multiple personalities in M&A
October-01-2016

Shedding bulk
September-01-2016

Ugly corporate opinion questions
August-01-2016

I coulda been a litigator
July-01-2016

Boilerplate fabric lessons
June-01-2016

New Takeover Bid and Early Warning Rules Take Effect Today
May-09-2016

Perpetual rationality
May-01-2016

Death to Coffin
April-01-2016

Promoters and other contronyms
March-01-2016

Amendments to Takeover Bid Rules Alter Canada's M&A Landscape
February-25-2016

Static from balloons
February-01-2016

Embarrassing behaviours and corrective disclosures
January-01-2016

The dog did it
November-01-2015

Watch out for earn-out
October-01-2015

True sale or not true sale
September-01-2015

Two similar, two different
August-01-2015

Getting the Deal Through - Mergers & Acquisitions 2015 - Canada Chapter
July-10-2015

Mulling about millinery
July-01-2015

CCGG Issues 2014 Annual Report
June-12-2015

Stay tuned for a public interest message
June-01-2015

CSA Adopts National Policy on Guidance for Proxy Advisory Firms
May-01-2015

Perpetual private placement permutations
May-01-2015

Amendments Proposed to Significantly Change Take-Over Bid Rules
April-01-2015

Clean as a whistle
April-01-2015

Ch-ch-ch-chchanges
March-01-2015

Update on the Continuing Refinements to Private Placement Rules
February-23-2015

OSC Staff Proposes Whistleblower Program
February-11-2015

Putting poison in puts
February-01-2015

CSA Publish Progress Report on Review of the Proxy Voting Infrastructure
January-30-2015

TSX Proposes Amendments to Rules for Interlisted Issuers and Voluntary Delisting
January-26-2015

Honesty in contracts and other oxymorons
January-01-2015

The blame game
November-01-2014

CSA Publish Update on Proposed Amendments to the Early Warning Regime
October-14-2014

Fiduciary Duties and Flaming Furniture
October-01-2014

TSX Announces Rule Changes on Share Incentives and Backdoor Listings
September-26-2014

Canada - China Agreement to Promote and Protect Reciprocal Investment Coming into Force
September-16-2014

Orange is the new law exam
September-01-2014

Sino-Forest CFO's Settlement Agreement Highlights Standards of Executive Responsibility
August-08-2014

You may be hungry again for responsibility in an hour
August-01-2014

Ontario Court Provides Guidance on Advance Notice Policies
July-14-2014

Dissent dat!
July-01-2014

All's fair, whatever that means
June-01-2014

A salt on enforcement initiatives
May-01-2014

Canadian Securities Administrators Publish Proposed National Policy to Regulate Proxy Advisory Firms
April-25-2014

Ontario Court Comments on Fairness Opinions in Corporate Arrangements
April-04-2014

Pills but no perfect cures
April-01-2014

Four New Private Placement Exemptions Proposed
April-01-2014

IIROC's Proposed Guidance on Best Practices for Underwriting Due Diligence
March-10-2014

Osisko/Goldcorp Highlights the Importance of Confidentiality Agreements
March-05-2014

Proposed Changes to Private Placement Rules
March-04-2014

At what point are we going overboard?
March-01-2014

Quebec Announces Measures to Deter Hostile Take-overs
February-24-2014

Toronto Stock Exchange Announces Amendments to Director Voting Requirements
February-14-2014

Broadridge Calls Off Proxy Vote Changes
February-11-2014

Broadridge U.S. Changes its Policy on Interim Voting Reports
February-10-2014

Ontario Courts Provide Guidance on Proxy Contest Issues
February-03-2014

Growing up different
February-01-2014

Recent Developments of Importance: Corporate Finance & Securities
January-21-2014

Significant Changes Proposed In M&A Regulation In Canada, Lexpert 2013 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers In Canada
January-13-2014

Too much ado about something
January-01-2014

Two classy
December-01-2013

Canada Ratifies International Arbitration Protocol
November-15-2013

TSX Guidance on "Economically Interesting Grades"
November-11-2013

Canada-EU Trade Deal Includes Important Changes for the Mining Industry
November-08-2013

ISS Proposes Amendments to 2014 Canadian Proxy Voting Policy
October-24-2013

Government Rejects Accelero Deal, Adding to ICA Uncertainty
October-10-2013

Living in a material world
October-01-2013

Ontario Court Addresses Expense Reimbursement for Dissident Shareholders
September-19-2013

Federal, Ontario and B.C. Governments Move Toward Cooperative Capital Markets Regulator
September-19-2013

Investments with benefits
September-01-2013

OSC Initiates Public Consultation Process Regarding Women on Boards and in Senior Management
August-07-2013

The unenforceability of 'agreements to agree'
August-01-2013

Drawing lines in circles
July-01-2013

Do you like say on pay?
June-01-2013

Significant Changes Proposed in M&A Regulation In Canada
June-01-2013

Significant Liberalization of Canadian Pre-Marketing Rules
May-31-2013

Legally Lost in Translation
May-01-2013

Shareholder democracy in Canada
April-01-2013

BCSC Cease Trades Aurizon Mines Ltd. Poison Pill (Again)
March-28-2013

Canadian Securities Regulators Propose New Regimes for Shareholder Rights Plans
March-15-2013

OSC Staff Comments on Notice-and-Access Issues Affecting OBCA Companies
March-06-2013

Industry Canada Announces Availability of Exemption for CBCA Issuers Seeking to Adopt New Notice-And-Access System
March-01-2013

The trouble with backdoor proxy regulation
March-01-2013

Advance Notice Policies on the Rise, Corporate Governance Report
March-01-2013

OSFI Releases Final Version of the Corporate Governance Guideline
February-01-2013

More regulation needed on shareholder voting
February-01-2013

An Undiplomatic Guide to the Emerging Markets Guide
January-01-2013

Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange Seek Public Comment in Ongoing Review of Emerging Market Issuers
December-20-2012

PQ Announces Plans to Change Foreign Take-Over Bid Rules
November-26-2012

ISS and Glass Lewis 2013 Proxy Season Guidelines
November-23-2012

OSC Releases Guidelines for Companies Operating in Emerging Markets
November-12-2012

Insider trading and the public interest power
November-01-2012

Toronto Stock Exchange Announces New Director Voting Requirements
October-10-2012

An empty voting feeling
October-01-2012

Far from the madding crowdfunding
September-01-2012

OSC finds former RIM employee acted 'contrary to the public interest'
August-07-2012

Advance Notice Policies on the Rise
August-07-2012

Limits of the law of common sense
August-01-2012

CSA Announces Results of Continuous Disclosure Review for Fiscal 2012
August-01-2012

Environmental law runs afoul
July-01-2012

Canadian Securities Administrators Considering Regulation of Proxy Advisory Firms
June-25-2012

A healthy rationalization
June-01-2012

Canada Proposes Additional Amendments to the Foreign Investment Review Process
May-28-2012

Stuck in “Between”: Delaware Court Stops Bid Due to Breach of Confidentiality Agreements
May-09-2012

The Closed System
May-01-2012

Advice from proxy advisers shouldn't be blindly followed
April-01-2012

Out Fiduciary Outs
March-01-2012

What was the point of that again?
February-01-2012

Significant Changes Proposed to the Rules Governing Prospectus Offerings in Canada
January-26-2012

New Developments in Disclosure Rules for Mining Companies
January-26-2012

New Executive Compensation Disclosure Rules in Effect for 2012
January-17-2012

Neill on Neil: conflicts and Canadian corporate law
January-01-2012

Supreme Court Holds National Securities Act to be Unconstitutional
December-23-2011

Walking the securities regulatory tightrope
December-01-2011

M&A Recent Developments of Importance
October-12-2011

Corruption law coming of age
October-01-2011

Proposed Governance and Disclosure Requirements for Venture Issuers
August-31-2011

Changes to Executive Compensation Disclosure in Canada
November-30-2010

Baffinland - The End of the Auction Generally Means the Time has Come for a Pill to Go
November-25-2010

CSA Approves Amendments Related to Implementation of International Financial Reporting Standards
October-27-2010

OSC Releases Decision in Melnyk Case
October-08-2010

Supplemental Disclosure of Magna
July-15-2010

OSC Spider Decision Muddies the Waters for Rights Plans
July-12-2010

Magna - The OSC Decision
June-30-2010

U.S. Steel: Federal Court Upholds the Constitutionality of Section 40 of the Investment Canada Act
June-23-2010

Proposed Amendments to National Instrument 43-101
May-28-2010

Changes to the Regulatory Framework for Insider Reporting
January-29-2010

Acquiror-Side Shareholder Approval Arrives in Canada
December-03-2009

Raising Capital in Canada and the Role of the Toronto Stock Exchange
December-03-2009

The HudBay Minerals Proceedings and the Return of Acquiror-Side Shareholder Approval Rights
January-26-2009

The Final Chapter of the Danier Case
October-17-2007

The Sunrise REIT/Ventas Decision
March-07-2007

TSX Notice With Respect to Stock Plans
June-26-2006

Neill May

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Tel:   416.597.4187
Fax:   416.979.1234

Neill May is a partner, Co-Chair of the Corporate Securities Group and a member of the Executive Committee at Goodmans. His practice focuses on all aspects of securities law, with a particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. Neill has developed a reputation for expertise in securities law and for his ability to negotiate and complete complex and innovative transactions.

Neill has counselled participants in numerous public and private M&A transactions, and has represented clients on both sides of friendly and hostile takeover bids. He has also structured and implemented a vast range of corporate reorganizations and financing transactions, including domestic and cross-border public offerings, and private strategic and venture capital financings.

REPRESENTATIVE WORK

Neill’s recent representative work includes acting for:

  • Newmont Mining Corporation in its acquisition of Goldcorp Inc., its Nevada and Galore Creek joint ventures, and in various investments including Continental Gold Inc., Evrim Resources Corp., Irving Resources Inc., Maverix Metals Inc., Orosur Mining Inc. and TMAC Resources Inc.
  • Clairvest Group Inc. and its managed funds in their investments in Also Energy Inc. (and tuck-under Locus Energy Inc.) and Digital Media Solutions, LLC, its divestment of Lyophilization Services of New England, Inc., its investment in and divestment of Cieslok Media Ltd., and the sale by its subsidiary Discovery Air Inc. of its fire services division
  • Anchorage Capital Group, L.L.C. and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. in their financing of Resolve-Class Naval Support Ship, m/v Asterix
  • Cinram International Inc. in its sale to Najafi Companies
  • Iovate Health Sciences International Inc. in its sale to Xiwang Foodstuffs Co., Ltd.
  • CML HealthCare Inc. in its sale by way of plan of arrangement to LifeLabs Ontario Inc.
  • L’Oréal USA in its acquisition of three consumer brands from Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (now Bausch Health Companies Inc.)
  • Uranium One Inc. in its privatization by JSC Atomredmetzoloto
  • Vicwest Inc. in the sale of its Building Products Division to Kingspan Group plc and the sale of its Westeel Operating Division to Ag Growth International Inc.
  • Wellington Financial L.P. in the sale of its venture debt business assets and its Fund V loan portfolio to CIBC
  • Blair Franklin Asset Management Inc. in its acquisition by Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc.

RECOGNITION

Neill is recognized as a leading practitioner of corporate finance law and is repeatedly recommended for mining law by The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory. He has been recommended by The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada, Chambers Global (corporate/M&A), Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading M&A Lawyers, IFLR 1000 (M&A), Best Lawyers in Canada (corporate) and is also recognized as a leading practitioner in the Lexpert Special Edition on Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining.

PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT

Neill is a former member of the Toronto Stock Exchange Listing Advisory Committee and the Ontario Securities Commission’s Securities Advisory Committee and Small Business Advisory Committee. He has co-authored reports for the Ontario Securities Commission Task Force on small business financing. Neill is a former Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto - Faculty of Law and heads the firm’s continuing legal education committee.
 

Education University of Toronto (LL.B., 1990)
Professional Affiliations

Law Society of Ontario