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Douglas  Bryce

Douglas Bryce

Partner, Corporate

Chair: Mining


Contact Information

dbryce@osler.com

tel: 416.862.6465

Office

Toronto

Bar Admission

Ontario, 1997

Education
  • University of Toronto, LL.B.
  • McGill University, B.A.
Language(s)
English

Doug is Co-Chair of Osler’s Mining Group and a former Co-Chair of the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions Group. His practice focuses on corporate and securities law matters, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance transactions. His practice has included a broad range of transactions and advice encompassing private and public acquisitions, hostile and supported takeover bids, going private transaction, private and public market financings, corporate governance issues and advising domestic and cross-border issuers with respect to their general public company obligations. Doug  returned to the Toronto office after practising in the firm’s New York office from January 2008 to August 2011.

Doug is currently a member of the Securities Advisory Committee (SAC) of the Ontario Securities Commission. SAC advises the Ontario Securities Commission on legislative and policy initiatives, and capital markets trends.

  • Lexpert Special Edition: Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining 2013/14
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014: Corporate Finance & Securities; Mergers & Acquisitions; Corporate Commercial Law
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Business Lawyers 2014: Corporate/M&A
  • Lexpert Rising Star (Top 40 Under 40) Award (2006)

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of Upper Canada

  • Tim Hortons in connection with its proposed $13 billion acquisition by an affiliate of Burger King Worldwide, Inc. 
  • Kinross Gold Corporation in connection with the sale of its Fruta del Norte project in Ecuador to Fortress Minerals
  • Shoppers Drug Mart in connection with its proposed $12.4 billion acquisition by Loblaw Companies Limited (largest M&A transaction in Canada in 2013).
  • The underwriters in connection with Barrick Gold Corporation’s $3 billion common share offering in November 2013.
  • Valeant Pharmaceuticals International in connection with its $2.3 billion cross-border common share offering in June 2013, and as Canadian counsel in connection with its $8.7 billion acquisition of Bausch + Lomb and $50 billion proposed business combination transaction with Allergan.
  • Ontario Pension Board in its joint $4.5 billion unsolicited takeover bid with KingSett Capital for Primaris Retail REIT and subsequent negotiated plan of arrangement transaction with H&R REIT and Primaris.
  • Corus Entertainment in connection with its proposed acquisition of various specialty television stations (including Historia and Series + and a 50% interest in TELETOON) from Bell Media, and and an associated asset swap with Shaw Communications involving interests in the Food Network and ABC Spark.
  • First Nickel Inc. in connection with its debt restructuring transactions involving Resource Capital Funds and West Face Capital in February and April of 2013.
  • Equinox Minerals in connection with both its $7.3 billion acquisition by Barrick Gold Corporation in June 2011 and its $4.8 billion unsolicited bid for Lundin Mining in March 2011 (Lexpert Deal of the Year for 2011).
  • Kinross Gold in connection with its $7.7 billion acquisition of Red Back Mining Inc. in September 2010 (largest M&A transaction in Canada in 2010).
  • Canadian counsel to Madison Dearborn Partners in its $100 million acquisition of a controlling interest in QuickPlay Media Inc.
  • Belden Inc. in its $280 million unsolicited bid for RuggedCom Inc.
  • Kinross Gold in connection with various other M&A transactions, including (i) the $1.2 billion acquisition of Aurelian Resources in September 2008; (ii) the $140 million acquisition of Underworld Resources, a TSX-listed company, in April 2010 (iii) its $150 million direct and indirect investment in Harry Winston Diamonds and the Diavik diamond mine in March 2009, and subsequent disposition of same in July 2010; and (iv) its asset swap with Goldcorp in December 2007 involving the Porcupine and Musselwhite mining joint ventures in Ontario, Canada and the La Coipa mine in Chile.
  • Goldman Sachs in its purchase in March 2010 of the La Francia mine and related infrastructure assets in Colombia from Coalcorp.
  • Vale in connection with its acquisition of various Canadian potash interests in Saskatchewan from Rio Tinto.
  • James Richardson International in its “white knight” bid for Agricore United, and subsequent negotiated transaction with Saskatchewan Wheat Pool.
  • Dana Gas of Dubai in its $1.1 billion acquisition of Centurion Energy International Inc.
  • Inco Limited in its response to the unsolicited takeover bids from Teck Cominco and CVRD, and its proposed three-way combination with Phelps Dodge Corporation and Falconbridge Limited.
  • China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) in the US$4.3 billion acquisition by its wholly owned subsidiary, CNPC International, of PetroKazakhstan Inc.
  • Placer Dome Inc. in its response to the unsolicited bid from Barrick Gold Corporation and subsequent negotiated $10.4 billion acquisition.

  • The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Mergers & Acquisitions 2014, Canada chapter (this article first appeared in the eighth edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Mergers & Acquisitions; published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London, www.iclg.co.uk).
  • Ontario Court Denies Advance on Former Directors' Legal Costs - Makes Rare Interim Finding of Bad Faith, Osler Update (co-author), October 11, 2012.
  • Preliminary Economic Assessments for Mining Projects – New Guidance from the Canadian Securities Administrators, Osler Mining Review (co-author), September 2012.
  • British Columbia Securities Commission Issues Cease Trade Order Following Review of Barkerville Gold Mines Technical Report, Osler Mining Review (co-author), September 2012.
  • Failed Public Financings in the Mining Sector – Use of Economic Analysis and Confusion Around Preliminary Economic Assessments, Osler Update (co-author), March 27, 2012.
  • Canadian securities regulators consider whether to regulate proxy advisory firms, Osler Update (co-author), July 5, 2012.
  • A Battle of Mining Giants Regarding Rights of First Refusal: Ontario Superior Court of Justice Upholds Goldcorp’s Acquisition of a 70% Interest in El Morro Mining Project, Osler Corporate Review (co-author), July 2012.
  • 2011 in M&A: A Year of Break-Ups, Osler 2011 Capital Markets Review (co-author), January 2012.
  • Buy-Side Shareholder Votes in Canada – The First Twelve Months, Osler Corporate Review (co-author), December 2010.
  • New TSX Rule Mandating Buy-Side Shareholder Vote in Dilutive Public Company Acquisitions Takes Effect Today, Osler Update (co-author), November 24, 2009.
  • TSX Adopts 25% Dilution Threshold for Buy-Side Shareholder Vote in Public Company Acquisitions, Osler Update (co-author), October 1, 2009.
  • The OSC Decision in Neo Material Technologies Inc.: A Significant Change in the Treatment of Poison Pills in Canada?, Osler Update (co-author), September 21, 2009.
  • Profound Energy Decision Highlights Use of Private Placements in M&A Transactions, Osler Update (co-author), August 17, 2009.