James R. Brown | Mining lawyer

James R. Brown

Partner, Corporate

Co-Chair: Mining and Natural Resources

Contact Information


tel: 416.862.6647



Bar Admission

Ontario, 2008


  • Osgoode Hall Law School/Schulich School of Business, Joint LL.B./M.B.A.
  • University of Waterloo, B.A. (Hons.)



James is a Partner in Osler’s Corporate Group and Co-Chair of the Mining Group. He focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and securities, and general corporate matters. He has experience acting for issuers and underwriters in public offerings, including IPOs, shelf, short form, and "bought deal" financings, global private placements, as well as transactions involving inter-listed companies. James also routinely provides ongoing advice to public and private corporations in a wide variety of industries on regulatory compliance matters, corporate governance, and continuous disclosure obligations, and he provides on- going securities law compliance advice to TSX and TSXV listed issuers, including regarding mineral project disclosure under National Instrument 43-101. James previously served as a member of the Canadian Securities Administrators’ Mining Technical Advisory and Monitoring Committee, which provides guidance to the provincial securities commissions on technical mining matters.

James was a summer student with the firm and completed his articles in 2007-2008, during which time he was seconded to the Ontario Securities Commission in the Corporate Finance branch. He returned to Osler as an associate in 2008. During 2011, James was on secondment to the Toronto office of Goldman Sachs as an associate in the Natural Resources group focused on Metals & Mining.

In 2018, James was named a Lexpert Rising Star: Leading Lawyer Under 40, an award, which recognizes lawyers under the age of 40 at the top of their profession.

  • Kinross Gold Corporation

    Kinross Gold Corporation in US$500 million offering of unsecured notes offering

  • SmartCentres Real Estate Investment Trust

    SmartCentres Real Estate Investment Trust in its offering of $300 million Series Z senior unsecured debentures

  • Excellon Resources Inc.

    Excellon Resources Inc. in its US$50 million acquisition of La Negra Mine in Mexico

  • TELUS International

    TELUS International in its US$1.225 billion acquisition of WillowTree

  • Kinross Gold Corporation

    Kinross Gold Corporation in its US$225 million sale of Chirano mine to Asante Gold Corporation

  • Goldman Sachs Asset Management

    Goldman Sachs Asset Management in its US$250 million investment in Hydrostor

  • Kinross Gold Corporation

    Kinross Gold Corporation in its US$1.4 billion acquisition of Great Bear Resources

  • Q4 Inc.

    Q4 Inc. in its IPO on the TSX

  • TELUS International

    TELUS International in its US$563 million secondary offering

  • Battle North Gold Corporation

    Battle North Gold Corporation in its acquisition by Evolution Mining Limited

  • Interac Corp.

    Interac Corp. in Canada's new real-time payments system

  • TELUS International

    TELUS International in its US$1.06 billion initial public offering

  • Richardson Financial Group

    Richardson Financial Group in the sale of Richardson GMP to GMP Capital Inc.

  • Wealthsimple

    Wealthsimple in its $114 million equity financing

  • Genworth Financial, Inc.

    Genworth Financial in its $2.4 billion agreement for Brookfield Business Partners to acquire Genworth’s stake in Genworth MI Canada Inc.

  • Kinross Gold Corporation

    Kinross in its agreement with N-Mining Limited to acquire Chulbatkan for US$283 million

  • CIBC World Markets

    CIBC World Markets in Osisko Gold Royalties' $110.7M secondary bought deal offering

  • Constellation Brands

    Constellation Brands in connection with Canopy Growth’s right to acquire Acreage Holdings

  • Red Label Vacations

    Red Label Vacations in its acquisition by H.I.S. Group

  • NatuEra

    Agroidea SAS and the Nannetti brothers in the joint venture of Cronos Group Inc. and an affiliate of Agroidea SAS to form NatuEra

  • Constellation Brands

    Constellation Brands in its $5.1 billion strategic investment in and partnership with Canopy Growth Corporation

  • Lithium Americas

    Lithium Americas in its strategic transaction with Ganfeng Lithium to jointly advance Caucharí-Olaroz

  • Roots Corporation

    Underwriters in connection with the IPO of Roots Corporation on the TSX

  • Corus Entertainment Inc.

    Corus Entertainment Inc. in the proposed sale of specialty channels to Bell Media Inc. for approximately $200 million

  • Hydro One Limited

    Hydro One Limited in its offering of $1.4 billion 4.00% convertible unsecured subordinated debentures represented by installment receipts.

  • Mergers & Acquisitions

    • Chemtrade Logistics Income Fund in its acquisition of Marsulex Inc., its unsolicited take-over bid for Canexus Corporation and subsequent acquisition of Canexus Corporation by way of plan of arrangement
    • COM DEV in connection with its acquisition by a subsidiary of Honeywell International Inc. by way of a plan of arrangement and its spinoff of exactEarth Ltd.
    • Constellation Brands, Inc. in the sale of its Canadian wine business to Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan for approximately $1.03 billion
    • Corus Entertainment Inc. in connection with its proposed $2.65 billion purchase of Shaw Media Inc. from Shaw Communications Inc.
    • Counsel to Manulife Financial Corporation in its $4-billion acquisition of the Canadian-based operations of Standard Life plc. The deal combines Manulife, one of the largest insurance companies in the world, and Standard Life Canada, the country’s fifth-largest insurer
    • Kinross Gold Corporation in its acquisition of Underworld Resources Inc. by way of take-over bid, its initial private placement in Red Back Mining Inc., its subsequent acquisition of Red Back by way of plan of arrangement, the sale of its interest in Harry Winston Diamond Corporation and the Diavik Diamond Mine joint venture and the sale of Aurelian Resources to Lundin Gold
    • The Special Committee of Northbridge Financial Corporation in its sale to Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited
    • Equinox Minerals Limited in its proposed acquisition of Lundin Mining Corporation
    • Continental Nickel Limited in its acquisition by IMX Resources Limited pursuant to a plan of arrangement

    Corporate Finance

    • The Pacific Road Resources Funds, private equity funds focused in the mining industry, in their investments in Timmins Gold Corp., Xtierra Inc., First Bauxite Corporation, Far West Mining Inc., CuOro Resources, BRC Minerals Limited, Bayswater Uranium Corporation’s Reno Creek project, Mega Precious Metals (including its sale to Yamana Gold) and Luna Gold Corporation (including its subsequent business combination with JDL Gold to form Trek Mining)
    • The underwriters (led by RBC Dominion Securities Inc. and UBS Securities Canada Inc.) in the initial public offering of common shares, flow-through shares and warrants of Royal Nickel Corporation
    • The underwriters (led by Scotia Capital Inc. and Citigroup Global Markets Canada Inc.) in the $250 million initial public offering of Class A Restricted Units of Alignvest Acquisition II Corporation
    • The underwriters (led by RBC Dominion Securities Inc., Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated, J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. and Scotia Capital Inc.) in the $4 billion bought deal offering of common shares of Barrick Gold Corporation, the largest bought deal equity offering in Canadian history
  • Find More

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Recognized in Corporate/Commercial (Ontario)
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Recognized in Corporate Finance & Securities; Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Lexpert Rising Stars: Recognized as a Rising Star (2018)
  • Legal 500: Recognized in Next Generation Lawyers, Capital Markets; Recommended Lawyer, Energy and Natural Resources: Mining
  • IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms: Recognized in M&A; Capital Markets: Debt; Capital Markets: Equity (Highly Regarded)
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Recognized in Mining Law
  • Thomson Reuters: "Stand-out Lawyer"

  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada