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Shea Small is the firm's International and Business Strategy Leader, the Co-leader of our Global Mining Group and a Partner in our Business Law Group. Shea has an international practice in our Toronto, Canada and London, UK offices focusing on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, foreign investment and commercial transactions.

Shea regularly advises bidders, targets, boards, controlling shareholders and private equity groups on public and private mergers and acquisitions including takeover bids, divestitures and joint ventures. Shea also regularly acts for issuers and dealers on public offerings and private placements. He has extensive experience with debt offerings by Canadian and foreign issuers.

Shea is listed in the current editions of Chambers Global and Chambers Canada as a leading lawyer in the area of energy & natural resources: mining. Shea was named as a 2016 Leading Canadian Lawyer in Global Mining by Lexpert. Shea is also recognized as a leading lawyer by Lexpert in the current edition of their Canadian Legal Directory in the areas of corporate finance and securities, corporate commercial law, private equity, mergers and acquisitions and mining.

Shea's recent transactions include:

MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS

  • Advising Rio Tinto on its acquisition of control of Ivanhoe Mines, a NYSE and TSX-listed mining company that owns 66% of the Oyu Tolgoi copper project in Mongolia
  • Advising Rio Tinto on its takeover of Hathor Exploration, a TSX-listed uranium exploration company
  • Advising Rio Tinto on its potash joint venture with the Acron Group of Russia
  • Advising Rio Tinto on disposal processes for iron ore and diamond assets
  • Advising OMERS on its acquisition from Fairfax of an interest Brit plc, a UK-based insurance company
  • Advising Constellium on the establishment of an aluminum auto parts joint venture in Canada
  • Advising Creststreet on the sale of its TSX-listed wind energy businesses, CPIF and Kettles Hill

CAPITAL MARKETS

  • Acting for GE Capital, Wells Fargo and Ford on their debt programs in Canada
  • Acting for RBC Capital Markets on RBC’s covered bond program in Canada
  • Acting for dealer syndicates on debt offerings by First National Financial and Penske
  • Acting for Rio Tinto on its standby commitments for several rights offerings by Turquoise Hill Resources

Shea received his BA (Economics) from Wilfred Laurier University in 1993. He received an LLB from the University of British Columbia in 1996. Shea was called to the Ontario bar in 1998 and the British Columbia bar in 2013.

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