J.M. Alain Chiasson: Lawyer with McLennan Ross LLP

J.M. Alain Chiasson

Yellowknife,  NW  Canada

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Experience & Credentials

Practice Areas

  • Corporate Commercial Securities
  • Northern Practice Group
  • Estates, Trusts & Taxation
Mailing Address300 Nunasi Building, 5109-48th Street, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, X1A 1N5
University University of New Brunswick, B.B.A.; Université de Sherbrooke, M.Tax.
Law SchoolOsgoode Hall Law School at York University, LL.B.; Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, Certificate in Mining Law
Admitted1996, New Brunswick; 2008, Alberta; 2010, Northwest Territories; 2010, Nunavut

Professional Associations And Affiliations

•Treasurer, Executive of the Law Society of the Northwest Territories
•Member, Canadian Tax Foundation
•Member, Canadian Bar Association
•Member, Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce
•Member, NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines

Community and Volunteer Experience

•Director, Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce
•Ambassador, Come Make Your Mark Campaign
•Past Chair, Radio-Peninsule Inc.
•Past Treasurer and Board Member, L'Alliance des Radios Communautaires du Canada


A partner at McLennan Ross, Alain practices in the area of corporate commercial securities law. He has extensive experience advising clients in various areas of business law, corporate law, securities law, taxation and estate planning including, corporate reorganizations, estate freezes, tax litigation and purchase/sale of shares and assets, with an emphasis in dealing with mining and natural resources.

A large portion of Alain's practice is spent on providing strategic advice to mining corporations interested in investing Nunavut and the Northwest Territories and Inuit organizations requiring expert advice in setting up appropriate corporate structures and in negotiating and implementing complex agreements to harness the full potential of their mineral and other natural resources.

Alain has been involved in the financing and the acquisitions of mineral properties in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut and has advised multinational mining corporations about the various aspects of the complex regulatory regimes of the mining industry in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. To supplement his practice, Alain recently completed The Osgoode Certificate in Mining Law which provided him with the knowledge, strategies and tactics to advise on the critical business and legal issues in today's mining industry and better meet his client's needs.

Alain has also appeared before the Court of Queen's Bench, Court of Appeal, New Brunswick Labour and Employment Board and various administrative tribunals.


Corporate Commercial Securities

•Represented amultinational mining conglomerate as Nunavut and Northwest Territoriescounsel in its acquisition by plan of arrangement of mining propertieslocated in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.
•Providedstrategic advice on the regulatory process of mining and the acquisitionand registration of mineral claims and leases and the transfer of landuse licenses, water licenses and surfaces leases to a multinationalmining company during its acquisition of mineral claims and leases inNunavut from a junior mineral company.
•Assisted mining companiesby providing securities opinions and title opinions on miningproperties in the course of major financings and acquisitions of miningproperties in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
•Advised amultinational mining conglomerate as counsel for the NorthwestTerritories in the course of a takeover bid of a public corporationincorporated in the Northwest Territories.
•Acted as Nunavut andNorthwest Territories counsel for a Canadian mining corporation duringits acquisition of distressed mineral assets located in Nunavut.
•Providedstrategic legal advice to an aboriginal organization in negotiating, drafting and implementing mining agreements such as mineral explorationleases, surface lease and mineral production agreements.
•Representsmining corporations and Inuit organizations in negotiating, draftingand implementing joint ventures, partnerships and other corporatecombinations involved in the mining and natural resources sectors.
•Advisessmall, medium and large size businesses in financings, purchase andsale of businesses, incorporations and tax implications of businesstransactions.

Speaking Engagements

“Business Succession Planning”, Yellowknife Financial Exposition

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Office Information

J.M. Alain Chiasson

5109-48th Street
YellowknifeNW X1A 1N5


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