Melissa is a partner in the Securities and Capital Markets Group in our Calgary office and is also the co-leader of BLG's Driven by Women Initiative in Calgary. She advises both public and private Canadian and foreign-based clients in a wide range of industries, including oil and gas, mining, technology, manufacturing and the hospitality industry, with clients from small start-up private entities to large multinational companies. Many of her public clients are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, the TSX Venture Exchange and other foreign stock exchanges.
Melissa’s practice includes advising buyers, sellers and board of directors in relation to mergers and acquisitions; advising clients in connection with corporate and securities law matters, including corporate governance, director and officer liability issues, and continuance disclosure obligations; advising both underwriters and issuers in various types of equity and debt financings and initial public offerings; and advising clients in connection with a variety of other corporate and commercial matters, including structuring corporate reorganizations and other business transactions, joint venture, partnership and shareholder agreements, negotiating, drafting and reviewing a large variety of commercial contracts and advising in respect of shareholder matters.
Publications & Presentations
•Co-Author, Do I hear an Eco OSC Approach to Share Issuances in Proxy Fight Echoes the Approach in Take-overs, BLG Securities and Capital Markets Bulletin, August 2017.
•Speaker, “Managing a Public Company,” TSX Venture Exchange Workshop, June 2017.
•Co-Author, Fairness Opinions - Is there a new InterOil Standard, BLG Securities & Capital Markets Bulletin, March 27, 2017.
•Co-Author, Marquee Energy Ltd.'s Successful Appeal: Shareholder Vote From Alberta Oilsands Inc. Not Required, BLG Securities & Capital Markets Bulletin, November 2016.
•Co-Author, “ Future Uncertainty in Plans of Arrangement, ” BLG Securities & Capital Markets Bulletin, October 2016.
•Director, Storybook Theatre Society
•Past Chair, Student Recruitment Committee
•Member, Canadian Bar Association
•Member, Law Society of Alberta
•Member, Calgary Bar Association
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