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Khaled is considered to have strong commercial awareness. Clients say: "He is extremely practical, technically excellent and able to provide us with the information we need in a timely fashion, and in a form our business leaders can easily understand and action." He advises on a broad range of domestic and international mining matters, including M&A transactions as well as earn-in, royalty and streaming agreements.

- Chambers Canada, 2019 Guide 

Khaled practises mining law, providing legal support for mineral exploration activities and mine development and operations. He advises on acquisitions and dispositions of mines and mining projects both domestically and around the world, mine financing, and on a broad range of mining matters, including the negotiation of earn-in, joint venture, strategic alliance, royalty and streaming agreements, and mineral title review.

Khaled also practises corporate and commercial law with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions. Khaled advises clients on a broad range of transactions, both domestic and cross-border, and in many different industries, including share and asset acquisitions and divestitures, debt and equity financings and corporate structuring and reorganizations. 

Khaled also advises clients in the energy sector, having significant experience dealing with contractual issues in connection with the purchase and sale of energy and other energy related transactions.

Professional Activities

  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, former Director, former at-large Trustee 
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Co-Chair of the Mining Section for the 2018 RMMLF Annual Institute
  • Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia, Member
  • Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, Member
  • Canada’s Venture Capital & Private Equity Association, Member

Community Activities

  • West Vancouver Soccer Club, Past Director and Secretary 

Recognitions & Rankings

Recognitions & Rankings

  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2014-2021: recognized in Mining law
  • Acritas Stars 2020
  • Chambers Canada 2021: recognized for Energy & Natural Resources: Mining - Nationwide (Band 3); and Energy & Natural Resources: Mining: Development and Operations - Nationwide (Band 2)
  • Chambers Global 2020: recognized for Mining - International & Cross-Border (Band 3)
  • Chambers Global 2019: recognized for Energy & Natural Resources: Mining (Canada)
  • Who's Who Legal Canada:
    • recommended in Mining (National Guide), 2015-2019
    • recommended in Mining: Global Elite Thought Leader (Global Guide), 2015-2020
  • Lexpert Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada: recognized for Mining law 
  • Acritas Stars 2019 
  • Chambers Canada 2019: recognized in the Energy & Natural Resources: Mining (Canada) category
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: most frequently recommended as a Leading Practitioner for Mining law
  • Lexpert Special Edition 2018-19: Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers 
  • Lexpert Special Edition: Consistently Recommended as a Leading Canadian Lawyer in Global Mining
  • Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada 2017: recognized for Mining
  • Legal 500 Canada: recommended in the Energy (Mining) category
  • International Who’s Who of Mining Lawyers: recognized as being among the world's leading mining lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell International Law Directory: Peer Review rated 4.5 out of 5

Experience

Experience

Khaled has recently acted for:

  • New Gold Inc. (as co-counsel) on its strategic partnership with Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan whereunder Ontario Teachers’ has agreed to acquire a 46.0% free cash flow interest in the New Afton Mine with an option to convert the interest into a 46.0% joint venture interest in four years, or have its interest remain as a free cash flow interest reduced to a rate of 42.5%, for upfront cash proceeds of $300 million payable on closing. The transaction was announced on February 25, 2020 and is expected to close on or about March 31, 2020.
  • SSR Mining Inc. on its US$230 million convertible note offering.
  • The exploration group of a major international mining company advising on acquisitions and dispositions of mining projects across Canada and around the world.
  • SSR Mining Inc. on the formation of a joint venture, Puna Operations Inc., with Golden Arrow Resources Corp. for the development of the Chinchillas project in Argentina, the development of the Chinchillas project and the subsequent acquisition by SSR Mining of Golden Arrow’s 25% interest in Puna Operations. 
  • Bathurst Resources Limited in connection with its investment in, and right to acquire up to a 50% interest in, the Crown Mountain Coking Coal Project located in British Columbia. 
  • SSR Mining Inc. in connection with its acquisition of Claude Resources Inc. by way of Plan of Arrangement. 
  • An intermediate gold mining company, providing external legal support in connection with all of its existing and proposed Canadian mines. 
  • Strongbow Exploration Inc. on the acquisition of the South Crofty Tin project in Cornwall, UK. 
  • SSR Mining Inc. on its acquisition of the Marigold mine, a producing gold mine in Nevada, USA.
  • A gold and silver developer providing ongoing legal support and advice in respect of all aspects of the developer's business including land tenure, permitting and licensing in connection with a significant project in Nunavut. 
  • Newmont Mining Corp. on its acquisition of Fronteer Gold Inc. including its Long-Canyon, Northumberland, and Sandman projects in Nevada for C$2.3 billion.
  • Talisman Energy Inc. in connection with the sale of the Sukunka coal property, located in Northeastern British Columbia to Xstrata Coal.
  • The seller of an advanced exploration project located in Nunavut.
  • The buyer of an exploration project in Peru.
  • An international mining company in connection with an investment in a mining project located in Jamaica.
  • An international mining company in connection with the sale of a large land package located in Alaska.
  • An international mining company in connection with the sale of a past-producing molybdenum mine in British Columbia.
  • An international mining company in connection with the sale of a land package located in Mexico.
  • An international mining company in connection with the sale of various mines and mine-sites located in British Columbia.
  • An AIM-listed corporation in connection with the acquisition of various mining interests including a mining project located in Greenland.
  • A US based coal company in connection in connection with the sale of its coal mines located in British Columbia and Alberta to the Fording Coal Income Trust.
  • An electric utility in the $825 million purchase of an undivided interest in a 493 MW hydro-electric dam in British Columbia and the complex operating arrangements between the electric utility and its private sector co-owner.
  • Various Canadian and international private equity funds in connection with the financing, acquisition and disposition of their portfolio businesses, including:
    • the acquisition of an extruded plastics business with manufacturing operations in Ontario and the United States, and the subsequent sale of that business
    • the acquisition of a significant interest in a Canadian manufacturer of specialized tank trucks and trailers
    • the acquisition of a packaging and printing business with operations in Ontario and the United States
    • the acquisition of a specialty metals distribution and processing business with operations in Western Canada and the United States, and the subsequent sale of that business
    • the acquisition of a significant interest in a manufacturer and distributor of industrial valves that serves the North American oil and gas markets
    • the acquisition of an industrial supplies distribution company
    • the acquisition of a well-known restaurant chain operating in Western Canada
    • the acquisition of a cellulose pulp mill in British Columbia, and the subsequent sale of that business
    • the acquisition of a number of agribusiness companies located in British Columbia
  • The leading provider of repair parts and services for commercial kitchen equipment in Western Canada in connection with the sale of its business
  • A distributor of pharmaceutical products in connection with the sale of its business

News & Publications

News & Publications

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

  • "Understanding Royalty Structures, Royalty Financing and Streaming Arrangements", January 23, 2015, Co-Presenter
  • "Joint Venture and Shareholders’ Agreements", The Osgoode Certificate in Mining Law Program, Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, ON (February 21, 2012), Lecturer
Khaled Abdel-Barr, Lawson Lundell Photo
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Bar Admissions

  • Northwest Territories (2016)
  • Yukon (2016)
  • Nunavut (2012)
  • British Columbia (1996)
  • Washington State (1995) - currently non-practising

Education

University of British Columbia (B.Comm., 1992)

University of Windsor (LL.B., 1995)

University of Detroit-Mercy (J.D., 1995)

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