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G. Michael Hobart*


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*Services provided through a professional corporation


Michael's practice is focused on securities, corporate finance, corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions in the mining industry. He advises Canadian and international clients in connection with a wide range of public equity and debt offerings. Michael has represented mining clients in mining asset and stock purchase transactions, the formation of joint ventures and drafting and negotiating mining agreements.


MARCH 31 2020

COVID-19 Pandemic - Assessment Work Relief Applications Under the Mining Act (Ontario)

Following the declaration of emergency made on March 17, 2020 under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (Ontario) due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ability of holders of unpatented mining claims to perform assessment work required under the Mining Act (Ontario) (the "Act") will be difficult or impossible until such time as government ordered social distancing measures have been lifted.

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MAY 27 2015

Mining Act Modernization

APRIL 13 2015

Ontario Mining Blog

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Industry Groups

Representative Work

Goliath Resources Limited

Goliath Resources Limited in connection with the qualifying transaction with Bitumen Capital Inc. and listing on the TSX Venture Exchange.

Alray Investements Inc.

 Alray Investments Inc in connection with the acquisition of the Bellavista gold project in Costa Rica.

PetroMaroc Corporation plc

 PetroMaroc Corporation plc in connection with the sale of oil and gas concessions in Morocco to Sound Energy plc.

Gold Candle Ltd.

 Gold Candle Ltd. in connection with its acquisition of the Kerr Addison Mine from Kerr Jex Corporation.

Talara Inc.

Talara Inc. SA in connection with its acquisition of the Bella Vista mine, near Miramar, Costa Rica from B2Gold Corp.

APIC Petroleum Corp.

APIC Petroleum Corp. in connection with Plan of Arrangement with Longreach Oil & Gas Limited

Fraser Mackenzie Holdings Inc.

Fraser Mackenzie Holdings Inc. in connection with corporate governance and shareholders' agreement matters

Forrester Resources Inc.

Forrester Resources Inc. in connection with the acquisition of mineral properties in Peru

Treelawn Investment Corp.

Treelawn Investment Corp. in connection with certain option agreements entered into with Trelawney Mining and Exploration Inc.

Desert Gold Ventures Inc.

Desert Gold Ventures Inc. in connection with acquisition of TransAfrika Belgique S.A.

Spider Resources Inc.

The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Spider Resources Inc. in connection with takeover bid of Cliffs Natural Resources Inc.

Apollo Gold Corporation

Apollo Gold Corporation in connection with its business combination with Linear Gold Gorp. resulting in the formation of Brigus Gold Corp., an emerging gold producer listed on the TSX

Polaris Geothermal Inc.

Polaris Geothermal Inc. in connection with a plan of arrangement involving the amalgamation of Polaris Geothermal Inc., Western GeoPower Corp. and GTO Resources Inc. and the concurrent acquisition of Ram Power Inc. and the raising of $180 million in equity financing resulting in the formation of Ram Power, Corp., a TSX listed entity

Aquiline Resources Inc.

Aquiline Resources Inc. in connection with the takeover bid made by Pan American Silver Corp.

Apollo Gold Corporation

Apollo Gold Corporation in respect of a US$70 million project facility with Macquarie Bank Ltd. and RMB Resources Inc. for the development of the Black Fox Project and the earlier US$15 million bridge facility obtained by Apollo Gold Corporation from the same parties

Apollo Gold Corporation

Apollo Gold Corporation in respect of its purchase of the Mill Complex from St Andrew Goldfields for $20 million


  • Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of Upper Canada


  • Admitted to Ontario Bar, 1987
  • University of New Brunswick, LL.B., 1985
  • McGill University, Economics, B.A., 1982

Community Service


  • McGill University, Alumni Association of Toronto, Past President
  • Jesters Club (Canada), Past Chairman
  • Opimian Society The Wine Society of Canada, Past Director and Area Representative
  • Toronto Racquet Club, Past President

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