Melissa Smith

Partner

Calgary
MeSmith@blg.com
403.232.9787

Melissa advises public and private Canadian and foreign-based clients in a wide range of industries, including oil and gas, cannabis, mining, technology, biotechnology, manufacturing and the hospitality industry.

Her clients range 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 foreign stock exchanges.

Melissa is a co-leader of BLG's Driven by Women Initiative in Calgary.

Experience

  • Counsel to PesoRama Inc., a retailer with operations in Mexico, in connection with C$10.5 million brokered financing
  • Counsel to FireFox Gold Corp. in respect of its initial public offering (IPO) and concurrent listing on the TSXV
  • Counsel to the agents in connection with C$84 million short-form prospectus financing of Blackbird Energy Inc.
  • Counsel to a number of issuers in the cannabis and hemp industries, including licensed producers, retailers, and vertically integrated entities.
  • Acted for multiple Capital Pool Companies and private targets in respect of Qualifying Transactions on the TSXV
  • Canadian counsel to SDX Energy Inc., a dual-listed (TSXV and AIM) international oil and gas company with assets in Egypt and Morocco.
  • Counsel to a private multinational software company in connection to its significant acquisition of a private company in the software sector.
  • Counsel to both sellers and buyers in connection with the sale of various professional practices, including oral surgeons, dentists, optometrists and architects.
  • Counsel to Arsenal Energy in connection with the cross-border plan of arrangement and merger transaction with Lone Pine Resources Canada Ltd. and its affiliates to form Prairie Provident Resources Inc., a Toronto Stock Exchange listed issuer.
  • Counsel to XPEL Technologies Corp. in connection with the acquisition of a Canadian private company and a private placement.
  • Counsel to Mainstreet Equity Corp., a Toronto Stock Exchange listed company, in connection with various securities law matters.
  • Counsel to PetroNova Inc. in connection with a plan of arrangement with Petroamerica Corp.
  • Counsel to Questerre Energy Corp., an oil and gas company dual-listed (TSX and Oslo Stock Exchange), in respect of securities compliance matters, continuous disclosure obligations and multiple private placement and prospectus offerings.
  • Counsel to multiple buyers and sellers of private companies by way of share or asset sales, amalgamations, take-over bids and plans of arrangements.
  • Represented shareholders (including minority shareholders) in respect of various corporate matters, including shareholder disputes.
  • Counsel to both agents and issuers in connection with capital pool companies, both in respect of the initial public offering and the subsequent qualifying transaction.
  • Counsel to a TSX Venture Exchange listed corporation in connection with the acquisition of mining interests in Mali.
  • Counsel to Western Energy Services Corp. with respect to its private offering of senior notes for gross proceeds of approximately C$91.5 million.

Beyond Our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, Calgary Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Director, Storybook Theatre Society
  • Past Chair, Student Recruitment Committee

Bar Admission & Education

  • Alberta, 2005
  • LLB, University of Calgary, 2004
  • B.Sc., University of British Columbia, 2000