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.

In BLG's Calgary office, Melissa is the Regional Group Manager of our Capital Markets and Corporate Commercial Group, the Co-Leader of BLG's Driven by Women Initiative, and the Co-Chair of BLG's Pro Bono Committee.

Experience

  • PesoRama Inc., a retailer with operations in Mexico, in connection with C$10.5 million brokered financing
  • FireFox Gold Corp. in respect of its initial public offering (IPO) and concurrent listing on the TSXV
  • The agents in connection with C$84 million short-form prospectus financing of Blackbird Energy Inc.
  • A number of issuers in the cannabis and hemp industries, including licensed producers, retailers, and vertically integrated entities.
  • Multiple Capital Pool Companies and private targets in respect of Qualifying Transactions on the TSXV
  • SDX Energy Inc., a dual-listed (TSXV and AIM) international oil and gas company with assets in Egypt and Morocco, acted as Canadian counsel.
  • A private multinational software company in connection to its significant acquisition of a private company in the software sector.
  • 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.
  • XPEL Technologies Corp. in connection with the acquisition of a Canadian private company and a private placement.
  • Mainstreet Equity Corp., a Toronto Stock Exchange listed company, in connection with various securities law matters.
  • PetroNova Inc. in connection with a plan of arrangement with Petroamerica Corp.
  • 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.
  • A TSX Venture Exchange listed corporation in connection with the acquisition of mining interests in Mali.
  • Western Energy Services Corp. with respect to its private offering of senior notes for gross proceeds of approximately C$91.5 million.
  • Both sellers and buyers in connection with the sale of various professional practices, including oral surgeons, dentists, optometrists and architects.
  • 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.
  • Both agents and issuers in connection with capital pool companies, both in respect of the initial public offering and the subsequent qualifying transaction.

Beyond Our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, Calgary Bar Association
  • Co-Lead, BLG Driven by Women - Calgary

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