Robb McNaughton


Robb is a partner at the national law firm of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in the M&A and Capital Markets Group. Robb is recognized by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a top attorney in Canada and his recognitions include the Canadian Law Awards Mid-market M&A Deal of the Year. Robb is a national leader in public listings on the NEO and TSX. He has been a leader in innovation and his accomplishments include RTO structures for NEO listings, and the first trust and international capital pool companies, among other things.
Robb's professional experience includes working as the vice-president of Strategy and Corporate Operations at Assante Corporation, a financial services company formerly listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange that was sold to CI Financial for approximately $850 million. He was previously an executive of a large private company in Japan.

Robb sits on multiple public and private company boards of directors and has a large shareholder activism practice specializing in hostile and special situations.

Robb is a member of the firm's Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) initiative. He provides legal services through a Law Corporation.


  • Advising a Swiss bank on the structuring and implementation of an opportunistic real estate fund.
  • Advising on the dual listing of an Australian mining listed corporation on the TSX Venture Exchange.
  • Advising on the three-cornered amalgamation of a gold streaming company with a capital pool company as its public listing and qualifying transaction.
  • Advising on the prospectus offering and listing of a Hong Kong company with resource assets in Mali.
  • Representing a B.C. hedge fund in a successful dissident proxy battle that defeated an entrenched management team.
  • Representing the dissident team in a successful proxy battle that replaced the incumbent board.
  • Representing management in a successful proxy battle that defended the existing management team.
  • Designing and structuring oil and gas product for the New York office of a leading global investment bank.
  • Advising on the share exchange, financing and listing of an infrastructure group that operates across Canada.
  • Advising on the $125 million long-form prospectus offering of subscription receipts to acquire oil assets in Saskatchewan.
  • Advising on the management buy-out of a Canadian-based retailer for $89 million.
  • Advising on the prospectus rights offering of an energy company with a market capitalization of $115 million.
  • Advising on the $5 million subscription receipt financing and listing of an oil and gas play with properties in Jamaica and Guyana.
  • Working with a transaction team on a $45 million merger and reorganization of periodical wholesalers.
  • Advising on the three-cornered amalgamation and $25 million subscription receipt offering of a mining play with properties in Serbia.
  • Drafting documents for a tax-driven reorganization of a uniform provider with $2 billion dollars in revenues.
  • Drafting the investment policy statement, authorization guidelines and unanimous shareholders agreement for a large private financial services corporation.

Beyond our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, TSX Venture Exchange Local Advisory Committee
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, Calgary Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Past Director, Ivey Alumni Association

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2021 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Corporate Mid-Market).
  • Recognized in the 2021 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (a top attorney in Canada).
  • Recognized by the Canada Law Awards for Mid-Market M&A Deal of the Year.

Bar Admission & Education

  • Alberta, 2005
  • Ontario, 2002
  • MBA (Dean's list), Université de Western Ontario, 2000
  • LLB, Université de Western Ontario, 2000
  • BA (Hons.), Université Queen’s, 1991
  • Canadian Securities Course, 1998