Tom Theodorakis* 

Co-Chair, B.C., Business Law, Co-Chair, Forest Products
Vancouver  t: 604.691.7492  |  e: tom.theodorakis@mcmillan.ca

Tom Theodorakis*

Vancouver
Royal Centre, Suite 1500
1055 West Georgia Street, PO Box 11117
Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 4N7

t: 604.691.7492
e: tom.theodorakis@mcmillan.ca

overview

  • Office Management Partner in the firm's Vancouver office
  • Leader, Business Law Group, Vancouver office since 2007
  • Partner, Vancouver office, since 2007
  • Chair and member, Partner Allocation Committee (2011 to 2013)
  • Member, Western Division Partner Compensation Committee (2007 to 2011)

Tom Theodorakis joined the Vancouver office in 2005 after practicing with another Vancouver business law firm and became a partner in January 2007. Tom is a business lawyer and provides practical advice to assist clients in achieving their business goals. Tom's practice focus includes mergers & acquisitions, corporate, securities, natural resources, commercial law and contracts.

Tom assists public and private clients on transactional matters (acquisitions, divestitures, mergers and amalgamations, public and private financings and corporate and debt restructurings) and on business and commercial matters (negotiating and structuring business relationships and developing and implementing business strategies). He also provides ongoing advice on corporate governance, continuous disclosure and regulatory compliance matters.

Tom has substantial experience advising clients in the forest products industry and has been lead counsel for clients in a number of merger & acquisition transactions and related financings.


 

Representative Matters

Tom has represented clients in the following matters:

  • Lead counsel for Great Panther Silver Limited in the completion of a cross-border offering of US$29.9 million of units pursuant to a base shelf prospectus and supplement filed in Canada. and a base shelf prospectus and F-10 registration filed in the United States.
  • Lead counsel for Plentyoffish Media Inc. ("POF") and its founder Markus Frind in POF's acquisition by The Match.com Group for US$575 million in cash.
  • Lead counsel for Great Panther Silver Limited in the acquisition of Cangold Limited.
  • Lead counsel for Great Panther Silver Limited in the acquistion of Coricancha Mine.
  • Lead counsel for West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. in its US$300 million Senior Unsecured Notes offering.
  • Lead counsel for West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. in its acquisition of sawmill and lumber manufacturing operations based in Russellville, Arkansas from Bibler Brothers Lumber.
  • Lead counsel for West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. in its acquisition of sawmill and related assets based in High Prairie, Alberta from Gordon Buchanan Enterprises Ltd.
  • Lead counsel for West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. in its acquisition of sawmill and lumber manufacturing operations based in Mansfield, Arkansas from Travis Lumber Company.
  • Lead counsel for West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. in its acquisition of the Sundance sawmill and remanufacturing facilities and related timber tenure rights.
  • Acted for Primero Mining Corp. (formerly, Mala Noche Resources Corp.) in its proposed merger with Northgate Minerals Corporation.
  • Lead counsel for West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. in its sale of Eurocan pulp and paper mill to KM LNG Operating General Partnership.
  • Lead counsel for West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. in its sale of its Skeena sawmills division to Roc Holdings Ltd.
  • Lead counsel for West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. in its sale of its Eurocan terminal to Rio Tinto Alcan Inc.
  • Acted for Primero Mining Corp. in its acquisition of the San Dimas gold-silver mine and associated assets in Mexico from subsidiaries of Goldcorp Inc. for US$510 million and related subscription receipt offering and secured vendor take-back financing with Goldcorp and the settlement of silver streaming agreements with Silver Wheaton.
  • Acted for Terrane Metals Corp. in its acquisition by Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc. for approximately $650 million by way of a plan of arrangement.
  • Acted for Georgia-Pacific LLC in its purchase of Grant Forest Products Inc.'s oriented strand board facilities at Englehart and Earlton, Ontario and Allendale and Clarendon, South Carolina for approximately US$400 million.
  • Lead counsel for West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. in its acquisition of certain woodland assets from Weyerhaeuser.
  • Lead counsel for West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. in the amendment to its $600 million credit agreement and the related securitization of its Canadian and U.S. assets.
  • Acted for Teck Cominco Limited when it completed the acquisition of Global Copper Corp. by way of a plan of arrangement for aggregate proceeds of approximately $415 million.
  • Acted for a private developer in its acquisition of a large portfolio of development land in the Greater Vancouver area and the related acquisition financings.
  • Acted for West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. in its acquisition of International Paper Company's U.S. lumber business for US$325 million and new $600 million credit agreement.
  • Acted for West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. in its sale of two BC sawmills to a U.S. acquiror.
  • Acted for Mercer International in its acquisition of the Celgar pulp mill in Castlegar, British Columbia for U.S.$225 million and its related cross-border offering of equity securities and U.S. senior notes.
  • Acted for Pacifica Papers in its merger with Norske Skog Canada by way of a plan of arrangement to form Catalyst Paper and the related proxy contest.
  • Acted for TimberWest Timber Trust to form TimberWest Forest Corporation and the creation and listing of the TimberWest stapled units.
  • Acted for BC Tel in its merger with Telus by way of a plan of arrangement to form Telus.

News

West Fraser Completes the Acquisition of Gilman Building Products
Margaret McNee recognized as Mutual Funds Lawyer of the Year, along with 58 McMillan Lawyers in the 2018 Best Lawyers in Canada Report
61 McMillan lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017
Tom Theodorakis discusses McMillan's Corner for Kids Program in United Way Blog
Tom Theodorakis and Ryan Black discuss the POF acquisition with Lexpert Magazine's "On the Deal"
60 McMillan lawyers recognized in the 10th Edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada
Tom Theodorakis talks about McMillan's Corner for Kids Program in United Way Lower Mainland Blog
McMillan lawyers recognized in the 2015 Best Lawyers in Canada
49 McMillan lawyers recognized in the 2014 Best Lawyers in Canada
47 McMillan lawyers recognized in the 2013 Best Lawyers in Canada

Education

  • University of British Columbia, LLM (Taxation) - 1996
  • University of Oregon, JD - 1994
  • University of British Columbia, BA - 1991

Year Of Call

  • Called to the British Columbia bar - 1997
  • Called to the Washington bar - 1994

Practices

business law
mergers and acquisitions
corporate finance
corporate governance
capital markets
negotiated transactions
acquisitions and divestitures
private m&a

Industries

forest products
mining
renewables
cleantech
alternatives

Directorships and Professional Associations

  • Vancouver Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • British Columbia Bar Association Sections: Business Law, Forestry Law

Awards & Rankings

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2011 - 2018 as a leader in Natural Resources Law
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  • Office Management Partner in the firm's Vancouver office
  • Leader, Business Law Group, Vancouver office since 2007
  • Partner, Vancouver office, since 2007
  • Chair and member, Partner Allocation Committee (2011 to 2013)
  • Member, Western Division Partner Compensation Committee (2007 to 2011)

Tom Theodorakis joined the Vancouver office in 2005 after practicing with another Vancouver business law firm and became a partner in January 2007. Tom is a business lawyer and provides practical advice to assist clients in achieving their business goals. Tom's practice focus includes mergers & acquisitions, corporate, securities, natural resources, commercial law and contracts.

Tom assists public and private clients on transactional matters (acquisitions, divestitures, mergers and amalgamations, public and private financings and corporate and debt restructurings) and on business and commercial matters (negotiating and structuring business relationships and developing and implementing business strategies). He also provides ongoing advice on corporate governance, continuous disclosure and regulatory compliance matters.

Tom has substantial experience advising clients in the forest products industry and has been lead counsel for clients in a number of merger & acquisition transactions and related financings.


 

Tom has represented clients in the following matters:

  • Lead counsel for Great Panther Silver Limited in the completion of a cross-border offering of US$29.9 million of units pursuant to a base shelf prospectus and supplement filed in Canada. and a base shelf prospectus and F-10 registration filed in the United States.
  • Lead counsel for Plentyoffish Media Inc. ("POF") and its founder Markus Frind in POF's acquisition by The Match.com Group for US$575 million in cash.
  • Lead counsel for Great Panther Silver Limited in the acquisition of Cangold Limited.
  • Lead counsel for Great Panther Silver Limited in the acquistion of Coricancha Mine.
  • Lead counsel for West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. in its US$300 million Senior Unsecured Notes offering.
  • Lead counsel for West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. in its acquisition of sawmill and lumber manufacturing operations based in Russellville, Arkansas from Bibler Brothers Lumber.
  • Lead counsel for West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. in its acquisition of sawmill and related assets based in High Prairie, Alberta from Gordon Buchanan Enterprises Ltd.
  • Lead counsel for West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. in its acquisition of sawmill and lumber manufacturing operations based in Mansfield, Arkansas from Travis Lumber Company.
  • Lead counsel for West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. in its acquisition of the Sundance sawmill and remanufacturing facilities and related timber tenure rights.
  • Acted for Primero Mining Corp. (formerly, Mala Noche Resources Corp.) in its proposed merger with Northgate Minerals Corporation.
  • Lead counsel for West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. in its sale of Eurocan pulp and paper mill to KM LNG Operating General Partnership.
  • Lead counsel for West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. in its sale of its Skeena sawmills division to Roc Holdings Ltd.
  • Lead counsel for West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. in its sale of its Eurocan terminal to Rio Tinto Alcan Inc.
  • Acted for Primero Mining Corp. in its acquisition of the San Dimas gold-silver mine and associated assets in Mexico from subsidiaries of Goldcorp Inc. for US$510 million and related subscription receipt offering and secured vendor take-back financing with Goldcorp and the settlement of silver streaming agreements with Silver Wheaton.
  • Acted for Terrane Metals Corp. in its acquisition by Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc. for approximately $650 million by way of a plan of arrangement.
  • Acted for Georgia-Pacific LLC in its purchase of Grant Forest Products Inc.'s oriented strand board facilities at Englehart and Earlton, Ontario and Allendale and Clarendon, South Carolina for approximately US$400 million.
  • Lead counsel for West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. in its acquisition of certain woodland assets from Weyerhaeuser.
  • Lead counsel for West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. in the amendment to its $600 million credit agreement and the related securitization of its Canadian and U.S. assets.
  • Acted for Teck Cominco Limited when it completed the acquisition of Global Copper Corp. by way of a plan of arrangement for aggregate proceeds of approximately $415 million.
  • Acted for a private developer in its acquisition of a large portfolio of development land in the Greater Vancouver area and the related acquisition financings.
  • Acted for West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. in its acquisition of International Paper Company's U.S. lumber business for US$325 million and new $600 million credit agreement.
  • Acted for West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. in its sale of two BC sawmills to a U.S. acquiror.
  • Acted for Mercer International in its acquisition of the Celgar pulp mill in Castlegar, British Columbia for U.S.$225 million and its related cross-border offering of equity securities and U.S. senior notes.
  • Acted for Pacifica Papers in its merger with Norske Skog Canada by way of a plan of arrangement to form Catalyst Paper and the related proxy contest.
  • Acted for TimberWest Timber Trust to form TimberWest Forest Corporation and the creation and listing of the TimberWest stapled units.
  • Acted for BC Tel in its merger with Telus by way of a plan of arrangement to form Telus.