Bernhard J. Zinkhofer* 

Co-Chair, Mining
Vancouver  t: 604.691.7483  |  e: bernhard.zinkhofer@mcmillan.ca

Bernhard J. Zinkhofer*

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

t: 604.691.7483
e: bernhard.zinkhofer@mcmillan.ca

overview

Bernhard (Bernie) has been a partner of McMillan LLP or its predecessor firms since 1992. He practices in the areas of corporate and securities law together with certain commercial law matters focusing on natural resources and technology transfer. He holds both legal and accounting accreditation. Bernie's clients include a broad mix of both private and public companies many with international operations and international stock exchange listings. Corporate finance and M&A constitutes a large part of his practice including private placement and prospectus offerings, corporate mergers and restructurings, take-over bids and defences, proxy contests, and similar corporate work.

Representative Matters

  • Acted for Taseko Mines Limited for a private US$250 million secured Notes offering, 2017 and a 2016 successful defence in a litigious proxy contest
  • Acted of Auryn Resources Ltd in a $43M strategic investment by Goldcorp, 2017
  • Acted for Amarc Resources Inc. in $60 million of earn-in and joint venture mineral property transactions 2016/2017 involving Hudbay Resources and Thomson Creek, Gold Fields and Cascadero Copper
  • Acted for Cayden Resources in its $205 million acquisition by Agnico Eagle in 2014
  • Acted for Great Basin Gold through financing and construction of two mines 2008-2012
  • Acted as Agent's counsel for Global Securities Corp in connection with $20 million offering of mortgage-backed trust units in 2012
  • Acted in the sale to China based Jinchuan Group of Continental Gold in a $431 million sale in 2011
  • Acted for Taseko Mines Limited in its $200 million offering of 7% Senior Notes in 2011
  • Acted for Farallon Mining in its sale to Nyrstar in 2011 for $409 million

Publications

BC Court of Appeal Clarifies Voting Provisions for Arrangements Under the Business Corporations Act
Insight Joint Ventures - An Evolving Third Option
Venture Capital Pool Companies
Controlling Resource Joint Venture Participation: Pre-Emptive, Assignment and Non-Consent Issues

News

McMillan Lawyers Earn 41 Rankings across 23 Categories in Chambers Canada 2020
71 McMillan Lawyers Named in the 2020 Edition of Best Lawyers in Canada
60 McMillan Lawyers Recognized in the 2019 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
Chambers Global 2019 has ranked McMillan as a leading law firm in several practice areas
32 McMillan lawyers recognized in Who's Who Legal Canada 2018
McMillan lawyers are well represented in the 2019 edition of Chambers Canada
65 McMillan Lawyers Named in the 2019 Edition of Best Lawyers in Canada
McMillan lawyers well-represented in the 2018 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
Chambers Global 2018 has ranked McMillan as a leading law firm in several practice areas
33 McMillan lawyers recognized in Who's Who Legal Canada 2017
McMillan lawyers recognized in Lexpert's Special Edition on Global Mining 2017-18
Margaret McNee recognized as Mutual Funds Lawyer of the Year, along with 58 McMillan Lawyers in the 2018 Best Lawyers in Canada Report
Chambers Global 2017 has ranked McMillan as a leading law firm in several practice areas
McMillan lawyers are well represented in the 2017 edition of Chambers Canada
McMillan lawyers recognized in Who's Who Legal: Canada 2016
61 McMillan lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017
McMillan lawyers well-represented in the 2016 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
McMillan lawyers recognized in 2016 Chambers Global
McMillan lawyers recognized as leading Canadian lawyers in global mining by Lexpert
McMillan lawyers are well represented in inaugural edition of Chambers Canada
60 McMillan lawyers recognized in the 10th Edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada
McMillan lawyers are well represented in the 2015 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
McMillan lawyers named amongst leading Canadian lawyers in global mining by Lexpert
Who's Who Legal: Canada 2014 recognizes 17 McMillan lawyers
McMillan lawyers recognized in the 2015 Best Lawyers in Canada
McMillan lawyers are well represented in the 2014 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
Who's Who Legal: Canada 2013 recognizes 21 McMillan lawyers
49 McMillan lawyers recognized in the 2014 Best Lawyers in Canada
Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2013 Recognizes 44 McMillan Leading Practitioners
47 McMillan lawyers recognized in the 2013 Best Lawyers in Canada
Who's Who Legal: Canada 2011 recognizes 25 McMillan lawyers
50 McMillan Lawyers recognized in the 2012 Best Lawyers in Canada
Lexpert profiles McMillan lawyer and transactions in ROB special report

Education

  • University of Calgary, B.Comm. (accounting/finance) - 1977
  • CA - Chartered Accountancy Designation - 1980 - current
  • University of Victoria, LLB (Highest Academic Standing, 3rd year Law Award) - 1983

Year Of Call

  • Called to the British Columbia bar - 1984

Practices

capital markets
IPOs and alternative IPOs
corporate finance
venture capital
stock exchange listings
private equity
going private
proxy contests
public disclosures

Industries

mining
biotechnology
applied technology

Directorships and Professional Associations

  • Vancouver Bar Association
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia
  • Currently, Director Nanotech Security Corp.(other private and public company directorships held in the past)

Teaching Engagements

  • Speaker, Continuing Legal Education and Insight publications 
  • Former part-time accounting lecturer, University of Victoria

Awards & Rankings

  • Recognized by Chambers Canada (2020) as a leading lawyer in the area of Energy & Natural Resources: Mining
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada 2009 - 2020 as a leader in Natural Resources Law
  • Recognized in the 2019 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Consistently Recommended lawyer in the area of Mining
  • Recognized by Chambers Global (2019) as a leading lawyer in the area of Energy & Natural Resources: Mining
  • Recognized in the 2018 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Consistently Recommended lawyer in the area of Mining
  • Listed in Who’s Who Legal Canada: 2018 as a leader in Mining
  • Recognized by Chambers Canada 2019 as a leader in Energy & Natural Resources: Mining 
  • Listed in Chambers Global 2018 as a leading lawyer in Energy & Natural Resources: Mining
  • Listed in Chambers Canada 2018 as a leading lawyer in Corporate Commercial - British Columbia, Energy & Natural Resources: Mining - Canada
  • Listed in Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017 as repeatedly recommended in the area of Mining
  • Listed in Chambers Global 2016 - 2017 as a leading lawyer in Energy & Natural Resources: Mining
  • Listed in the 2016/17 Lexpert Special Edition as a leading lawyer in Global Mining
  • Listed in Chambers Canada 2017 as a leading lawyer in Corporate Commercial - British Columbia, Energy & Natural Resources: Mining - Canada
  • Listed in Who's Who Legal: Canada 2016 - 2017 (Mining)
  • Listed in Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2016 as a leading practitioner in Mining
  • Listed in the 2015/16 Lexpert Special Edition as a leading lawyer in Global Mining
  • Listed in Who's Who Legal: Canada 2014 Report on Canada's Leading Business Lawyers (Mining)
  • Listed in The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers - Mining 2010-12 as an expert in Mining Law
  • Expert witness in mining capital markets proceeding against Government of British Columbia, BC Supreme Court, 2006
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Bernhard (Bernie) has been a partner of McMillan LLP or its predecessor firms since 1992. He practices in the areas of corporate and securities law together with certain commercial law matters focusing on natural resources and technology transfer. He holds both legal and accounting accreditation. Bernie's clients include a broad mix of both private and public companies many with international operations and international stock exchange listings. Corporate finance and M&A constitutes a large part of his practice including private placement and prospectus offerings, corporate mergers and restructurings, take-over bids and defences, proxy contests, and similar corporate work.

  • Acted for Taseko Mines Limited for a private US$250 million secured Notes offering, 2017 and a 2016 successful defence in a litigious proxy contest
  • Acted of Auryn Resources Ltd in a $43M strategic investment by Goldcorp, 2017
  • Acted for Amarc Resources Inc. in $60 million of earn-in and joint venture mineral property transactions 2016/2017 involving Hudbay Resources and Thomson Creek, Gold Fields and Cascadero Copper
  • Acted for Cayden Resources in its $205 million acquisition by Agnico Eagle in 2014
  • Acted for Great Basin Gold through financing and construction of two mines 2008-2012
  • Acted as Agent's counsel for Global Securities Corp in connection with $20 million offering of mortgage-backed trust units in 2012
  • Acted in the sale to China based Jinchuan Group of Continental Gold in a $431 million sale in 2011
  • Acted for Taseko Mines Limited in its $200 million offering of 7% Senior Notes in 2011
  • Acted for Farallon Mining in its sale to Nyrstar in 2011 for $409 million
February 2006
Insight Joint Ventures - An Evolving Third Option
CLE
2006
Venture Capital Pool Companies
The Vancouver Stock Exchange
October 14, 2005
Controlling Resource Joint Venture Participation: Pre-Emptive, Assignment and Non-Consent Issues
CLE - Mining Seminar