Desmond Balakrishnan* 

Desmond Balakrishnan*

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

t: 604.691.7462
e: desmond.balakrishnan@mcmillan.ca

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Desmond Balakrishnan, a partner with the firm since 2004, is a member of the firm's Corporate Finance/Securities Law Group. Desmond's current areas of focus include private equity investments, public offerings, new listings, mergers, acquisitions, listed company maintenance, gaming, entertainment and hospitality law. Desmond has acted as counsel on new issues and listings on all Canadian Stock exchanges and inter listings with several international exchanges.

Representative Matters

  • Acted as lead counsel for Contagious Gaming Inc. in its reverse takeover transaction of Contagious Sports Ltd. and Telos Entertainment Inc.
  • Represented Great Canadian Gaming Corp. to secure a C$200 million revolving credit facility and a US$170 million term loan and to issue US$170 million senior subordinated notes for gross proceeds of C$600 million, February 2007.
  • Represented Great Canadian Gaming Corp. to secure $450 million in financing and redeem Series A & Series B Secured Notes, September 2006.
  • Represented Avcorp Industries to complete a private placement of $12 million, July 2006.
  • Represented Great Canadian Gaming Corp. in acquisition of several casino and gaming facilities throughout British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Washington State, 2005.
  • Acted as counsel to in joint venture with major resource company for development of Brazilian Assets valued at $100 million.
  • Acted as counsel to Great Canadian Gaming for $350 million offering and private placement arrangement of $75 million.
  • Acted as counsel to TSE listed issuer for $82 million equity offering.
  • Acted as counsel to lottery service provider for successive hospital and charitable foundation lottery.
  • Acted as counsel to concert promotion company with respect to national tour of multi-platinum recording artists.
  • Acted as counsel for acquiror of three standard bred racetracks and casinos in Ontario and British Columbia.
  • Acted as counsel for acquiror of British Columbia thoroughbred racetrack.
  • Acted as counsel in connection with casino development in Europe and public listing in Canada of management company.
  • Acted as counsel in connection with listing of several Australian resource exploration companies on Canadian Stock Exchange.
  • Acted as counsel for acquisition of gas lease blocks in Gulf of New Mexico and development funding ($60 million).

Presentations

Cannabis Legalization in Canada: Social, Legal and Political Hurdles
Gaming in Canada Workshop
Perspectives on Legal Gaming and Regulatory Compliances in Canada
E-World

Publications

Gardant le cap dans la tempête, le gouvernement fédéral réitère son engagement de légaliser le cannabis d'ici juillet 2018
Gardant le cap dans la tempête, le gouvernement fédéral réitère son engagement de légaliser le cannabis d'ici juillet 2018
Chapter 22 - Health Issues (to Present)

News

Des avocat.e.s de McMillan obtiennent 38 classements dans 21 catégories dans le guide Chambers Canada 2021
Des avocat.e.s de McMillan obtiennent 38 classements dans 21 catégories dans le guide Chambers Canada 2021
McMillan cité 114 fois dans le répertoire Best Lawyers in Canada 2021
22 avocats de McMillan figurent au répertoire The Legal 500 – Canada de 2020
McMillan Receives an Impact Deal of the Year Award at the ITR Americas Tax Awards
71 avocats de McMillan nommés dans l'édition de 2020 du répertoire Best Lawyers in Canada
McMillan reconnu tant sur la liste des 10 opérations les plus importantes que sur celle des 10 décisions les plus importantes de Lexpert
Les avocats de McMillan sont bien représentés dans le guide Chambers Canada de 2019
Les avocats de McMillan sont bien représentés dans l'édition 2018 du guide de Chambers Canada
McMillan lawyers start firm's Medical Marijuana Industry Group
Desmond Balakrishnan, conférencier au Canadian Gaming Summit de 2011

Education

  • University of Alberta, LLB (with Distinction) - 1997
  • Simon Fraser University, BA - 1994
  • Simon Fraser University, CLA - 1994

Year Of Call

  • Barreau de la Colombie-Britannique - 1998

Practices

divertissement et médias
fusions et acquisitions
jeux et loteries

Industries

médias, communications et divertissement
divertissement
secteur des aliments et boissons et agroentreprise
jeux et loteries
marijuana médicale

Directorships and Professional Associations

  • Vancouver Bar Association
  • International Masters of Gaming Law

Awards & Rankings

  • Recognized in Chambers Canada 2019 as a Practitioner of Gaming & Licensing
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada (2019) as a leading lawyer in the area of Gaming Law
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Desmond Balakrishnan, a partner with the firm since 2004, is a member of the firm's Corporate Finance/Securities Law Group. Desmond's current areas of focus include private equity investments, public offerings, new listings, mergers, acquisitions, listed company maintenance, gaming, entertainment and hospitality law. Desmond has acted as counsel on new issues and listings on all Canadian Stock exchanges and inter listings with several international exchanges.

  • Acted as lead counsel for Contagious Gaming Inc. in its reverse takeover transaction of Contagious Sports Ltd. and Telos Entertainment Inc.
  • Represented Great Canadian Gaming Corp. to secure a C$200 million revolving credit facility and a US$170 million term loan and to issue US$170 million senior subordinated notes for gross proceeds of C$600 million, February 2007.
  • Represented Great Canadian Gaming Corp. to secure $450 million in financing and redeem Series A & Series B Secured Notes, September 2006.
  • Represented Avcorp Industries to complete a private placement of $12 million, July 2006.
  • Represented Great Canadian Gaming Corp. in acquisition of several casino and gaming facilities throughout British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Washington State, 2005.
  • Acted as counsel to in joint venture with major resource company for development of Brazilian Assets valued at $100 million.
  • Acted as counsel to Great Canadian Gaming for $350 million offering and private placement arrangement of $75 million.
  • Acted as counsel to TSE listed issuer for $82 million equity offering.
  • Acted as counsel to lottery service provider for successive hospital and charitable foundation lottery.
  • Acted as counsel to concert promotion company with respect to national tour of multi-platinum recording artists.
  • Acted as counsel for acquiror of three standard bred racetracks and casinos in Ontario and British Columbia.
  • Acted as counsel for acquiror of British Columbia thoroughbred racetrack.
  • Acted as counsel in connection with casino development in Europe and public listing in Canada of management company.
  • Acted as counsel in connection with listing of several Australian resource exploration companies on Canadian Stock Exchange.
  • Acted as counsel for acquisition of gas lease blocks in Gulf of New Mexico and development funding ($60 million).
Janvier 1997
Chapter 22 - Health Issues (to Present)
(seulement disponible en anglais)
CLE Due Diligence Deskbook
Janvier 2017
Cannabis Legalization in Canada: Social, Legal and Political Hurdles(seulement disponible en anglais)
Canaccord Genuity's Cannabis Investor Day, Vancouver, British Columbia
Février 2008
Gaming in Canada Workshop(seulement disponible en anglais)
Leader, Gaming in Canada Conference, Toronto, Ontario
Février 2007
Perspectives on Legal Gaming and Regulatory Compliances in Canada
(seulement disponible en anglais)
Legal and Business Guide to Gaming in Canada Conference, Toronto, Ontario
Octobre 2001
E-World(seulement disponible en anglais)
Speaker, Economy Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia