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T. Small

International and Business Strategy Leader

London, UK

Contact by email at [email protected]

t. +1 416-601-8425
   +44 (0)20 7786 5746


Law School

University of British Columbia

Bar Admission

British Columbia, 2013
Ontario, 1998

Shea Small, a Corporate Partner and Co-Leader, Global Mining, has an international practice based in Toronto, Canada and London, UK focusing on mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity and capital markets. Shea is also a member of McCarthy Tétrault’s senior leadership team in his role as Leader, International & Business Strategy.

Deeply Connected in the Metals and Mining Industry

Shea has significant industry expertise and deep industry connections and is widely regarded as a leading lawyer in the global mining sector, particularly for complex multi-jurisdictional transactions. Shea is Chambers-ranked, repeatedly recognized as a leading mining lawyer by Lexpert and has an Acritas Star for his joint venture and international expertise in the mining sector.

" I would call him the most creative and commercially minded lawyer that I’ve worked with. He has a unique ability to strategize to the right outcome and to come up with creative solutions. Insofar as he is regarded as a key member of our strategy team, he goes way beyond just being a lawyer. "

M&A, Joint Ventures and Strategic Investments 

Shea acts for acquirers, targets, controlling shareholders and special committees on public and private M&A transactions including joint ventures, strategic investments and divestitures. Some of his experience includes: 

  • Acted for Acacia Mining in its US$428 million acquisition by Barrick Gold
  • Acting for Constellium on the establishment of an aluminum auto parts joint venture in Ontario
  • Acting for Newcrest Mining in its US$804 million acquisition a 70% joint venture interest in the Red Chris copper and gold mine in British Columbia from Imperial Metals
  • Acted for Newcrest Mining on its US$250 million strategic investment to acquire 27% of the shares of TSX-listed Lundin Gold which operates the Fruta del Norte gold mine in Ecuador
  • Acted for Nordgold on its takeover of Northquest, a TSXV-listed gold exploration company
  • Acted for Oil Search on its US$2.2 billion offer for, and takeover battle with Exxon Mobil over, InterOil, a NYSE-listed oil and gas company
  • Acted for Rio Tinto on its strategic investment in and ultimate creep to control of Turquoise Hill Resources (formerly Ivanhoe Mines), a NYSE and TSX-listed mining company that owns 66% of the Oyu Tolgoi copper gold project in Mongolia
  • Acted for Rio Tinto on its C$578 million acquisition of Hathor Exploration, a TSX-listed uranium exploration company
  • Acted for Rio Tinto on its potash joint venture in Saskatchewan with the Acron Group of Russia

Private Equity

Shea acts for private equity groups on their acquisitions and portfolio company IPOs and divestments. Some of his experience includes:

  • Acted for Appian Natural Resource Fund on its acquisition from Aura Minerals of the Serrote da Laje copper gold project in Brazil
  • Acted for Appian Natural Resources Fund on its strategic investments to acquire 20% of the shares of, and its follow-on subordinated loan to, TSX-listed Harte Gold which owns the Sugar Zone gold project in Ontario
  • Acted for La Mancha on its US$125.7 million strategic investment to acquire 30% of the shares of TSX and NYSE-listed Golden Star Resources which operates the Wassa and Prestea gold mines in Ghana
  • Acted for OMERS on its acquisition from Fairfax of interests in Brit plc, a UK-based insurance company, and Eurolife, a Greek insurance company
  • Acted for Proterra Investment Partners on its majority investment in, and its follow-on equity support for a senior secured debt financing of, Tacora Resources which owns the Scully iron ore mine in Labrador

Capital Markets

Shea acts for issuers and dealers on public offerings and private placements and has extensive experience with debt offerings by Canadian and foreign issuers. Some of his experience includes:

  • Acted for Ford, GE Capital and Wells Fargo on their debt programs in Canada
  • Acted for RBC Capital Markets on RBC’s covered bond program in Canada
  • Acted for dealer syndicates on debt offerings by First National Financial and Penske
  • Acted for Rio Tinto on its standby commitments for multiple rights offerings by Turquoise Hill Resources