Bob is a partner in the Blakes Capital Markets Group. His practice focuses primarily on corporate finance and mergers & acquisitions. He advises public and private companies as well as financial institutions. Bob has extensive expertise in advising on take-over and issuer bids, private equity financings and as independent counsel to boards of directors. Some of his recent transactions include: advising Capstone Mining in connection with its purchase of Far West Mining and the Pinto Valley Mine, Galenica in connection with its acquisition of Aspreva Pharmaceuticals and the underwriters in connection with equity offerings by Silver Wheaton. He has extensive experience advising on mergers & acquisitions, including advising Petaquilla Copper in connection with the hostile bid by Inmet, Hathor Exploration in connection with the hostile bid by Cameco Corporation, Aurizon in connection with the hostile bid made by Alamos and advising a Special Committee of Coastal Contacts Inc. He is consistently ranked as a leading lawyer in all major legal directories and ranking publications.