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Martin E. Kovnats



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Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 1979

Chair of the firm's Mergers & Acquisitions Team; Co-chair of the International Team; and Member of the firm's Corporate Finance and Mining Groups, Private Equity & Venture Capital Team, and Technology and Communications Groups.

Cell: 416.271.1779


Martin practises primarily in the areas of merger and acquisition activities, capital markets matters such as takeover bids, public and private debt and equity financings, and other corporate commercial matters. He has extensive experience in cross-border and multinational matters abroad (principally in the US and the UK), advising clients (buyers, sellers, financiers and advisers) on various mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and corporate governance matters. Martin has extensive experience in advising participants in mid-market activities as well as mines and mineral finance and acquisition.

Martin has lectured at a number of professional seminars and is frequently interviewed by leading industry publications on mergers, acquisitions, securities, corporate commercial law and cross-border issues. He has also written articles on acquisitions, equity investments and securities laws. Martin is a past member of the Securities Advisory Committee, a committee appointed by the Ontario Securities Commission to advise on policy and regulation.

Special Designations

Appears in Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business as a Recognised Practitioner in the area of Corporate/M&A

Appears in Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business in Corporate/Commercial: Ontario

Recommended in The Legal 500 Canada for his expertise in the practice area of Corporate and M&A

Recognized as a leader in Capital Markets by three Who's Who Legal publications: The International Who's Who of Capital Markets Lawyers, The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers and Who's Who Legal: Canada

Received the highest rating for legal ability as well as an extremely high adherence to the professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability and diligence by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory

Named to the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers for earning the highest level of professional skill and integrity in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory

Listed as one of the leading corporate mid-market lawyers in the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada

Included in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading lawyer in the area of Corporate Mid-Market

Listed in Lexpert's "Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining" Special Edition

MembershipsInternational Bar Association
American Bar Association
Securities Advisory Committee, Past Member

Professional Activities

Member of the following International Bar Association Committees: Professional Ethics Committee (Chair); Closely Held and Growing Business Enterprises; Corporate and M&A Law; Securities Law Committee; Mining Law Committee and the Alternative Business Structures Committee.

Member of the Editorial Board, The Canadian Institute Mergers & Acquisitions Journal

Member of the Market Trends Subcommittee, Mergers & Acquisitions Committee, American Bar Association


Admitted to the Manitoba Bar, 1976
LL.B., University of Manitoba, 1975
B.A., University of Manitoba, 1972

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