Title: Commercial law


Chris G. Baldwin



Chris Baldwin

Firm: Lawson Lundell LLP
Address:Suite 1600 Cathedral Place
925 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3L2
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Chris advises on acquisitions and dispositions of mines and mining companies, project development and mine operations throughout Canada and the world. He has assisted in the structuring and negotiation of hundreds of transactions, including farm-ins and joint ventures, corporate acquisitions and mergers and royalty sales. He has extensive experience with all legal aspects of the development, construction and financing of mines (including diamonds, coal and uranium), royalties, marketing contracts, ore sales contracts, impact benefit agreements with Aboriginals and environmental and regulatory matters. Chris has experience with tendering for mineral concessions and negotiating mining contracts with sovereign governments. His practice also includes acting as an expert witness in mining-related litigation.

Recognition and Ranking
* Lexpert Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada: recognized for mining law every year since 1999
* Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: most frequently recognized as a Leading Practitioner for mining law
* Best Lawyers in Canada: recognized for mining and natural resources law
* Lexpert Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada: recognized for international transactions in the mining industry
* Chambers Global: recognized as a "Leader in his Field" in the category "Energy & Natural Resources: Mining (Canada)"
* Expert Guides: recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of energy and natural resources
* Who's Who Legal Canada 2010: recognized for mining law
* Best Lawyers: Natural Resources Law Lawyer of the Year in Vancouver for 2010 and 2013


Languages: English


Areas of Practice


Main Focus: Mining Law

  • Aboriginal Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mining
  • Native Peoples
  • Natural Resources
  • Project Law


Professional Career


Significant Accomplishments

* In 2010, represented the buyer of a gold project in Mexico and the sellers of a nickel project in Indonesia, a gold and silver mine in Mexico and a gold mine in Chile and joint ventures and/or project development in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Peru and Serbia and provided three expert witness opinions for litigation purposes
* Represented a Consortium of Korean companies on a strategic investment in a copper mine in Mexico
* Represented the seller of a portfolio of royalties on mineral properties in Spain, Tasmania, Australia, the United States and Canada
* Represented the seller of a royalty on a Mexican silver mine
* Represented the seller of royalties on oil and gas and mining properties to a corporation to provide the basis for the largest IPO in the mining sector in Canada in 2007 and the largest mining-sector IPO in North American history
* Represented a U.S. corporation in a successful takeover of a Canadian public gold mining company
* Continued representation of the operator of a diamond mine in the Northwest Territories in the Canadian Arctic
* Continued representation of a company developing a gold mine in Nunavut in the Eastern Arctic
* Continued representation of a company developing two copper mines in the Yukon
* Represented a Canadian company in the negotiation of private royalties on a mine in Colombia
* Represented the seller of a silver mine under development in Peru
* Represented the purchaser of a nickel mine under development in Russia
* Represented the developer of a nickel mine in Brazil in connection with the negotiation of an engineering, procurement and construction management contract
* Continued representation of the operator of a coal mine in British Columbia
* Represented the seller of a past-producing molybdenum mine in British Columbia
* Represented the seller of a copper/gold mine under development in British Columbia
* Represented the seller of potash assets in Canada to a large Brazilian purchaser

Professional Associations

* Osgoode Hall Law School Professional Development Mining Law Advisory Board, Member
* BC and Yukon Chamber of Mines, Member
* Board of Trustees of Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and Form 5 Revision Committee, Former Member
* Foundation’s Mineral Law Newsletter, Currently the “reporter” covering Canada
* Chris has lectured and taught extensively about the law related to mining, independent power development and forestry and corporations law.


"Supreme Court of Yukon Considers Duty to Consult and “Free Entry” Mining System" (December 9, 2011), Co-author

"Legal Challenges for Mining Companies New to Canada’s North" (November 14, 2011), Author

Comparing Royalties: NSR vs. NPI

Understanding Royalty Structures, Conference Board of Canada (February 2003)

Bar Admission

British Columbia (1977)
Northwest Territories (1994)
Nunavut (1999)



University of Alberta (B.A., 1973)
University of Toronto (J.D., 1976)