John Sabetti practices primarily in the areas of securities, mergers, acquisitions and corporate commercial law. With significant experience in corporate finance and M&A transactions, John regularly assists clients with structuring and leading initial public offerings, private placements, acquisition financing, take-over bids, business combinations, debt offerings and redomiciling transactions.
In his corporate commercial practice, John has acted for public companies and some of Canada’s largest private corporations and their shareholders. With experience in a broad range of corporate matters, John regularly advises clients with structuring joint venture and shareholder arrangements, as well as the purchase and sale of businesses and corporate reorganizations, in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, high tech, and construction equipment rental.
From a capital markets perspective, John has participated in numerous public and private capital raising transactions in a broad range of sectors including mining, healthcare and technology.
In the mining sector, John has represented a variety of issuers including Golden Star Resources Ltd., First Quantum Minerals, De Beers Canada Inc., Golden Minerals Company and Rare Element Resources Inc., and also has represented investment dealers such as BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc., RBC Dominion Securities Inc., GMP Securities L.P., Raymond James Ltd. and Laurentian Bank Securities.
John regularly advises clients on structuring investment funds and other structured products, including having acted on the initial public offerings of closed-end funds, mortgage investment corporations and real estate investment vehicles that have raised in excess of $4 billion in gross proceeds.
As the Canadian cannabis industry has developed and evolved, John has been involved in structuring and implementing the go-public transactions and stock exchange listings of numerous issuers, both Canadian and international. He has also been involved in the financings of ancillary businesses that provide support to the cannabis industry, including issuers that provide cannabis stream financing. In addition, as the Canadian cannabis sector has experienced recent consolidation, John has been involved in various aspects of these M&A transactions. His clients in the cannabis sector have ranged from industry players to many of the prominent Canadian investment banks that have taken leading roles in the sector.
John also has advised clients in establishing and renewing financing programs for automotive finance companies, including launching commercial paper programs, medium term note programs and euro bond offerings, and developing alternative finance structures.