Principals

Charles L. K. (Chuck) Higgins

Chiggins@pilotlaw.ca
416 616 8064

“Many alternative financing options remain when equity markets run dry.”

Chuck Higgins’s practice is focused primarily in the mining and energy sectors. Providing counsel on commercial and financial matters, he predominantly advises national investment dealers and international mining and energy companies. Chuck has considerable experience with joint ventures, acquisitions, and capital and debt transactions involving resources business.

Chuck is the editor of, and contributor to The Canadian Law of Mining published by the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. He also worked for the Federal Department of Energy, Mines and Resources as a Senior Economist. Chuck is the past chair of the Natural Resources and Energy Section of the Canadian Bar Association and was awarded that organization’s highest honour, the Distinguished Service Award.

Chuck’s expertise has been recognized in Chambers Global, Who’s Who Legal, the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and Best Lawyers in Canada.

Languages

English
French

Bar Admission

Ontario
Alberta

Education

BA, Economics, University of Toronto, Trinity College

MA, Economics, University of Toronto, School of Graduate Studies

LLB, Common Law, University of Ottawa

Daniel Batista

Dbatista@pilotlaw.ca
416 409 1016

The right legal solution is also a business solution.

Dan’s practice is focused on mergers and acquisitions, principally in the mining sector. Providing counsel to institutional shareholders, investment funds, public and private corporations, he advises clients on negotiated acquisitions, joint ventures, and contested corporate transactions, such as proxy battles and hostile take-overs.

Dan has significant experience in corporate finance and complex regulatory matters, acting as counsel in respect of public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities, as well as advising clients on corporate governance matters and stock exchange requirements.

Dan co-authored the Canadian Proxy Contest Study – 2013 and its 2014 Update, exposing trends and issues that underpin contested transactions. Dan served as a Law Clerk to Madame Justice Louise Arbour of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Dan’s expertise has been repeatedly recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.  He was recognized in IFLR1000 2016 as a rising star in mining and in IFLR1000 2017 as a rising star in mergers and acquisitions. Dan is a past recipient of Lexpert’s “Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40” award.

Languages

English
Spanish

Bar Admission

Ontario

Education

B.A. Philosophy and Logic, University of Toronto

J.D., University of Toronto Law

Martin Fisher-Haydis

Mfisher@pilotlaw.ca
416 561 1941

The best path from A to B always takes into account where the client plans to go, after getting there.”

Marty’s practice is focused primarily in the renewables and mining sectors. Providing counsel on securities, corporate, compliance, and transactional law matters for U.S. and Canadian public companies, he has extensive experience in public and private debt and equity financing, joint ventures and strategic investments.

Marty acts for forest product and other natural resource companies.  His practice includes significant cross-border transactions with international Canadian and U.S. law firms and as in-house counsel, both on Bay Street and Wall Street.

Proficient in Spanish, Marty has acted on numerous transactions involving Latin American companies and jurisdictions.

Languages

English
Spanish

Bar Admission

Ontario
New York

Education

B.A. Psychology with high honours, University of California, Berkeley

J.D., cum laude, Boston University School of Law



Colleagues

Howard Hampton

HHampton@pilotlaw.ca
807 738 4265

  

“Working with resources in Northern Ontario today means working cooperatively with indigenous people.”

A native of Fort Frances, Ontario, Howie’s practice centres on First Nations issues as they impact resource development. He provides negotiation and strategic advice to mining, forestry and transportation companies developing projects in traditional First Nations lands. He also advises First Nations on land claims matters. Howie has advised clients and governments in Saskatchewan, Alberta, Ontario and Nunavut.

Howie served Attorney General of Ontario where he oversaw the introduction and passage of the Class Proceedings Act, 1992, and the Family Support Act, 1991. Both acts continue to be the policy foundations for class actions, and for child and spousal support in Ontario today, and have heavily influenced the policy and legislation in other provinces.

Howie also served as Minister of Natural Resources of Ontario where he guided the modernization of Ontario’s forest management legislation through the development and passage of the Crown Forest Sustainability Act, and the creation of the Forest Renewal Trust Fund, and the Forest Futures Trust Fund. The Act and the Trust Funds continue to be the basis for sustainable forest policy and sustainable forest management to this day.

Howie is the author of Power Public Power: The Fight for Publicly Owned Electricity.

Languages

English
French

Bar Admission

Ontario

Education

BA, Dartmouth College,
B Ed. University of Toronto
LLB, University of Ottawa

Les D. Manley

Lmanley@pilotlaw.ca
416 500 6595

“The most common mistake is forgetting what we are trying to do.”

Les’s practice focuses primarily on commercial litigation strategies and dispute avoidance and resolution with a particular focus on the mining, energy and infrastructure sectors. Les also has considerable experience in advising clients on trade and project related matters in Latin America.

Les has been a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Advocates Society, Rocky Mountain Mineral Institute, Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, the Law Society of Alberta and the Law Society of Upper Canada.  Les is also a past member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Council for the Americas and the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce. He received a license to practice foreign law in Brazil in 1999.

Languages

English
Portuguese
Spanish

Bar Admission

Alberta
Brazil

Education

BSc,  Lynchburg Baptist College
LLB,  University of Windsor

Mark N. Sills

Msills@pilotlaw.ca
647 534 5982

  

“Always remember that quite apart from local law, you may have rights and duties under international law as well.”

Mark’s practice focusses primarily on international trade and investment matters with a particular emphasis on the natural resources sector; advising and representing foreign and domestic companies in Canadian trade remedy, export and import controls and customs cases. He also has considerable experience on anti-corruption and corporate social responsibility issues related to foreign and domestic investments.

Mark was a member of the Canadian government legal team representing Canada for the energy sector negotiations during the 1988-89 FTA negotiations and the NAFTA negotiations with the US and Mexico in 1991-92. Subsequently he practised law in the Moscow and Toronto offices of Macleod Dixon LLP (now Norton Rose LLP).

Among other activities, he has acted as external legal counsel to The Russian Federation, The Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in those countries’ international trade negotiations.

Mark’s expertise has been recognized in Chambers Global and Euromoney Magazine.

Languages

English
French
Portuguese
Russian

Bar Admission

Ontario

Education

BA, Honours Bishop’s University
LLB, Osgoode Hall Law School
LLM, Free University of Brussels