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Geoffrey Belsher

Geoffrey Belsher | Toronto, Ontario, Canada

A lawyer since 1992


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Geoffrey Belsher
55 Douglas Drive, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4W 2B2
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Geoff, as the guiding force behind Blakes, brings unparalleled expertise to the firm's strategic direction and cultivates meaningful relationships with key clients. His mastery in M&A and corporate finance is well-acknowledged across Canada and beyond. Geoff’s approach to legal counsel, especially in guiding companies through the complex terrain of mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and governance, has made him a trusted advisor to a diverse clientele. This includes leading entities in the financial services, mining, energy, life sciences, and technology sectors.

His role transcends mere legal advice; Geoff often serves as the linchpin for boards and special committees navigating the intricacies of governance, shareholder activism, and internal investigations. His counsel is sought after in transformative moments for companies, helping them to steer through the complexities of the Canadian legal landscape with ease and precision.

Geoff’s hands-on involvement in some of the most noteworthy transactions underscores his pivotal role in the legal industry. He led the team advising IAA, Inc. in a monumental cross-border sale to Richie Bros., marking a significant Canada-US transaction. His expertise also shone in the acquisition of Score Media by Penn National Gaming, a move that expanded the digital sports, gaming, and technology landscape in North America.

Under Geoff’s stewardship, Galaxy Digital Holdings made strides in the digital assets and blockchain sector, while Dominion Diamond Mines' restructuring underscored his ability to navigate challenging financial waters. His influence extended to Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners’ acquisition of Xplornet Communications, showcasing his knack for facilitating significant private equity transactions.

His achievements have not gone unnoticed, with recognition from prestigious legal directories like Chambers Canada, Who’s Who Legal, and The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide, affirming his status as a leading figure in private equity, mining, and capital markets.

Beyond the courtroom and deal tables, Geoff’s commitment to education and the legal community shines through. His decade-long tenure as an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia Law School and instructor at Osgoode Hall Law School has contributed significantly to nurturing the next generation of legal minds.

Geoff’s blend of high-level strategic oversight, deep legal expertise, and commitment to client success sets him apart as a leader in the legal field, making him a pivotal figure in navigating the complexities of today's corporate world.


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