Colleen Keyes


Practical, solution-oriented advice.

Colleen is a trusted advisor who is committed to being readily available to meet the needs of her clients, providing timely, pragmatic, solution-oriented and cost-sensitive advice. She understands that her role is to “get it done” to allow her clients to achieve their goals and objectives on time and on budget. 

Representative Matters

Colleen represents private companies, reporting issuers, publicly-traded companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange, and underwriters on a wide variety of corporate finance, corporate commercial and securities law matters, including public offerings, private placements, debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and restructuring transactions. She also advises clients on regulatory compliance and corporate governance best practices. She has acted for government agencies in connection with large P3/infrastructure and financing projects and has extensive experience in policy and regulatory matters in the Canadian gaming industry. Colleen has represented clients in connection with:

  • Bought deal prospectus offerings of common shares, convertible subordinated debentures and other securities by publicly-traded companies in the seafood, manufacturing and mining sectors;
  • Brokered and non-brokered private placements of securities;
  • Reorganizations of publicly-traded income funds in the seafood, hospitality and real estate sectors, as well as an agricultural cooperative, through court-approved statutory plans of arrangement;
  • Asset spin-out transactions through triangular amalgamations and reverse take-overs in the mining sector;
  • Doing private transactions involving significant divestitures of assets, court-approved statutory plans of arrangement and squeeze-out amalgamations in the seafood and renewable energy sectors; 
  • Initial listing applications on the TSX and TSX-V and inter-tier graduations;
  • Take-over bids, substantial issuer bids and normal course issuer bids;
  • Initial public offerings and qualifying transactions under the Capital Pool Company program of the TSX-V; and
  • The negotiation and drafting of a series of agreements related to the design, construction, equipment and commissioning as well as the operation and maintenance of large infrastructure projects, including in connection with Nova Scotia’s casinos and a number of municipal wastewater collection systems and treatment plants.

areas of practice

  • Corporate Finance and Securities
  • Corporate Governance and Compliance
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Mining
  • P3 and Infrastructure
  • Gaming Law


Nova Scotia, 1994


Nova Scotia Barristers' Society


Osgoode Hall Law School, Osgoode Certificate in Mining Law, 2013
Dalhousie University, LLB, 1993
Dalhousie University, BA (with distinction), 1990


  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Past Chair, Nova Scotia Securities Law subsection, Canadian Bar Association
  • Chair, Board of Governors, Mount Saint Vincent University
  • Chair, Executive Committee, Joint Board/Senate Liaison and Senior Administrators' Compensation Committees, Mount Saint Vincent University
  • Member, Advancement and External Relations, By-laws Committee, Campus Planning Committee, Finance Committee, Human Resources and Governance Committee, Investment Committee and Nominating Committee, Mount Saint Vincent University
  • Member, Board of Directors, Nova Scotia Soccer League
  • Volunteer, Halifax Dunbrack Soccer Club
  • Member, Discipline Committee, Soccer Nova Scotia




Mergers and Acquisitions
Corporate Finance & Securities


  • Best Lawyers 2017 & 2018 Mergers and Acquisitions “Lawyer of the Year” in Halifax
  • Best Lawyers: Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, 2015 – 2019
  • Best Lawyers: Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2012 – 2019
  • Best Lawyers: Project Finance Law, 2015 – 2019
  • Best Lawyers: Structured Finance Law, 2016 – 2019
  • Lexpert® Rising Star: Leading Lawyer Under 40, 2007

Suite 900
Purdy's Wharf Tower One
1959 Upper Water Street
Halifax, NS, Canada
B3J 3N2

P 902.444.1716
F 902.420.1417

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