John P. Vettese

Senior Strategic Advisor

 | Toronto

John Vettese* is a Senior Strategic Advisor at Cassels. He has acted as lead counsel for public clients and investment dealers involved in complex and innovative securities matters. His practice is focused in the mining, income trusts, technology and diversified industries sectors, and he has acted as lead counsel on several M&A transactions. John has significant experience advising emerging and mid-market companies navigating their way through the public markets for the first time. His strong understanding of the commercial objectives of a transaction, together with his practical approach, are frequently relied upon by companies that require more than just legal advice when facing such critical decisions as structuring a going-public transaction, choosing and structuring a business relationship with an underwriter, constructing a management team and developing an overall approach to matters of executive compensation and corporate governance.

He has also developed an expertise in cross-border initial public offerings by US emerging and mid-market issuers seeking listings on Canadian stock exchanges.

John is recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers Global, Chambers Canada, Best Lawyers, the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, the Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada, and the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada.

*denotes Professional Corporation

  • Best Lawyers in Canada (Mining, Natural Resources)
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Corporate Finance & Securities, Mining)
  • Chambers Global (Mining)
  • IFLR1000 (Corporate & M&A, Capital Markets)
  • Lexpert Special Edition, Global Leaders in Mining
  • Lexpert, Rising Stars Award (2007)
  • “Always calm and caring about the business goals, beyond just the legal view.” – Chambers Canada (Cannabis)
  • “A prolific guy.” – Chambers Canada (Mining)
  • “A great strategist.” – Chambers Canada (Mining)
  • LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, 1993
  • Ontario, 1995
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association