Darrell W. Podowski

Darrell W. Podowski
Telephone: 604 691 6129
Fax: 604 691 6120

Suite 2200, HSBC Building
885 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 3E8

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“He understands us as a client and a culture.”
Client Testimonial, Chambers Global

Darrell Podowski is a partner in our Securities Group and Mining Group. Darrell practices business, mergers and acquisitions, mining and securities law, advising mining, industrial, entertainment, technology, and biotechnology companies on going public transactions, corporate finance, merger and acquisition transactions and general corporate commercial matters in Canada and internationally. He also provides advice with respect to continuous disclosure obligations and governance matters.

As a result of Darrell’s seven years of experience as an exploration geophysicist with Amoco Canada Petroleum Company and four years of experience as in-house Corporate Counsel to Teck Resources Limited, Darrell possesses a particularly strong understanding of the practical commercial needs of his clients. Darrell has developed a strong expertise in negotiating complex purchase and sale transactions, international earn-in and farm out transactions, property option agreements, royalty agreements, strategic alliances, off-take and concentrate sale agreements, joint venture transactions and joint operating agreements. In addition, he has a great deal of experience with Latin America-related transactions and has extensive offshore experience as a result of his two-and-a-half years working in Bermuda with a large offshore law firm.

Darrell is ranked as an expert in Mining and as a Thought Leader Global Elite by Who’s Who Legal for 2019, and an expert in Mining in Who’s Who Legal Canada for 2019. He is also recognized as a leading lawyer in Chambers Global, Chambers Canada and The Best Lawyers in CanadaLatinvex has profiled Darrell as one of Latin America’s ‘Top 100 Lawyers’ for 2019 and one of only two Canadians to make the list.

Some of Darrell’s representative transactions include:

  • Acting for Antofagasta plc on its acquisition of 50% (plus operatorship) of the Zaldivar Copper Mine located in Chile from Barrick Gold Corporation for US$1.005 billion
  • Acting for Antofagasta plc on its acquisition of Duluth Metals Limited by way of a plan of arrangement, and on the acquisition of Duluth’s outstanding convertible debentures, for a total transaction cost of approximately C$96 million
  • Acting for Antofagasta Minerals S.A. on numerous option and joint venture earn-ins and strategic alliances for copper projects worldwide, including the initial joint venture transaction with Duluth Metals Limited in connection with a copper-nickel PGM project in Minnesota, USA
  • Acting for Delta Gold Corporation in its going public transaction on the TSX Venture Exchange
  • Acting for Batero Gold Corp. in its going public transaction on the TSX Venture Exchange and its subsequent strategic financing
  • Acting for Orsa Ventures Corp in its sale to Alamos Gold Inc. pursuant to a Plan of Arrangement
  • Acting jointly for Teck Resources Limited and Fronteer Development Group Inc. in the completion of the sale of 100% of the jointly held Agi Dagi and Kirazli gold projects located in Turkey to Alamos Gold Inc. for US$90 million
  • Acting for Teck Resources Limited in the US$110 million sale to Kinross Gold Corporation of its 60% interest in the Lobo Marte copper/gold project in Chile

client commentary

  • “Business-oriented and gets to solutions that make sense for both parties.” – Chambers Canada (Mining)
  • “The best mining lawyer I have ever worked with…[Darrell] is incredibly smart with a strong sense of his clients’ commercial needs.” – Who’s Who Legal (Mining)
  • “He has a very strong technical background.” Chambers Canada (Mining)
  • “He understands us as a client and a culture.” Chambers Global (Mining)
  • “A leading lawyer in the Latin America market.” Chambers Latin America (Mining)
  • "He is intimately involved in the mining industry and understands the needs of mining clients. Working with people like him makes things better for all sides on a deal." Chambers Canada (Mining)
  • “Very knowledgeable, adaptive, responsive, smart, outstanding and commercially minded.” – Chambers Canada (Mining)
  • "A former geophysicist, he couples a technical background in the mining sector with sought-after legal capabilities." Chambers Global (Mining)
  • "He gives us confidence when he gives his advice.” – Chambers Global (Mining)



University of British Columbia, LL.B., 1992

University of British Columbia, B.Sc. (Geophysics), 1983

Recent Work

Call to the bar

British Columbia, 1993
Bermuda, 2002


  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (former Trustee-at-Large)
  • Vancouver Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Association of Mineral Exploration BC – Chair of Membership Liaison Committee


  • Chambers Canada 2016-2020 (Energy & Natural Resources: Mining; Mining: Development & Operations)
  • Chambers Global 2016-2019 (Energy & Natural Resources: Mining)
  • Chambers Latin America 2017 (Band 1 - Leading Lawyer - Latin America-wide, Projects: Mining: Leading Canadian Firms)
  • Who's Who Legal: Mining 2019 (Mining Law - ranked as an expert in Mining and as a Thought Leader: "Global Elite")
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2018 (Mining Law – ranked as one of six of the “Most Highly Regarded Individuals in Canada - Mining”)
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016–2020 (Mining)
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015–2019 (Mining)
  • Lexpert Special Edition - Global Leaders in Mining 2017
  • Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada 2017 (Mining)
  • Latinvex (one of only two Canadians recognized on listing of Latin America's Top 100 Lawyers)
  • Recognized by Latin Business Chronicle as one of the top 50 foreign lawyers in Latin America



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