John P. Vettese

John P. Vettese
Telephone: 416 869 5336
Fax: 416 350 6930

Suite 2100, Scotia Plaza
40 King Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 3C2

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“A great strategist.” – Client Testimonial, Chambers Canada

John Vettese* is a corporate finance and M&A lawyer practising in the Securities Group and serves as the firm's Executive Chair. He has acted as lead counsel for a number of public clients and investment dealers involved in complex and innovative securities matters. John's 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 board of directors and developing an overall approach to matters of executive compensation and corporate governance.

He has also developed an expertise in the area of 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 CanadaBest 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. At the age of 36, John became the youngest member appointed to the firm’s Executive Committee and is a past Chair of the Securities Group.

client commentary

  • “A prolific guy.” – Chambers Canada (Mining)
  • “A great strategist.” Chambers Canada (Mining)

*denotes Professional Corporation


Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.B., 1993

Recent Work

Call to the bar

Ontario, 1995


  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association


  • Chambers Canada 2016–2020 (Energy & Natural Resources: Mining)
  • Chambers Global 2016–2019 (Energy & Natural Resources: Mining)
  • Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 2014–2015 (Mining)
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2011–2019 (Corporate Finance & Securities; Mining)
  • Lexpert Special Edition - Global Leaders in Mining 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2010–2020 (Mining; Natural Resources)
  • Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada 2012, 2014–2015 & 2017 (Mining)
  • The 2007 Lexpert Rising Stars: 'Leading Lawyers Under 40'


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