Bill Nickel has a preferred area of practice in securities law and corporate and commercial matters. His securities law practice includes structuring public offerings, private placements and providing guidance and assistance to clients who need to meet their continuous disclosure obligations. His corporate and commercial practice focuses on assisting clients in a wide variety of endeavors, ranging from incorporating the entrepreneur to assisting established clients with financing, raising equity, mergers, acquisitions, and corporate governance. He represents a number of Saskatchewan-based companies and extra-provincially registered companies in Saskatchewan.

Bill has assisted many clients through initial formation, incorporation, raising of initial start-up capital, one or more public offering or private placements, debt financing and, if necessary and on an ongoing basis, with fulfilling their reporting requirements to shareholders and regulatory authorities. He also provides assistance to clients in areas of asset and share purchase transactions, preparing information circulars and proxy solicitations for annual or special meetings of shareholders, facilitating friendly take over bids, and defending hostile take-over bids.

Bar Admission

  • Saskatchewan, 1996

Education

  • Juris Doctor, University of Saskatchewan, 1995
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical), University of Saskatchewan, 1990

Awards & Recognition

  • "Best Lawyers in Canada"
    • "Lawyer of the Year", Securities Law (Saskatoon), 2017
    • Energy Law, 2015-present
    • Oil & Gas Law, 2015-present
    • "Lawyer of the Year", Securities Law (Regina), 2013
    • Securities Law, 2012-present

Memberships & Associations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of Saskatchewan
  • Saskatoon Bar Association

“Legal Basics for Boards: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know”, 2019. Presented on the topic of “Knowing how to make a directors’ and shareholders’ meeting run smoothly”

"Corporate Governance & Best Practices: Taking Minutes at a Board of Director's Meeting", Host of Webinar for Lawyers, 2013

"Best Practices for Conducting a Shareholders Meeting from a Corporate & Securities Law Perspective – Addressing Corporate Governance and Director's and Officer's Liability", Host of Webinar for Lawyers, 2013

"How to Raise Capital Using Exemptions – A Practitioner's Perspective", Host of Webinar for Lawyers, 2012

Saskatchewan Mining Conference, Co-chair and Presenter, 2011-2014

“Public Offerings vs. Private Placements”, World Potash Forum, Speaker, 2012

Saskatchewan Energy Symposium II - The Power of the Prairies, 2010

Workshops:

“Understanding the Duty to Consult with Aboriginal Groups, How Certain Treaties are Different in Saskatchewan and Details Industry Needs to be Aware Of”
“How Does the Regulatory Structure in Saskatchewan Differ From the Rest of Canada in Terms of Royalty Rates and Tax Structure?”
“Highlights of the Incentives Offered in Saskatchewan to Energy Companies”