John J. Zelenbaba

John J. Zelenbaba

Associate, Corporate

Bio

John Zelenbaba counsels U.S. and Canadian clients on U.S. corporate matters with a focus on cross-border capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. Mr. Zelenbaba has worked on a broad range of transactions for investment banks and companies across a number of industries, including technology, mining, life sciences, financial services, energy, oil and gas, real estate and telecommunications.

Examples of his representations include:

  • Shopify Inc. in various U.S. corporate and securities matters, including its initial public offering (the best-performing IPO in the last five years);
  • Lightspeed POS Inc. in various U.S. corporate and securities matters, including its initial public offering in the U.S.;
  • the underwriters in the U.S. initial public offering of Docebo Inc.;
  • Sierra Wireless Inc. in various U.S. corporate and securities matters, including its acquisition of Numerex Corp.;
  • CI Financial Corp. in various U.S. corporate and securities matters, including its inaugural U.S. public offering of investment grade notes;
  • the underwriters in connection with various securities offerings by Brookfield Asset Management Inc. and its affiliates;
  • Sprott Inc. and its affiliates in various U.S. corporate and securities matters, including the acquisition of Central Fund of Canada Limited;
  • the dealer managers in connection with U.S. tender offers conducted by Nutrien Ltd. and Encana Corporation;
  • Zymeworks Inc. in various U.S. corporate and securities matters, including the largest-ever follow-on equity offering by a Canadian biotechnology company;
  • Array BioPharma Inc. in various U.S. corporate and securities matters, including its acquisition by Pfizer Inc.;
  • the underwriters in connection with various securities offerings by Allied Properties Real Estate Investment Trust and RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust;
  • Northview Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust in its acquisition by affiliates of Starlight Group Property Holdings Inc. and KingSett Capital;
  • the underwriters in connection with various investment grade notes offerings by Rogers Communications Inc. and Nutrien Ltd.;
  • Greenhill & Co., Inc., in its role as financial advisor to Hycroft Mining Corporation, on the sale of substantially all of its assets to Mudrick Capital Acquisition Corporation;
  • Leagold Mining Corporation in various U.S. corporate and securities matters, including its acquisition of Brio Gold and subsequent acquisition by Equinox Gold Corp; and
  • the underwriters in connection with various securities offerings by MAG Silver Corp.

Prior to joining Skadden, Mr. Zelenbaba served as a law clerk to Justice Suzanne Côté of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Credentials

Education

  • LL.B., McGill University Faculty of Law, 2015
  • B.C.L., McGill University, 2015
  • B.A., University of Waterloo, 2012

Admissions

  • Law Society of Ontario
  • New York
  • Foreign Legal Consultant of Canada

Experience

Law Clerk, Hon. Suzanne Côté, Supreme Court of Canada (2016-2017)

John J. Zelenbaba