FRED R. PLETCHER is a Partner in the Vancouver office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP and is Chair of the firm's National Mining Group. He advises on all aspects of corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, commercial transactions, corporate governance and continuous disclosure, with a strong focus on the mining industry. Clients include public and private companies, boards of directors, special committees, underwriters, investment funds and real estate investment trusts. Fred has an LL.M. from Columbia University, an LL.B from the University of Toronto and an A.B. (magna cum laude) from Harvard University. He was called to the British Columbia bar in 1993. Fred has served as an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law and as a Trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. He is on the editorial board for Carswell’s Securities Law and Practice (3rd ed.), teaches the annual Canadian Securities Regulation Course and has presented numerous papers on mining and securities law topics at conferences and CLEs.