Mark Mielke
Mark Mielke
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Mark Mielke is a mergers and acquisitions and securities lawyer working with a wide range of businesses from start-ups to publicly listed companies in Calgary's technology, life sciences, transportation and cannabis sectors to provide efficient legal solutions.

Mark respects clients as the entrepreneurs and business people who create and grow businesses essential to economic growth, innovation, and job creation in Alberta. “It’s a privilege to work for these companies, helping them create innovative technologies and drive the Alberta economy.

Mark provides excellent customer service on a broad variety of matters including:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Public and private equity transactions
  • Amalgamations and reorganizations
  • Ongoing continuous disclosure
  • Raising Capital and Corporate Finance

Mark has significant experience representing health professionals, including dentists, veterinaries, and optometrists with acquisition and disposition of professional clinics in Alberta.

Mark also has worked with small and mid-sized private and public issuers on securities related matters including the preparation of information circulars, continuous disclosure, general securities and corporate compliance. 

Value to Clients

Prior to attending law school, Mark completed a master’s degree in Urban Economic Development (with Distinction) at the University College of London. Mark gained research experience performing rental market analysis for the Greater London Authority and collecting data on electrical infrastructure for the Government of Ethiopia.

This master’s level study of economics and the urban economy has provided Mark with a concrete understanding of the competitive drivers of cities, property markets, and urban economic growth, which aids in understanding the business and strategy of developers, planners and construction companies. "My master’s thesis analyzed and discussed the formation of tech clusters in urban centres and the creation of markets for new technologies, which provides me with a solid foundation to provide advice to start-ups, entrepreneurs, and technology companies."

Mark worked as a law summer student in the regulation and compliance department at OMERS in Toronto, where he provided daily advice on proxy voting and corporate governance matters for Canadian and US publicly traded corporations. This experience has provided Mark with a greater understanding of corporate governance issues across Canada and in the US.

While working for one of Canada’s largest financial institutions, Mark provided investment advice and helped clients achieve their financial goals. "I learned the value of providing excellent customer service to our clients, and I have continued this commitment to my clients in the practice of law."

Outside the Office

Mark is an avid traveler, having explored over 35 countries you can find Mark kayaking through the Amazon, exploring the temples of Bagan, training through India or cycling in Kenya. 

Schulich Scholarship of Law
Dalhousie University
2016
July 2020 - 4 min read
COVID-19 and the Impact on the Cannabis Industry
Keeping Up With Cannabis
Cannabis retail outlets, producers, manufacturers, distributors and warehouses were deemed to be essential services by the Alberta Government on March 30, 2020. As a result, cannabis businesses and services can and have continued to serve Albertans thr...
September 2019
Single Use Plastic Bans: What You Need to Know
The discussion on single-use plastics is heating up across Canada. The federal government announced in June 2019 its intention to institute a nationwide ban by 2021 if re-elected this fall. Meanwhile, a growing number of provinces, cities, and towns ha...
August 2019
Craft Cannabis: Micro-Cultivation + Micro-Processing Licences
Craft cannabis is hitting the market as newly licensed craft producers are coming into operation. With the introduction of the new regulations under the Cannabis Act, the federal government created micro-cultivation licences, often referred t...
July 2019
Tax Incentive Amendments to the Municipal Government Act
New revisions to the Municipal Government Act (the MGA) aim to grant municipalities the ability to offer tax incentives to encourage business investment. Bill 7 the Municipal Government (Property Tax Incentives) Amendment Act (Bill ...
April 2019
Edibles Update: High Taxes in 2019 Federal Budget
Canada's 2019 federal budget (the "Budget") includes additional insight into the hotly anticipated regulatory regime for cannabis edibles, which is set to come into force in the fall of 2019. The Budget provides for a change to the curren...
March 2019
Mining Incentive Program Aims to Stimulate Mining Industry in NWT
The Government of the Northwest Territories (the "GNWT") Mining Incentive Program (the "Program") provides funding to prospectors and exploration companies who carry out mineral exploration work in the NWT. Under the Program, miner...
February 2019
Roll It Up! Rules + Regulations for Building Your Cannabis Store
Keeping Up With Cannabis
Opening a cannabis store in Alberta requires a large number of steps, including obtaining approval from the Alberta Liquor Gaming and Cannabis Commission (AGLC). The Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Act, RSA 2000, c G-1 (Act) has provided the AGLC with the ...
January 23, 2019
Impact of Cannabis on the Insurance Industry
Seminars
With the legalization of recreational cannabis and regulations for edibles soon to come, Field Law's Cannabis Group has the knowledge and experience to help clients, including those in the insurance industry, understand how cannabis laws impact the...
November 2018
Carbon Tax in the Northwest Territories: What You Need to Know
A carbon tax is coming to the Northwest Territories (the "NWT"). The Government of the Northwest Territories (the "GNWT") recently announced their plan to implement a made in the north NWT Carbon Tax designed and administered in the...
September 2018
Edible Cannabis: What You Need to Know
Countdown to Cannabis Legislation
With the Cannabis Act set to legalize most forms of recreational cannabis in just a few short weeks, many consumers and businesses alike may require further clarity on the limited scope of legalization.Unlike the fresh, dried and oil options, edible ca...
September 2018
Keep Off the Grass! Cannabis in Calgary: Zoning and Public Use
Anticipation of cannabis legalization is all the buzz right now as federal, provincial and municipal legislation is coming together to paint a practical picture of cannabis regulation – all by October 17, 2018. This blog post examines aspects of ...
June 2018
Standing Out: Branding and Trademark Issues for Cannabis Companies
Countdown to Cannabis Legislation
With the anticipation surrounding the upcoming legalization of cannabis in Canada, it comes as no surprise that companies have been quick to take advantage of this budding industry. More than 70 corporations have been issued licenses from Health Canada...
June 2018
Calgary’s Cannabis Consumption Bylaws: What You Need to Know
Countdown to Cannabis Legislation
In anticipation of the legalization of recreational cannabis in just a few months, Calgary’s City Council has taken steps to limit cannabis use in public. On April 5, 2018, City Councillors approved the Cannabis Consumption Bylaw 24M2018 (the &ld...
Summer 2018
To Each Their Own - Cannabis Rules and Markets to Vary by Territory
Aboriginal Business Quarterly
May 2018
Cannabis Retailers and the Layers of Regulation Impacting Sale
Countdown to Cannabis Legislation
You're about to see some new businesses opening up around town: cannabis retail businesses. The Province is expected to issue approximately 250 cannabis retail licenses to businesses in anticipation of the upcoming legalization of recreational cann...
April 2018
Cannabis Regulation in Canada’s Territories
Countdown to Cannabis Legislation
Canada's plans for cannabis legalization are slowly rolling into focus. While many of the details of the regulatory framework are still under review, it is clear that the approach to regulation taken by the Provinces and Territories is mixed and di...

Mark’s practice is focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and securities.

Significant mergers and acquisitions experience:

Mark regularly advises clients, from start-ups to large international corporations, on the negotiation, structuring and implementation of M+A transactions in the technology, life and health sciences, transportation and cannabis industries. Mark also has significant experience representing health professionals, including dentists, veterinaries, and optometrists with acquisition and disposition of professional clinics in Alberta.

Mark has a broad range of M&A experience including:

  • the acquisition of a transportation company valued at over $100 million
  • the purchase of various hotels with a total purchase price over $50 million
  • the purchase of an Ontario based transportation company valued at over $70 million
  • the sale of a software company valued at over $25 million
  • the purchase of a car dealership valued at over $40 million
  • the sale of an entertainment business valued at over $18 million  
  • the sale cannabis retail chain valued over $8 million
  • the sale of a renewable energy company valued at over $6 million
  • the sale of dentistry, veterinary, and optometry practices

Broad expertise in corporate finance:

Mark is regularly consulted to assist start-ups and early-stage businesses with raising capital in the private market, including friends and family, seed, and Series-A financing rounds. Mark has assisted companies in the technology, cleantech, and cannabis industries to raise the capital needed to grow their business.

Mark’s corporate finance experience includes:

  • Acted as Canadian counsel for California based technology company raising capital in Canada
  • Acted as counsel for the SAFE financing of new Calgary based technology company
  • Acted as counsel for the Series-A financing for a lithium extraction company
  • Acted as counsel for a $3 million private placement of securities for a cannabis producer
  • Acted as counsel for the borrower with respect to credit facilities totalling $125 million
Education
Osgoode Hall Law School, 2020, Certificate in Canadian Securities Law and Practice
Dalhousie Law School, 2016, Juris Doctor
University College London, 2013, Master of Science, Urban Economic Development, With Distinction
University of Alberta, 2011, Bachelor of Arts, Economics
Admissions
Alberta,2017
Northwest Territories,2018
Yukon,2018