Our Canadian Energy team advises companies in all segments of the energy industry. Our clients are engaged in resource exploration and extraction, project development, energy generation and transmission, transportation and commercialization. We have leading experience across all energy sectors, including oil and gas, electricity and regulated utilities, water, wind, solar, geothermal and nuclear power.
Energy sector clients come to us for several reasons:
- Our understanding of the energy sector – Our energy lawyers have a deep working knowledge of Canada’s energy industry and a successful track record in assisting domestic and international corporations with their most important energy matters. We have an in-depth understanding of the economic, political and legal issues that shape energy markets.
- Full service expertise – More than 80 Canadian lawyers provide advice on the full range of energy sector legal matters including mergers and acquisitions, corporate, development and commercial operation of energy projects, project financing, regulatory, environmental, tax, privatization, real estate, tax, intellectual property, information technology, employment and labour, construction, and litigation and alternative dispute resolution.
- Unparalleled global energy experience – In addition to our significant Canadian presence, our worldwide energy law practice is one of the largest global energy teams of any law firm in the world. Many of our global energy lawyers have worked at major energy companies and in the world’s leading energy-producing countries. The scale of our energy practice and the experience of our legal team means we can offer clients comprehensive and informed regional and global advice.
Rankings and awards
- Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2012): Energy: Oil & Gas.
- Legal Business Awards: Energy & Natural Resources Team of the Year 2011.
- Acritas’ Sharplegal Survey: Top brand in Canada 2012
- International Law Office: Client Choice Award 2012 (International category)
Select client work
- PETRONAS Carigali Sdn Bhd in connection with its C$1.07 billion acquisition of shale gas assets from Progress Energy Ltd., and the negotiation and drafting of complex joint venture agreements (upstream and LNG) and LNG support agreements for the development of these assets and the proposed associated LNG project. We also represented PETRONAS on the acquisition by PETRONAS’ Canadian subsidiary of Progress Energy Resources Corp in June 2012 for approximately C$5.7 billion.
- Petro-Canada in its merger with Suncor Energy. Valued at approximately C$55 billion, this merger represented one of the largest in Canadian history. Completed under a plan of arrangement, our work in this complex transaction involved multiple areas related to mergers and acquisitions, tax, energy and environmental, competition, employment and labour, and banking.
- Nexen in the US$940 million sale of its heavy oil properties in Western Canada to Northern Blizzard Resources Inc, the Canada-based oil and gas company and a portfolio company of Natural Gas Partners, a U.S.-based private equity firm.
- Talisman Energy in connection with a multi-hundred million dollar disposition of oil and gas assets to CNOOC International Ltd. and Sinopec Overseas Oil & Gas Limited.
- Project counsel to Imperial Oil Resources Ventures Ltd., ConocoPhillips Canada (North) Limited, Shell Canada Limited and ExxonMobil Canada Properties for the Mackenzie Gas Project, which involved the negotiation and drafting of all commercial agreements for the development, construction, ownership and operation of the Mackenzie Gas Pipeline and the Mackenzie Gas Gathering Facilities.
- Ecopetrol S.A., Colombia’s largest integrated oil company, and Talisman Energy in connection with an acquisition of BP Colombia’s oil and gas interests in Colombia. Valued at approximately US$2 billion, the acquisition represented one of the largest petroleum investments in Colombia.
- Hydro-Québec in a wide variety of mandates, including its C$615 million acquisition of a 60% interest in the McCormick Hydroelectric Facility from Abitibi-Consolidated Company of Canada, various matters pertaining to project development and finance, and numerous matters in relation to the National Energy Board, including project approvals, decision appeals, and export of electricity.
- SNC-Lavalin in a variety of energy sector acquisitions including the acquisition of Atomic Energy of Canada’s commercial nuclear reactor division and in acquiring the remaining 23.08% ownership interest in AltaLink L.P., Canada’s only fully independent transmission company responsible for the maintenance and operation of approximately 12,000 kilometres of transmission lines and 270 substations in Alberta.
- Capital Power Income LP, a limited partnership owning more than 1400 MW of electricity generating assets, including hydropower, combined heat and power, biomass, cogeneration and cycle gas fired power plants in Canada and the U.S., in its C$1.1 billion acquisition by Atlantic Power Corp.
- Iberdrola on development, financing, site acquisition, government procurement requirements and carbon and environmental attribute value for various renewable energy projects in Ontario.
- Hydro-Québec in its request for proposals (RFP) and award of 15 contracts with a potential investment value of C$5.5 billion for the construction and supply of electricity from wind farms in Québec.