Oil and gas in Canada

Bennett Jones LLP

The full-service oil and gas practice at Bennett Jones LLP is focused on private M&A and project development, with deep bench strength across corporate, commercial and regulatory matters. Specialised regulatory work for the practice includes advising on projects approvals for multibillion-dollar energy and natural resources projects spanning oil sands, conventional and unconventional oil and gas, off-shore oil and gas, pipelines and refineries. Lawrence Smith QC and Loyola Keough are both leaders in this field. On the corporate side, Patrick Maguire is regularly retained on joint venture transactions, as well as on regular M&A. The wider team advises on the full spectrum of public and private deals, and also has capabilities in capital markets. Shawn Munro  and Vivek Warrier jointly lead the practice from the firm's national headquarters in Calgary.

Practice head(s):

Shawn Munro; Vivek Warrier

Key clients

ATCO Ltd.

Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL)

Cenovus Energy Inc.

Gibson Energy

Encana Corporation

MEG Energy Corp.

Murphy Oil Company Ltd.

North West Redwater Partnership

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board

Parkland Fuel Corporation

Pembina Pipeline Corporation

Repsol S.A

Schlumberger Production Management

Statoil Canada Ltd.

Kinder Morgan

Secure Energy

Tourmaline Oil Corp.

Work highlights

  • Advised Pembina Pipeline Corporation on a joint venture with Petrochemical Industries Company for a proposed integrated propylene and polypropylene production facility in Sturgeon County, Alberta.
  • Represented Encana Corporation in the negotiation of a 20-year infrastructure development and midstream service agreement with Keyera Partnership.
  • Advised Devon Canada Corporation and Devon Canada Crude Marketing Corporation on its approx. $3.8bn sale of substantially all of their assets to Canadian Natural Resources Limited.

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP's strong transactional practice continues to work on some of Canada's most significant deals, having recently advised Kinder Morgan on the C$4.35bn acquisition by Pembina Pipeline Corporation of KML and the Cochin pipeline system. Transaction specialist Mungo Hardwicke-Brown led on this. The firm also boasts an equally adept regulatory practice, with significant experience securing approvals from key environmental agencies. Lars Olthafer and Terri-Lee Oleniuk are key names to note in this area. Largely centred in Calgary, the group is also able to lean on a wider domestic and international office network to work on big-ticket mandates across the entire stream of production. Keith Byblow leads the department.

Practice head(s):

Keith Byblow

Key clients

Algonquin Power and Utilities Corporation

Ceres Global Ag Corporation

TC Energy Corporation

Suncor Energy Inc.

Kinder Morgan Canada Services Inc.

LNG Canada Development Inc.

TransGas Limited

Grand Rapids Pipeline Limited Partnership

Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Acted for TC Energy in the sale of an 85% equity interest in Northern Courier Pipeline to AIMCo, with approximate aggregate gross proceeds to TC Energy of C$1.15bn.
  • Represented Kinder Morgan in connection with the C$4.35bn acquisition of KML and the Cochin pipeline system by Pembina Pipeline Corporation.
  • Advised Ceres Global Ag Corp. on its joint venture with Steel Reef Infrastructure Corp. to develop a hydrocarbon rail terminal at Ceres’ existing Northgate, Saskatchewan, rail facility to facilitate the transloading of hydrocarbon products for movement between the U.S. and Canada.

Burnet Duckworth & Palmer LLP

The 'sophisticated, yet very practical' energy group at Burnet Duckworth & Palmer LLP advises on the full range of domestic and international oil and gas work, including major pipelines and other infrastructure projects, joint ventures, dispositions alliances and M&A. The practice group represents a broad mix of clients from multinational corporations to private companies and private equity investors. It also acts for a variety of governmental and state-owned entities. Leveraging the firm's full-service strength, the department is able to provide comprehensive legal support on matters spanning corporate, tax and project finance, regulatory, IP and First Nations. Transactional work continues to be a key area for the group, with joint practice head and 'exceptionally brightSean Korney a name to note. The 'diligent and thoughtfulAlicia Quesnel is a go-to for corporate and commercial issues. Indigenous law expert Carolyn Wright also co-leads the department.

Practice head(s):

Carolyn Wright; Sean Korney

Testimonials

The ability to secure resources, in house, to tackle any aspect of legal advice required. The willingness to get involved and provide guidance.

Dedication, responsiveness, understanding, communication skills, team work and of course legal prowess.

BD&P is unique in that it is a single-office practice in Calgary but with deep experience that extends beyond Western Canada. That allows them to be more nimble and flexible, and less bureaucratic, than most of their competitors.

I recently engaged Sean Korney, who is exceptionally bright, very quick to understand the situation and synthesize the main issues and problems and then fully dedicates himself and his team to solving them.

Alicia Quesnel is very experienced, diligent and thoughtful. I would gladly work with her again.

The oil and gas team at BDP is unique in that their experience and expertise is unparalleled and sophisticated, yet very practical and business focused.

BDP’s team is composed of pure experts who can handle the pure legal issues that arise but they are also very business minded lawyers who see the larger picture and that move efficiently and pragmatically to get projects completed.

Key clients

Obsidian Energy Inc.

Peyto Exploration and Development

North Caspian Operating Company

ARC Resources Ltd.

Rockies LNG Partners LP

Wolverine Energy and Infrastructure Inc.

Hammerhead Resources Inc.

Ovintiv Canada ULC

Government of Alberta (Dept of Energy)

Tourmaline Oil Corp.

Inter Pipeline Ltd.

PETRONAS Energy Canada Ltd.

Bonavista Energy Corporation

Resourceful Petroleum Canada Limited

Whitecap Resources Inc.

Thornton Grout Finnigan LLP

TransAlta Corporation

Tara Energy Services Inc.

Spur Petroleum Ltd.

Parksea Petroleum Limited

Work highlights

  • Counsel to Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission in connection with the construction of the Keystone Expansion.
  • Counsel to Tourmaline Oil Corp. in respect of the formation of Topaz Energy Corp., a new private royalty and infrastructure energy company.

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP's oil and gas practice has significant experience acting in large projects and transactions across Canada. The team has shown its strength in complex joint ventures and M&A involving a variety of oil and gas operations, midstream facilities and downstream distribution. The department represents a range of clients, having worked on behalf of multinational E&P companies, investors and development consortiums. Janice Buckingham co-chairs the group alongside Martin IgnasiakShawn Denstedt QC is also recommended.

Other key lawyers:

Shawn Denstedt QC

Torys

Torys' 'solution-oriented' oil and gas practice has extensive experience in large, complex transactions, a recent example of which saw the team acting for KKR in the establishment of the C$1.15bn Canadian midstream infrastructure platform, and in the platform’s subsequent C$600m acquisition of Meritage Midstream. Practice head Derek Flaman led on this, and has a strong practice focused on commercial law in the energy sector, with an emphasis on joint ventures and project development. Chris Christopher who is described as 'approachable and accommodating', is recommended for M&A work. Of late, the team has highlighted its strength in headline international transactions, having advised Africa Oil on its $3.75bn farmout agreement with Azinam Limited. The group also has a robust regulatory group, which provides a full range of advice to developers, owners, operators, lenders and equity investors.

Practice head(s):

Derek Flaman

Testimonials

We work with Torys’ Calgary office extensively on M&A transactions, transportation deals and rail related work.  They make us feel like their favourite client. All of the lawyers we work with there are extremely responsive, solutions oriented, efficient and smart.  We always feel we get great value from the team, and consider Torys to be an important partner in our business.

Chris Christopher is a brilliant lawyer, skilled tactician and an outstanding person.  Chris has an impressive way of operating at the highest level while remaining approachable and accommodating with clients, which is a winning combination for our business leaders.

Key clients

Husky Energy

Northleaf Capital Partners Ltd.

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR)

Suncor Energy Inc.

Enbridge Inc.

Inter Pipeline Ltd.

Vermilion Energy Inc.

Crescent Point Energy Corp.

Africa Oil

AIMCo

Work highlights

  • Acted for Crescent Point in its sale of certain associated gas infrastructure assets in Saskatchewan to Steel Reef Infrastructure Corp.
  • Represented Enbridge, North America’s premier energy infrastructure company, in its C$4.31bn sale of its Canadian natural gas gathering and processing business.
  • Torys acted for Husky Energy Inc. in the sale of its Prince George Refinery to Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure Ltd. for C$215m in cash.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Active in the full range of downstream, midstream and upstream work, Norton Rose Fulbright advises a broad mix of international and domestic clients on transactional, contentious and regulatory matters. Corporate and commercial specialists KayLynn Litton and Robert Froehlich jointly chair the practice, while on the regulatory and contentious side Don Davies QC is extensively experienced acting before the Alberta energy regulators. Wayne Fedun is another name to note for his work in negotiating a variety of energy industry agreements, including those for project finance and development, facility arrangements, and engineering, procurement and construction agreements.

Practice head(s):

KayLynn Litton; Robert Froehlich

Key clients

Enbridge Pipelines Inc. (including Spectra Energy and Westcoast Energy)

Brookfield (including portfolio companies)

PETRONAS

Crescent Point Energy Corp.

Imperial Oil Limited

Paramount Resources Ltd.

Pieridae Energy

Black Swan Energy

Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure

Keyera Corp.

Wolf Midstream

Work highlights

  • Advised Brookfield Infrastructure and its institutional partners on its acquisition of Enbridge Inc.’s Canadian natural gas gathering and processing business.
  • Advised Canbriam Energy Inc. on a bid process for the sale of midstream assets, comprising of its 100% owned and operated natural gas processing plants and water handling infrastructure located in Northeast British Columbia.
  • Advised Paramount Resources Ltd. on its C$470m disposition to an affiliate of CSV Midstream Solutions Corp. of the Karr 6-18 natural gas facility.

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Stikeman Elliott LLP has a strong reputation for handling massive oil and gas transactions and headline disputes. On the contentious side the team regularly represents clients before the Canada Energy Regulator, the Alberta Energy Regulator and other federal and provincial regulatory authorities. The group also advises on the full range of transactional work including M&A, joint ventures and project development matters. Managing partner of the Calgary office Chrysten Perry QC co-chairs the national energy group alongside Eric Bremermann in Toronto.

Other key lawyers:

Keith Miller; Frederick Erickson

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP acts for large energy companies, boards and directors and financial advisory firms both in complex regulatory and contentious matters. It is also active in transactional work, where the team continues to advise the Canadian Government on its C$4.5bn purchase of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline. National oil and gas leader Peter Bryan was one of the partners to lead on this. Other key figures in the practice include contentious specialist Michael Marion, and Alan Ross, who stands out for his regulatory expertise.

Key clients

Government of Canada and Canada Development Investment Corporation

LNG Canada Development Inc.

Cuda Energy Inc.

Ikkuma Resources Corp

BP Canada Energy Group ULC

Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA)

Koch Oil

Husky Oil Operations Limited and affiliates

Kelt Exploration Ltd.

ConocoPhillips-Canada Resources Corp

Emera Brunswick Pipeline Company Ltd.

Weatherford International

KOGAS Canada Ltd.

Birchcliff Energy Ltd.

Trimac Transportation Services

Ernst & Young

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Government of Canada in its C$4.5bn purchase of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline to enable its inter-provincial expansion.
  • Acting as counsel to LNG Canada Development Inc. on all operational, federal and provincial regulatory aspects of its $40bn LNG Export Terminal in Kitimat, British Columbia.
  • Defending Husky in connection with a claim advanced by CNRL against Husky as operator, alleging, among other things, that a joint operating agreement involving both has terminated, and whether the dedication of certain natural gas reserves to that agreement terminates.

Dentons

Dentons is sought after to advise on commercial and regulatory matters related to the sale and purchase of upstream and midstream assets, energy project development and the regulation of energy infrastructure. In particular, clients note the team's ability to seamlessly handle multi-jurisdictional transactions. The oil and gas practice is particularly specialized in the midstream industry where it has seen significant growth. Transactional lawyer Michael Hurst jointly leads the department with regulatory expert Bernard Roth and commercial specialist George Antonopoulos. Laura Estep is also recommended.

Testimonials

In a transaction that I had involving entities in 5 different countries, Dentons was able to provide services in each jurisdiction in a coordinated fashion.

Given their size and variety of the Dentons practice, they are able to bring in subject matter experts where others cannot.

Key clients

Enbridge Inc

AltaGas Ltd

Pembina Pipeline Corporation

Kingston Midstream (formerly Tundra Energy Marketing Limited)

Cenovus  Energy

Enhance Energy

BP Canada Energy Group ULC

Suncor Energy Inc

Syncrude Canada Ltd

Junex Inc

Posco Daewoo E&P Canada Corporation

Meritage Midstream

Shell Canada

PETRONAS Canada

Carbon Engineering Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Meritage and Riverstone on the sale of its entire Canadian midstream business, allowing it to monetize its significant capital investments in Canada.
  • Acting for Syncrude in respect of all regulatory, environmental and Aboriginal law issues related to the Mildred Lake Extension Project.
  • Acting for PETRONAS in the National Energy Board (now Canadian Energy Regulator) proceeding in relation to the 2021 System Expansion Project.

Fasken

Fasken has a strong multi-disciplinary oil and gas group that is often retained on infrastructure project development matters, working closely with the firm's environmental law and Indigenous law practices. The department also has experience advising on contentious regulatory matters. Ron Ezekiel and Montréal-based André Turmel jointly lead the team, while energy litigator Matthew Ghikas is a further name to note. Named lawyers are based in Vancouver unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Ron Ezekiel; André Turmel

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Ghikas

Key clients

FortisBC Energy Inc.

TC Energy

Parkland Fuel Corporation

Gazoduq

Timber Rock Energy Corp

Work highlights

  • Advising Gazoduq on regulatory, environmental and Indigenous issues in the context of ongoing complex assessment and permitting processes with respect to the Gazoduq Project.
  • Acted for Parkland Fuel Corporation in an inquiry into pricing practices in the wholesale and retail gasoline and diesel markets in British Columbia.
  • Advised Coastal GasLink Pipelines Ltd., a major 650 km natural gas pipeline proposal to transport natural gas from northeast British Columbia to proposed LNG facilities on the northwest coast of British Columbia near Kitimat, on environmental and Indigenous issues.

McCarthy Tétrault

'Prompt and thorough', McCarthy Tétrault's oil and gas department is best known for its record in major M&A and financing transactions. A key component of the firm's full-service corporate practice, the team has also shown its strength in large-scale joint ventures for the development and acquisition of energy assets. Calgary-based Brian Bidyk leads the team, and focuses on corporate and commercial matters, specialising in M&A and divestitures. The firm also has a footprint in Vancouver, lending to its market recognition on the West Coast.

Practice head(s):

Brian Bidyk

Testimonials

Very responsive. Not afraid to reach out to others. Prompt. Thorough.

Key clients

Crescent Point Resources Partnership

Suncor Energy Inc.

Pengrowth Energy Corporation

Enbridge Inc.

Inter Pipeline

Anegada Oil Corp

TORC Oil & Gas

Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure

Parkland Fuel Corporation

BHE Canada, a Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company

Work highlights

  • Representing Enbridge Inc. in debt and equity offerings.
  • Acted for MUFG in the financing of the underlying acquisition by Energy Capital Partners of all of Canadian Utilities Limited’s Canadian fossil fuel-based electricity generation assets for approximately C$835m.
  • Acting on behalf of Suncor in connection with an appeal before the Alberta Environmental Appeals Board.

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG acts both for public and private clients in the upstream, downstream and midstream energy segments. The practice group comprises a mix of oil and gas and regulatory specialists, and excels in transactional and commercial work, including joint ventures, public offerings, energy trading and M&A. Led out of Calgary by transactional partners Lorne Rollheiser and Stuart Olley, the department also benefits from the firm's full service offering to support clients across competition, tax, IP, employment and environmental matters.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Olley; Lorne Rollheiser

Other key lawyers:

Jim Smellie; Joshua Jantzi

Key clients

Bravo Target Safety

Persist Oil and Gas

Intelligent Wellhead Systems Inc. (“IWS”)

CGL First Nations Limited Partnership

Blood Tribe

Macquarie Oil Services Canada Ltd.

Clear Directional Drilling Solutions Ltd.

Pipestone Energy Corp.

EOG Resources Inc.

Paytah Services Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised CGL First Nations Limited Partnership on a $43bn LNG project.
  • Advised Intelligent Wellhead Systems Inc. on a $25m transaction dealing with technology in the energy field.
  • Advised Persist Oil and Gas in connection with its acquisition of wells, facilities and pipelines of Manitok Energy Inc.

Lawson Lundell LLP

Led out of Calgary, Lawson Lundell LLP advises a variety of producers on exploration, acquisition and disposition and production of conventional oil and gas, oil sands and shale gas, as well as on oil and gas transportation. The practice is balanced  between commercial and regulatory work, with particular specialisms in environmental, Indigenous law, M&A, tax, public markets, construction and labour and employment matters. Paul Negenman is recommended for his work on transactions.

Other key lawyers:

Paul Negenman