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Craig Spurn

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Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

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Partner, Corporate


Craig Spurn is a partner in Osler's Corporate Group in Calgary. He practices corporate and commercial law with an emphasis on energy transactions, projects, procurement, energy contracts and joint ventures. Craig’s transactional experience includes all facets of the energy sector including upstream oil and gas, gas plants and gathering systems, pipelines, LNG projects, oil refineries and in power generation and renewable energy (wind, solar, biomass and cogeneration). Craig’s clients include senior, midsized and junior Canadian and foreign energy and resource companies, service and technology providers, private capital firms and other investors.


Bar admission: Alberta (1991).




Canadian Bar Association; Canadian Petroleum Law Foundation; Law Society of Alberta.


University of Alberta, LL.B.


Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

The 'deal-hungry’ practice at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP is an 'elite group in the corporate and M&A space’. The team, which secures a sizeable share of the market’s most high-profile transactions, fields a 'great bench of senior experts’, with sources reserving particular praise for lawyers’ 'strong business nous’. Clients are drawn from a wide variety of sectors and include major foreign and domestic corporations and private equity players — its ability to lean on a well-staffed office in New York is a significant lure for multinationals. Emmanuel Pressman, who chairs the corporate group from Toronto, is a 'very seasoned, technical and excellent lawyer’. Pressman advised a Blackstone-led consortium on a $20bn partnership agreement whereby private equity funds managed by Blackstone, together with CPPIB and GIC, acquired a 55% stake in Thomson Reuters’ financial and risk business. He also advised Blackstone on its C$3.8bn acquisition of Pure Industrial REIT. Jeremy Fraiberg is a 'widely recognized corporate specialist’ and acted for Mitel Networks on its $2bn acquisition by Searchlight Capital Partners. He also advised Central Group Alberta on the acquisition of Central Fund of Canada by Sprott. Other key contacts in Toronto include Douglas Marshall, who advised Dream Global REIT on its C$903m acquisition of a portfolio of 135 office and industrial properties located in the Netherlands, and Douglas Bryce, who was appointed managing partner in 2017. Frank Turner is recommended in Calgary and advised MHR Fund Management on the acquisition of control of a Canadian energy company. In 2018, both Toronto heavyweight Clay Horner and Montreal-based Robert Yalden retired, while Craig Spurn joined in Calgary from McCarthy Tétrault.

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Canada: Energy and natural resources

Energy and natural resources: oil and gas

Within: Energy and natural resources: oil and gas

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP’s group, which comprises ‘excellent lawyers’, stand out for its ‘great transactional expertise', and also packs a punch in regulatory matters. Sector specialist Janice Buckingham jointly leads the practice and led the firm’s advice to ConocoPhillips on the C$17.7bn sale of its 50% interest in FCCL Partnership and certain Deep Basin assets to Cenovus Energy. Buckingham also acted alongside seasoned expert Robert Desbarats Desbarats QC to advise Canadian Natural Resources on its C$975m acquisition of upstream oil and gas assets in the Greater Pelican Lake region, and other assets in northern Alberta, from Cenovus Energy. On the development front, infrastructure co-chair Paula Olexiuk is advising PetroChina on various matters, including advising on its two oil sands projects and its partnership with TransCanada Corporation to construct and operate the Grand Rapids pipeline system. Shawn Denstedt QC is highly sought after for his regulatory expertise and represented Kinder Morgan Canada on regulatory, environmental and aboriginal matters related to the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. Martin Ignasiak is also recommended for regulatory matters, while Craig Spurn — who joined recently from McCarthy Tétrault — is another key name for energy transactions.

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Energy and natural resources: power

Within: Energy and natural resources: power

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP’s power practice, which is active across the gamut of commercial, financing, corporate and regulatory matters, ‘ranks among the best in Ontario’, according to some. It also has an increasingly strong presence in Calgary, which was further strengthened by the arrival of Craig Spurn from McCarthy Tétrault. Toronto-based Rocco Sebastiano heads the department and is advising Bruce Power on the C$13bn Bruce Power Major Component Replacement Program, as part of the refurbishment of the Bruce Power Nuclear Generating Station. Toronto’s Jacob A. Sadikman ‘knows the power sector inside out’ and advised TransCanada on the C$540m sale of its Ontario solar portfolio to Axium Infinity Solar LP. Richard King, also in Toronto, is recommended for regulatory issues and led the regulatory advice to Hydro One in its $6.7bn acquisition of Avista.

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