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Bennett Jones LLP

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Calgary, Doha, Edmonton, Hamilton, Ottawa, Toronto and 2 more

Brent Kraus

Work 403.298.3071
Bennett Jones LLP

Work Department

M&A and Capital Markets


Partner and Co-Head of Corporate Department


Brent Kraus focuses on public and private mergers and acquisitions and capital market transactions, as well as corporate governance and shareholder activism. Brent acts for:

  • both internationally and domestically based strategic acquirors and financial investors in connection with the acquisition or disposition of Canadian businesses;
  • local management teams in the connection with the formation and ongoing capital raising needs of junior to mid-size entities;
  • investment dealers in connection with public and private financings, financial advisory services and regulatory compliance; and
  • ongoing compliance, governance advice and securityholder matters for public and private entities.


Brent is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured (ARBI) and is Corporate Secretary for several private companies.


University of Saskatchewan, BComm, 1997 
University of Saskatchewan, LLB, 1998


Capital markets

Within: Leading individuals

Brent Kraus - Bennett Jones LLP

Within: Capital markets

Excellent in all areas’, Bennett Jones LLP distinguishes itself through its ‘outstanding service’ and ‘great depth’, as well as its prominence in energy and natural resources-related offerings. In a recent example, Osisko Gold Royalties turned to the firm for assistance with its C$274.9m private placement of shares — Toronto-based group co-lead Linda Misetich Dann and Toronto-based mining head Sander Grieve led the work. In Calgary, John Piasta (‘very knowledgeable and solutions-oriented’) acted with Mark Powell to advise Parkland Fuel on its C$662m private placement of shares and its C$500m private placement of high-yield notes. Calgary-based department co-lead Brent Kraus is an ‘excellent lawyer’ and advised Schlumberger Canada Finance on its $1.1bn notes issuance.

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Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

‘Top in the Alberta market, period’, Bennett Jones LLP distinguishes itself through its ‘exceptional bench strength’ and ‘unparalleled knowledge of the energy industry’. In addition, to its ‘first-rate Calgary office’, the department also has an increasingly prominent Toronto platform and robust teams in Edmonton and Vancouver. In Calgary, Patrick Maguire (‘excellent at both the big-picture analysis and the detail’) and John Piasta (‘a top-notch transactional attorney’) advised Cenovus on its C$17.7bn acquisition of assets from ConocoPhillips’, including a 50% interest in FCCL Partnership. Calgary-based M&A co-head Brent Kraus is an ‘excellent lawyer and manager’ and acted for Schlumberger on its joint venture with Weatherford International. In Toronto, M&A co-lead Linda Misetich Dann and mining head Sander Grieve advised Osisko Gold Royalties on its acquisition of a C$1.1bn portfolio of assets from Orion Mine Finance Group. Private equity head John Mercury, vice chairman Perry Spitznagel and seasoned specialist David Spencer are also recommended in Calgary. Abbas Ali Khan is an ‘impressive younger partner’ in Toronto.

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