Unprecedented challenges call for innovative solutions. The convergence of overwhelming energy demand and the need for energy security now drive many of the world’s geopolitical and macroeconomic decisions. The resulting opportunities in Canada and abroad are extraordinary.

Home to global hydrocarbon potential surpassed only by Saudi Arabia, the Canadian oil and gas sector offers fuel-thirsty nations and industries worldwide an unprecedented combination of resource access and political stability. Add the growing impression of oil scarcity, the development of innovative recovery methods, the explosion of environmental activism and seemingly unquenchable demand from Asia, and you have a perfect storm of energy-sector volatility.

The Oil & Gas group at Blakes has the experience and depth of knowledge to navigate its clients through that storm. Acting for a client base that includes exploration and production companies, midstreamers, marketers, refiners, industrial users, industry financiers and other stakeholders, we have managed M&A transactions, competition and environmental hearings, regulatory applications, and ownership and operational issues for a wide range of national and international players in the energy industry.

Consolidation and expansion are continually recurring features of the oil and gas sector. Our premier Mergers & Acquisitions and Competition & Antitrust teams support our oil and gas expertise with unsurpassed proficiency in the financing, structuring and regulatory compliance details behind the deals that power growth in this sector. No other Canadian firm can provide its clients with this combination of energy-finance strength.

Headquartered in our Calgary office but with practitioners across Canada and worldwide, our Oil & Gas group brings an extraordinary degree of global awareness to the strategic and tactical advice we provide our clients. We provide counsel that is fully informed by the potential and limitations of both conventional and unconventional sources and methods of energy access, today and in the future.

Representative Matters

  • Acted for Trican Well Service Ltd. on the sale of its U.S. pressure pumping business to Keane Group Holdings, LLC for US$200-million plus an equity interest in Keane.
  • Represented China's Sinopec International Petroleum Exploration and Production Corporation (Sinopec), through its subsidiary SinoCanada Petroleum Corporation, in negotiating its C$105-million purchase of an interest and partnering in the C$4.5-billion Northern Lights oil sands project in northeastern Alberta; and on its C$4.65-billion purchase of ConocoPhillips' interest in the Syncrude joint venture.
  • Acted as project counsel for Husky Energy Inc. and Petro-Canada relating to all aspects of the development of the White Rose project; also acted as counsel to Husky with respect to development of the Terra Nova project and on Husky's disposition of 50 per cent interest to CNOOC and joint venture agreement for exploration and development of Indonesia Madura fields.
  • Advised Suncor Energy Inc. on its joint venture and purchase arrangements with Total E&P Canada Ltd., wherein Total paid Suncor a net C$1.75-billion. Total received a 19 per cent stake in Suncor's piece of the Fort Hills oil sands project in Alberta and a 49 per cent stake in a Suncor-operated Voyageur upgrader. In turn, Suncor acquired Total's 37 per cent stake in the Joslyn project in Alberta. The deal was recently referred to as "one of the most complex oil sands joint ventures in recent years" by American Lawyer magazine.
  • Counsel to Enerplus Resources Fund on its US$411-million acquisition of a working interest in the Marcellus shale natural gas play from a vendor group led by Chief Oil and Gas LLC.
  • Advised Thailand's PTT Exploration and Production Company in its US$2.28-billion acquisition of a 40 per cent partnership interest in Statoil Canada Partnership, whose main asset is the Kai Kos Dehseh oil sands project in Alberta, and the subsequent negotiation of a joint venture agreement with Statoil Canada Ltd.
  • Represented Enerplus Resources Fund in its participation in the Joslyn oil sands project and negotiations with its joint interest partners, including Total, and the subsequent sale of Enerplus' 15 per cent interest in the project to Occidental Petroleum Corporation for C$500-million.


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Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3393
Areas of Expertise: Environmental Assessment & Approvals, Corporate & Commercial, Mining Law, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Oil & Gas, Power, LNG, Aboriginal
Chair, Saudi Arabia and Middle East | Al-Khobar, Bahrain, Riyadh
Al-Khobar: +966-13-847-5050 x9321
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Riyadh: +966-11-418-7444
Areas of Expertise: Competition & Antitrust, Foreign Investment, International Trade, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Infrastructure, Oil & Gas, Middle East, Nuclear Energy, Major Projects, Oil Sands, LNG, Transportation, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9780
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Oil & Gas, Energy, Oil Sands, LNG, Downstream & Marketing, E&P Unconventional
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5035
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Oil & Gas, Africa
Partner | Montréal
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Areas of Expertise: Energy, Banking, Commercial Real Estate, Financial Services, Construction, Infrastructure, Oil & Gas, Pension Funds Investment, Plan Nord, Debt Capital Markets, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Transportation, Major Projects, Downstream & Marketing, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
Partner | Calgary
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Al-Khobar: +966-13-847-5050 x9338
Bahrain: +973-1715-1500
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Oil & Gas, Energy, Middle East, Foreign Investment, Nuclear Energy, Private Equity
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9704
Areas of Expertise: Energy, Joint Venture & Co-ownership Structuring, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Pipeline & Midstream, Oil Field Services, E&P Conventional, E&P Unconventional, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Transportation, Major Projects, LNG, Oil Sands, Downstream & Marketing, Investment Treaty Arbitration
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9697
Areas of Expertise: Restructuring & Insolvency, Corporate Litigation, Corporate & Commercial, Oil & Gas, Financial Services, Banking, Energy, Credit Unions
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9622
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Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9768
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Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9658
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Oil & Gas, Power, Energy, LNG, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Pipeline & Midstream, Oil Field Services
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9712
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Governance, Corporate & Commercial, Power, Mergers & Acquisitions, Equity Capital Markets, Oil Field Services
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3333
Areas of Expertise: Environmental, Energy, Brownfields Redevelopment, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Power, Oil & Gas, Mining, Forestry, Australia, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Chemical & Waste Regulation, Climate Change, Environmental Assessment & Approvals, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Transportation, LNG, Aboriginal
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9708
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Banking, Asset-Based Finance, Power, Oil & Gas
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9779
Areas of Expertise: Tax, LNG
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9786
Areas of Expertise: Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Insurance, Oil & Gas, Insurance Litigation, Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response, Government & Public Sector
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9771
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Governance, Debt Capital Markets, Equity Capital Markets, Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Cannabis, Banking, Oil & Gas, Private Equity
Partner Emeritus | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9612
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Governance, Oil & Gas, Mining, Power, Energy, Infrastructure, Mining M&A and Capital Markets, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Pipeline & Midstream
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4033
Areas of Expertise: Environmental, Environmental Assessment & Approvals, Climate Change, Brownfields Redevelopment, Oil & Gas, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Mining, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Lobbying, Transportation, Major Projects, Pipeline & Midstream, Aboriginal, Government & Public Sector
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9626 x59626
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Energy, Oil & Gas, Power
Counsel | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3253
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Energy, Technology, Power, Oil & Gas
Chair | Calgary, Toronto
Calgary: 403-260-9610
Toronto: 416-863-2150
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Oil & Gas, Energy, Restructuring & Insolvency, Australia, Africa, Europe, Middle East, Latin America, Equity Capital Markets, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Major Projects, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Cannabis, Credit Unions
Office Managing Partner | London
London: +44-20-7429-3555
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining, Oil & Gas, Infrastructure, Australia, Africa, Capital Markets, Europe, Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets, Corporate Governance, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Mining M&A and Capital Markets, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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