Peter Keohane
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9663

Peter has broad experience in many areas of business law, including executive internal counsel positions with an international energy firm and an international financial services firm. His practice focuses on domestic and international commercial transactions, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, project development, and structured commodity off-take and supply transactions.

Peter has also been actively involved in the power industry. He has an industry-leading power practice, involving power development projects, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures, and power marketing, off-take and supply transactions.

Peter acts for leading power generation asset developers and operators, and has acted in respect of some of the most significant power generation assets, and related facilities and interests, in the province of Alberta as well in other Canadian and U.S. jurisdictions.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Peter has acted as lead counsel on many high-profile and strategic domestic and international transactions. Recent representative transactions include:

Commercial Transactions/Projects
(see Power Industry matters below)

  • Agrium Inc. on its AUS$35 million acquisition of Starpharma Holding Ltd.'s Australian agrochemical business and its proprietary dendrimer polymer technology portfolio

  • Suncor Energy Inc. on the sale of its Petro-Canada lubricants division to HollyFrontier Corporation for C$1.13-billion
  • Agrium Inc. on the acquisition of US$36-billion merger of equals transaction with Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc.
  • Suncor Energy Inc. on its agreement to acquire Murphy Oil Company's interest in the Syncrude oil sands joint venture for approximately C$937-million
  • Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, as Canadian counsel, on its acquisition of 40 per cent of Glencore Agricultural Products, valuing Glencore Agri at US$6.25-billion
  • An international commodities marketer in connection with large-volume, long-term grain supply, put-through, elevation services and off-take arrangements in connection with the development of a U.S. gulf coast grain export terminal

  • Agrium Inc. in connection with its C$1.8-billion supported funding of Glencore International plc's C$6.1-billion acquisition of Viterra Inc. and the subsequent acquisition by Agrium from Glencore of Viterra's wholesale and retail agri-products division, including businesses, properties and assets in Canada and Australia

  • Agrium Inc. on its C$915-million disposition of its Viterra-acquired interest in Canadian Fertilizer Limited's nitrogen production facilities at Medicine Hat, Alberta, to CF Industries

  • Agrium Inc. on its C$85-million sale of its turf and ornamental business to Koch Agronomic Services, LLC

  • Agrium Inc. in connection with its C$1.2-billion acquisition of AWB Limited and its subsequent C$400-million disposition of AWB's grain marketing business to Cargill Inc. resulting in the establishment of Agrium's Australian Landmark retail agricultural products business

  • Agrium Inc. in connection with acquisitions of various Canadian retail farm input centres

  • Methanex Corporation on its large-volume, long-term natural gas procurement and transportation management arrangements with Chesapeake Energy Corporation for its "G1" methanol production, storage and handling facilities at Geismar, Louisiana

  • Methanex Corporation on its large-volume, long-term natural gas procurement and hedging program for its "G2" methanol production, storage and handling facilities at Geismar, Louisiana

  • CEDA International Corporation on the sale of its Canadian, U.S. and Trinidadian Catalyst Services Businesses to Clean Harbors, Inc.

Power Industry Transactions/Projects

  • Suncor Energy Inc. on its acquisition of TransAlta Corporation's Poplar Creek, Alberta, cogeneration, transmission and distribution facilities, and assumption of operating control, and ultimately ownership, of two gas turbine generators and two heat recovery steam generators at Poplar Creek, representing 376 MW, in exchange for its 20 MW Kent Breeze, Ontario, wind power facility and its 51% interest in the 88 MW Wintering Hills, Alberta, wind power facility

  • Suncor Energy Inc. on various commercial agreements and arrangements related to the establishment of its internal electricity management and marketing group

  • ENMAX Corporation on commercial matters relating to the development of its Shepard Energy Centre, an 800 MW natural-gas-fired, combined-cycle, electricity generation facility in Calgary, Alberta, and the subsequent sale of a 50 per cent interest in the Shepard Energy Centre to Capital Power, creating a joint venture for the Shepard Energy Centre between ENMAX and Capital Power for the construction completion, operations, real time dispatch management, and structured long-term electricity off-take arrangements

  • ENMAX Corporation on its joint venture with Capital Power for the 1,050 MW natural-gas-fired, combined-cycle, Genesee 4 and Genesee 5 Energy Centres, being developed near Warburg, Alberta, for project development, construction, real time dispatch management, site leasing, shared facility services, and structured long term electricity off-take arrangements

  • ENMAX Corporation on its purchase from Encana Corporation of the 115 MW natural gas fired, Cavalier electricity generation facility located near Strathmore, Alberta, and of Encana's 50 per cent interest in the 110 MW natural-gas-fired, Balzac electricity generation facility located near Balzac, Alberta

  • A consortium of Canadian private equity investors on their bid to acquire AltaLink, as owner and operator of the majority of Alberta's electricity transmission system, from SNC-Lavalin

  • BluEarth Renewables Inc. on long-term, structured electricity off-take arrangements with a consortium of Alberta School districts in support of the financing and development of its 30MW Bull Creek wind-power generation facility in Provost, Alberta

  • NaturEner USA, LLC on long-term power sales and power transmission management and optimization arrangements for the Rim Rock wind-power generation facility at Cutbank, Montana, and in connection with its long-term transmission rights on the Montana-Alberta Tie Line (MATL) transmission line.
  • NextEra Energy Canada on a long-term, structured electricity off-take agreement with JP Morgan Commodities Canada Corporation in support of the financing and development of its 82MW Ghost Pine wind-power generation facility in Kneehill County, Alberta
  • GE Energy Financial Services on its acquisition of the 300MW Dokie Ridge, British Columbia, wind-power power generation facility from EarthFirst Canada Inc. through insolvency restructuring proceedings under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (Canada)
AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Peter has been recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada - 2014-2017 (Energy)
  • The Legal 500 Canada 2015 (Corporate and M&A)
PUBLICATIONS
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Blakes Bulletin on Power, June 12, 2017.
Blakes Whitepaper on Corporate & Commercial, Energy - Regulatory, Environmental, Oil & Gas, Power, and Renewable Energy, June 23, 2016.
Blakes Bulletin on Corporate & Commercial, Energy, Environmental & Aboriginal, Oil & Gas, Power, Renewable Energy, April 21, 2016.
Blakes Bulletin on Litigation & Dispute Resolution, July 2015.
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