​Spurred on by rising demand for energy from increasingly inaccessible or unconventional sources, the oil and gas industry is being transformed by technology and innovation. The same is true for the oilfield services industry that supports exploration and extraction through the supply of infrastructure, equipment and personnel: new realities are driving new activities.

Oilfield service companies are using technology and innovation more than ever to maximize recovery, development and production efficiency through aggressive drilling, stimulation and enhanced-recovery programs. From technology and talent to products and processes, and from organizational capabilities to operating models, oilfield service providers are experiencing rapid change. They require strategic counsel to help them succeed in turbulent times.

For decades, the Blakes Oil & Gas group has acted extensively for the full gamut of businesses engaged in oilfield services. Our clients call upon us to negotiate and draft master service agreements, drilling contracts, purchase and sale agreements, compensation arrangements, and software and intellectual property licensing agreements. We also provide strategic and tactical services in litigation, mergers and acquisitions, public and private offerings of securities, and all aspects of securities regulation.

As the oil and gas sector expands into new geographic, geologic and technical frontiers, opportunities for oilfield service companies abound in Canada and around the globe.

Representative Matters
  • Represented Pure Energy Services Ltd. in its strategic merger with Canadian Sub-Surface Energy Services Corporation for C$28-million.
  • Advised Trinidad Energy Services Income Trust on its acquisitions of Mastco Derrick Services Ltd. for C$61.8-million, Summit Energy Services Inc. and Yukon Energy Rentals Inc. for C$18-million, Titan Surface Casing Ltd. for C$24.7-million, certain assets of Jade Drilling Inc. for C$87.6-million and Arrow Drilling, Inc. for C$45-million.
  • Counselled Trinidad Drilling Ltd. on its C$140-million offering of common shares; its C$300-million debt financing; and its acquisition of Victory Rig Equipment Corporation for C$16-million.
  • Assisted Precision Drilling Trust in connection with its February 2009 cross-border equity offering pursuant to the multijurisdictional disclosure system, counselled the underwriters in cross-border equity offerings by Precision Drilling Trust (US$198-million), and supported Precision Drilling Trust on its acquisition by Grey Wolf Inc. for C$1.6-billion.
  • Advised GASFRAC Energy Services Inc. in connection with its going-public transaction, on its C$95-million offering of common shares and on its C$110-million public offering of common shares.
  • Represented Trican Well Service Ltd. in its private placement offering of C$315-million of senior unsecured notes, in its C$230-million offering of common shares and in its C$200-million offering of common shares.
  • Advised RBC Dominion Securities Inc. and a syndicate of other underwriters on the C$172.5-million cross-border public offering of trust units of Precision Drilling Trust.
  • Counsel to Norex Exploration Services Inc. in connection with its C$50-million merger with Tesla Exploration Ltd.
  • Acted for HSE Integrated Ltd. on acquisitions, public and private financings, labour and employment matters, corporate services and compliance matters, real estate and litigation matters.
  • Acting for Mostar Directional Technologies in respect of its leading directional drilling patents.


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Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9658
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Energy, LNG, Mergers, Acquisitions, & Divestitures, Pipeline & Midstream, Oilfield Services, Oil & Gas, Power, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro, & CleanTeach)
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9712
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Governance, Corporate & Commercial, Power, Mergers & Acquisitions, Equity Capital Markets, Oilfield Services
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9744
Areas of Expertise: Energy, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Major Projects, E&P Conventional, E&P Unconventional, Joint Venture & Co-Ownership Structuring, Mergers, Acquisitions, & Divestitures, Pipeline & Midstream, Oilfield Services, Power, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital, Power, Oil & Gas, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro, & CleanTeach), Private Equity, Oil & Gas
Office Managing Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9702
Areas of Expertise: Oil & Gas, Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Energy, Restructuring & Insolvency, Major Projects, LNG, Downstream & Marketing, E&P Conventional, E&P Unconventional, Joint Venture & Co-Ownership Structuring, Oil & Gas, Pipeline & Midstream, Oilfield Services
Patent Agent | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2518
Areas of Expertise: Patents, Oil & Gas, Oilfield Services, Pipeline & Midstream, Payments, Information Technology, FinTech, Drones
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