Unprecedented challenges call for innovative solutions. Fluctuating commodity prices, rapidly changing regulatory regimes, supply corridor constraints and continuous improvement in technology create a global storm of energy sector volatility. 

The expert oil and gas lawyers at Blakes have the experience and depth of knowledge to navigate our clients through that storm. We act for a client base starting at the initial search for hydrocarbon resources to the final sale to consumers, including exploration and production companies, refining; supply and trading companies, transportation and marketing companies, 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 industry. Our premier Mergers & Acquisitions and Competition & Antitrust lawyers support our oil and gas and energy law expertise with unsurpassed proficiency in the financing, structuring and regulatory compliance details behind the deals that power growth in the energyis sectorindustry. No other Canadian law 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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Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3328
Areas of Expertise: Environmental Assessment & Approvals, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Brownfields Redevelopment, Energy Regulatory, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Aboriginal Law, Oil & Gas
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3393
Areas of Expertise: Environmental Assessment & Approvals, Corporate & Commercial, Mining Law, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Oil & Gas, Power, LNG, Aboriginal
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9682
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Governance, Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Shareholder Activism, Climate Change, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Transmission & Distribution, Capital Markets, Oil & Gas
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9645
Areas of Expertise: Environmental, Energy Regulatory, Climate Change, Corporate Litigation, Pipeline & Midstream, Power, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech)
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5035
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Oil & Gas, Africa
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4025
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, Hotel Finance
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9656
Areas of Expertise: Construction Dispute Resolution, Product Liability, Intellectual Property, Tax Controversy & Litigation, Oil & Gas, IP Litigation, Construction
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9720
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Energy, Private Equity, REITs, Shareholder Activism, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Capital Markets, Shareholder Activism, Pipeline & Midstream
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9704
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Energy, Investment Treaty Arbitration, Mergers & Acquisitions, Oil & Gas, Joint Venture & Co-Ownership Structuring, LNG, Private Equity
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9697
Areas of Expertise: Restructuring & Insolvency, Corporate Litigation, Corporate & Commercial, Oil & Gas, Financial Services, Banking, Energy
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9715
Areas of Expertise: Transportation, Corporate Litigation, Arbitration, E-Discovery & Document Management, Energy Litigation, Aboriginal Law
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9622
Areas of Expertise: Joint Venture & Co-Ownership Structuring, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Pipeline & Midstream, E&P Conventional, E&P Unconventional, Oil & Gas, Power, Mergers & Acquisitions
Associate | London
London: +44-20-7429-3554
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Corporate Governance, Capital Markets, Private Equity, Oil & Gas
Patent Agent | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3166
Areas of Expertise: Intellectual Property, Patents, IP Licensing & Agreements, Life Sciences, Oil & Gas, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Mining
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9658
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Energy, LNG, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Pipeline & Midstream, Oil Field Services, Oil & Gas, Power, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech)
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
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, Government & Public Sector
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, Energy
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9626 x59626
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Energy, Oil & Gas, Power
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, 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
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9760
Areas of Expertise: Energy, Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Joint Venture & Co-Ownership Structuring, Pipeline & Midstream, Oil & Gas, Restructuring & Insolvency
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9674
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Energy, Oil & Gas, Infrastructure, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Hospitality & Leisure, Construction, United States, Transportation, Major Projects, LNG, Downstream & Marketing, E&P Conventional, E&P Unconventional, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Pipeline & Midstream
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