Michael J. Laffin, Q.C.
Chair, Asia Region | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9692

Mike is a Partner in the Blakes Energy group, recognized as a select top-tier energy practice in Canada by numerous ranking agencies, and is also Chair of the Blakes Asia Region initiative. He provides strategic corporate and energy advice to Canadian and international oil and gas companies, and has extensive experience negotiating, structuring, advising and opining on all aspects of conventional and unconventional oil and gas matters. He has in depth knowledge of the Canadian oil sands, liquefied natural gas, marketing in Canada, midstream and infrastructure issues, joint ventures, and the acquisition and divestment of assets and corporations.

Mike is a director of a number of public and private companies and has extensive experience with a variety of business issues, including corporate strategy, M&A transactions, compensation and corporate governance matters.

Prior to practising law, Mike worked in the business economics, reservoir engineering, and land departments of a multinational energy company.


Mike has been lead counsel to numerous major Canadian and Asian companies, including recent significant mandates for Sinopec International Petroleum Exploration and Production Corporation (SINOPEC), China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC), TAQA NORTH Ltd., Talisman Energy Inc, PTT Exploration and Production, and Nexen Inc. Through these mandates Mike has played an integral role in their expansion and development in Canada.


Mike is recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015 (Energy Law and Natural Resources Law)

  • Who's Who Legal: Energy 2015

  • Who's Who Legal 2016 - Compendium Edition

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2015 (Energy: Oil & Gas (Transactional) - Canada; Energy: Oil & Gas (Transactional) - Canada: Foreign Experts for China; and Energy & Natural Resources (International Firms) - China: Foreign Experts Based in Canada)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2013 (Energy (Oil & Gas))

  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms (Mergers & Acquisitions)

  • Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Energy and Natural Resources Lawyers 2013

  • Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Practitioners: China 2012 (Energy: International)

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