Max Ettinger
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9626 x59626

Max assists clients with a wide range of corporate and commercial matters, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, reorganizations, and various other projects and transactions. He also has experience in domestic and international transactions. Max provides services to a broad range of clients, including clients in the energy, infrastructure, aviation, manufacturing, retail, private equity and technology sectors.

Max articled in the Toronto office and practised with the Corporate & Commercial group in Toronto for two years prior to joining the Energy group in Calgary. During his articles, he was seconded to one of Canada's leading financial institutions in Toronto.

While completing his undergraduate degree and prior to joining Blakes, Max worked as a summer student in the energy marketing department of a large oil and gas company in Calgary.


Some of Max's recent representative matters include advising:

  • DP World Limited on its US$3.7-billion joint venture with Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec to create an investment platform focused on investing in ports and terminals globally

  • A U.S. private equity sponsor on the reorganization of certain holdings in brick, pipe and precast products manufacturing in conjunction with a joint venture and initial public offering

  • Agrium Inc. on its proposed US$38-billion merger of equals with Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc.

  • Imperial Oil on its C$2.8-billion sale of 497 company-owned Esso retail stations

  • Various energy companies on potential acquisitions and divestitures of interests in wind-power facilities

  • Cliffs Natural Resources or its affiliates on the sale of various assets used in connection with the Bloom Lake and Wabush Mines iron ore mines and other related matters

  • Various purchasers and potential purchasers on acquisitions and proposed acquisitions of aircraft fleets and other aviation-related assets

  • LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton on its acquisition of a controlling interest in luggage manufacturer RIMOWA

  • Lone Star Funds on its US$1.4-billion acquisition of Hanson Building Products from HeidelbergCement Group