Scott W. N. Clarke
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9712

Scott's practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, power projects, corporate finance, private equity, and governance. He has extensive experience in domestic and cross-border acquisitions and financings.

Scott acts as counsel to issuers and underwriters across many sectors, including oilfield services, resource exploration and development, renewable energy, power, manufacturing, and financial services.

Through his extensive power practice, Scott has significant experience in project development, joint ventures and project financings. He acts for both bidders and targets on take-over bids and plans of arrangement (negotiated and hostile), as well as public and private restructurings and financings, and regularly advises issuers in connection with corporate governance requirements, continuous disclosure obligations and stock exchange compliance (Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange).

A significant portion of Scott's practice involves advising boards of directors on governance matters, including special committee representation for acquisition transactions and strategic processes.


Recently, Scott has represented:

  • Trinidad Drilling Ltd. with respect to the hostile take-over bid made by Ensign Energy Services Inc.

  • BluEarth Renewables Inc. on its acquisition of four operating renewable energy projects from Veresen Inc.

  • Hyduke Energy Services Inc. on its acquisitions of Western Manufacturing Inc. and Avalanche Metal Industries Ltd.

  • Trinidad Drilling Ltd. on its C$505-million acquisition of CanElson Drilling Inc.; its joint venture with Halliburton to provide and operate drilling rigs for Halliburton's international integrated projects; its C$140-million offering of common shares and C$300-million debt financing; and its acquisition of Victory Rig Equipment Corporation for C$16-million

  • BluEarth Renewables Inc. on its buyout by Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan

  • Prairie Storm Energy Corp. on its C$400-million capitalization by Natural Gas Partners

  • Trinidad Drilling Ltd. on its international joint venture for the provision of drilling services with Halliburton Company

  • Novus Energy Inc. on its acquisition by Yanchang Petroleum International Limited of China

  • An underwriting syndicate in connection with the spinout and initial public offering of TransAlta Renewables Inc.

  • BluEarth Renewables Inc. on its joint venture with the Batchewana First Nation for the development of the 58MW Bow Lake Wind Farm

  • Millennium Stimulation Services Ltd., a private pressure pumping and well completion services company, on its start-up and subsequent financings

  • Gran Tierra Energy Inc. on its acquisition of Petrolifera Petroleum Limited

  • An institutional investor in respect of its participation in a C$500-million private placement in Osum Oil Sands Corp.

  • Lufkin Industries, Inc. in respect of its acquisition of Alberta-based Pentagon Optimization Services and Quinn's Oilfield Supply


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

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2019 (Corporate and Commercial)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2019 (Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law and Securities Law)

  • Acritas Stars 2018: Independently Rated Lawyers (Nominated as a stand-out lawyer by senior in-house counsel)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2018 (Corporate Mid-Market)