Jeff Bakker
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9682

Jeff practises corporate and securities law. His primary focus is on securities matters, particularly in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, corporate governance and continuous disclosure compliance.

Jeff has experience in representing both private and publicly traded issuers listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, the New York Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange. As counsel to offerors and targets, he has acted on a number of domestic and cross-border take-over bids, plans of arrangement and contested proxy contests. He has also acted on behalf of underwriters and dealers in both public and private offerings of equity and debt and assists clients with corporate governance matters and continuous disclosure compliance obligations, as well as general corporate and commercial matters.


Examples of recent transactions on which Jeff has acted in a significant capacity include acting for:

  • Pembina Pipeline Corporation on its C$10-billion acquisition of Veresen Inc. and its US$650-million acquisition of the Vantage pipeline and the Mistral Midstream extraction plant

  • Cenovus Energy Inc. on its C$17.7-billion acquisition of assets from ConocoPhillips and its related C$3-billion offering of common shares

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

  • Suncor Energy Inc. on its unsolicited C$6.6-billion take-over bid and subsequent negotiated acquisition of Canadian Oil Sands Limited

  • Canadian Pacific Railway on its US$500-million debt offering in March 2018

  • TransCanada Corporation and its subsidiaries on over C$20-billion of financing transactions comprised of offerings of hybrid securities, preferred shares, U.S. senior notes, medium term notes and common shares

  • Suncor Energy Inc. on the renewal of its C$2-billion medium term note program and US$2-billion multi-jurisdictional disclosure system (MJDS) cross-border shelf program and associated offerings thereunder

  • Cenovus Energy Inc. on the sale of its wholly-owned subsidiary Heritage Royalty Limited Partnership to Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan for C$3.3-billion

  • Agrium Inc. on over $6.5-billion of financing transactions comprised of offerings of US$5.3-billion of senior notes in aggregate and an offering of C$1.375-billion of common shares

  • Private-equity sponsored CanEra Energy Corp. in connection with its C$1.3-billion acquisition by Crescent Point Energy Corp.

  • Nexen Inc. in connection with its C$15.1-billion acquisition by CNOOC Limited

  • Pembina Pipeline Corporation in its C$3.2-billion acquisition of Provident Energy Ltd.

  • Daylight Energy Ltd. in its C$2.3-billion acquisition by Sinopec

  • Suncor Energy Inc. in its strategic merger with Petro-Canada


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

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2019 (Capital Markets)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2019 (Securities Law)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2018 (Corporate Finance and Securities)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2018 (Capital Markets)

  • ILFR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms 2018 (Rising Star: Energy, Natural Resources)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017 (Mergers & Acquisitions)

  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms 2017 (Mergers & Acquisitions)

  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada 2014 (Lawyers to Watch)

  • Lexpert magazine, November/December 2013 (Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40)

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