Paul Blyschak
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9704

Paul's practice encompasses a broad range of both domestic and international transactions in the upstream and midstream oil and gas industry as well as in the LNG, power and resources sectors. Paul advises clients in respect of project development, joint ventures, asset acquisitions and dispositions, corporate mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, corporate financings and related commercial matters. Paul assists clients with the negotiation and drafting of commercial agreements, transaction structuring, the conduct of due diligence and various corporate governance matters.

In addition to his corporate experience, Paul also has two years of experience working in international commercial arbitration and litigation, and regularly advises clients in respect of risk mitigation strategies in international transactions, including transaction structuring, obtaining and leveraging protection under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties, investment negotiations with foreign governments, and foreign investment dispute proceedings and resolution. He has lived and worked in the United Kingdom, South Africa, Japan and Australia, and has published widely on international investment, energy and project disputes.

  • Kinder Morgan Canada on its C$4.5-billion sale of the Trans Mountain Pipeline system and expansion project to the Government of Canada

  • Shell Canada Energy on the purchase by Petronas-owned North Montney LNG Limited Partnership of a 25 per cent stake in the LNG Canada project JV from Shell, PetroChina Kitimat LNG Partnership and Kogas Canada LNG Ltd.

  • A Canadian company in a Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) claim against a Middle East State for in excess of C$2-billion and an associated International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) contract claim against a State-owned entity for in excess of C$200-million

  • Pembina Pipeline Corporation on its acquisition of Veresen Inc. in a stock-and-cash deal valued at C$9.7-billion

  • Lightstream Resources Ltd. on the sale of substantially all of its business and assets to Ridgeback Resources Ltd. by credit bid in the context of CCAA proceedings for an approximate value of C$1-billion

  • Canadian counsel to the lending syndicate in the cross-border (CCAA/Chapter 11) restructuring proceedings of the Sanjel Group and the disposition of its assets to multiple purchasers in North America and internationally for an aggregate value of more than C$500-million

  • Counsel to Pembina Pipeline Corporation on its C$556-million acquisition of midstream natural gas processing assets from Paramount Resources and associated long term gas gathering and midstream take-or-pay arrangements

  • Counsel to Gran Tierra Energy in its acquisition of all issued and outstanding shares of PetroGranada Colombia Limited

  • Counsel to the Canadian joint venture of Sinopec International Petroleum Exploration and Production Corporation (SIPC) and China Huadian Corporation in its 15 per cent participation in the Pacific NorthWest LNG project, including the negotiation of all natural gas/LNG value chain agreements and associated project development matters

  • Counsel to Cenovus Energy in its acquisition of the North American Terminal Operations business (a crude-by-rail transloading facility northeast of Edmonton with both manifest and unit train capability and connected to both CP and CN rail lines) from Canexus Corporation for approximately C$75-million, as well as in related operations and service agreement negotiations

  • Counsel to Sinopec International Petroleum Exploration and Production Corporation (SIPC) in its acquisition of a 15% interest in the Pacific NorthWest LNG project from Petronas Nasional Berhad, as well as in SIPC's associated formation of a Canadian joint venture with China Huadian Corporation to participate in the project

  • Counsel to Kinder Morgan Energy Partners L.P. on its 50-50 joint venture with Keyera Corp. to build the Baseline Tank Terminal (a 4.8 million barrel merchant oil storage terminal) for an anticipated capital expenditure of approximately C$700-million, as well as various subsequent project development matters

  • Counsel to LNG Canada regarding various aspects of the development of its LNG export project in Kitimat, British Columbia, including various related negotiations with the Province of British Columbia

  • Counsel to Mitsui & Co., Ltd. in its LNG joint venture with Fortis BC and NextEra Energy Canada, including in respect of all project development agreements, non-binding offtake arrangements, project structuring and First Nations matters

  • Canadian counsel to Spectra Energy Corp. in its acquisition of the Express-Platte pipeline system for an aggregate price of C$1.49-billion from Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, Borealis Infrastructure and the Ontario Teacher's Pension Plan

  • Counsel to a consortium of private equity investors in connection with a bid to acquire AltaLink (owner and operator of the majority of Alberta's electricity transmission system) from SNC-Lavalin in a competitive bid process

  • Counsel to various prospective participants in different LNG projects located in British Columbia and Eastern Canada in respect of the due diligence of project structure and value chain arrangements as well as related project interest acquisition negotiations and agreements

  • Counsel to Mosaic Energy Ltd. in respect of the negotiation of a long-term gas handling agreement and certain other contractual arrangements with Pembina Pipeline Corporation underpinning a C$170-million gas plant expansion and associated new 28 kilometre gas gathering pipeline

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