Noralee Bradley
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9684

Noralee's practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, financings, and corporate and board governance. Her clients are primarily in the oil and gas, oil sands, and service sectors. She has been the main legal adviser and has significant experience in a number of mergers involving both public and private companies, friendly and hostile take-over bids, and complicated plans of arrangement involving related parties and foreign entities.

Noralee has also served as lead partner in equity and debt offerings in Canada and sophisticated cross-border financings. She has provided advice to many clients from initial capitalization (including private equity funding) through the cycle of private financings, initial public offerings, acquisitions and exit strategies.

Noralee assists many companies in the strategic planning and review of corporate governance policies and their compliance with fiduciary duties and securities regulations. She also serves as a board member or corporate secretary on several public companies.


Recent representative matters include advising:

  • Laricina Energy Ltd. in its support of the take-over bid by Canadian Natural Resources Limited for all common shares and follow on change of control offer for Laricina’s senior notes

  • Cona Resources Ltd. on its C$85-million acquisition by majority shareholder, Waterous Energy Fund

  • Veresen Inc. on its C$9.7-billion arrangement agreement with Pembina Pipeline Corporation

  • Cona Resources Ltd. on the change of control tender offer for its US$269.7-million, 7.25 per cent senior notes and related financing by way of a C$160-million second-lien term loan and a drawdown on its existing credit facility

  • Apache Canada Ltd. on three concurrent transactions totalling C$927-million

  • ConocoPhillips on the sale of its interest in the Foster Creek Christina Lake (FCCL) oil sands partnership, as well as the majority of its Western Canada Deep Basin gas assets, to Cenovus for total proceeds of C$17.7-billion

  • Precision Drilling Corporation on its US$350-million senior note offering

  • Athabasca Oil Corporation on its acquisition of Canadian thermal oil assets from Statoil Canada

  • Canadian Oil Sands Limited on its response to Suncor Energy Inc.'s unsolicited take-over bid valued at C$6.6-billion

  • CanElson Drilling on its C$500-million merger with Trinidad Drilling

  • Parallel Energy Trust on its strategic alternatives process

  • Crest Energy International on WesternZagros' C$200-million rights offering, private placement backstop agreement and loan facility

  • Credit Suisse, as Canadian counsel, and other initial purchasers on Canbriam Energy's US$250-million high-yield bond offering

  • Northern Blizzard Resources on its C$500-million initial public offering and secondary offering, US$425-million high-yield bond offering and C$90-million issuer bid

  • MGM Energy Corporation on its "related party" arrangement with Paramount Resources

  • Spitfire Ventures, LLC, a Rod Lewis entity, on its investment in US Oil Sands Inc. as part of the C$80-million financing

  • The underwriting syndicate led by RBC Capital Markets, Barclays Capital Canada Inc., Merrill Lynch Canada Inc. and BMO Capital Markets for Oryx Petroleum Corporation Limited's C$250-million initial public offering

  • Group of Concerned Shareholders on a requisitioned meeting for Helix BioPharma Corp. and subsequent proxy battle

  • The Special Committee of Afexa Life Sciences Inc. on its defence of Paladin Labs' hostile take-over bid and sale to Valeant Pharmaceuticals

  • Northern Blizzard Resources Inc. on its initial capitalization and C$770-million private equity financing in connection with the acquisition of C$1-billion of heavy oil assets from Nexen Inc.

  • Kulczyk Oil Ventures Inc. on its European initial public offering and acquisition of Triton Hydrocarbons Pty. Ltd., an Australian company

  • TUSK Energy Corporation on its sale by way of plan of arrangement to Polar Star Canadian Oil and Gas, Inc., a venture indirectly owned by the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America of New York

  • Anglo Potash Ltd. on the sale process leading to an acquisition by BHP Billiton Diamonds Inc.

  • Spearpoint Energy Corp. on its creation as a general partnership with a private equity fund and sale to NAL Oil & Gas Trust


Noralee is continuously recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications, including in the most recent editions:

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

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2018 (Mergers & Acquisitions; Corporate Commercial Law; Corporate Finance & Securities; Corporate Mid-Market)

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2018 (Corporate/M&A): Sources say: "... [Noralee] is "a top M&A lawyer" who is lauded by interviewees for her "very strong technical skills" and is described as being "very good to deal with"

  • The 2018 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Corporate Commercial Law, Corporate Finance & Securities and Mergers & Acquisitions)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2018 (Corporate and M&A)

  • The 2017 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Mergers & Acquisitions; Corporate Finance & Securities)

  • IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms - 2017 Edition (Mergers and Acquisitions)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2017 (Corporate/Commercial)

  • Lexpert Special Edition on Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers 2014

Noralee was the recipient of the 2014 Lexpert Zenith Award: Celebrating Today's Leaders in Practice Excellence in the area of Corporate and Commercial Law.