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Canada has some of the world's most advanced energy markets and is rich in natural resources. However, it also has one of the most complex regulatory schemes. Businesses operating in the energy sector must strive to meet increasing energy needs and the demand for cost-effective, efficient alternative energy sources while complying with complex regulations. In this challenging environment, those in the oil and gas and power industries need counsel with the expertise in energy sector law to address all of these issues.

Our Energy group has one of the leading oil and gas law practices in Canada as well as one of the most experienced and highly regarded power groups. With more than 100 energy law practitioners throughout our offices across Canada and worldwide, we provide in-depth industry knowledge and experience globally. Those in the energy sector engage Blakes because of our strong technical expertise and experience advising on all aspects of the energy industry.

Our Oil & Gas team serves a comprehensive client base, including E&P companies, midstreamers, marketers, refiners, utility companies, facility and pipeline owners and operators, industrial users, industry financiers, and other stakeholders. We assist with all aspects of their business, from industry agreements to facility construction, collaborative arrangements and joint ventures, and mergers and acquisitions.

The Blakes energy law practice has developed significant expertise in the area of power, including acquisitions and divestitures, financing and project development regarding transmission facilities, cogeneration facilities and power purchase agreements.

Clients in the energy marketing field frequently seek our energy transactional advice on buying, selling, transporting and storage of energy commodities, price risk management, energy commodity products, and the negotiation and sale of Canadian wholesale energy-trading operations.

Blakes Energy Regulatory lawyers have far-reaching experience before key regulatory bodies with dozens of facility, toll, tariff, generation and land applications, working on all phases of project approvals, and with the regulatory aspects of commercial transactions. Our litigators regularly represent national and international clients in virtually every forum across the country, including the Supreme Court of Canada. We have extensive experience in domestic and international commercial arbitration under the rules of all major national and international arbitral institutions.

Working collaboratively with our renowned Financial Services, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Environmental, Tax and Restructuring & Insolvency lawyers and other specialized practitioners, we offer comprehensive advice on M&A deals, joint ventures, collaborative arrangements, project and equipment finance, procurement, infrastructure challenges, environmental restrictions, permitting, approvals, reporting, and regulatory compliance matters.

Awards & Recognition

Blakes and our lawyers are recognized as energy leaders in the most recent editions of the following publications:

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada – Fifteen Blakes lawyers are listed. Our energy lawyers have been consistently ranked as leaders in their field since the inaugural edition published in 2006.

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business – Blakes and members of our Energy group have been recognized for their expertise in energy law since 2003. In the most recent edition, eight lawyers are listed. Client comments include: "They stand out for the depth of partners who are active participants in the field. They are at the forefront of cutting-edge work." "We model our group on Blakes - they are extremely entrepreneurial and extremely outward-focused."

  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada – Since 2002, our energy lawyers have been recognized as top-tier legal practitioners.

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory – For the past 12 years, peers have been selecting Blakes and our lawyers as leaders in energy law.

  • Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Energy and Natural Resources Lawyers – Fives Blakes lawyers are listed in the area of energy law.