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Downstream & Marketing

Downstream & Marketing
Downstream & Marketing
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From refineries and petrochemical plants to distributors, wholesalers and retail outlets, the downstream oil and gas sector plays a critical role in the energy industry. But refining and delivery operations present a host of challenges, including seasonality, scheduling challenges and supply chain issues, while projects are typically large, capital-intensive and subject to regulatory risk. Blakes practices in all areas of downstream and marketing law, including supply contracts, restructurings, joint ventures, financing, acquisitions and trading agreements.

The Oil & Gas lawyers at Blakes are ideally positioned to serve our clients in the downstream market. With global knowledge derived from offices worldwide, we have provided strategic and tactical support on major groundbreaking energy projects in numerous international jurisdictions, including extensive expertise in the financing and development of international liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminals.

The downstream industry does not exist solely in a business environment, however, and levels of government play a key role in this sector. Thanks to our extensive on-the-ground experience acting for host governments and state-owned oil and gas companies, we also possess an in-depth understanding of how the business, government and legal environments intersect in this field.

The following are a few examples of how we have helped a deep and diverse client base that includes supermajors, other private oil and gas companies, and private and multilateral lenders.

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Recent Experience
  • Algonquin Power and Utilities on its acquisition of the New Brunswick natural-gas distribution business from Enbridge for C$331-million.

  • Ceres Global Ag Corp. on its joint venture with Steel Reef Infrastructure Corp. to develop a hydrocarbon rail terminal at Ceres’ existing Northgate, Saskatchewan, rail facility to facilitate the transloading of hydrocarbon products for movement between the U.S. and Canada.

  • Kinder Morgan in connection with the C4.35-billion acquisition of Kinder Morgan Canada Limited and the Cochin pipeline system by Pembina Pipeline Corporation.

  • Imperial Oil on the sale of its retail gas stations for approximately C$2.8-billion.

  • Suncor Energy Inc. on its investment in Enerkem Inc., a Canadian biofuel technology company.

  • Suncor Energy Inc. on the sale of its Petro-Canada lubricants division to HollyFrontier Corporation for C$1.13-billion.

  • Methanex Corporation on its large-volume, long-term natural-gas procurement and transportation management arrangements with Chesapeake Energy Corporation for its "G1" methanol production, storage and handling facilities at Geismar, Louisiana.

  • Nexen Inc. on the sale of its North American natural-gas trading unit.

  • Harvest Energy Trust on its C$1.6-billion acquisition of North Atlantic Refining Limited from Vitol Refining Group B.V.

  • Pembina Pipeline Corporation on the C$185-million purchase from NOVA Chemicals Corporation of a 50 per cent interest in the Fort Saskatchewan Ethylene Storage Limited Partnership.

  • Suncor Energy Inc. on its acquisition of a 50-per-cent interest in the Fort Saskatchewan Ethylene Storage Limited Partnership operated by Dow Chemicals.

Awards & Recognition
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada

  • Who’s Who Legal: Business

  • The Legal 500 Canada

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada