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Oilfield Services

Oilfield Services
Oilfield Services

Spurred on by rising demand for energy from increasingly inaccessible or unconventional sources, the oil and gas industry is being transformed by technology and innovation. The same is true for the oilfield services industry that supports exploration and extraction through the supply of infrastructure, equipment and personnel: new realities are driving new activities.

Oilfield service companies are using technology and innovation more than ever to maximize recovery, development and production efficiency through aggressive drilling, stimulation and enhanced-recovery programs. From technology and talent to products and processes, and from organizational capabilities to operating models, oilfield service providers are experiencing rapid change. They require oilfield legal expertise of strategic counsel to help them succeed in turbulent times.

For decades, Blakes Oil & Gas lawyers have acted extensively for the full gamut of businesses engaged in oilfield services. Our clients call upon us to negotiate and draft master service agreements, drilling contracts, purchase and sale agreements, compensation arrangements, and software and intellectual property licensing agreements. We also provide strategic and tactical services in litigation, mergers and acquisitions, public and private offerings of securities, and all aspects of securities regulation.

As the oil and gas sector expands into new geographic, geologic and technical frontiers, opportunities for oilfield service companies abound in Canada and around the globe.

Recent Experience
  • Trican Well Service Ltd. on the disposition of its U.S. pressure-pumping business to Keane Group for cash and share consideration of approximately US$400-million.

  • Trican Well Service Ltd. on the sale of its U.S. pressure-pumping business to Keane Group Holdings, LLC for US$200-million, plus an equity interest in Keane; its acquisition of i-Tec Well Solutions AS for US$30-million, 2.4 million common shares and deferred consideration of up to US$47.1-million; and its private placement offering of C$315-million of senior unsecured notes and C$230-million offering of common shares.

  • Norex Exploration Services Inc. in connection with its C$50-million merger with Tesla Exploration Ltd.

  • Pure Energy Services Ltd. on its strategic merger with Canadian Sub-Surface Energy Services Corporation for C$28-million.

  • Trinidad Energy Services Income Trust in respect of its acquisitions of Mastco Derrick Services Ltd. for C$61.8-million, Summit Energy Services Inc. and Yukon Energy Rentals Inc. for C$18-million, Titan Surface Casing Ltd. for C$24.7-million, certain assets of Jade Drilling Inc. for C$87.6-million and Arrow Drilling, Inc. for C$45-million.

  • Trinidad Drilling Ltd. on its C$140-million offering of common shares, its C$300-million debt financing and its acquisition of Victory Rig Equipment Corporation for C$16-million.

  • Precision Drilling Trust in connection with its February 2009 cross-border equity offering pursuant to the multijurisdictional disclosure system, also counselled the underwriters in cross-border equity offerings by Precision Drilling Trust for US$198-million and supported Precision Drilling Trust on its acquisition by Grey Wolf Inc. for C$1.6-billion.

  • GASFRAC Energy Services Inc. in connection with its going-public transaction, its C$95-million offering of common shares, its C$110-million public offering of common shares and its C$40-million offering of convertible debentures.

  • RBC Dominion Securities Inc. and a syndicate of other underwriters on the C$172.5-million cross-border public offering of trust units of Precision Drilling Trust.

  • HSE Integrated Ltd. on acquisitions, public and private financings, labour and employment matters, corporate services and compliance matters, and real estate and litigation matters.

  • Mostar Directional Technologies in respect of its leading directional drilling patents.