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Sean Maxwell

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Recent representative transactions include advising:

Fund Experience

  • Various private and public sector pension plans on their private equity, real estate, hedged, fixed income and infrastructure fund investments

  • Various private and public sector pension plans on compliance with applicable investment rules

  • Various private and public sector pension plans negotiating investment manager mandates

M&A and Reorganizations

  • Agrium Inc. in connection with its C$1.8-billion supported funding of Glencore International plc's C$6.1-billion acquisition of Viterra Inc., and the subsequent acquisition by Agrium of Viterra's wholesale and retail Agri-products division

  • Counsel to Agrium Inc. on its US$38-billion proposed merger of equals with Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc.

  • Counsel to BCE Inc. on its C$594-million acquisition of Glentel Inc. and sale of 50 percent of Glentel to Rogers Communications Inc.

  • Counsel to Canadian Western Bank on the proposed sale of its property and casualty insurance subsidiary Canadian Direct Insurance Inc. to Intact Financial Corporation for C$197-million

  • Cenovus Energy Inc. on the proposed sale of its Suffield crude oil and natural gas operations in southern Alberta to International Petroleum Corporation for C$512-million

  • Kinder Morgan Canada Limited on its C$1.75-billion initial public offering

  • Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. on its agreement to sell its one-third interest in the Express-Platte pipeline system to Spectra Energy Corp. for C$380-million as part of a C$1.49-billion transaction

  • Nexen Inc. on its C$15.1-billion acquisition by CNOOC Limited

  • Painted Pony on its proposed acquisition of UGR Blair Creek Ltd. and respective equity financing for approximately C$100.9-million

  • Pembina Pipeline Corporation on its proposed acquisition of Provident Energy Ltd. in a transaction valued at C$3.2-billion

  • Safeway Inc. on the sale of its Canadian operations to Sobeys Inc. for C$5.8-billion

  • Counsel to Suncor Energy Inc. on its agreement to sell its Petro-Canada lubricants division to HollyFrontier Corporation for C$1.13-billion

  • The Forzani Group Ltd. on its C$771-million acquisition by Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited

  • Trican Well Service Ltd. on the proposed acquisition of Canyon Services Group Inc. for approximately C$637-million

  • Counsel to Trinidad Drilling Ltd. on its C$505-million acquisition of CanElson Drilling Inc.

  • UTS Energy Corporation on its C$1.5-billion plan of arrangement with Total E&P Canada Ltd. whereby Total will acquire UTS Energy

Awards & Recognition

Sean has been recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business – 2021–2023 (Pensions & Benefits)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2023 – Lawyer of the Year (Employee Benefits Law – Calgary)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada – 2022–2023 (Employee Benefits Law)

  • The Legal 500 Canada (2022: Next Generation Partners: Pensions; 2021: Pensions)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory – 2020–2022 (Pensions and Employee Benefits)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2021 – Lawyer of the Year (Employee Benefits Law)

  • Thomson Reuters Stand-out Lawyer 2021 – Independently Rated Lawyers (As nominated by senior in-house counsel)

Professional Activities

Sean has written articles on issues related to pension and employee benefits for many industry publications including Benefits Canada, Compensation & Benefits Update, Employee Benefits News Canada, the Lancaster House Pension and Benefits E-Bulletin and the Canadian Bar Association's National Addendum. He has also spoken at conferences and seminars across the country.

Sean presently serves as past chair of the Alberta Regional Council for the Association of Canadian Pension Management and as a member of its National Conference Planning Committee. He is also an executive of the Pension & Employee Benefits Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association's Alberta Branch.

Sean is the chair of the Board of Directors of Clear Water Academy Foundation and the Secretary of the Calgary Girls Choir Society.

Professional Appearances
  • Speaker: Regulatory Round-up and Case Law Update
    Webcast #5: Blakes Spring Pensions Webcast Series, June 17, 2021.
  • Speaker: Cross-Border Executive Compensation Issues
    Blakes Pensions Update for Multinational Employers Seminar, June 2, 2021.
  • Speaker: Cross-Country Legal Update
    International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans Virtual Conference, May 13, 2021.
  • Speaker: Legal Update
    CPBI Southern Alberta Chapter Webinar, April 27, 2021.
  • Speaker: What’s New in Pensions and Benefits: Legal and Regulatory Update
    Canadian Bar Association Webinar, April 1, 2021.
  • Speaker: Equity Incentive Plans: New Stock Option Rules and Administration Issues
    Webcast #1: Blakes Spring Pensions Webcast Series, February 23, 2021.
Admitted to the Alberta Bar – 2010
Admitted to the Ontario Bar – 2003
JD, University of Toronto – 2002
BA (Hon.), University of Toronto – 1999
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