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Warren B. Nishimura
Warren B. Nishimura Partner | Calgary

About Warren

As a transaction lawyer, Warren provides practical business-based advice and structures solutions with a view to furthering his clients' long-term strategic objectives. He focuses on the timely resolution of issues and on closing transactions quickly and efficiently. Warren deals with a broad range of matters, from the basic and straightforward to the highly complex.

Warren has acted as lead counsel on numerous large syndicated credit facilities primarily in the energy sector. Many of these transactions are cross-border, predominantly involving the U.S. but also Europe and Central America. He has also taken a leading role on significant project financings, including on and off balance-sheet lease transactions.

Select Experience

Recent representative matters include advising:

  • Advising Pembina Pipeline Corporation on all its domestic and international banks and note financings including its C$1.5-billion syndicated facility

  • Advising Agrium Inc. on all its domestic and international financings including its US$2.5-billion syndicated global facility

  • Advising the lenders on the Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline project financing

  • Advising the lenders on a cross-border facility that included the acquisition financing of a significant western Canadian pipeline

  • Advising the lenders on numerous acquisition financings for oil and gas assets

  • Advising the lenders on financings for acquisitions done through take-over bids and plans of arrangement

  • Advising a special-purpose borrower in a regulated utilities industry on the structuring and negotiation of its credit facilities (bank and private placement notes)

  • Advising the borrower on the structuring and negotiation of a synthetic lease financing of its undivided joint venture interest in a gas-powered cogeneration facility

  • Advising many of the Firm's large corporate clients on covenant compliance and reporting matters under their bank and capital markets financings

  • Acting for LNG Canada Development Inc. in connection with its arrangements with TransCanada Corporation to design, build, own and operate the proposed Coastal GasLink pipeline project

Awards & Recognition

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

  • Lexpert Special Edition: Finance and M&A 2024

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2024 (Banking & Financial Institutions, Asset Equipment Finance/Leasing, Asset-Based Lending)

  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada – 2012–2019 (Banking and Finance Law)

  • The 2017 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Asset-Based Lending; Banking & Financial Institutions)

Professional Activities

Warren has previously been an instructor with the Alberta bar admissions course and conducts in-house seminars on finance and general corporate matters.


Admitted to the Alberta Bar – 1997
LLB, University of British Columbia – 1996
BComm, University of Alberta – 1993

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