Lawyer Profile Detail



Peter Birkness

OFFICE

Calgary

DIRECT LINE

403-260-3748

E-MAIL

[email protected]

V-CARD

LAW SCHOOL

BAR ADMISSION

Alberta, 2013
Ontario, 1991




Biography

Peter Birkness is a partner and the head of the firm's Financial Services Group in Calgary. With a practice focused on corporate lending and restructuring, he regularly represents lenders and borrowers in sophisticated domestic and international debt financing transactions, including bank credit facilities, public debt transactions, reorganizations and M&A financings. He also has extensive experience representing lenders and other stakeholders in significant Canadian restructuring matters.

Peter's recent experience includes acting:

  • for a Canadian bank on C$150 million credit facilities for an intermediate oil and gas developer;
  • for a Canadian bank on a senior secured U.S.$28,000,000 non-revolving term facility, C$15,000,000 operating facility and C$10,000,000 WIP facility to a private equity firm to facilitate the acquisition of an emissions management business;
  • for a leading chemical oilfield solutions company in connection with C$175 million and U.S.$25 million credit facilities from a syndicate of lenders;
  • for a conventional oil producer in connection with a C$6,000,000 secured revolving demand loan from a Canadian bank;
  • for a western Canadian oil and gas producer in connection with C$40,000,000 secured credit facilities from two Canadian banks;
  • for an owner of a portfolio of Canadian liquids transportation and storage businesses in connection with C$1,500,000,000 revolving term credit facilities from a syndicate of Canadian and foreign bank lenders;
  • for an Alberta-based technology services provider in connection with a $3,000,000 non-revolving term loan from a Canadian bank;
  • for a gas and liquids pipelines operator in connection with a C$3,000,000,000 364-day revolving term credit facility from a syndicate of Canadian and foreign banks;
  • for a private oil and gas producer in connection with C$120 million credit facilities from a syndicate of Canadian lenders;
  • for an oil-focused E&P company in connection with C$425 million credit facilities from a syndicate of Canadian lenders;
  • for the owner and operator of a major crude oil and liquids transportation system across Canada and the U.S. in connection with credit facilities totalling C$6,278,890,000 made available by multiple syndicates of Canadian and foreign lenders;
  • for a private investment vehicle in connection with the repayment of U.S.$63,157,895 senior secured notes due June 4, 2016 issued by a Canadian oil sands company;
  • as Canadian counsel to an independent, privately-owned oilfield services company in connection with U.S.$238,800,000 senior secured credit facilities from a syndicate of lenders;
  • for a Chinese engineering and investment company in connection with a C$20,000,000 subordinated secured term credit facility in favour of a Canadian mining company;
  • for a pharmacy benefits consulting company in connection with a senior secured loan of C$5,500,000 from a private capital provider;
  • for a pure-play SAGD oil sands company in connection with an offering of US$200,000,000 principal amount 10% senior secured notes;
  • for a leading natural gas distribution company in connection with a C$1,000,000,000 revolving term credit facility from a syndicate of lenders;
  • for a mid-sized oil and gas company in connection with C$250,000,000 senior secured credit facilities from a syndicate of lenders;
  • for a private Calgary-based junior oil company in connection with C$100,000,000 senior secured credit facilities from a syndicate of lenders;
  • for a Canadian-based junior exploration and development company in connection with C$90,000,000 senior secured credit facilities from a syndicate of lenders;
  • for an operator of an international oil and gas fields in connection with a U.S.$25,000,000 non-revolving term loan from a private energy lender;
  • for a Canadian bank in connection with U.S.$22 million secured credit facilities for the new U.S. subsidiary of a leading remote access, environmental and infrastructure service provider; and
  • on a New York investment firm's purchase of U.S.$63 million secured notes issued by an oil sands development company to fund a joint venture with a major oil company to develop an oil sands block.

Peter received his BA from the University of Western Ontario and his LLB from the University of Toronto. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1991 and the Alberta Bar in 2013.

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