James Pasieka is a partner in our Business Law Group in Calgary. His practice is focused on corporate and commercial law, in all segments of the energy sector and corporate finance, including early-stage and venture capital financing and mergers and acquisitions.
James has provided legal advice on all facets of the energy business, having negotiated and closed transactions on six continents. Additionally, he has extensive experience with Alberta’s electricity sector as Corporate Secretary and legal advisor to the Balancing Pool of Alberta for over a decade since its inception.
James is recognized in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading practitioner in the area of corporate mid-market, and in Best Lawyers in Canada as one of Canada’s leading natural resources lawyers. He is also listed as a leading lawyer in the current edition of Who's Who Legal: Energy. In the February 2014 edition of Lexpert, he was recognized nationally for leading the top oil and gas deal in Canada in 2013 (FP Data Group) and the Lexpert award for top Foreign Outbound-Global deal — the Petrominerales (and its spinoff Alvopetro Energy) $1.6 billion dollar sale to Pacific Rubiales Energy.
James has previously been featured in “The Dealmakers” edition of Alberta Venture magazine as one of the top seven M&A lawyers in Canada’s Oil and Gas Sector. In 2014, the publication also recognized him as one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People. He was the only practicing lawyer named in the group of Alberta’s 50 most influential people.
Previously, James was a business executive and general counsel with several large oil and gas companies. He also taught law in Calgary and international petroleum law in China. He received his BA (with distinction) and his LLB from the University of Manitoba. He is a member of the bars of Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan.