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Peter
Birkness

Partner

Calgary

Contact by email at [email protected]

t. 403-260-3748

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Law School

University of Toronto

Bar Admission

Alberta, 2013
Ontario, 1991

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.