Oil & Gas

A far-reaching and versatile experience for today’s cutting-edge oil and gas engagements across the globe

With oil and natural gas prices forecasted to stay “lower-for-longer”, it is essential for industry participants to find ways to reduce costs while increasing efficiency. Whether acquiring, divesting or consolidating assets, attracting capital, or propelling projects forward, we are shaping innovative solutions that are tailored to your risk appetite and business priorities.  Our proactive approach incorporates creative use of legal project management, alternative fee arrangements and lean staffing models that meet budget expectations and achieve your goals.

Our Oil & Gas practice spans the entire industry - from upstream to midstream to downstream. Formulating teams from offices in New York, London (UK), Calgary and across the country, we accelerate your success with prodigious support - from oil sands, pipelines, upgraders and refineries; shale gas to LNG; to energy services and equipment providers.

Unparalleled insight and capability

Our multidisciplinary team conceives and executes strategic responses to large and complex projects and transactions while coordinating a suite of associated considerations including environmental, litigation, regulatory, and Aboriginal matters. With deep knowledge and practical understanding of the commercial, political and cultural drivers that shape energy markets, we keep you informed on new developments that may affect your business objectives.

We have significant experience with complex mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and other commercial contracts and agreements involving upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas assets. Whether you are an acquirer, a target, a board of directors, a financial advisor or private equity investor, we will work closely with you to identify opportunities, craft strategies, manage deal and legal risk, and negotiate terms unique to you and your business objectives. In 2016-2017, we acted on five of the ten largest oil and gas mergers and acquisitions in Canada. 

ur experience structuring engineering, supply, off-take, transportation, shipping, physical and financial energy-trading contracts, as well as agreements relating to the ownership of emissions credits, makes securing regulatory approvals straightforward and simple. 

We regularly advise on all aspects of regulatory processes for many of the largest energy projects in North America, including federal, provincial and local government project approval and permitting processes for LNG facilities, upstream pipelines and related infrastructure, export authorizations and pipeline tolling and tariff issues.

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Our lawyers have acted on many varied and complex projects, both in Canada and around the world. From Energy and Mining to Transportation and Infrastructure, clients look to us for our top-tier expertise. Below is a representative sample of our experience in assisting clients on developing, building, financing, permitting, supplying, operating or decommissioning significant capital projects.

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You benefit from our international platform and intertwined expertise

As an international firm, we are able to provide you seamless support, drawing from colleagues with deep knowledge in: environmental, regulatory and aboriginal law, power and clean energy, liquefied natural gas, tax, competition and real property. We have obtained environmental approval for clients in the United States, China, Nigeria, Congo, Russia, Kazakhstan, Romania, Indonesia and Peru. Should you become involved in a dispute, we leverage our wealth of experience to guide you through arbitration or litigation in areas such as ownership of oil and gas rights, commodity pricing and valuation of assets. 

A wealth of global legal resources to expedite your success.