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Canada: Energy 2017

In this chapter we highlight 105 practitioners who stand out for their exceptional work representing and advising major energy companies and financiers on matters related to the exploration, production, marketing and transportation of all types of energy including oil, gas, nuclear and renewables. In addition, practitioners often have global expertise of the industry’s regulatory framework and contractual agreements. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Donald Greenfield QC Bennett Jones, Calgary
2. Alicia Quesnel Burnet Duckworth & Palmer, Calgary
3. John Cuthbertson QC Burnet Duckworth & Palmer, Calgary
4. Robert Desbarats QC Osler Hoskin & Harcourt, Calgary
5. Mungo Hardwicke-Brown Blake Cassels & Graydon, Calgary
6. Michael Laffin Blake Cassels & Graydon, Calgary
7. Janice Buckingham Osler Hoskin & Harcourt, Calgary

Full-service Canadian law firm BENNETT JONES boasts one of the leading energy practices in the country, achieving an impressive 12 listings this year.
Donald Greenfield QC is “a very well-renowned QC” and stands out as the foremost energy practitioner in Canada. One source notes: “He remains one of the senior statesmen of the bar.”
Patrick Maguire wins high praise from sources who describe him as “a top lawyer” who is “definitely a big name in the market”. He is particularly noted for his excellent deals work.
Lawrence Smith QC is “a highly recognised regulatory lawyer” and is well known for his impressive roster of clients, who include Alberta’s largest gas distributor.
Robert Booth QC is well respected on an international level as a top-tier energy practitioner. His practice encompasses the whole gamut of oil and gas matters from exploration to marketing.
Vivek Warrier “really stands out” in the market according to clients, with whom he remains a firm favourite for his tremendous industry knowledge.
Jason Roth is also identified as a leading name in the space, and heads the firm’s construction group. He is well versed in assisting clients on projects relating to the energy, power and natural gas fields.

BLAKE CASSELS & GRAYDON also sees 12 standout lawyers recognised for their outstanding work in the sector.
Mungo Hardwicke-Brown is “a fantastic energy practitioner” and “fabulous lawyer” according to sources, and is highlighted in this chapter as one of the most prominent energy practitioners in the country.
Michael Laffin is a widely respected figure both in Canada and abroad, and is highly sought after by clients who laud his “great communication skills” and consider him “a trusted adviser”.
Kemm Yates QC is “a leading lawyer” in the market, and is regarded as a cut above the rest. He is particularly highlighted for his truly impressive work handling sector-related disputes both in litigation and arbitration proceedings.
Ben Rogers focuses his practice on a wide range of commercial matters relating to the energy sector. Peers consider him an absolute pleasure to work with, with one noting, “He really is excellent and a true gentleman!”
Peter Keohane boasts a world-class transactional practice, and draws high praise for his expert handling of M&A matters in the power industry.
Chad Schneider is highlighted by market commentators for his “practical legal advice” and “insightful knowledge of the issues facing companies in the oil and gas sector.”

STIKEMAN ELLIOTT performs well this year and receives 11 nominations across three of its offices.
Christopher Nixon is “one of the top names in the area” and stands out for his “excellent” transactional advisory work.
Chrysten Perry co-leads the firm’s energy oil and gas team and boasts over 25 years’ experience advising clients on joint venture agreements, governance issues and purchases and sales of assets.
As managing partner of the Calgary office, Leland Corbett focuses his widely respected practice on corporate and commercial matters, most notably transactions, securities and restructurings.
Chipman Johnston is an M&A specialist, recognised for his strong capital markets work relating to the energy industry.
Edith Gillespie’s practice spans a wide range of energy-related matters including upstream, midstream and LNG.  

OSLER HOSKIN & HARCOURT sees 10 prominent practitioners highlighted for their impressive expertise in the energy sector.
Robert Desbarats QC is widely recognised among peers as a leading light in the energy field. He frequently represents both domestic and US-based clients in matters concerning industry-related transactions.
Janice Buckingham is “a definite inclusion in any list” according to respondents, and is regarded as “a big name” in the space.
Simon Baines is an energy specialist, recognised for his top-tier work handling commercial and corporate issues involving the oil and gas sector.
Shawn Denstedt QC is “a great lawyer”, and continues to impress with his exceptional regulatory expertise in the energy field.
Noralee Bradley also garners praise in this chapter and is considered a fantastic energy practitioner.

NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT also sees 10 lawyers recognised for their expertise in the sector.
Don Davies QC is “very highly regarded on the regulatory side” and boasts a longstanding reputation in the Canadian market. Clients include pipeline companies and oil and gas producers who he regularly represents in sector-related disputes.
Robert Engbloom QC is known for his top-tier transactional practice and is commended by sources for his work in the energy sector.
Clarke Hunter QC enjoys a reputation as “a great advocate” and is considered by one source to be “the top oil and gas litigator in the city”.
Dave Guichon QC is highly sought after by both Canadian and international clients for his extensive experience handling financings and transactions in the energy space.
Kevin Johnson QC is a securities law expert, and is recognised for his excellent work handling sector-related capital market transactions.

Nine leading names at MCCARTHY TÉTRAULT achieve listings this year.
James Pasieka’s first-rate practice encompasses a wide array of energy-related matters, most notably M&A transactions and financings.
Craig Spurn draws widespread praise for his fantastic work in the space, and is recognised for his particular expertise on the LNG and upstream side.
David Lever heads the firm’s infrastructure group and is highlighted for his expert handling of energy-related project financings.

TORYS also receives nine nominations in this chapter.
Chris Christopher focuses his practice on the oil and gas and power sectors, where he regularly advises clients on the sale of energy assets, energy projects and their development.
Derek Flaman is recognised for his excellent work in the oil and gas space, where he assists industry clients in relation to transactions, production and exploration matters.
Janan Paskaran is an M&A specialist, whose work on both a domestic and international level draws high praise from market commentators.

DENTONS sees seven practitioners noted for their work in the energy sector.
Michael Hurst heads the firm’s energy transactions practice group and wins praise among peers for his strong expertise handling upstream, midstream and pipeline acquisitions in the oil and gas sector.
William Jenkins is a transactions specialist, and garners recognition this year for his excellent work dealing with project financings, mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures.
George Antonopoulos boasts an impressive commercial practice where he regularly assists energy clients on a wide array of matters, from contracts to transactions and transportation agreements.

BURNET DUCKWORTH & PALMER achieves six listings this year.
Alicia Quesnel is one of the leading energy practitioners in the country. She is “exceptionally well regarded” in the market for her outstanding transactional work in the sector.
John Cuthbertson QC is an energy expert, noted for his fantastic work handling sector-related contracts, disputes and deals.

Four standout names at BORDEN LADNER GERVAIS are highlighted in this chapter.
Linda Bertoldi enjoys “a superb reputation” in the Canadian market, particularly for her work in relation to projects and the electricity sector.
Mark Rodger co-chairs the electricity market group, a sector in which he is considered a real specialist. 

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