Canada: Energy 2018

In this chapter, we feature 102 lawyers at the forefront of the Canadian energy market who stand out for their excellent work on a range of matters including transactions, disputes, infrastructure projects and compliance matters.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Sean Korney Burnet Duckworth & Palmer LLP, Calgary
2. Donald E Greenfield QC Bennett Jones LLP, Calgary
3. Robert P Desbarats QC Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Calgary
4. Patrick T Maguire Bennett Jones LLP, Calgary
5. Alicia K Quesnel Burnet Duckworth & Palmer LLP, Calgary
6. John H Cuthbertson QC Burnet Duckworth & Palmer LLP, Calgary

Full-service law firm Bennett Jones performs well this year and achieves 14 listings in this chapter.
Donald Greenfield QC enjoys an excellent reputation in Canada, where he is highlighted for his extensive expertise in LNG development projects, construction matters and large-scale transactions.
Peers describe Patrick Maguire as “a leading figure in the market” and commend his broad experience in energy sale and purchase and project development transactions. He is widely regarded as a go-to adviser on major deals.
Robert Booth QC is well known as “the guru of the oil and gas world”. He is recommended for his broad commercial knowledge spanning exploration, production and transportation projects.
Vivek Warrier is celebrated as “a top player” in the Canadian market, who is well recognised for his work in infrastructure development in the petroleum and natural gas sectors.
Brent Kraus impresses clients with “his extensive transactional experience and his practical approach”. Market commentators praise “his ability to find solutions that work for both parties” and add, “He is always looking for ways to help get deals done.”
Lawrence Smith QC is a long-standing fixture in the market who is praised for his sophisticated regulatory knowledge and strong experience advising major energy-sector clients.

Norton Rose Fulbright Canada is home to 11 standout lawyers.
Robert Engbloom QC is a well-known corporate adviser with a superb reputation for providing first-rate advice on large-scale energy transactions.
With decades of experience, Dave Guichon QC is a go-to adviser among local and international clients. He stands out for his expertise in acquisition and development and joint venture transactions.
Don Davies QC is a well-respected energy lawyer with an excellent reputation for his expertise in regulatory matters and disputes across the oil and gas sector.  
Clarke Hunter QC is a standout litigator who is well known for his experience representing clients in complex energy disputes before a range of courts and tribunals.

Blake Cassels & Graydon also achieves 11 nominations in this chapter.
Disputes expert Kemm Yates QC is widely regarded as “a leading energy lawyer” who enjoys an excellent reputation for his first-rate regulatory practice.
Mungo Hardwicke-Brown impresses market commentators with his “excellent transactional practice” which encompasses M&A, joint venture and financing deals across the energy sector.
Ben Rogers is a highly regarded expert in the firm’s Calgary office. He has a premier commercial practice and extensive experience advising clients on oil and gas project development.
Brock Gibson QC comes “highly recommended” by international sources for his impressive commercial understanding and expert handling of M&A and corporate finance deals for energy sector clients.
Michael Laffin is a prominent energy lawyer with extensive experience advising major oil and gas companies on strategic mandates. Peers say, “He is very experienced and great to work with.”

Stikeman Elliott is home to 11 prominent experts.
Chrysten Perry is a superb energy lawyer who is widely recognised for her expert commercial advice to oil and gas companies in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors.
Glenn Zacher stands out as “a top name” at the firm, where he draws praise as a “very knowledgeable” expert in energy disputes and regulatory matters.
Edith Gillespie is endorsed as “a truly excellent practitioner” for her extensive experience in oil and gas projects and transactions. 
Leland Corbett is a well-recognised figure in the Canadian market who stands out for his strong corporate finance expertise and impressive work across the oil and gas sector.

Torys sees nine experts listed in this chapter.
Chris Christopher is a prominent oil and gas lawyer and a trusted adviser to major companies. He advises on acquisition and divestiture matters, project development and joint venture transactions.
Derek Flaman has a broad transactional practice spanning upstream, midstream and downstream projects. He advises investors and companies and is well known for his “outstanding expertise in international private equity investment”.
Stephanie Stimpson is a go-to lawyer among oil and gas companies and impresses clients with “her ability to understand what is important and to focus accordingly”. Commentators also speak highly of her “great understanding of corporate finance and M&A”.

McCarthy Tétrault achieves nine listings this year.
Craig Spurn has experience in oil and gas, LNG and pipeline projects and is regularly engaged to advise energy companies from around the world.
Gregory Turnbull QC is a highly regarded corporate finance lawyer, who is known for his expert handling of major transactions and IPOs in the energy space.
Seán O'Neill is a well-recognised figure who is known for his vast experience advising financial institutions in complex project financing matters. He has worked across renewable, nuclear and biomass projects and is highlighted as “a very hard-working and responsive lawyer”.

Seven practitioners Osler Hoskin & Harcourt are highlighted here.
Robert Desbarats QC occupies a prominent position “at the very top” of the domestic market. He advises local and international clients on complex transactions in the oil and gas sector.
Janice Buckingham is “certainly an excellent lawyer”, say peers, who speak highly of her technical knowledge and extensive experience in complex transactions and development projects.
Simon Baines stands out as “a real force” in the Canadian market who, peers say, is “a very strong energy lawyer”. He has an excellent international practice and is well versed in cross-border commercial transactions.
Rocco Sebastiano comes highly recommended by peers and clients for his broad experience in engineering and construction matters surrounding major energy projects.

Burnet Duckworth & Palmer achieves six listings in this chapter.
Sean Korney stands out as “a strong player in the market” and is well known for his experience advising on large-scale projects around the world.
Alicia Quesnel is widely regarded as “an amazing lawyer”. She regularly advises on complex transactions in the energy sector and is a go-to expert on project development matters. 
The “superb” John Cuthbertson QC enjoys an excellent reputation for his work in energy law. He is a highly regarded practitioner with broad expertise advising public and private companies in a range of transactions.
David Haigh QC runs a superb arbitration practice and is regularly engaged to advise energy-sector clients on construction, procurement and joint venture disputes.

Dentons Canada sees five lawyers listed here.
Michael Hurst leads the energy practice and is endorsed as a highly knowledgeable and experienced practitioner in the space. He advises on large-scale transactions including acquisitions and asset sales.
William Jenkins possesses broad commercial and financial knowledge and extensive experience advising major corporations, investors and financial entities on energy sector projects and transactions. 
Vivek Bakshi is “a very strong name in Ontario” according to respondents who praise his “excellent work” in the energy sector and note, “He is very involved in commercial matters.”

Borden Ladner Gervais is home to four well-respected experts.  
Miles Pittman stands out for his wide-ranging knowledge on oil and gas and LNG projects. He is a go-to adviser among major engineering companies who praise his expertise in restructuring and commercial transactions.
Mark Rodger has vast knowledge of electricity market law and regulation. Peers say, “He has an excellent regulatory practice,” and highlight him as “an important regulatory figure in Ontario”.

At CITO Energy Law, co-founder Tony Cioni impresses clients with “his vast experience in oil and gas joint ventures and all aspects of petroleum exploration and development”. One client adds, “He is the first person I consider when an offshore and international exploration matter arises anywhere around the globe.”

Jay Park QC, managing partner of Park Energy Law is widely considered to be “one of the top international oil and gas lawyers” in Canada, say peers, who commend “his excellent international work”.

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