Stikeman Elliott's energy practice spans the breadth of the Canadian oil and gas, electricity and renewable energy industries.
Oil & Gas
Stikeman Elliott has an extensive domestic and international oil and gas practice. We have a leading team of energy lawyers in our Calgary office, with seamless access to national and international coverage through our offices across Canada and abroad.
Our services include mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, corporate finance and securities, the structuring of joint ventures and other commercial arrangements, energy trading and energy derivative products, midstream facility contracts and transactions, infrastructure projects, regulatory matters and litigation. Our Energy Group works regularly with other lawyers in our firm to advise on the tax, environmental, corporate governance, employment and competition and foreign investment aspects of transactions involving participants in the oil and gas sector.
We have acted as trusted advisors on many of the energy sector's most complex undertakings, from the financing and development of major projects to ongoing operations. Businesses turn to us for expert counsel relating to the exploration, production and refining of conventional oil and gas, oil sands and shale gas as well as the extraction, transportation, processing, storage and marketing of crude oil, bitumen, natural gas, natural gas liquids and liquefied natural gas (LNG) on a worldwide basis.
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Electricity & Power Generation
Lawyers in our Energy Group have significant experience in electricity matters, including with respect to generation, transmission, marketing and regulation or electricity. Among other significant mandates, Stikeman Elliott has acted for both the Ontario Power Authority and independent power providers in connection with power procurement processes and negotiations and ongoing mandates for the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) and the Ontario Energy Board.
The firm gained formative experience as counsel to the Market Design Committee responsible for establishing the framework for electricity market deregulation in the province of Ontario and to the Transmission Administrator in Alberta. The Energy Group also has extensive experience in the nuclear power sector. We have an understanding of the legal and practical issues affecting electricity generation and electricity transmission in Canada and internationally.
The Group also has extensive experience in connection with project development, construction, financing and public-private partnership arrangements in the industry. Our lawyers also frequently advise with respect to strategic acquisitions, dispositions and consolidations of assets and companies in the electrical sector.
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Our Energy Group's experience in the energy sector extends to alternative sources of energy and to renewable energy. We have acted for clients with respect to wind, solar and hydroelectric power projects, in addition to projects in emerging areas involving ethanol, biomass, geothermal and methane.
We are counsel to the Ontario Power Authority in its recent procurement process for renewable energy RFP and have acted for a number of alternative energy producers and proponents on a broad number of mandates including structuring, financing, development, acquisitions and divestitures, supply and distribution activities. We have also assisted a number of foreign alternative energy suppliers in their establishment of Canadian operations.
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Recognition for Our Work
The firm has been recognized as a Canadian leader in the Energy sector. International legal directories such as Chambers Global's Guide to The World's Leading Lawyers for Business have endorsed Stikeman Elliott's Energy Group, while the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory notes the firm is "repeatedly recommended" in the industry. Individual accolades for lawyers in the group have come from these directories, as well as The Best Lawyers in Canada and the Lexpert/American Lawyer Media Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada.
Among our individual Energy Group lawyers:
Christopher Nixon has been recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading practitioner "Most Frequently Recommended" in the areas of Corporate Commercial Law, Corporate Finance and Securities, Private Equity and Mergers & Acquisitions; in The Best Lawyers in Canada in the areas of Corporate Law (Finance) and Mergers and Acquisitions Law; and in Lexpert / American Lawyer Media Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada as a leading practitioner "Most Frequently Recommended" in the areas of Corporate Commercial Law, Corporate Finance and Securities and Mergers & Acquisitions.
Jim Harbell has been recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and the Lexpert/American Lawyer Media Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada as a leading practitioner "Most Frequently Recommended" in the area of Energy (Electricity).
Erik Richer La Flèche is recognized by Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Project Finance Lawyers and The International Who's Who of Public Procurement Lawyers. He is also included as a "leading lawyer" in the project finance sector of the IFLR1000 Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms.