Bennett Jones LLP

Energy: Oil & Gas Department

Nationwide - Canada
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What the team is known for Acclaimed energy law firm, highly sought after for its solid regulatory advice and boasting ample experience of major oil and gas transactions. Represents a wide range of public and private sector market participants in M&A and capital markets deals, joint venture and project development matters relating to both oil and LNG. The firm offers notable experience advising foreign investors on their Canadian energy interests, and also acts for private equity houses. Its recent workload features a number of significant pipeline mandates. Also noted for its experience of project development matters pertaining to First Nation reserve and treaty lands.

Strengths Interviewees note: "They bring knowledge and expertise to the table, as well as a hybrid of strategic and practical advice."

"They are one of Calgary's top oil and gas firms," said one client.

Work highlights Acted for Devon Canada and Devon Canada Crude Marketing on the CAD3.8 billion sale of their assets to Canadian Natural Resources.

Notable practitioners

Head of the firm's regulatory group
Brad Gilmour
provides expertise in energy and environmental regulation. Noted for his work on facilities applications across the sector, he also supports oil and gas clients on compliance matters.


Donald Greenfield QC
leverages his wealth of knowledge in oil and gas project development and financing in advising national and international clients in the sector. His practice includes asset sales, joint ventures and financing mandates for oil producers and exploration companies.


Kieran Ryan
focuses his commercial practice on project development and M&A within the oil and gas space, with noted experience acting on natural gas facility acquisitions. He is praised by sources for "providing solid advice and working legal issues hard in order to come up with solutions."


Lawrence Smith QC
comes highly recommended for his significant knowledge of oil and gas regulation across Canada. Frequently appearing before national and provincial regulators, he attracts praise for his expertise in pipeline and LNG project applications.


Loyola Keough
acts for pipeline and project development companies on regulatory matters in the oil and gas space. He frequently represents clients before regulatory boards at the national and provincial level, and provides further strength in the power sector.

The "top-notch"
Patrick Maguire
advises domestic and international oil and gas companies on high-value infrastructure development projects. He is equally skilled in mergers and acquisitions in the energy sector, and clients say: "He provides a powerful presence at the negotiation table, and he dives in and 'owns' complicated issues." He currently serves as managing partner of the firm's Calgary office.


Vivek Warrier
is widely respected for his handling of project development and M&A within the petroleum and natural gas industry. Noted by industry voices as "top-notch in terms of skill, responsiveness and overall representation,"he also acts for energy clients on restructuring and contractual matters.