Burnet Duckworth & Palmer LLP

Corporate/Commercial Department

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What the team is known for Draws significant praise from the market for its expertise in both domestic and international corporate, private equity and securities mandates. Specialises in energy-related commercial work, including the financing of midstream and construction projects and commercial real estate matters. Offers additional experience of capital markets and private equity-related transactions in the agricultural, automotive and aviation sectors. Also advises on shareholder activism and corporate governance matters.

Strengths"The team has deep expertise in energy corporate law," stated one client, who further noted that "the firm provides excellent legal advice."

Interviewees praise the team's "technical knowledge" and value its ability to "always deliver."

Work highlights Acted for Tourmaline Oil in connection with the formation of Topaz Energy.

Notable practitioners

Alicia Quesnel
is well versed in advising energy clients on a wide array of transactions. "I knew she had the skill and expertise to handle this transaction for our company," enthused one interviewee.

Alyson Goldman
is a "trusted, extremely skilled and pragmatic lawyer who provides timely advice that is attuned to the situation and is always prepared to deal with issues that come her way," said one source. She exhibits a strong grasp of both public and private transactions, and displays additional expertise in matters concerning shareholder activism.

Steven Cohen
's experience covers a wide array of transactional matters, including M&A and corporate governance. He is also noted for his handling of public and private offerings.

Grant Zawalsky
is a premier lawyer handling a broad range of corporate transactions, with notable experience advising on shareholder activism. "He is a very well-regarded practitioner," noted one source, adding: "He is a leader in this space." He serves as the managing partner of the firm.

John Cuthbertson
advises both public and private companies on a range of transactions. He particularly well known for his work on matters arising in the oil and gas sector.

William Maslechko
has a strong track record advising on M&A and corporate governance mandates, particularly in oil and gas. Sources describe him as a "critical and key adviser for many clients."