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Norton Rose Fulbright

Energy, Projects, Environmental & Aboriginal Law

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What the team is known for

Experienced team providing knowledge of conventional and renewable power generation, energy regulatory and climate change law, as well as high-profile oil and gas M&A. Well respected for its project financing and procurement, capital markets and M&A expertise, the group is especially active in Alberta, with further capabilities in Ontario and Québec, as well as in multi-jurisdictional mandates. Offers advice on all aspects of environmental law, including issues related to air, soil and water, as well as endangered species, waste management and climate change. Also provides advice on a broad range of Aboriginal law matters.

Strengths

Sources praise the firm's interdisciplinary expertise, saying: "Norton Rose Fulbright has strong and diverse experience in many fields."

One interviewee enthused: "The team inspires confidence and there is nothing they will not take on with aplomb."

Notable practitioners

Calgary-based senior partner Alan Harvie is a well-known figure in the Alberta market. He acts for a number of high-profile clients on environmental regulatory compliance issues in the context of site acquisitions.

"Succinct communicator and top-notch advocate" Don Davies QC maintains his position as a premier regulatory specialist in the Canadian oil and gas market. Noted for his "unparalleled expertise," his practice includes representing clients in applications to regulators at federal and provincial levels.

Douglas Buchanan QC is co-head of the firm's North American infrastructure group. Dividing his time between Vancouver and New York, he is recognised for his involvement in a large number of PPP projects in both Canada and the USA.

The "outstanding" Geoffrey Gilbert "knows the Canadian PPP space inside and out," say sources. He chairs the firm's national infrastructure practice.

James LeMoine regularly advises on the commercial aspects of infrastructure projects. Based in Vancouver, he is noted for his involvement in the negotiation of commercial contracts and PPP agreements. Source recall his "vast knowledge of the legal landscape and of procurement law."

Matt Mulligan is respected for his handling of procurement and contractual matters pertaining to the infrastructure and construction spaces. He frequently assists clients throughout tender and RFP processes, including contract drafting and negotiation.

Matthew Keen leads the firm's national power practice. Frequently representing utilities before regulatory bodies across Alberta and BC, he provides additional experience across energy, environmental and Aboriginal law.

Pierre-Christian Labeau has particular experience representing governmental entities and mining companies. Sources say: "His expertise is very appreciated and very important in negotiations with First Nations."

Head of the firm's national oil and gas group Robert Froehlich is active on a broad array of M&A in the energy sector. Sources commend his ability to "summarise legalities into commercial terms for decision making and practical implementation," further noting his "breadth of transactional experience."

Wayne Fedun handles M&A and project development mandates in the oil and gas sector, representing producers, infrastructure developers and investment companies. Sources say: "He understands our risk points, has a pragmatic approach to documents and doesn't lose sight of the commercial goals," adding: "He brings a database of knowledge to transactional matters."

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Overview

With the strongest global network of skilled renewable energy legal advisors, we offer leading strategic advice on the rapid and disruptive transformation of the energy sector and have led an unprecedented number of successful and innovative ‘country first’ and ‘technological first’ transactions in emerging markets. We have unique insight into the digitalization of the energy value chain through the use of distributed ledger technology and blockchain, and have extensive knowledge on the development of new global markets, such as energy storage, LNG-to-power, hydrogen economy and floating offshore wind.

Our projects practice is driven by some of the most respected lawyers in the world who use their depth of experience to find solutions to complex issues. We take an innovative approach to debt and equity financing, enabling us to provide commercial and practical solutions to manage risk and ensure that projects reach a timely and cost-effective financial close.

We have experience in aboriginal land claim negotiations and consultations with Indigenous peoples along with extensive experience in litigation and disputes involving Indigenous law issues, as well as knowledge of government practices. This experience enables us to propose dynamic and practical approaches that guide our clients in planning and executing their development projects.

Energy, Projects, Environmental & Aboriginal Law

Norton Rose Fulbright

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Location

Suite 1800

510 West Georgia Street

Vancouver

British Columbia

Canada

V6B 0M3

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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Canada

Aboriginal Law


Pierre-Christian Labeau
Band 3

Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory)


Don Davies QC
Band 1

Energy: Oil & Gas (Transactional)


Robert Froehlich
Band 3
Wayne Fedun
Band 3

Energy: Power (Regulatory)


Matthew Keen
Band 3

Environment


Alan Harvie
Band 4

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