Norton Rose Fulbright

Energy, Projects, Environmental & Aboriginal Law Department

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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"They have a very good understanding of our business and their work product is absolutely stellar, so I have real trust in our relationship," one client commented.

"The team is very adaptable and respectful of the client, so they have my greatest confidence for Canadian oil and gas commodities work," said another interviewee.

Work highlights Continues to represent the Alberta Electric System Operator in connection with the design and implementation of a 5,000 MW renewable electricity procurement programme.

Advised Brookfield Infrastructure on its CAD4 billion acquisition of Enbridge's gas gathering and processing business in British Columbia and Alberta.

Notable practitioners

Alan Harvie is a very well-established practitioner offering extensive experience in handling an array of complex energy and environmental matters. His areas of expertise include advising on contamination, regulatory compliance and transactional due diligence issues.

Calgary-based Aldo Argento advises on the interpretation of title and treaty rights in Western Canada, as part of a wider litigation practice. He also advises both government and industry clients on the duty to consult in connection with large resources projects.

The "exceptional" Don Davies QC operates a highly regarded oil and gas regulatory practice. He has long-standing experience representing production and pipeline companies before provincial and federal regulatory bodies.

Douglas Buchanan QC is highly regarded within the projects arena and considered "very effective" in international PPP finance matters. He is co-head of the firm's North American infrastructure group, dividing his practice between Vancouver and New York.

Greg Lewis QC leads the infrastructure, mining and commodities industry group in Canada. He has counselled clients on an array of corporate and project financing matters ranging from PPPs to port developments and hydropower and cogeneration projects.

James LeMoine advises on a wide range of commercial contracts and infrastructure agreements. Based in Vancouver, he is particularly well known for his representation of public authorities.

Pierre-Christian Labeau is a "skilled negotiator" who is praised by sources for his broad knowledge base, which covers Aboriginal, administrative and constitutional law. He regularly acts for the Government of Québec on land claims and consultation matters.