Osler is a strong Canadian law firm with national reach and particular strength in the energy and natural resources sector, advising clients on a variety of environmental matters including project development, environmental assessment reviews, contaminated land and general compliance issues. It has a strong project finance offering and a notable reputation for representing lenders, developers and equity sponsors in infrastructure developments. The team plays a leading role in oil and gas and LNG project development in Canada, and also advises on the procurement, financing, construction and development of major power projects. Its lawyers frequently provide assistance to large energy and oil companies in connection with Aboriginal, environmental and regulatory matters.
Premier infrastructure and PPP practitioner Chris Bennett offers a wealth of experience out of the firm's Toronto office, representing an enviable client list consisting of lenders, proponents and sponsors active across an array of industry sectors.
"His PPP expertise, experience and knowledge is unparalleled." "He is very knowledgeable, very experienced and understands the documents very well."
Premier oil and gas lawyer Janice Buckingham acts on an impressive range of domestic and international M&A and project financing matters, providing further counsel on commercial mandates. She chairs the firm's oil and gas practice from its Calgary office.
"Janice thinks about getting the best result for the company." "I am very confident in the advice and support I receive from Janice and her team."
Operating out of Calgary, Shawn Denstedt KC is vice-chair of the firm's Western Canada practice. He is an accomplished environmental lawyer who is well versed in regulatory issues arising in the energy and natural resources industries, and regularly advises on permitting issues.
Based in Toronto, Rocco Sebastiano is an expert in transactional matters across the power sector, with particular strength in nuclear energy projects. He has broad and deep experience across project financing and development matters.
"Rocco Sebastiano has a masterful recollection of all the provisions of agreements." "He’s a commercial lawyer with a really strong understanding of the regulatory and Aboriginal space."
Simon Baines is esteemed for the breadth of his experience across transactional mandates in the oil and gas sector, as well as advising on the commercial aspects of projects and facilities development. He is based out of the firm's Calgary office.
"Simon Baines is probably the best lawyer I’ve ever dealt with in terms of his responsiveness, analytical expertise and his ability to develop relationships."
Toronto-based Tobor Emakpor represents a roster of public and private bodies active on PPP and AFP projects across North America, the UK and West Africa, offering particular experience across the healthcare, education and transportation sectors.
"He is one of the 'go to' lawyers in the PPP world and is a known leader in negotiating PPP deals." "He understands project agreements and articulates well."
Toronto-based Jennifer Fairfax is active on environmental assessments as well as remediation and contamination matters. She acts on behalf of a range of national and international clients including Honeywell and Imperial Oil.
"Jennifer Fairfax has a wide variety of knowledge in environmental law and draws on her past experiences when providing advice." "She appreciated the nuances of our business and the unique circumstances presented in this particular situation."
Richard King offers expertise in energy regulation and advises clients on environmental and Aboriginal law issues relating to project development, regularly appearing before the Ontario Energy Board. He is based in Toronto.
"He provides excellent advice and is able to direct us to the appropriate lawyer within Osler to answer questions in other areas quickly."
Toronto-based Jacob Sadikman's practice includes financing and project development in the electricity industry, with further recognition for his work on renewable energy. He acts on behalf of clients including investors and utilities companies.
"Jacob Sadikman is creative, meticulous and rapidly turns work around." "He is very responsive, quick and very commercial."
Craig Spurn acts out of the firm's Calgary office and has wide-ranging expertise in oil and gas M&A and commercial matters arising from the energy sector. He is noted for his skill in representing natural gas and oil clients in procurement and joint ventures.
"He is very experienced and very bright." "With Craig Spurn I have a point person who understands and can point out issues I may be missing. He's a great resource."
Based in Calgary, Sander Duncanson is noted for his robust oil and gas regulation practice, representing oil and gas clients before national and provincial regulators in facilities applications and environmental assessments. He also provides counsel to resource developers navigating Aboriginal law obligations.
"He is a very good litigator, a very good advocate, an exceptionally good communicator and very good at working with his clients." "Sander Duncanson is just phenomenal."
Calgary-based Martin Ignasiak has significant expertise advising oil and gas clients on regulatory matters relating to pipelines and oil sands projects, offering additional strength in environmental and Aboriginal law.
"He can cut through issues and get to the heart of the matter." "He's very pragmatic and direct in his advice and perspective, and he is very clear. He's been extremely helpful."
Based in Toronto, Danna Donald is proficient in the handling of both lender and borrower mandates, holding particular expertise in the renewable energy space.
"She knows her subject matter and can come up with creative and iterative solutions to complex problems." "She has been very effective, laser-focused on budget and really is a pleasure to deal with."
Richard Wong chairs the firm's construction and infrastructure group and is noted for his deep knowledge of the renewable energy sector. Based in Toronto, he regularly acts on project development matters involving wind power and has additional experience in project financing and M&A.