This blog shares information and our views on developments in Canada’s power, electricity, and oil and gas sectors, and on other energy services across the country. It comments on domestic and foreign legal issues, and provides tactical and timely updates related to developing, structuring, financing and operating successful energy projects. Our scope reaches across the country and across the range of topics related to energy projects – from project development and finance through to completion and operation.
Our contributing bloggers include the following:
Dominique Amyot-Bilodeau is an associate in our Business Law Group with a focus on environmental and public law. Dominique conducts environmental due diligence reviews and negotiates environmental clauses in the context of commercial transactions and project financings. He advises on permitting requirements, environmental compliance, contaminated lands remediation and climate change.
Héloïse Apestéguy-Reux is an associate in our Business Law Group in Toronto. She practises primarily in our energy group, with a focus on regulatory and corporate-commercial matters.
Daniel Bénay is a partner in our Business Law Group in Montréal. His practice focuses on M&A, financing, corporate law, energy (power), mining and infrastructure, as well as international legal consulting. In his international consulting practice, Daniel has advised on bank restructurings and securities legislation in Cameroon; secured transaction laws in Vietnam, Cambodia, El Salvador and Morocco; and implementation of privatization initiatives in Haiti.
Louis-Nicolas Boulanger is a partner in our Business Law Group in Montréal, with a practice focused on the energy and infrastructure industries. Louis has advised numerous Canadian and international purchasers, vendors, investors, developers and lenders on M&A transactions, project financings, corporate financings and contract negotiations for energy and infrastructure projects. Louis has significant experience with wind projects, hydroelectric projects, solar projects, biogas projects and cogeneration projects in Québec, Canada and elsewhere.
Saqib Butt is currently completing his JD at the Western University Faculty of Law. After his first year of law school, he was selected for the McCarthy Tétrault Business Law Internship and spent the summer working with the legal team at CIBC World Markets. Through this internship, Saqib was able to gain exposure to capital markets, structured finance and corporate governance.
Marc Dorion is a partner in the firm’s Business Law Group, co-leader of its national energy and infrastructure groups, and a member of its board of partners. His practice is focused on project development, project finance and privatisations. Marc advises companies, lenders and other project participants, and acts as strategic counsel for numerous companies on the development of the northern Québec region. He has considerable experience in commercial negotiation and public affairs.
Danielle Drolet is counsel in the firm’s Real Property & Planning Group in Québec City and Montréal. She advises on commercial transactions such as real estate acquisitions, sales, leases, co-ownerships and developments, and energy projects in Québec, particularly wind farms and hydroelectric power plants.
Marie-Pier Gosselin is an associate in our Real Property Group in Québec City. With a practice focused on commercial real estate law, she advises on the real estate aspects of commercial transactions, such as the development and financing of projects in the energy, infrastructure, mines and environment sectors.
Marc-Alexandre Hudon is an associate in our Litigation Group in Montréal, with a practice focused on general litigation, class actions, competition law and aboriginal law. He acts regularly for clients in the context of commercial litigation, including the defence of class actions and rogatory commission proceedings, as well as in the defence of civil liability actions. He has specific expertise in the field of civil procedure, including the rules against the institution of abusive actions.
Mathieu LeBlanc is an associate in our Business Law Group in Québec City. His practice involves general commercial law and M&A, with a focus on the energy and infrastructure sectors.
Kerri Lui is an associate in our Business Law Group in Toronto. She maintains a general corporate practice.
Sven Milelli is a partner in our Business Law Group in Vancouver. He advises public and private corporations in a wide range of industries on M&A transactions, public and private securities offerings and corporate governance matters. Prior to joining McCarthy Tétrault, Sven practised at an international law firm in New York.
Suzanne Murphy is a partner in our Business Law Group in Toronto. Her practice is focused on private M&A, private corporate finance and general corporate matters, particularly in the power industry. Suzanne regularly represents national and multinational corporations and venture capital investors. She has significant experience representing acquirers, investors and developers of a variety of power generation assets including natural gas, wind, solar, biomass and nuclear.
Seán O’Neill is a partner in our Business Law Group in Toronto with a practice focussed on the power industry. Seán has significant experience representing acquirers, investors and developers of a variety of generation assets, including nuclear, hydroelectric, landfill gas, wind, solar and biomass. He has assisted financial institutions and borrowers on renewable energy project financings across Canada and in the United States.
Lynn Parsons is a partner in the firm’s Financial Services Group in Toronto. Her practice focuses on project finance and secured lending. Lynn regularly advises both lenders and borrowers.
Joanna Rosengarten is counsel in our Environmental Group in Toronto. She is involved in a broad range of environmental legal matters, regularly advising clients on compliance with existing and proposed environmental legislation, environmental permitting issues, federal and provincial environmental assessments, and the rehabilitation and redevelopment of contaminated sites.
Robin Sirett is a partner in our Business Law Group in Vancouver. His practice is focused on energy regulatory law and commercial transactions. His practice involves a broad range of regulatory and commercial work involving pipelines, natural gas and electric utilities and energy projects. Robin provides regulatory advice to pipeline companies, distribution utilities, midstream service providers, power generators, investors, lenders and industrial and end-use customers.
Omar Soliman is a graduate of McGill University’s Faculty of Law, where he completed degrees in both common law and civil law. Prior to law school, he was a legislative aide and speechwriter to the Hon. Tim Hudak, MPP at Queens Park. He was also a junior consultant at a well-known government relations firm in Toronto. Omar has extensive experience working within government and without — advancing the interests of public and private stakeholders on a variety of issues. His professional interests include matters related to corporate and securities law, public M&A, corporate governance, and private equity.
Craig Spurn is a partner in the firm’s Oil & Gas Group in Calgary. He practises corporate and commercial law in the energy sector with an emphasis on oil and gas law, energy transactions and projects. Craig is recognized as a leading practitioner, including by Chambers Global (2007-2013), the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2013) and the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers(2009-2013).
Morgan Troke is an associate in our Business Law Group in Vancouver. His practice is primarily focused in the areas of corporate commercial law, and corporate and project finance. Morgan assists lenders and borrowers on secured and unsecured credit facilities, project finance agreements and the development of projects.
Michael is originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba. At 18 years old, he moved across the country to beautiful Burnaby, British Columbia to attend Simon Fraser University (SFU) on a varsity swimming scholarship. At SFU, Michael majored in political science and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (first class honours). Following graduation in 2004, Michael and his wife moved to Taiwan to teach English, travel and learn Mandarin. In 2009, Michael returned to Canada to begin law school at the University of Victoria (UVic). He completed his JD in August 2012.
Stephanie Yarmo is an associate in our Business Law Group in Toronto and is a member of the energy group. She maintains a corporate commercial practice that focuses on private M&A, dispositions, partnerships, corporate reorganizations and general corporate matters.