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OIL & GAS

Making the right business decisions at the right time is essential to staying competitive and profitable in a rapidly changing oil and gas industry. At McMillan, we leverage local expertise and international relationships to help clients succeed in today’s intricate economic and regulatory climate. Of Canada’s top energy law firms, our leading team of professionals offer longstanding experience and knowledge of where the industry has been and where it’s going.

With extensive transactional and regulatory energy experience, McMillan’s oil and gas lawyers advise clients across the entire industry at every stage of the petroleum lifecycle. We serve as trusted legal counsel to oil and gas leaders and innovators, including explorers and producers, oil sands, transportation, refineries, petrochemical plants and facilities, LNG plants and facilities, retailers, engineering and oilfield services.

Consolidation and expansion are recurring themes in the oil and gas sector. McMillan’s oil and gas lawyers have significant experience with complex mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and other commercial contracts and agreements. Whether you are an acquirer, a target, a board of directors, a financial advisor or an investor, we work closely with you to create effective strategies, manage deals, reduce legal risk, and negotiate terms unique to you and your business objectives.

Our oil and gas lawyers work closely with other professionals of the firm, drawing on their depth of knowledge in employment and labour, corporate finance, joint ventures, tax, litigation, environmental and regulatory law. Committed to developing a deep understanding of your business and its challenges, we provide unique legal solutions that navigate change, mitigate risk and maximize business potential.

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Beware of Petroleum and Potassium from Belarus! Canada Imposes New Sectoral Sanctions

On August 9, 2021, Canada announced sectoral sanctions under the Special Economic Measures Act (“SEMA”) against Belarus.

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Aug 15, 2021
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SOFR Fundamentals: What We Know SO-FAR

SOFR is the preferred USD alternative RFR to LIBOR. We discuss what SOFR is, the types of SOFR, conventions for SOFR, and using SOFR in loan agreements.

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Jul 21, 2021
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“Say on Climate” — Key Considerations in Implementing Shareholder Votes on Climate

Shareholder engagement on climate-related matters continues to grow across the globe, including Canada, these issues are a key focus area for public companies

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Jul 16, 2021
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Greening Canadian Borders – Canada Considers Border Carbon Adjustments for Carbon-Intensive Imports

Border Carbon Adjustments are being explored by various countries including Canada in its 2021 Budget to support climate change initiatives.

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Jul 6, 2021
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Amendments to the OHSA Consolidate Reporting Requirements for Workplace Accidents Effective July 1, 2021

The Ontario government introduced amendments to Regulations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act to consolidate accident reporting requirements.

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Jun 30, 2021
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Making Sense of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Capital market developments from the CSA regarding non-GAAP financial information.

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Jun 30, 2021
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ICMA Green Bond Principles Undergo Minor Facelift

Legal news bulletin discussing recent changes to ICMA Green Bond Principles.

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Jun 17, 2021
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Charging Ahead: Alberta and Saskatchewan Joining Forces with Ontario and New Brunswick on Small Modular Reactors

Update on developments in nuclear energy and small modular nuclear reactors in Canada, including the memorandum of understanding that was recently signed.

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May 26, 2021
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End of the Bellatrix GasEDI Saga Marks Beginning of Market Fallout

The Alberta Court of Appeal's dismissal of Bellatrix's appeal leaves substantial uncertainty for natural gas market and all derivatives counterparties.

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May 5, 2021
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Significant Changes to Canada’s Federal Environmental Protection Regime Proposed

The government of Canada is proposing significant changes to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 through the introduction of Bill C-28.

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Apr 28, 2021
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Canada’s Federal Greenhouse Gas Offset Credit System Creates Green Incentives for Regulated Facilities

Publication of Greenhouse Gas Offset Credit System Regulations under section 195 of the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act.

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Apr 7, 2021
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Supreme Court of Canada Upholds Federal Carbon Pricing Regime

In a decision released March 25, 2021, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act is constitutional.

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Mar 29, 2021
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Fueling the Future: Canada’s Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions under the Clean Fuel Regulations

The federal government's proposed Clean Fuel Regulations will require the gradual reduction in the carbon intensity of fossil fuels supplied in Canada.

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Mar 26, 2021
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Canadian Government Expands National Security Guidance

On March 24, 2021, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry announced that the government updated its National Security Guidelines.

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Mar 25, 2021
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LIBOR Newsflash: FCA Announces Dates for Official Cessation and Loss of Representativeness of LIBOR

FCA announces dates for the official cessation and loss of representativeness of LIBOR. Implications for Lenders.

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Mar 10, 2021
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LIBOR Newsflash: Announcement on Official Cessation of LIBOR is Expected Soon

IBA and FCA expected to make announcement about the official cessation of LIBOR. Timelines for ceasing new issuances of LIBOR loans.

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Feb 18, 2021
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Mandatory Vaccination Policies for Employees: Enforceable or a Shot in the Dark?

There are vaccines, and there will be (at some point) enough for everyone in Canada to receive it. But what happens if your employees refuse to be vaccinated?

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Dec 23, 2020
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Oil and Gas Sector Consolidation Invites Competition Bureau Reviews

With the recent surge in M&A activity in the oil and gas sector, the Competition Bureau may call on industry participants to investigate some of these deals.

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Nov 17, 2020
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‘But to What Effect?’ The Supreme Court of Canada Clarifies the Anti-deprivation Rule in Chandos

The authors discussion of the Supreme Court of Canada's decision in Chandos Construction affirming the anti-deprivation rule and consider its implications

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Nov 16, 2020
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Canada’s New Cybersecurity Certification Goes Live

The federal government has launched a voluntary CyberSecure program to help small and medium-sized organizations protect against cybersecurity threats

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Oct 13, 2020
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Plan for the Ban: Canada Announces Plan to Tackle Single-Use Plastics

Canada federal government announces plan for ban of single-use plastics and management of plastic waste through recycling and end-of life responsibility.

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Oct 9, 2020
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Mandatory Indoor Face Coverings: What Ontario Employers Need to Know

Mandatory Indoor Face Coverings: What Ontario Employers Need to Know

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Oct 6, 2020
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Ontario Employers be Aware: New Mandatory Screening Requirements for Ontario Workplaces

Employers should take immediate steps to implement the new mandatory COVID-19 screening requirements for Ontario workplaces.

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Sep 30, 2020
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Federal Government Accepts Ontario’s Emissions Performance Standards (EPS) Program for Regulation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions – Transition Dates to Come

Ontario Minister of Environment, Parks and Conservation announced that its Emissions Performance Standards (EPS) program has been accepted by federal government

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Sep 21, 2020
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Cross-Country Check-In: COVID-19 and the Environment

Canada's governmental and regulatory bodies have taken steps to temporarily alter legal requirements in light of COVID-19 to lessen the burden on businesses.

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Sep 10, 2020
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Alberta’s Recovery Plan and its Bedrock: The Energy Sector

Government of Alberta announces plan to spur economic recovery of the energy sector.

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Aug 5, 2020
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Ontario Amends Employment Standards Legislation in Response to COVID-19

Ontario passes new protected leave of absence for employees impacted by COVID-19, and suggests COVID-19
cases should be reported as occupational illnesses.

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Aug 5, 2020
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Alberta’s New Liability Management Framework: A Teaser of What’s Coming

Government of Alberta announces changes to the regulatory regime that governs oil and gas liabilities.

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Aug 4, 2020
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Government Proposes Relief for Issuers of Flow-Through Shares

This article discusses the government's proposal to extend the time for junior mining companies to spend amounts raised on issuance of flow-through shares.

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Jul 28, 2020
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Material Adverse Effect Clauses in a COVID-19 World

Review and analysis of recent developments where parties try to rely on MAE clauses as a mechanism to avoid closing a transaction.

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Jun 23, 2020
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Construction through COVID-19 in Canada: A Guideline for what each Province and Territory is Doing

How each Province is managing the impact of COVID-19 by restricting construction activities, suspending litigation time periods and recommending H&S practices

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Jun 11, 2020
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Ontario Provides Employers with Temporary Relief from COVID-Related Termination Risks

Ontario introduces creative measures (O. Reg. 228/20) to the Covid-related temporary lay off dilemma.

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Jun 1, 2020
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Privacy Penalties – Canadian Competition Bureau Wades Into Privacy Enforcement

Organizations operating in Canada are advised to immediately review their privacy-related policies and marketing to avoid false or misleading representations

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May 26, 2020
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Federal Aid Package for Energy Sector and Alberta’s Plan to Spend It

The Federal Government released details of the long-awaited aid package to help the oil and gas industry. This article will overview those relief measures.

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Apr 29, 2020
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Alberta Government Passes Bill 12, Liabilities Management Statutes Amendment Act, 2020 – What You Need to Know

What you need to know about the Alberta Government's Bill 12 in relation to Liabilities Management Statutes Amendment Act, 2020.

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Apr 21, 2020
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Project Management Amid COVID-19 – The Triage

Best practices for construction project management during the COVID-19 pandemic, and other force majeure circumstances.

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Apr 8, 2020
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The Impact of COVID-19 on the Construction Industry: A Reference Guide to the Changed Landscape

Contractual clauses, Permits & Inspections, Health & Safety, Labour, Litigation, Arbitration & Court Procedures,
Limitation Periods, Liens & Holdbacks

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Apr 3, 2020
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COVID-19: Alberta Government Announces List of Essential Services

Alberta's Government has published lists of essential services and non-essential places of business not permitted to
offer or provide services to the public.

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Mar 29, 2020
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Unbearable Lite-ness: Lenders’ Remedies in the Age of Missing Covenants

The author discusses the recent trend toward borrower-friendly loan documents and the remedies available to lenders in Canada.

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Mar 23, 2020
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Coronavirus: Harbinger of a New (Old) Approach to Restructuring in Canada?

Restructuring options and challenges in the time of COVID-19.

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Mar 20, 2020
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Supreme Court of Canada Opens the Door to Novel International Human Rights Claims: The Uncertain Implications for Canadian Resource Companies

In its 5-4 decision in Nevsun Resources Ltd., the Supreme Court of Canada has given Canadian courts the green light to develop new forms of civil liability.

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Mar 2, 2020
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Lost in Transition: Working Through the Silence Surrounding Leasehold Interests in the Construction Act’s Transition Provisions

Lost in Transition - Working through the Silence Surrounding Leasehold Interests in the Construction Act's Transition Provisions

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Feb 27, 2020
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Challenges and Opportunities for Canadian Investors in Brazilian Insolvency Proceedings: Lessons from the IBA’s 2019 Global Restructuring Conference

The authors discuss unique aspects of Brazil's insolvency regime relevant for Canadian investors, including the role of equity, DIP loans, and jurisdiction.

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Jan 21, 2020
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Alberta Court of Appeal Dismisses Property Tax Appeal: Municipalities are Not Secured Creditors for Taxes Assessed on Pipelines, Wells and Other Linear Property

The Alberta Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal brought by three municipalities (the "Municipalities") seeking status as secured creditors entitled to special priority for payment of linear property taxes.

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Mar 14, 2019
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Amendments to the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 and Marine Liability Act

On December 13, 2018, Bill C-86, A second Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on February 27, 2018 and other measures, otherwise known as the Budget Implementation Act was given royal assent.

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Feb 13, 2019
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Supreme Court of Canada Allows Redwater Appeal: Regulator entitled to super-priority for abandonment and reclamation costs

Supreme Court of Canada Allows Redwater Appeal: Regulator entitled to super-priority for abandonment and reclamation costs

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Jan 31, 2019
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Trick or…Breach? PIPEDA’s Breach Reporting Requirements Come Into Force on November 1, 2018

This bulletin provides an overview of the new breach reporting requirements.

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Nov 1, 2018
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The Alberta Securities Commission Expands Prospectus Exemptions for Distributions Outside Alberta

The ASC has updated ASC Rule 72-501 Distributions to Purchasers Outside Alberta and its companion policy to facilitate cross-border investment.

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Aug 22, 2018
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Out with the old and in with the new: transitioning from Ontario’s old Construction Lien Act to the new Construction Act

An update to our December 2017 article, where some of the most significant substantive changes to the Construction Lien Act (the "CLA") are considered.

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Feb 14, 2018
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Redwater Energy – Take 3

Redwater Energy - Take 3

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Nov 9, 2017
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Investment Canada Act Threshold Increases to $1 Billion (Cdn)

Investment Canada Act Threshold Increases to $1 Billion (Cdn)

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Jun 22, 2017
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Bill C-49: Is the Line Haul Interswitching Remedy Really New?

Regulators Rethink "Best Interest" Standard for Registrants

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May 30, 2017
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Bill C-49: Government of Canada Proposes to Amend the Canada Transportation Act

Bill C-49: Government of Canada Proposes to Amend the Canada Transportation Act

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May 16, 2017
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Appeal Dismissed: Decision of the Alberta Court of Appeal in Re Redwater Confirms Paramountcy of BIA

Appeal Dismissed: Decision of the Alberta Court of Appeal in Re Redwater Confirms Paramountcy of BIA

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Apr 25, 2017
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Duty to Consult does not Apply to all Aboriginal Concerns

Duty to Consult does not Apply to all Aboriginal Concerns

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Apr 17, 2017
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Free Trade Trumps Protectionism

Free Trade Trumps Protectionism

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Jan 23, 2017
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Government of Canada Provides Valuable Guidance on National Security Review of Foreign Investment in Canada

Government of Canada Provides Valuable Guidance on National Security Review of Foreign Investment in Canada

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Jan 3, 2017
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Arbitration Clauses and Shareholder Disputes: Clarity from the Ontario Court of Appeal

Arbitration Clauses and Shareholder Disputes: Clarity from the Ontario Court of Appeal

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Oct 24, 2016
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Redwater Appeal Creates Continued Uncertainty for Insolvent Oil and Gas Companies in Alberta

Redwater Appeal Creates Continued Uncertainty for Insolvent Oil and Gas Companies in Alberta

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Jun 4, 2016
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New Rules for Asset Sales by Insolvent Producers (at least for now)

New Rules for Asset Sales by Insolvent Producers (at least for now)

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May 24, 2016
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Compromise with the Alberta Energy Regulator: Navigating a Receivership in Alberta’s Oil Patch

Compromise with the Alberta Energy Regulator: Navigating a Receivership in Alberta's Oil Patch

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Jan 28, 2016
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The Province of Alberta’s Climate Change Plan (sub nom. Western Canadian Oil Producers Dancing on the Head of a Pin)

The Province of Alberta's Climate Change Plan (sub nom. Western Canadian Oil Producers Dancing on the Head of a Pin)

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Nov 27, 2015
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What do the Recent Site C Decisions Mean for Major Projects in British Columbia?

What do the Recent Site C Decisions Mean for Major Projects in British Columbia?

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Sep 30, 2015
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Federal Government Issues Guidance under the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act

Federal Government Issues Guidance under the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act

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Sep 18, 2015