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Greg McIlwain is a gifted business lawyer, with a focus on complex transactions including international and domestic mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations and joint ventures. He also advises on tax structuring strategies.

In addition to his significant expertise in the oil and gas industry, particularly midstream, downstream, petrochemical and services, Greg draws on a broad range of industry knowledge, including in the technology, insurance and manufacturing sectors.

Recognized as a leading lawyer in Canada under the age of 40 in Lexpert’s Rising Stars competition in 2016, Greg is also listed in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017 as a leading lawyer to watch in the area of corporate mid-market.

Greg is a director of the Calgary chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth, part of a global community of middle-market M&A deal-makers and business leaders, focused on driving growth. He is also a past chair of the board of the Canadian Association of Pediatric Oncology Camps (CAPOC), a national collaboration of camps for children affected by childhood cancer.



Representative Matters

  • Acting for iSolutions Inc., a Canadian-based consulting group with expertise designing and implementing data management solutions, in its sale to Emerson Automation Systems
  • Acting for Vital Materials Co., Limited in its acquisition of the South-Korea-based ceramic target business division of Samsung Corning Advanced Glass, LLC
  • Acting for The Williams Companies, Inc. and Williams Partners L.P. in the sale of their Canadian natural gas liquids midstream businesses to Inter Pipeline Ltd.
  • Acting as Canadian counsel for EnPro Industries, Inc. in its sale of Fairbanks Morse to Arcline Investment Management
  • Acting for a Canadian environmental consulting company serving multinational mining companies in the sale to a United States based strategic buyer
  • Acting for a United States strategic buyer in the purchase and financing of a portfolio of Canadian franchised fast-food restaurants
  • Acting for a United States private equity investor in the purchase and financing of a Canadian oil and gas services company
  • Acting for Orr & Associates in its sale to Western Financial Group, a subsidiary of The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company
  • Acting for Axion Insurance Services Inc. in its sale to Western Financial Group, a subsidiary of The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company
  • Acting for Arcturus Realty Corporation in the sale to SNC-Lavalin Operations & Maintenance
  • Acting for IDG Capital Partners in its investment with co-investor Xiaomi Ventures in Canadian-based Nu Stream Realty
  • Acting for Loop Energy in its joint venture in China with IN-Power to produce power systems incorporating Loop Energy’s fuel cell stacks for next-generation heavy-duty electric buses and trucks in China
  • Acting for PharmaCielo Ltd. in its joint venture in Mexico with MINO Labs S.A. de C.V., a specialty pharmaceutical company and medical supply distributor
  • Acting for PharmaCielo Ltd. in its joint venture in Italy with Eugene S.r.l., a parent company of two genetic research and technology based companies
  • Acting for Miniso Canada, a national retailer of Japanese lifestyle products, in its restructuring and CCAA proceedings
  • Acting for a leading payment solutions provider in connection with reorganization of corporate structure of Interac Association and Acxsys Corporation to form Interac Corp.
  • Acting for People Corporation in connection with ongoing corporate, securities and credit facility matters

Speaking Engagements

Strategies for success in Asia: What Asian investors need and are looking for (Calgary Economic Development / Canadian ASEAN Business Council / Edmonton Global / Invest Alberta)

February 2019

Feasibility: What is Considered When Making an Investment? (Panel Discussion) Petrochem Canada 2016, Edmonton, Alberta

November 2016

News


Rankings & Recognition

  • Recognized in the 2021 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Repeatedly Recommended Lawyer in the area of Corporate Mid-Market
  • Named Leading Lawyer to Watch, Corporate Mid-Market, in the 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
  • Named one of Lexpert’s Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers under 40 in 2016

Community Involvement

  • Director, Association for Corporate Growth, Calgary chapter
  • Past board chair, Canadian Association of Pediatric Oncology Camps (CAPOC)

Directorships & Affiliations

  • Association of Corporate Growth
  • Calgary Bar Association
  • PADA Society

Education & Admissions

2014
Called to the Alberta bar
2004
Called to the Ontario bar
2003
JD University of Toronto
2000
B.Comm.Queen's University

Publications

  • Selling a Business in Canada” TerraLex Connections – Newsletter Volume IIII, Issue 1 (March 2012)
  • “Review of Essential and Useful Due Diligence Searches” The Ultimate Review of Legal Due Diligence, Ontario Bar Association Continuing Legal Education (December 2008)
  • “Unlimited Liability Companies,” Lang Michener InBrief (Fall 2007)
  • “Flow-Through Shares: An Attractive Opportunity for Investors and Junior Mining and Oil and Gas Companies” Lang Michener Business Law Brief (Spring 2006)

Insights by Greg McIlwain (3 Posts)

Featured Insight

Alberta Eliminates Director Residency Requirements

With the proclamation of the Red Tape Reduction Implementation Act (Alberta) into law on March 29, 2021, director residency requirements have been eliminated.

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Mar 29, 2021
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Heading for the Exit: Preparation for the Sale of your Business

Heading for the Exit: Preparation for the Sale of your Business

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Jul 27, 2020
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No Changes to Arrangements: Alberta Court of Appeal Upholds Directors’ Choice of Transaction Structure in Merger of Marquee Energy Ltd. and Alberta Oilsands Inc.

No Changes to Arrangements: Alberta Court of Appeal Upholds Directors' Choice of Transaction Structure in Merger of Marquee Energy Ltd. and Alberta Oilsands Inc.

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Jan 6, 2017