Paul Barbeau has extensive experience in capital markets law and securities offerings, public and private mergers and acquisitions (M&A), asset dispositions, and complex joint venture and other co-ownership vehicles. He also advises on matters relating to corporate governance, shareholder activism and general regulatory compliance.

Acting for a diverse range of clients, Paul represents public and private issuers, investment funds, private equity funds and underwriters located in Canada and abroad. Paul has significant experience advising clients in the technology, energy, oil field services, utilities, construction, mining, health-care and manufacturing sectors.

Paul’s experience includes acting for issuers and underwriters in Canada and the Unites States. He has a strong track record in initial public offerings (IPOs), bought deal short form offerings, subscription receipt offerings and convertible debt offerings for clients ranging from small technology startups to large multi-billion-dollar international energy companies.

In his M&A practice, Paul advises buyers and targets on hostile and friendly takeover bids, plans of arrangement, reverse takeovers, management buy-outs, going private transactions and all other forms of corporate mergers. He also acts as legal counsel to special committees in connection with strategic review processes.

Paul is a published author on topics that include corporate sales, public offerings, takeover bids, shareholder rights plans and proxy access. He has also acted as corporate secretary for private oil and gas companies.

Representative Matters

  • Green Impact Partners Inc. (formerly Blackheath Resources Inc.) in connection with its acquisition of clean energy assets from Wolverine Energy and Infrastructure Inc., the completion of a $100 million brokered offering of subscription receipts and its listing on the TSX Venture Exchange through a reverse take-over (RTO) structure.
  • West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. in its $4 billion acquisition of Norbord Inc. by way of a plan of arrangement.
  • A Canadian public company, operating in the United States, in its acquisition, by way of plan of arrangement, of another Canadian public company, for equity consideration valued at approximately $835 million.
  • Great Panther Mining Limited, in its acquisition, by way of scheme of arrangement (under Australian law), of Beadell Resources Limited, for equity consideration valued at approximately $135 million.
  • Total Capital S.A. and Total Capital Canada Ltd., in connection with obtaining exemptive relief in Alberta for the offering of securities under an F-3 registration statement with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Hillcore Group/Abacus Private Equity, in connection with secured lending transactions involving Trenchant Capital and certain portfolio companies of Hillcore, including Waiward Steel and Omni Health Group.
  • Founders Advantage Capital Corp., in a $24.7 million acquisition of a 60% interest in Astley Gilbert Limited.
  • Ambyint Inc., USD$11.5 million series A preferred shares funding round, led by early stage venture capital firm Mercury Fund with participation by GE Ventures, Statoil Technology Invest, and Cottonwood Venture Partners.
  • Founders Advantage Capital Corp., in its $12 million acquisition of a 52% majority interest in Cape Communications International Inc.
  • Founders Advantage Capital Corp., in its $20.5 million acquisition of a 60% majority interest in eight Club 16 and five She’s FIT! health clubs.
  • Kissner Holdings LP, in a $400,000,000 offering of notes and related refinancing transactions.
  • Founders Advantage Capital, in its $74 million acquisition of a 60% Interest in the Dominion Lending Centre group of companies.
  • Eagle Energy Inc., in its conversion from an income trust to a dividend-paying corporation and its acquisition of Maple Leaf Royalties Corp.
  • The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Intermap Technologies Inc., in connection with a review of strategic alternatives and subsequent funding of the company.
  • Mavenir Systems, Inc., as Canadian counsel in its proposed acquisition by Mitel Networks Corporation in a stock and cash exchange offer valued at approximately US$560 million.
  • Crossroads Systems, Inc. as Canadian counsel in a public offering of US$12 million of cumulative perpetual preferred stock.
  • The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Sino Vanadium Inc., in connection with a take-private transaction.
  • Acumen Capital Finance Partners Ltd., in two underwritten private placements of common shares by Sylogist Ltd. for aggregate proceeds of $45 million.
  • Northern Frontier Corp., in its $27 million acquisition of Central Water & Equipment Services Ltd., a concurrent $21 million bought deal offering of common shares and warrants and the establishment of new senior credit facilities.
  • Zedi Inc., in the proposed acquisition by a management-led group in a transaction valued at $125 million.
  • Argent Energy Trust, in its $244.1 million initial public offering of trust units.
  • Compass Petroleum Ltd., in its $98 million acquisition, by way of Plan of Arrangement, by Whitecap Resources Inc.
  • Technicoil Corporation, in its business combination with Essential Energy Services Ltd., by way of Plan of Arrangement, with a total transaction value of approximately $275 million.
  • Compass Petroleum Ltd., in its $12 million public offering of common shares and “flow-through” shares.
  • Whitecap Resources Inc., in its $223 million acquisition of Spry Energy Ltd. by way of Plan of Arrangement.
  • FirstEnergy Capital Corp., as lead underwriter, in the $80 million IPO of common shares of Condor Petroleum Inc. on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
  • Acumen Capital Finance Partners Limited and AltaCorp Capital Inc., as co-lead underwriters, in the $22 million public offering of common shares of IROC Energy Services Corp.
  • Total Capital Canada Ltd. and Total Capital S.A., in the implementation of a $4 billion Canadian medium term note program guaranteed by Total S.A.
  • Pengrowth Energy Trust, in the $350 million acquisition, by way of plan of arrangement, of all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Monterey Exploration Ltd.
  • Secure Energy Services Inc., in its $66 million IPO of common shares and the initial listing of the Secure common shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
  • RBC Dominion Securities Inc., as lead underwriter, in the Churchill Corporation’s prospectus offering of $100,500,000 of Subscription Receipts and $75 million of convertible debentures.
  • EnQuest Energy Services Corp., in the sale of assets to TransForce Inc. and the concurrent plan of arrangement to restructure EnQuests share capital.
  • Western Prospector Group Ltd., in the acquisition, by way of takeover bid, of the company by CNNC International Limited through its wholly owned subsidiary, First Development Holdings Corporation, for $31 million.

Teaching Engagements

  • Sessional Instructor, University of Calgary, Faculty of Law (Mergers & Acquisitions and Entrepreneurial Law)


Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada (2022) as a leading lawyer in the area of Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Community Involvement

  • Youth basketball coach
  • Volunteer, Heart and Stroke Foundation
  • Volunteer, Calgary Food Bank

Directorships & Affiliations

  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society
  • N. Eldon Tanner Management Society

Education & Admissions

Called to the Alberta bar
JDUniversity of Toronto
B.Sc., ManagementBrigham Young University


Insights by Paul Barbeau (7 Posts)

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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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Funding and Grants Available to Technology and Innovation Companies in Alberta, Canada

The technology industry in Alberta has grown significantly. There are a number of funding and grant opportunities for technology and innovation companies.

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Jan 19, 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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The Impact of COVID-19 on Agribusiness – Business and Legal Considerations

In addition to the adverse impact to public health and the public healthcare system, the COVID-19 pandemic is causing severe economic hardship to western Canada.

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Apr 7, 2020
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Protecting Against Shareholder Activism in Uncertain Times

The aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic will provide unprecedented opportunities for shareholder activism and companies will need to prepare for coming campaigns.

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Apr 6, 2020
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Alberta Securities Commission Introduces New Whistleblower Policy

Overview of Alberta's Recovery Plan announced June 29, 2020 and the new Invest Alberta

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Dec 6, 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