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About Jeff

Jeff practises corporate and securities law and also assists clients with various corporate restructuring transactions. His primary focus is in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings and distressed M&A, corporate finance, corporate governance and continuous disclosure compliance, including as these practice areas relate to the evolving ESG landscape and sustainable finance.

Jeff has experience in representing both publicly traded issuers listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, the New York Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange and private companies. As counsel to offerors and targets, he has acted on a number of domestic and cross-border take-over bids, plans of arrangement and contested proxy contests and also acts on corporate restructurings. He has also acted on behalf of underwriters and dealers in both public and private offerings of equity, debt and hybrid securities and assists clients with corporate governance matters and continuous disclosure compliance obligations, as well as general corporate and commercial matters. Jeff also has experience advising clients on ESG matters, including in respect of corporate governance and compliance, disclosure and KPI targets, and sustainable finance.

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Examples of recent transactions on which Jeff has acted in a significant capacity include acting for:

  • TC Energy Corporation on its proposed separation into two independent, investment-grade, publicly listed companies through the spinoff of TC Energy's Liquids Pipelines business

  • Cenovus Energy Inc. on its C$711-million acquisition of warrants from Hutchison Whampoa Europe Investments S.à r.l. and L.F. Investments S.à r.l.

  • Jupiter Resources Ltd. in its C$630-million sale to Tourmaline Oil Corp.

  • Pembina Pipeline Corporation in connection with its public offerings of over C$5-billion aggregate principal amount of medium term notes and its public offering of cumulative redeemable minimum rate reset preferred shares for aggregate gross proceeds of C$400-million

  • Pembina Pipeline Corporation in connection with its public offering of C$600-million aggregate principal amount of hybrid notes, the first corporate hybrid debt issuance in Canada involving the use of a special purpose recourse trust structure

  • TC Energy Corporation and its subsidiaries on over C$20-billion of financing transactions comprised of offerings of hybrid securities, preferred shares, US senior notes, medium term notes and common shares

  • Suncor Energy Inc. on the renewal of its C$2-billion medium term note program and US$2-billion multi-jurisdictional disclosure system (MJDS) cross-border shelf program and associated offerings thereunder

  • Pembina Pipeline Corporation on its C$10-billion acquisition of Veresen Inc. and its US$650-million acquisition of the Vantage pipeline and the Mistral Midstream extraction plant

  • Cenovus Energy Inc. on its C$17.7-billion acquisition of assets from ConocoPhillips and its related C$3-billion offering of common shares

  • Agrium Inc. on its US$38-billion merger of equals with Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc.

  • Suncor Energy Inc. on its unsolicited C$6.6-billion take-over bid and subsequent negotiated acquisition of Canadian Oil Sands Limited

  • Jupiter Resources Inc. in its successful Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA) reorganization proceedings (oil and gas)

  • Canadian Pacific Railway on its US$500-million debt offering in March 2018

  • Cenovus Energy Inc. on the sale of its wholly-owned subsidiary Heritage Royalty Limited Partnership to Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan for C$3.3-billion

  • Agrium Inc. on over $6.5-billion of financing transactions comprised of offerings of US$5.3-billion of senior notes in aggregate and an offering of C$1.375-billion of common shares

  • Private-equity sponsored CanEra Energy Corp. in connection with its C$1.3-billion acquisition by Crescent Point Energy Corp.

  • Nexen Inc. in connection with its C$15.1-billion acquisition by CNOOC Limited

  • Pembina Pipeline Corporation in its C$3.2-billion acquisition of Provident Energy Ltd.

  • Daylight Energy Ltd. in its C$2.3-billion acquisition by Sinopec

  • Suncor Energy Inc. in its strategic merger with Petro-Canada

Awards & Recognition

Jeff is recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

  • Lexpert Special Edition: Finance and M&A 2024

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2019–2024: Corporate Finance & Securities; 2021–2024: Mergers & Acquisitions; 2020–2023: Private Equity)

  • The Legal 500 Canada – 2018–2024 (Capital Markets)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business – 2022–2024 (Corporate & Commercial)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada (2022–2024: Corporate Law; 2019, 2020–2024: Securities Law; 2017, 2020–2024: Mergers and Acquisitions Law)

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2023 (Capital Markets)

  • Who's Who Legal: Global 2023 (Capital Markets: Debt & Equity)

  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial and Corporate Law Firms (2021–2023: Mergers & Acquisitions; 2020: M&A – Energy, Natural Resources)

  • ILFR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial and Corporate Law Firms (2018: Rising Star – Energy, Natural Resources; 2017: Mergers & Acquisitions)

  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada 2014 (Lawyers to Watch)

  • Lexpert magazine, November/December 2013 (Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40)

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LLM, New York University – 2006
Admitted to the Alberta Bar – 2004
LLB, University of Alberta – 2003
BSc, University of Alberta – 2000

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