Practice Profile

Energy: Oil & Gas and Utilities

Cassels Brock has been providing legal advice to energy clients in the oil & gas and electricity & utilities industries for over 30 years. We offer experience in the corporate, commercial, regulatory, financing, tax regulatory, Aboriginal and real property aspects of energy law (including renewable energy and clean technology) and we have advised companies, governments, consumers, generators, distributors, lenders and underwriters on a vast array of energy related transactions and projects.

Oil and Gas

Cassels Brock has deep experience in all aspects of oil and gas law, including domestic and international transactions related to the energy, midstream and related service industries. This experience including the acquisition, disposition and operation of energy and midstream service assets as well as joint venture, corporate finance, corporate governance, continuance disclosure and mergers and acquisition matters.

Electricity and Utilities

Our electricity and utilities lawyers have extensive experience in all aspects of the purchase, disposition, financing and/or development of public utility and independent power projects in multiple jurisdictions in Canada. We have also negotiated many forms of energy supply contracts, including negotiating and structuring complex power purchase and procurement agreements and other physical and financial bilateral agreements for the supply of electricity in the Province of Ontario and in other Canadian jurisdictions. Cassels Brock lawyers have advised clients on sole source power purchase agreements in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and Nova Scotia, including Clean Energy Supply Contracts, Demand Response Contracts, Demand-Side Management Contracts and Renewable Energy Supply Contracts. In addition, our lawyers have experience negotiating with Aboriginal parties in developing electricity projects. We are also well-versed in electricity-related litigation in connection with power purchase agreements and electrical safety issues.

Cassels Brock was initially retained by the Ontario Ministry of Energy and the Ontario Ministry of Finance to advise the Government of Ontario on the Energy Competition Act, 1998, and we continue to advise them on matters pertaining to Ontario’s electricity industry. We are intimately familiar with the current legislative regime that governs Ontario’s electricity industry. Our energy and electricity lawyers are also very familiar with the various codes and rules enacted by Ontario’s electricity regulatory authorities such as the Ontario Energy Board the Independent Electricity System Operator and the Ontario Power Authority. In fact, Cassels Brock acted on behalf of the Province of Ontario in initially establishing the Ontario Power Authority and its then corporate governance regime.

Our experience in this area extends to:

Contracts & Agreements

We have acted for a number of parties with respect to structuring and negotiating power purchase, procurement, and a myriad of other physical and financial bilateral agreements pertaining to the supply of electricity.

Representative Work

Oil & Gas

Energy and Utilities

Contracts & Agreements