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加拿大西部和北部蕴藏丰富的能源。从艾伯塔省的油砂到不列颠哥伦比亚省的河流,再到麦肯锡三角洲正在开发的非常规油气储藏和不列颠哥伦比亚省的致密地层,该区域在为其本地市场、北美其他地区、乃至整个世界提供能源方面发挥着越来越重要的作用,逻盛在不列颠哥伦比亚省、艾伯塔省和西北地区具有重要影响力,帮助常规油气生产商、油砂和非常规油气开发商、炼油厂、零售商、本地分销公司、政府、独立电力生产商、电力公司和监管机构在寻找、开发、生产、运输、出口和销售能源方面寻求其利益。我们就公司结构、合资协议、资产收购、股票发行、建筑合同和活动、许可、原住民咨询和经济法规等事项提供建议。

我们专业知识的具体领域已经证实并将持续证明对我们的能源行业客户尤为重要,这些领域包括:

项目开发

我们协助客户在整个加拿大西部和北部获得重大能源项目的利益,进行组织并获得批准。我们对西部省份和北部地区的独特要求非常熟悉,并可以就艾伯塔省、不列颠哥伦比亚省、萨斯喀彻温省,西北地区、努纳武特和育空地区的税收、公司结构、创建投资和并购项目的建设和许可提供建议。

收购与剥离

我们代表能源公司、机构投资者和其他机构收购和处置一系列常规石油和天然气以及油砂资产,就交易结构到谈判和完成等相关事宜提供建议。

环境

逻盛拥有一个大型的环境业务组,已协助客户在西北地区、努纳武特、育空地区、不列颠哥伦比亚省、艾伯塔省和萨斯喀彻温省的重大资源部门项目的开发工作。在艾伯塔省和萨斯喀彻温省的主要资源部门项目的开发中,我们就每个司法管辖区当地的要求提供建议,包括(如适用)与原住民群体达成的最终土地索偿协议中的要求,以及受《加拿大环境评估法》、《国家能源委员会法》和《加拿大石油和天然气运营法》监管的联邦要求。我们在预见、避免和在必要时进行由许可程序引起的司法审查和上诉程序方面也很有经验。

监管

能源行业的许多部门由专门设立的法庭监管。我们在这些专业法庭为政府、监管机构、申请人和干预者服务,我们对省级和联邦监管机构的工作人员和看法非常了解,这些机构包括国家能源委员会、不列颠哥伦比亚公用事业委员会、不列颠哥伦比亚省油气委员会、艾伯塔省能源监管机构、艾伯塔省能源资源保护委员会、艾伯塔省公用事业委员会以及根据《北部土地索偿协议》(包括《麦肯齐山谷资源管理法》)成立的各个委员会。近年来,我们在加拿大西部和北部众多最重要的能源法规听证会和相关的法院诉讼中代表客户。 

电力

我们与电力公司和水力发电商的长期合作要求我们了解该行业的方方面面,从获得发电机使用权到传输到加拿大西部和美国的终端使用。我们一直是不列颠哥伦比亚省电力行业重组的核心,在过去20年中该地区最重要的发展中发挥了重要作用。我们在艾伯塔省的能源市场结构以及采用FERC监管模式的司法管辖区进行了大量的工作。我们深入了解希望参与美国市场或与美国市场进行交易的加拿大公司。

气候变化/排放追踪

联邦和省级政府最近的政策声明和立法变更涉及对温室气体(GHG)的报告和实际排放进行监管。这些措施将对能源部门产生重大影响,包括发电以及石油天然气的生产、加工和运输。我们由许多能源和环境专家组成的气候变化业务组了解加拿大最近的立法和政策变化以及关键国际举措,诸如《联合国气候变化框架公约》(UNFCCC)及其《京都议定书》、不列颠哥伦比亚省、曼尼托巴省、安大略省和魁北克省现已加入的《西方气候倡议》(WCI)。我们在可再生能源信用(REC)交易方面具有丰富的经验,可以为客户提供有关不列颠哥伦比亚省的《温室气体减排(限额和贸易)法》所采用的WCI范围的“限额和交易”系统的建议。

我们已为加拿大西部和北部的能源行业客户提供法律意见,以应对因气候变化法规而影响其业务的许多法律要求。我们的经验的更多细节可以在“气候变化法”链接下找到。  

原住民

建立、维护和管理与原住民的关系是成功开发能源或电力项目、管道、输电线路或其他能源基础设施的重要因素。我们拥有丰富的经验,可以协助项目支持者设计和实施咨询计划,并与原住民团体就影响效益协议进行谈判。虽然尽早注意这些问题可以防止或避免大多数法律挑战,但我们在捍卫由于国有公司未能履行其对原住民的法律责任而引起的司法审查和上诉程序方面也具有丰富的经验。

认可和排名

认可和排名

  • Chambers Canada recognizes Lawson Lundell in the Energy & Natural Resources: Mining (Canada), Energy: Power (Regulatory) (Canada), Energy: Power (Transactional) (Canada) and Energy: Provincial Regulatory & Litigation (British Columbia) category
  • Best Lawyers in Canada recognizes our lawyers for Energy law, and Energy Regulatory law
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory recognizes Lawson Lundell as a leading firm in Energy (Electricity and Oil & Gas) law
  • Chambers Global recognizes Lawson Lundell for Energy & Natural Resources: Mining (Canada) and Energy: Power (Regulatory) (Canada) and Energy: Power (Transactional) (Canada) category
  • Legal 500 Canada recommends Lawson Lundell and their Lawyers for Energy (mining), Energy (oil and gas) and Energy (power) law
  • Legal 500 Canada recognizes Lawson Lundell lawyers in elite "Leading lawyers" for Energy (mining) and (power)
  • Who's Who Legal recommends Lawson Lundell for Energy law
  • Benchmark Litigation Canada Awards 2015 names Lawson Lundell Energy/Resource Litigation Firm of the Year
  • Benchmark Canada: The Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys recognizes Lawson Lundell for Energy and Natural Resources law

经历

经历

Our experience includes:

Oil and Gas Sector

  • Representing a developer in the sale of an oil sands project to a sovereign oil company
  • Representing an oil sands developer in its strategic acquisition of a significant portfolio of oil sands and petroleum and natural gas assets
  • Assisting a major oil sands developer and refiner with all aspects of the development of its co-generation facilities
  • Providing regulatory, environmental and Indigenous advice to the proponent of a heavy oil project in the Cold Lake region of Alberta
  • Providing regulatory, environmental and Indigenous advice to proponents of in-situ oil sands developments in Alberta’s Athabasca oil sands region
  • Advising on regulatory and Indigenous issues associated with a natural gas gathering pipeline application under National Energy Board jurisdiction
  • Advising oil and gas producers with respect to environmental permits, oil and gas approvals and Indigenous issues in northeastern British Columbia, Alberta, the Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan and Quebec
  • Advising major oil and gas producers with respect to the development and disposition of natural gas storage facilities in British Columbia
  • Representing an international mining company in the spin-off by initial public offering of its Canadian oil and gas assets
  • Representing a territorial government in connection with the regulatory aspects of natural gas transportation including active participation in the National Energy Board hearings concerning the Mackenzie Gas Project and the application to have the National Energy Board assume jurisdiction over the Alberta system of Nova Gas Transmission Limited
  • Representing Canada’s major producers association in connection with a broad range of issues before the National Energy Board and before the Federal Courts in connection with Indigenous consultation issues
  • Acting for a major oil refinery in connection with all aspects of its downstream activities and before the National Energy Board and British Columbia Utilities Commission in connection with its crude oil and petroleum products transportation issues
  • Representing the developer in respect of all aspects of its efforts to develop a LNG facility in northwestern British Columbia
  • Representing Indigenous development corporations, local governments and oil and gas producers in connection with diverse commercial, regulatory and permitting matters in the Northwest Territories

Electricity Sector

  • Acting for the largest electric utility in British Columbia in connection with all aspects of the regulation of its system planning, rates, project development, contracting out agreements and power acquisition
  • Acting for the largest electric utility in British Columbia in connection with its international treaty obligations, acquisitions of the assets of other utilities, disposition of operating control of all of its transmission assets and numerous ongoing operational issues
  • Acting for the largest electric utility in British Columbia in connection with corporate governance, comprehensive restructuring of its pension plans and development and execution of consultation programs with First Nations including negotiating and drafting numerous benefit agreements
  • Representing a western North American energy marketer in negotiating and drafting numerous US and Canadian energy contracts, including wholesale and retail power sale agreements, ISDA, EEI and WSPP agreements, CFDs, transmission agreements, financing agreements
  • Representing energy marketers in negotiating and drafting agreements to purchase and sell “green attributes”, Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) and GHG credits from renewable generation to meet voluntary and mandatory requirements in the emerging climate change sector
  • Advising wind generators in respect of all aspects of their developments in Alberta including negotiating with the Alberta Electric System Operator in connection with transmission interconnections and regulated rates
  • Providing ongoing advice with respect to the implications of litigation and regulatory proceedings arising from the California energy crisis on a major Canadian electricity exporter
  • Obtaining NEB export permits in connection with electricity exports from Canada
  • Providing transactional advice to a major lender to developers of independent power projects in British Columbia

The expertise of Lawson Lundell lawyers in related areas is more fully set out in the links relating to Indigenous, environmental, tax, public utility and regulatory law and mergers and acquisitions. This expertise, combined with Lawson Lundell's overall experience as a leading business law firm in western and northern Canada, allows it to bring a focused economical approach to any energy-related transaction, regulatory proceeding or litigation that will maximize the prospects for the success of our clients.

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