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Crispin is a member of the firm’s Business Law, Corporate Finance & Securities, Energy and Mergers & Acquisitions practice groups. His practice is focused on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and corporate reorganizations, acting for public and private companies as well as for private equity firms and large institutional investors.

He has extensive experience in corporate finance and securities transactions, including public and private share and debt financings, venture and private equity financings, initial public offerings, business combinations and stock exchange listings. Additionally, Crispin has acted as counsel to many boards of directors and special committees in change-of-control transactions, such as takeover bids (both friendly and hostile), amalgamations, plans of arrangement, asset acquisitions and dispositions, significant equity infusions and restructuring scenarios.

He also regularly advises directors and management with respect to a wide variety of corporate governance matters.

Professional Activities

  • Canadian Bar Association (Alberta), Member
  • Calgary Bar Association, Member 

Community Activities

  • Between Friends, Board Member
  • Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta (2006 - 2015), Former Board Chair

Recognitions & Rankings

Recognitions & Rankings

  • Best Lawyers in Canada: recognized for Securities law
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
    • Repeatedly recommended as a Leading Practitioner for Corporate Mid-Market law (2016)
    •  Ranked one of Canada's leading Energy Lawyers (2013)
    •  Repeatedly recommended in Corporate Finance & Securities - Mid-Market (2012, 2013)
  • Lexpert Special Edition 2016: Leading Canadian Lawyers in Energy

Experience

Experience

Recent representative experience includes: 

  • Roivant Sciences Ltd. in the formation and financing of a jointly owned new entity known as Genevant Sciences
  • Roivant Sciences Ltd. in its US$ 116M financing of Arbutus Biopharma Inc.
  • Rio Tinto Exploration Canada Inc., in connection with its Option to Joint Venture Agreement and related $1 million private placement with Shore Gold Inc., 2017
  • CIBT Education Group Inc., in connection with its acquisition of the operating assets of KGIC Inc., 2017
  • Longshore Resources Ltd., in connection with its acquisition of certain producing assets in the Peace River Arch area of Alberta, and the closing of a $150 million equity financing, 2016
  • Condor Petroleum Inc. in connection with its acquisition (by plan of arrangement) of Marsa Energy Inc., 2016
  • TSXV-listed entity in connection with unsolicited acquisition approach, 2016
  • Wild Wind Petroleum Inc. in connection with its organization and initial capitalization, 2015
  • Longshore Resources Ltd. in connection with its organization and initial capitalization, 2015
  • Major international conglomerate in connection with its internal reorganization, 2014/2015
  • Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. in connection with its failed sale to ALFA, S.A.B. de C.V. and Harbour Energy Ltd., 2014/2015
  • United Safety Ltd. in connection with its expatriation and internal reorganization, 2015
  • Ravenwood Energy Corp. in connection with its acquisition (by takeover bid) by Petrus Resources Ltd., 2014
  • Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. in connection with its acquisition (by plan of arrangement) of Petrominerales Ltd., 2013
  • Petronas in connection with its disposition of participating interests in its proposed LNG project, 2013
  • Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. in connection with its acquisition (by plan of arrangement) of C&C Energia Ltd., 2012
  • Arcis Seismic Corporation in connection with its sale to TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company, 2012
  • Arcis Seismic Corporation in connection with its acquisition of VGS Seismic Canada Inc., 2011
  • Special Committee of Capital Power Income L.P. in connection with strategic alternative review process by Capital Power Income L.P., 2010/2011
  • Major pipeline company in connection with conversion (by plan of arrangement) of related income fund, 2010
  • Ravenwood Energy Corp. in connection with its $53 million private placement and additional $30 million stand-by equity commitment, 2010
  • Major gas distribution company in connection with its issue of $200 million principal amount of 4.04% notes and $200 million principal amount of 4.95% notes, 2010
  • Major gas distribution company in connection with the renewal of its $800 million medium term note program, 2010
  • United Safety Ltd. in connection with the corporate reorganization of its regional domestic and overseas network, 2010
  • Major pipeline company in connection with the renewal of its $2 billion universal shelf prospectus, 2010
  • Major pipeline company in connection with the internal re-organization by Enbridge Pipelines Inc. of its corporate structure holding renewables assets, 2010
  • Major pipeline company in connection with its issue of $250 million principal amount of 2.93% notes, 2010
  • Investment dealer/sponsor in connection with the acquisition (by way of amalgamation) of Estrella Overseas Ltd. by Everest Ventures Corp., 2010
  • Major pipeline company in connection with its issue of $200 million principal amount of 4.26% notes, 2010
  • Major pipeline company in connection with the renewal of its $2 billion medium term note program, 2010
  • Investment dealer syndicate in connection with the establishment of a $4 billion medium term note program by Total Capital Canada Ltd. and Total Capital S.A., 2010
  • Investment dealer syndicate in connection with the $41.5 million public offering of 8% convertible debentures by Canacol Energy Ltd., 2010
  • Major pipeline company in connection with its issue of $350 million principal amount of 4.45% notes and $300 million principal amount of 5.33% notes, 2010
  • Investment dealer syndicate in connection with the $50 million public offering of common shares by Canacol Energy Ltd., 2010
  • Major pipeline company in connection with its issue of $500 million principal amount of 4.53% notes, 2010
  • Investment dealer in connection with the US$40 million private placement of special warrants by Estrella Overseas Ltd., 2010
  • Ernst & Young, Monitor in connection with the re-structuring of Concrete Equities LPs related to CCAA proceedings, 2010

News & Publications

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

  • "Doing Deals on a Global Stage", Major Business Agreements, Insight Information, Calgary, Alberta, January 30, 2014, Panel Moderator
  • "Deal Spoilers: The Five Most Common Factors that Derail Commercial Transactions", Major Business Agreements, Insight Information, Calgary, Alberta, February 1, 2013, Panel Moderator

Assistant Contact

  • Amy Finn
  • Legal Assistant
  • T: 403.218.7530

Bar Admissions

  • Alberta (1998)

Education

University of Calgary (LL.B., 1997)

Dalhousie University (M.A., 1992)

Carleton University (B.A., 1989)

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