Summary

With a population that represents almost 7% of Canada, the province is a leader in terms of GDP, as well as in personal and disposable income.

95% of its home-produced goods are in the basic resource sectors, and it is among the world’s leaders in the production of potash, uranium, natural gas, crude oil, coal and electric energy. With 23% of the land mass covered by forest, its pulp, paper and wood products industry is also thriving. So, too, are manufacturing and construction, all tied to its prominent agricultural, forestry, mining and energy sectors. Additional logical extensions of this bounty are the food processing industry, service sector, and wholesale and retail operations. Saskatchewan’s Aboriginal population continues to grow exponentially and many new economic and legal relationships can be expected to grow as well.

Saskatchewan’s economic river is flowing indeed, and its current is strong and influential to Canada and world markets. In recognition of this evolving development of an important and growing business centre in Canada, BLG has created a dedicated Saskatchewan Focus Group comprised of a wide range of legal experts able to assist our clients in Saskatchewan, and to assist clients in other areas of Canada with business interests in Saskatchewan. As one of the largest law firms in Canada, our intent is to provide access to the range and level of services that today’s Saskatchewan requires to compete in the world market.

Our Services

As one of the largest Canadian full-service law firms, BLG provides clients with around- the-clock access to a spectrum of areas of expertise such as:

  • Securities:
    • Raising debt or equity capital
    • Registration of market participants
    • Take-over bids
    • Proxy contests
    • Capital pool companies developed by the TSX Venture Exchange
  • Investment Canada
  • Competition Act
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Electricity
  • Financial institution regulation including banks, trust companies and credit unions
  • Trade Marks and Copyright
  • Public/Private  Partnerships
  • Patents

Representative Work

We have assisted our clients with the following projects:

  • We acted for Parrish & Heimbecker, Limited which acquired Weyburn Inland Terminal by way of a plan of arrangement, for total equity value of approximately $95 million. ​
  • We act for Western Potash Corp., which owns the Milestone potash development project in Saskatchewan, in connection with its strategic review of financing and partnering opportunities for the project.
  • We acted for the founder of Athabasca Potash Corporation in a hostile proxy fight to remove its board of directors, elect a new board of directors and undertake a sale process which resulted in Athabasca being sold to BHP/Billiton for $340 million.
  • We acted as counsel to K+S Aktiengesellschaft in its $434 million friendly take-over bid for Potash One Inc., which owned the Legacy Potash Mine. We currently act for K+S Potash Canada General Partnership in connection with a number of commercial legal matters related to the development of the Legacy Mine, particularly with respect to transportation and port facilities.
  • We assisted Legumex Walker Inc., a specialty crop company with operations in Saskatchewan.
  • We have assisted investment dealers with public market financing transactions for Saskatchewan-based businesses such as Shore Gold Inc.
  • We advised Cameco Corporation, headquartered in Saskatoon, on technical disclosure concerning a number of their Saskatchewan mining projects, including the MacArthur River Uranium Mine and the Cigar Lake Uranium Development Project. We also acted in respect of their subsequent financing of those projects.
  • We have acted as issuer’s counsel in connection with public offerings by Saskatchewan resource companies, such as Cameco Corporation and Athabasca Potash Corporation.
  • We acted for Northland Power’s wholly owned subsidiary, Spy  Hill Power L.P. in respect of its 86 MW natural gas fired peaking facility located approximately 230 km east of Regina. The $141 million project is supplying peaking power to SaskPower under a 25 year Power Purchase Agreement. We acted in respect of their subsequent financing of the project and its 2013 issuance of bonds used to repay existing debt.
  • We acted for Northland Power’s wholly owned subsidiary, North Battleford Power L.P. in respect of its 260 MW natural gas fired baseload facility located in North Battleford. The $580 million project will be supplying power to SaskPower under a 20 year Power Purchase Agreement. We also acted in respect of their subsequent financing of the project.
  • We acted for MLTC Resource Development LP in respect of its 36 MW biomass facility located east of Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan. MLTC Resource Development is owned equally by 9 First Nations of the Meadow Lake Tribal Council. The $210 million project will be supplying power to SaskPower under a 25 year Power Purchase Agreement.
  • We acted for Algonquin Power Co.’s wholly owned subsidiary, Windlectric Inc., in respect of its 177 MW Chaplin Wind Project located in the Rural Municipality of Chaplin, 200 km west of Regina. The $355 million project will be supplying power to SaskPower under a 25 year Power Purchase Agreement.
  • We act for Concentra Financial Services Association in connection with lending matters, derivatives matters, estate matters, federal regulatory compliance matters and securities matters.
  • We act for Concentra Trust in litigation and securities matters.
  • We assist Credit Union Central of Saskatchewan and indirectly other credit unions in Saskatchewan, in connection with payment matters (including credit cards and debit cards).
  • We act for many First Nations, Tribal Councils and Aboriginal economic developments corporations. We manage First Nations trusts, wealth management, Treaty Land Entitlement, Specific Claims and other land related matters.