Kent D. Kufeldt

Kent D. Kufeldt  

Partner

Executive Summary

Kent Kufeldt is the National Practice Group Leader of BLG's Securities and Capital Markets Group and National Leader of our Asia-Pacific Group. Kent focuses his practice on public issuers and underwriters in public and private debt and equity financings, initial public offerings, and cross-border financing transactions, and is recognized as a leading lawyer in these areas of law by the foremost legal rankings publications. He has significant experience with merger, acquisition and reorganization transactions (both public and private), acting for both acquiring companies and target companies in respect of hostile take-overs and negotiated acquisitions, and is also recognized as a leading lawyer in these areas of law.

As well, Kent has been involved in a number of innovative transactions, including acting as counsel to the issuer in respect of the first “new generation” royalty trusts. He was counsel in the first corporate-to-trust conversion, and counsel to the trustee in connection with the first hostile take-over of a trust.

Prior to joining BLG, Kent practised for over 20 years with a large international firm and was Chair of its Securities Group.

Representative Work

  • Acted for Yanchang Petroleum Group Limited in its $320 million acquisition of Novus Energy Inc., 2014.
  • Acted for Bonnett’s Energy Corp. in its $117 million sale to Mill City Capital, L.P., 2013.
  • Acted for Eldorado Gold Corporation in its $2.5-billion acquisition of European Goldfields Limited, 2011.
  • Acted for Ember Resources Inc. in its major shareholder-led going-private transaction, 2011.
  • Acted for Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities in its $780-million sale to bcIMC, 2011.
  • Acted for Western Financial Group Limited in its acquisition by Desjardins Financial Group, 2011.
  • Acted for The Churchill Corporation in its $400-million acquisition of Seacliff Construction Corp., and a related $190-million Common Share and Convertible Debenture Financing, 2010.
  • Acted for the Underwriters in connection with TransCanada Corporation’s $1.7-billion, $1.2-billion and $1.8-billion bought deal offerings in 2007, 2008 and 2009, respectively.
  • Acted for the Special Committee of CCS Income Trust in its $4-billion, management-led, going-private transaction, 2007.
  • Acted for Western Oil Sands in its $7.1-billion acquisition by Marathon Oil Company, 2007.
  • Acted for OPTI Canada in its concurrent $900-million private placements and $300-million initial public offering in 2004, as well as its subsequent equity and high-yield debt financings.
  • Acted for Alberta Energy Company in its $22.5-billion merger with PanCanadian Energy Corporation to form Encana Corporation, 2002.

Publications & Presentations

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2017 edition of The Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Corporate Mid-Market).
  • Recognized in the 2016 edition of the Lexpert® Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Corporate Finance & Securities​).
  • Recognized as a leading corporate lawyer in the 2017 edition of the Lexpert®/Report on Business Corporate Special Edition.
  • Recognized as a leading energy lawyer in the 2015, 2014 and 2013 editions of the Lexpert®/Report on Business Special Edition on Energy.
  • Recognized as the 2016 Vancouver Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Lawyer of the Year and the 2014 Calgary Securities Law Lawyer of the Year by The Best Lawyers in Canada®.
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2018 edition (and since 2006) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyout and Private Equity Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Securities Law).
  • Recommended in the 2016 edition of the Legal 500 Canada (Energy, Oil & Gas).
  • Recognized in the 2013 edition (and since 2009) of Chambers Global – The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Corporate/M&A).
  • Recognized in the 2017 edition (and since 2004) of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Corporate Finance & Securities, Corporate Mid-Market, Energy: Oil & Gas, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity). and in the 2004-2016 editions (Corporate Commercial Law).
  • Recognized in the 2012 edition (and since 2008) of The Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Corporate Finance & Securities).
  • Recognized in the 2016 edition (and since 2011) of The Lexpert® Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Corporate Finance & Securities).
  • Martindale-Hubbell® BV® Distinguished™ 4.4 out of 5 Peer Review Rated.