Bruce Lawrence

Bruce A. Lawrence  


Executive Summary

Bruce Lawrence is a Partner in our Securities and Capital Markets Group, and is the Regional Chair of our Oil and Gas Focus Group. Based in Calgary, Bruce has practised in the corporate/commercial area since 1982, with an emphasis on clients involved in the natural resources sector. The bulk of his practice involves corporate and securities transactions with exposure to numerous public and private financings, mergers, acquisitions, take-over bids and plans of arrangement. Bruce is also involved in oil sands and off-shore oil and gas development.

In addition to his work with the natural resource sector, Bruce is involved in all of the various aspects surrounding franchising.

Representative Work

  • Public Offerings of all types including IPOs and Secondary Offerings involving, amongst other securities, trust units, common shares, preferred shares, exchangeable shares, warrants, limited partnership units and debt securities.
  • Mergers, acquisitions and take-over bids (friendly and hostile) involving private and public companies.
  • Plans of arrangement of all types, including conventional take-over bids, mergers, public newco spin-outs and cross-border take-over bids utilizing exchangeable shares.
  • Significant numbers of private placements in all provinces of Canada and in the United States.
  • Provide counsel on all aspects of corporate governance, including the creation of internal policies regarding whistle blowing reserve committees, audit committees and insider trading, as well as acting as counsel to special and independent committees.
  • Day-to-day corporate activities, including stock-option plan preparation and grants, board meeting attendances and counsel, and contract review and drafting.
  • All aspects of conventional and frontier oil & gas operations (ranging from routine lease acquisitions and interpretations, area acquisitions and dispositions, to facilities construction, ownership and operation agreement negotiation and finalization).
  • Provide counsel on various oil sands initiatives (including acquisitions, ownership and management, as well as negotiating and finalizing supply, transportation and sales contracts of bitumen and refined products, and operational contracts involving the construction, ownership and operation of mining and refining co-generation facilities).
  • Sale and licensing of both on and off-shore seismic data and seismic companies.
  • Provide advice on all aspects of franchise operations including management, financing and the preparation and review of franchise offering documents and agreements.​
  • Pu​rchase and sale of hard-rock mining interests and companies.

Publications & Presentations

  • Speaker, “The Alberta Carbon Levy: Dazed? Confused? Frustrated? ” BLG Seminar, February 2017.
  • Speaker, “The Alberta Carbon Levy — Greener and Meaner?” BLG Seminar, November 2016.
  • Speaker, “Preparing for the Alberta Carbon Levy,” BLG Seminar, June 2016.
  • Speaker, “Bridging the Gap between the Bid and the Ask for Service Companies,” BLG Seminar, December 2015.
  • Speaker, “Distressed Corporations:  Opportunities &  Pitfalls,” BLG Seminar, September 2015.
  • Speaker, “What can businesses do to weather the storm?” BDO Canada Annual Energy Roundtable, March 2015.
  • Speaker, “New Sources of Liquidity in a Tough Market,” BLG Seminar, April 2015.
  • ​Co-Author, "Dealing w​ith Partnerships," The Negotiator, March 2015.
  • ​Has lectured and participated as a panel member at numerous conferences and seminars (including forums such as Toronto Stock Exchange-sponsored seminars, the Bar Admission course, and society groups such as the Canadian Investor Relations Institute).
  • Has delivered many papers on commercial topics such as public offerings, take-overs, public disclosure obligations, directors’ liabilities, contentious shareholder meetings, oil and gas industry fundamentals and limited partnerships.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2018 and 2017 editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Oil & Gas Law).
  • Recognized as a leading energy lawyer in the 2016, 2015 and 2014 editions of the Lexpert®/Report on Business Special Edition on Energy.​
  • Recognized in the 2016 and 2015 editions of the Lexpert® Special Edition on Global Mining.
  • Recognized as a leading energy lawyer in the 2014 edition of the Lexpert®/Report on Business Special Edition on Mining.
  • Recognized in the 2015 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Corporate Mid-Market).
  • Martindale-Hubbell® BV® Distinguished™ 4.4 out of 5 Peer Review Rated.