Sean Muggah

Sean Muggah  

Partner

Executive Summary

Sean Muggah is a partner and the Vancouver Regional Manager of our Corporate Commercial and Securities and Capital Markets Groups. Sean represents and advises clients on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters, and has extensive experience with mergers & acquisitions, disposition and acquisition of businesses on behalf of Canadian, US and international companies, cross-border transactions, corporate reorganizations, joint ventures and partnership agreements in a wide variety of industries, including professional services such as engineering and computer services.

Sean’s practice spans a variety of sectors, including infrastructure and energy projects, and power and electricity. He advises financial institutions on regulatory and other corporate/commercial matters, and has extensive experience advising clients in the education and not-for-profit sectors.

From 2000 to 2003, Sean was foreign counsel with the law firm of Nishimura & Partners (now Nishimura & Asahi) in Tokyo, Japan, where his practice focused on cross-border commercial transactions.

Representative Work

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

  • Representing vendors of a North American equipment distribution business.
  • Representing vendors of a foundry business in Western Canada.
  • Representing an engineering/construction multinational in its acquisition of a Canadian engineering company.
  • Representing UMA Engineering in respect of its merger and court-approved cross-border acquisition transaction and corporate arrangement with AECOM.
  • Representing a financial institution in its acquisition of a Canadian commercial leasing business.
  • Representing Roche in its $1.4-billion acquisition of a controlling interest in a Japanese pharmaceutical company.
  • Representing Weyerhaeuser Company Limited in the disposition of its coastal BC division to Brascan Corporation for $1.2 billion, and in the disposition of its Canadian building materials distribution business to a US private equity firm.
  • Representing a Chinese company in its disposition of a technology business.
  • Representing vendors in the sale of one of British Columbia's largest cattle ranches.
  • Representing investor dealers in the acquisition of brokerage businesses in BC and Ontario.
  • Representing a purchaser in its acquisition of a Canadian retail business.
  • Representing major Korean companies in respect of mining ventures in Canada, the United States and Africa.

INFRASTRUCTURE / ELECTRICITY MARKETS

  • Negotiating and managing multiple power purchase agreements for wind, biomass, waste heat, run-of-river, reservoir and natural gas projects.
  • Representing BC Hydro in the development and implementation of renewable energy calls for power in BC, including the 2008 Bioenergy Phase I Call for Power, the 2008 Clean Energy Call for Power, and the 2010 Bioenergy Phase II Call for Power.
  • Representing design-builders in respect of numerous public-private partnership projects across Canada, including the Champlain Bridge, Evergreen Line, Alberta Schools Projects (ASAP 2 and 3), Surrey Outpatient Clinic, Royal Jubilee Hospital, Fort St. John Hospital, and New Brunswick Schools Project.
  • Advising owners in the energy, infrastructure and mining sectors on the legal aspects of design and construction, including tendering and bidding documentation; engineer, procure and construction management (EPCM) agreements; and engineer, procure and construct (EPC) agreements.

OTHER CORPORATE COMMERCIAL

  • Representing BC Hydro in respect its $1.5-billion outsourcing and partnership transaction with Accenture and related ongoing matters.
  • Advising school boards, independent schools and post-secondary institutions on education law and corporate/commercial issues.
  • Advising on partnership and joint venture arrangements involving professional organizations in various sectors, including the construction/ engineering, architecture and computer service industries.

Publications & Presentations

Speaker / Presenter at various seminars and conferences for the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, the Canadian Society of Association Executives, the Certified General Accountants’ Association of British Columbia, the Canadian Institute, Federated Press and Pro Bono Law of British Columbia.  Examples include:

  • Moderator, “Water and Wastewater Opportunities in Western Canada,” Western Canadian Innovation in Infrastructure Finance Forum, July 2014.
  • Panelist, “Post-Closing Price Adjustments,” CLE BC Conference, March 2014.
  • Workshop Coordinator, “Practical Negotiating Techniques for Contracts & Agreements,” Federated Press Conference, March 2013.
  • Moderator, “Keynote Panel: An In-Depth, Multi-Angled Examination of Energy Policy in British Columbia,” Canadian Institute Conference, February 2013.
  • Speaker, “Critical Developments in Tendering and Procurement Law,” Lexpert® Conference, June 2012.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized as a leading energy lawyer in the 2016, 2015 and 2014 editions of the Lexpert®/Report on Business Special Edition on Energy.
  • ​Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2017 (and since 2014) editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada (Corporate Law).
  • Recognized in the 2016, 2015 and 2014 editions of The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Corporate Mid-Market).
  • Recognized in the 2016 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Corporate Commercial).
  • Recognized as a leading infrastructure lawyer in the 2015 and 2014 editions of the Lexpert®/ Report on Business Special Edition on Infrastructure.