Robert G. Owen  

Partner

Executive Summary

Robert Owen is a partner in our Corporate Commercial Group and the National Leader of our Forestry Law Focus Group. Based in Vancouver, Robert practises corporate and commercial law in the areas of mergers & acquisitions, divestitures, corporate structures, partnerships, joint ventures, shareholders' agreements, reorganizations, corporate governance and forestry law.

Representative Work

Acquisitions & Divestitures

  • C$32.4 million divestiture of a tie treating business and related manufacturing facility in 2014.
  • US$180-million acquisition of a fleet control technology equipment company by court-approved plan of arrangement in 2012.
  • Acquisitions of several insurance restoration companies and businesses in 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2001 and 2000.
  • C$232-million acquisition of an insurance company by court-approved plan of arrangement in 2009.
  • C$39-million acquisition of the Fort St. James sawmill from Canfor in 2005.
  • US$457.5-million acquisition of three oriented strand board facilities and related assets in Minnesota from Potlatch Corporation in 2004.
  • C$56-million acquisition of an oriented strand board facility and related assets in Slave Lake, Alberta from Weyerhaeuser in 2004.
  • C$163-million acquisition of Norske Skog Canada MacKenzie Pulp Limited in 2001.
  • Acquisition of the High Level Lumber Division of Daishowa-Marubeni International Ltd. in Alberta in 1999.
  • C$109-million acquisition of Repap Manitoba Inc. in 1997.

Corporate/Commercial

  • Negotiation, settlement and formation in 2014 of a limited partnership in British Columbia for a pellet plant facility and related contracts.
  • Negotiation, settlement and formation in 2014 of a limited partnership in British Columbia for a green energy project and related long-term fibre supply contract.
  • Negotiation, settlement and formation in 2011 of a limited partnership in British Columbia for the construction of a reload facility.
  • Negotiation, settlement and formation in 2010 of a limited partnership in Alberta for the construction and operation of a bio fuel technology facility.
  • Negotiation, settlement and formation in 2008 of a British Columbia limited partnership and a US limited partnership for real estate marketing.
  • Negotiation, settlement and formation in 2005 of a general partnership in British Columbia for the marketing of kraft paper.
  • Negotiation, settlement and formation in 2001 of a limited partnership in Saskatchewan for the construction and operation of an oriented strand board manufacturing facility.
  • Negotiation and settlement of numerous joint venture arrangements for various types of businesses, including shareholders’ agreements, general partnership agreements, limited partnership agreements, limited liability partnership agreements and joint venture agreements, including several for commercial real estate developments.
  • Conversions by limited companies to ULCs and by ULCs to limited companies.
  • Incorporations, amalgamations, continuations, corporate reorganizations and wind-ups.

Forestry Law

  • Regulatory issues in connection with the liquidation of a forest products company in 2007-08.
  • Regulatory issues under the Forest Act and the Forest and Range Practices Act in connection with a C$1.1-billion sale of coastal timber assets to Brascan in 2005.
  • Regulatory issues under the Forest Act in connection with a $40/share take-over of Riverside Forest Products Ltd. in 2004.
  • Fibre supply issues in connection with the financing of Norske Skog Canada Limited in 2001.
  • Fibre supply issues in connection with the acquisition of Primex Forest Products Ltd. in 2001.
  • Regulatory issues in connection with the acquisition of Donohue Inc. in 2000.
  • Fibre supply issues in connection with the formation of the Pacifica Paper Limited Partnership and the acquisition of MB Paper Limited in 1998.
  • Negotiation and settlement of road-use agreements, market logging agreements, chip, pulplog and other forms of fibre supply agreements, sawlog supply agreements, pulp sales agreements and tenure management agreements.
  • Negotiation and settlement of all phases of logging contracts in the coastal and interior regions of British Columbia, including those that are subject to the provisions of the Timber Harvesting Contract and Subcontract Regulation.

Publications & Presentations

  • Editor, British Columbia Business Corporation Act Manual, Carswell, 2004-12.
  • Moderator, “Strategic Considerations on Investing in the Canadian Forestry Sector” Panel, Timberland Investment Conference, June 23-25, 2010.
  • Reviser/Editor, “Letter of Intent” section of Buying and Selling a Business – Annotated Precedents, The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia (CLE BC), updates for 2015, 2013, 2010, 2008, 2002 and 2000.
  • Presenter, “British Columbia ULCs,” Canadian Bar Association Business Law Subsection, January 2009.
  • Presenter, “Buying & Selling a Business in British Columbia,” Lorman Education Services Seminar, May 2000.
  • Faculty/Instructor, “Tax and Corporate Issues for Private Companies,” CLE BC, May 1998.
  • Co-Coordinator/Presenter, “Business Acquisitions,” CLE for legal support staff, CLE BC, 1996.
  • Reviser/Editor, “Articles and Table A” section, British Columbia Corporation Act Manual, Carswell, January 1996.
  • Contributor, Forestry Law CLE materials, Security of Tenure, CLE BC, February 1994.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2008-2017 editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Natural Resources Law – Timber).
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2015-2017 editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Mergers & Acquisitions Law).
  • Recognized in the 2012-2016 editions of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Corporate Mid-Market).
  • Recognized in the 2016 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Forestry).