855 2nd St SW, Suite 3500, Bankers Hall, East Twr, Calgary, AB
Year called to bar: 1996 (AB)
David is a partner who practises commercial litigation law. His practice involves all aspects of corporate/commercial litigation with an emphasis on securities law, construction law, insurance law, environmental law, and oil & gas law. His clients include banks, energy, construction and insurance companies, trusts, and individuals. David has successfully acted in trials, appeals, domestic/international arbitrations, and regulatory proceedings in matters involving oppression actions, option valuation, fiduciary duties, energy disputes, leases, unitization and ownership of pools, natural gas trading, and construction matters. He regularly appears before all levels of courts in Alberta as well as in the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal. In the securities realm, he has been involved in the hostile takeover fights, proxy battles, contested arrangements, and disputes over voting classes and valuation of debentures, and frequently appears before the Securities Commission of Alberta. He is also a board member of The Advocates' Society. David is a frequent conference speaker in an array of areas.
On January 24, 2020, Encana Corporation completed a corporate reorganization and plan of arrangement that resulted in the company establishing its corporate domicile in the U.S., rebranding under the name Ovintiv Inc. (“Ovintiv”), and completing a consolidation and share exchange for one share of common stock of Ovintiv for every five common shares of Encana.
On June 2, 2017, Trican Well Service Ltd. (“Trican”) and Canyon Services Group Inc. (“Canyon”) completed the previously announced acquisition of Canyon by Trican pursuant to a plan of arrangement for approximately $627 million and an assumption of approximately $38 million of net debt.
Exxon Mobil Corporation (ExxonMobil) completed its acquisition of all outstanding common shares of InterOil Corporation (InterOil) on February 22, 2017. InterOil’s assets include the Elk-Antelope gas fields in the Gulf Province of Papua New Guinea and exploration licenses covering about 16,000 square kilometers in Papua New Guinea.
On March 21, 2016, Suncor Energy Inc. (Suncor) completed its acquisition of Canadian Oil Sands Limited (COS). The transaction began as an unsolicited take-over bid made by Suncor on October 5, 2015, under which Suncor offered 0.25 of a Suncor share for each COS share, and was subsequently completed following the signing of a Support Agreement by Suncor and COS on January 17, 2016, pursuant to which Suncor agreed to increase its offer price to 0.28 of a Suncor share for each COS share, with the amended offer supported by the COS board of directors.