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Year called to bar: 1998 (AB)
Ben is the office managing partner in the Calgary office and co–Practice Group Leader of the firm's national Energy – Oil & Gas Group. Ben acts for energy companies on all types of commercial matters across Canada and internationally. He has considerable experience in a diverse range of energy-related matters, including acquisitions and divestitures, mergers & acquisitions, the structuring of joint venture agreements, midstream matters, project development, and the management of the legal aspects of day-to-day oil & gas and commercial matters. Ben also has considerable experience in both conventional and non-conventional oil & gas development, as well as in the East Coast offshore. He is a past director and the past president of the Canadian Energy Law Foundation (CELF).
On January 5, 2018, International Petroleum Corporation (IPC) closed the previously announced acquisition of oil & natural gas assets in the Suffield and Alderson areas of southern Alberta from Cenovus Energy Inc. (Cenovus), an integrated Canadian oil company, for $512 million plus additional deferred contingent amounts of up to $36 million.
On October 18, 2017, Schlumberger Production Management (SPM), along with Torxen Energy, entered into a definitive agreement for the purchase of the Palliser Block assets located in Alberta from Cenovus Energy Inc., an integrated Canadian oil company, for cash consideration of $1.3 billion. The deal closed on December 7, 2017.
On July 18, 2016, Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings Limited (CKI), a Hong Kong-based global infrastructure company that holds diversified investments in energy infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, water infrastructure, waste management, and waste-to-energy and infrastructure-related business, and Power Assets Holdings Limited (PAH), a Hong Kong-based global investor in power and utility-related businesses with investments in electricity generation, transmission and distribution, renewable energy, and energy from waste and gas distribution, completed their $1.7-billion acquisition of 65-per-cent indirect ownership interest in select heavy oil pipeline and storage assets from Husky Energy (Husky) in Alberta and Saskatchewan, and related joint-venture, financing and commercial arrangements.
PrairieSky Royalty (PrairieSky) completed its acquisition of Range Royalty Limited Partnership (Range Royalty), a private oil and gas royalty company, pursuant to a plan of arrangement. With closing of the transaction, PrairieSky acquired approximately 3,000 barrels of oil equivalent of royalty production and 3.5 million acres of royalty lands
Encana Corporation closed the disposition of its Bighorn assets in Alberta to Jupiter Resources Inc. for approximately $2 billion, on September 30, 2014. The sale included approximately 360,000 acres of land and Encana's working interests in pipelines, facilities and service arrangements related to the Bighorn properties.