Sean Korney

Practice Focus

  • Energy
    • Extensive transactional experience including the acquisition and disposition of companies and assets, development of major projects and negotiation of corporate and commercial agreements commonly used by industry participants
    • Geographic coverage includes Canada, South America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa
    • Industry experience extends to upstream, midstream and downstream matters, including pipeline and LNG projects
    • Represents a wide variety of energy industry participants including national and international oil companies, governments, equipment manufacturers, service companies and project owners and sponsors

Practice Areas


  • University of Calgary, Bachelor of Laws, 1993
  • University of Calgary, Bachelor of Commerce program, 1988-1989

Bar Admission

  • England and Wales, 2003
  • Alberta, 1994

Professional Associations

  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, Law Society (United Kingdom)
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Calgary Bar Association
  • Member, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators

Honours & Recognition

  • Named in Chambers Canada in Energy: Oil & Gas Transactional, Nationwide, 2018
  • Named in Best Lawyers in Canada, in Energy Law, 2018
  • Named in Chambers Global the World's Leading Lawyers in Business as a leading lawyer in Energy: Oil & Gas (Transactional) - Canada 2017 & 2018, Foreign Expert for Iraq (Energy: Oil & Gas Transactional) 2015-2018, General Business Law (Iraq) - Foreign Expert Based in Canada 2015-2018, Projects and Energy (Middle East) 2009-2015, General Business Law (Iraq), 2012-2014 and in UAE Corporate and Commercial 2010-2013
  • Named in Who's Who Legal, the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers in the area of Energy Law, 2006-2017 and a Thought Leader in Energy in 2017
  • Named in Who's Who Legal: Canada in Energy Law, 2015-2017
  • Named in Legal Media's Expert Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers, in Energy and Natural Resources, 2016 & 2017
  • Named in The Legal 500 EMEA in Projects and Energy, 2009-2014 and in Corporate and M&A, 2010-2014
  • Named in Chambers Global, the World's Leading Energy and Natural Resources Lawyers in 2005, 2007 and 2010

Professional History

  • Over 20 years of energy industry experience, including 13 years based overseas; Sean most recently led the Energy and Projects Group in the Middle East for an international law firm.


  • Co-Presenter, Legal Trends in International E&P - Creative Finance and Governance, Canadian Global Exploration Forum Conference, Calgary, September 2017
  • Co-Presenter with Melanie Teetaert and Don MacDiarmuid, Understanding Current ROFR Issues from the Point of View of the Transactional Lawyer, the Litigator, and In-House Counsel, Canadian Energy Law Foundation Conference, Jasper, June 2017
  • Co-Chair, AIPN Model Contracts Work Shop, Oslo, Norway, June 2017
  • Co-Chair, AIPN Model Contracts Work Shop, Banff, AB, June 2016
  • Panel Member, Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act, PwC Client Seminar, November 2015
  • Panel Moderator, Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, October 2015
  • Presenter, International Investors and Perspectives, Petroleum Joint Venture Association, September 2015
  • Panel Member, Using Transaction Insurance to Solve Risk Allocation in the Current M&A Transaction Environment, BD&P Client Seminar co-hosted with Gallagher Energy Risk Services and Ironshore Canada, June 2015
  • Presenter, Risky Business: Protecting Against Counterparty Default and Insolvency Risk, BD&P Client Seminar, March 2015
  • Panel Member, Finding a Way Forward with Foreign Investors: A Conversation about the Internationalization of Canadian Resource Development Agreements, Canadian Bar Association, Alberta Branch, January 2015
  • Presenter, Possible Opportunities for Gulf NOCs, INOCs and Independents, Kuwait Oil and Gas, Kuwait, 2014
  • Presenter, INOCs and Independent Arab Energy Companies to Emerge on Global Stage as 2020 Players? UAE Energy Forum, Abu Dhabi, 2014
  • Presenter, Legal and Cultural Challenges Await Global LNG Industry, LNG 17, Houston, 2013
  • Presenter, Possible Changes for Iraq’s 5th Bid Round, United Arab Emirates, May 2013
  • Presenter, Changes in the New AIPN 2012 JOA, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, Dubai, 2012
  • Presenter, Credit and the Future of LNG Projects, LNG Outlook 2012, Dubai, 2012
  • Presenter, Iraq Oil and Gas Law Update, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, Dubai, 2011
  • Presenter, Seminar Series on Model Contracts, Association of International Petroleum Negotiator, Dubai, 2011
  • Chairman, Day 2, Kuwait Oil and Gas Summit, 2011
  • Panel Moderator, Southern Iraq Region Focus, Iraq Mega Projects, Istanbul, 2010
  • Panel Moderator, Iraq’s Role as Energy Supplier, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, Doha, 2010
  • Presenter, Opportunities and Challenges in a Changing Market, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, Dubai, 2009
  • Presenter, China and the Middle East: A Mutually Prosperous Relationship, The James A. Baker Institute for Public Policy of Rice University and the Shanghai Institute for International Studies, Beijing, September 2007
  • Co-Chair, International Conference, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, Marrakech, 2007
  • Presenter, Emerging Trends and Issues in Oil and Gas M&A, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, Dubai, 2005

Professional Involvement

  • Member of Board of Directors, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)

Globe and Mail Interview

Click here to view recent Globe and Mail Report on Business interview of Sean and Jody Wivcharuk on Shell & BG Merger: What Does It Mean for B.C.'s LNG Projects.