Brendan Downey

Practice Focus

  • Energy
    • Oil and gas transactions, including asset- and share-based transactions, mergers, and amalgamations
    • Negotiating and drafting oil and gas-related agreements
    • Oil and gas contract and lease interpretation
    • Advice regarding joint ownership and the conduct of joint operations
    • Corporate and asset-based due diligence, including title review
    • International oil and gas transactions
    • Power purchase agreements
    • Project development
    • Commercial and project risk management
  • Commercial Transactions
    • Commercial acquisitions and dispositions, mergers, amalgamations, financings, and other transactions in a broad range of sectors
    • The formation and organization of corporations, partnerships, joint ventures, and other co-ownership structures, including the preparation of related shareholder, partnership and joint venture agreements and other governance documents
    • Corporate reorganizations and restructurings
    • Drafting a wide variety of corporate and commercial contracts
    • Corporate and asset-based due diligence
  • Energy Regulatory
    • Regulatory due diligence
    • Constitutional, administrative and regulatory advocacy

Practice Areas


  • University of Alberta, Juris Doctor (Distinction) Law, 2017
  • University of Victoria, Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Writing (Distinction), 2014

Bar Admission

  • Alberta 2018

Professional Associations

  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Calgary Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Legal Research and Writing Instructor, University of Calgary Faculty of Law


  • Federalism in the Patch: Canada's Energy Industry and the Constitutional Division of Powers, Alberta Law Review, Volume 58, Issue 2, 2020
  • Canadian chapter in Pereira et al, eds, The Regulation of Decommissioning, Abandonment and Reuse Initiatives in the Oil and Gas Industry: From Obligation to Opportunities (Wolters Kluwer, 2020) [forthcoming]
  • Let’s talk about royalties: the continued uncertainty surrounding the creation and legal status of the overriding royalty, Alberta Law Review, Volume 57, Issue 2, 2019
  • Uncertain Succession: The Past, Present and Future of Royalties and Vesting in Canadian Insolvency Law, Annual Review of Insolvency Law, 2018

Personal Interests

  • Cycling, hiking, short stories, cooking