Brittney N. LaBranche

Representative Work

Obsidian Energy Ltd. sale of 55% interest in the Peace River Oil Partnership

Counsel to Obsidian Energy Ltd. for the sale of its 55% interest in the Peace River Oil Partnership to Highwood Oil Company Ltd. for total consideration of approximately $97 million (closing pending). The Partnership holds heavy oil assets located in the Peace River region of northern Alberta

MEG Energy hostile tender offer from Husky Energy

Counsel to MEG Energy, a Canadian oil sands producer, and its board of directors regarding the response to the unsolicited tender offer by Husky Energy whereby Husky sought to acquire the entire share capital of MEG for approximately $6 billion

Restructuring of Westmorland Coal Company and its Alberta mining operations

Acted as local transactional agent counsel in regard to the cross border, Chapter 11 driven, restructuring of Westmorland Coal Company and its Alberta mining operations through its Alberta subsidiary corporations. This engagement involved several stages of debt restructuring, a complex tax structured credit bid purchase of all the shares of Westmoreland's Alberta subsidiaries, and various transactional logistics necessitated by Westmoreland's convoluted international corporate structure and Alberta's regulatory environment

Gear Energy Ltd. $70 million acquisition of Steppe Resources Inc.

Gear Energy Ltd. entered into an arrangement agreement with Steppe Resources Inc. where Gear acquired Steppe for aggregate consideration of approximately $70 million

Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission crude by rail project

Counsel to the Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission in connection with the Alberta Government's publicly announced 120,000 bbls/d, $3.7 billion crude by rail (CBR) initiative for the transportation of Alberta crude oil by rail car to markets in the U.S. and Canada

NewAlta Corporation $1 billion merger with Tervita Corporation

Counsel to NewAlta Corporation in the $1 billion merger with Tervita Corporation, a Canadian environmental solutions provider, in a stock swap transaction completed by way of Plan of Arrangement

NuVista Energy Ltd. acquisition of pipestone business of Cenovus Energy Inc.

Counsel to NuVista Energy Ltd. in the $625 million acquisition of the Cenovus Pipestone Partnership, which holds assets in the Pipestone area of Northwest Alberta, from Cenovus Energy Inc.

Raging River Exploration Inc. strategic acquisition by Baytex Energy Corporation

Counsel to Raging River Exploration Inc., a Canadian oil producer, in the $2.8 billion strategic acquisition by Baytex Energy Corporation

Progress Energy Canada Ltd. divestiture of assets in Alberta deep basin

Counsel to Progress Energy Canada Ltd in the divestiture of oil and natural gas assets in Alberta's deep basin.

MEG Energy $1.5 billion disposition to Wolf Midstream Inc.

Counsel to MEG Energy Corp. in the $1.5 billion disposition of a 50% interest in Access Pipeline and 100% interest in Stonefell Terminal to Wolf Midstream Inc.

Whitecap Resources Inc. $940 million acquisition of assets

Counsel to Whitecap Resources Inc. in the $940 million strategic acquisition of light oil assets in southeast Saskatchewan

Freehold Royalties Ltd. acquisition from Husky Energy Inc.

Counsel to Freehold Royalties Ltd. in the $165 million acquisition of royalty production and lands from Husky Energy Inc.

Murphy Oil Canada Ltd. sale to Suncor Energy Inc.

Counsel to Murphy Oil Canada Ltd., Canadian subsidiary of Murphy Oil Corporation, in the $937 million sale of its 5% non-operated working interest in the Syncrude oil sands joint venture to Suncor Energy Inc.

Murphy Oil Canada Ltd. disposition of natural gas assets in British Columbia

Counsel to Murphy Oil Canada Ltd., Canadian subsidiary of Murphy Oil Corporation, in the $538 million disposition of the Tupper Main and Tupper West gas plants and associated pipelines in northeastern British Columbia to Enbridge G and P Canada Limited Partnership, a subsidiary of Enbridge Inc.

PrairieSky Royalty Ltd. acquisition from Canadian Natural Resources Limited

Counsel to PrairieSky Royalty Ltd. in $1.8 billion acquisition of royalty assets from Canadian Natural Resources Limited

Ag Growth International Inc. acquisition of Westeel division of VicWest Inc.

Counsel to Ag Growth International Inc. in the $221 million acquisition of the Westeel division of Vicwest Inc.

Freehold Royalties Ltd. acquisition from Penn West Petroleum Ltd.

Counsel to Freehold Royalties Ltd. in the $321 million acquisition of two royalty packages from Penn West Petroleum Ltd.

Tourmaline Oil Corp. acquisition of interests of Perpetual Energy Inc.

Counsel to Tourmaline Oil Corp.in the $257 million acquisition of the interests of Perpetual Energy Inc. in the West Edson area of Alberta

Suncor Energy sale of majority of conventional natural gas business to CG Energy Canada

Counsel to Suncor Energy in relation to competition and Investment Canada matters in the $1 billion sale by Suncor Energy Inc. of a majority of its conventional natural gas business to CQ Energy, a newly established partnership between Centrica plc and Qatar Petroleum International

Western Canadian LNG export project arrangements

Counsel to joint venture operating company in respect of capacity, nomination and lifting arrangements for a Western Canadian LNG export project

Canadian Natural Resources Limited acquisition of Barrick Energy Inc.

Counsel to Canadian Natural Resources Limited in the $173 million acquisition of Barrick Energy Inc.

Vero Energy Inc. merger with TORC Oil & Gas Ltd.

Counsel to Vero Energy Inc. in connection with its $175 million merger with TORC Oil & Gas Ltd. 

Encana Corporation partnership with Mitsubishi Corporation

Counsel to Encana Corporation in the $2.9 billion partnership with Mitsubishi Corporation whereby Mitsubishi acquired a 40% interest in Encana's natural gas assets in the Cutbank Ridge area in BC

TriWest Capital Partners investment in Northern Mat & Bridge Ltd.

Counsel to TriWest Capital Partners, one of Canada's leading private equity firms, in connection with its equity investment in Northern Mat & Bridge Ltd.