Sean Korney

Practice Focus

  • Energy; Infrastructure and Project Development; Petrochemicals and Power and Renewables
    • 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, petrochemicals and power/renewables
    • Represents a wide variety of energy industry participants including national and international 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 (England & Wales)
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Calgary Bar Association
  • Member, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators

Honours & Recognition

  • Named in Chambers Global as a leading lawyer in 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, in UAE Corporate and Commercial 2010-2013, and in Canada Energy: Oil & Gas Transactional, 2017-2021
  • Awarded Who's Who Legal Energy Lawyer of the Year Award, 2020
  • Named in The Legal 500 Canada as a Leading Lawyer in Energy and Natural Resources: Oil & Gas, 2019-2021
  • Named in Best Lawyers in Canada as a recommended lawyer in the areas of Energy Law and Oil & Gas Law, 2018-2021
  • Named in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading lawyer in the area of Energy (Oil & Gas), 2020
  • Named in Who’s Who Legal Thought Leaders: the Global Elite as a leading lawyer in Energy in 2017-2020
  • Named in Chambers Canada in Energy: Oil & Gas (Transactional), 2018-2020
  • Named in Lexpert's Special Edition Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers, 2020
  • Named in Who's Who Legal, the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers in the area of Project Finance in 2018 and Energy Law, 2006-2018
  • Named in Who's Who Legal: Canada in Project Finance in 2018 and in Energy Law, 2015-2018
  • Named in Legal Media's Expert Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers, in Energy and Natural Resources, 2016 and 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 25 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.


  • Presenter, Trends in and out of Canada, Canadian Global Exploration Forum, June 2019
  • Advisor to the Canadian Global Exploration Forum, 2018 to present
  • Co-Chair of the AIPN Model Contract drafting committee for the Unconventional Resources Operating Agreement (UROA) Canadian User's Guide
  • Co-Presenter, ROFR Trends in Transactions, Disputes and Practice in Canada, AIPN Canada Chapter Seminar, Calgary, April 2018
  • 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 MacDiarmid, 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
  • Canadian Chapter Steering Committee, Association of International Petroleum Negotiations, 2015- present
  • 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

Professional & Firm Involvement

  • Co-Leader, Energy and Project Development Business Unit, BD&P
  • Former Director and former Regional Director (Middle East Chapter), Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)
  • Member, Editorial Board, International Energy Law Review