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Grant A. Zawalsky

Vice Chairman and Partner

403.260.0376
gaz@bdplaw.com
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Education:
University of Alberta, Bachelor of Laws, 1986

University of Alberta, Bachelor of Commerce, 1982

Bar admission: Alberta 1987
Industries:
Aerospace, Oil and gas
Practice areas:
Business law, Capital markets, Corporate governance and disclosure, Private equity, Shareholder rights and activism, Mergers, acquisitions and other strategic transactions

Experience

Grant's focus is on:

Securities and corporate law

  • Public and private offerings of debt, equity and hybrid securities
  • Takeover bids, mergers, acquisitions and other corporate reorganizations
  • Corporate governance
  • Shareholder activism
  • Stock exchange listing matters and regulatory compliance matters

Community involvement

President Calgary Petroleum Club (2020-2021)

Professional involvement

Board memberships

Director of Mediterra Energy Corporation, North 40 Resources Ltd., NuVista Energy Ltd., PrairieSky Royalty Ltd., Rolling Hills Energy Ltd., Spur Petroleum Ltd., and Whitecap Resources Inc.

Corporate Secretary of ARC Resources Ltd.

Professional associations

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

Representative work

Shaw Communications $26 billion acquisition by Rogers

Counsel to the special committee of the board of directors of Shaw Communications in the $26 billion acquisition by Rogers Communications (pending regulatory approval)

Whitecap Resources Inc's $300 million acquisition of Kicking Horse Oil & Gas Ltd.

Counsel to Whitecap Resources Inc. in its indirect acquisition of Kicking Horse Oil & Gas Ltd., a portfolio company of Quantum Energy Partners, for $300 million.

ARC Resources Ltd.'s $8.1 billion combination

Counsel to ARC Resources Ltd. in its $8.1 billion strategic Montney combination with Seven Generations Energy, resulting in ARC becoming Canada's largest condensate producer, third-largest natural gas producer and sixth-largest upstream energy company.

​Whitecap Resources Inc.'s $560 million combination with TORC Oil & Gas Ltd.

Counsel to Whitecap Resources Inc. in its strategic business combination with TORC Oil & Gas Ltd. from Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and others for approximately $560 million.

MEG Energy Corp.'s hostile tender offer from Husky Energy

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

NuVista Energy Ltd.'s $419 million strategic equity financings

Counsel to Nuvista Energy Ltd. in a $214 million private placement of subscription receipts, and a concurrent $170 million prospectus offering of subscription receipts for proceeds of $384 million, as well as in the private placement of $35 million in common shares.

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

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

Spur Resources Ltd.'s $407 million acquisition

Counsel to Spur Resources Ltd. in the $407.5 million acquisition by Tamarack Valley Energy Ltd.

FirstEnergy Capital Corp.'s acquisition by GMP Capital Inc.

Counsel to FirstEnergy Capital Corp. in its $99 million acquisition by GMP Capital Inc..

$595 million energy asset acquisition by Whitecap Resources Inc.

Counsel to Whitecap Resources Inc. in the $595 million acquisition of premium oil assets in southwest Saskatchewan from Husky Energy Inc.

Baytex Energy Corp.'s $1.5 billion financing

Counsel to Baytex Energy Corp. in its $1.5 billion public offering of 38,433,000 subscription receipts.

CNOOC Ltd.'s $15 billion acquisition of Nexen Inc.

Counsel to the board of directors of Nexen Inc. in Nexen's $15 billion acquisition by CNOOC Ltd.

Bonavista Energy Corporation's $345 million financing

Counsel to Bonavista Energy Corporation in the $345 million public offering of 20,930,000 common shares.

Citadel Group of Funds contested unitholder meetings

Counsel to the independent director and the chairman in his administration of a series of contested unitholder meetings organized by the Citadel Fund Administrator.

Penn West Energy Trust merger with Canetic Resources Trust

Counsel to Penn West Energy Trust with respect to the $14 billion merger with Canetic Resources Trust completed by statutory Plan of Arrangement&nbsp

Awards

Recent honours and recognition

Named in the Legal 500 Canada as a recommended lawyer in Corporate and M&A (2018, 2010, 2022, 2023)

Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada in Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law (2023)

Named in Chambers Canada as a leading lawyer in corporate commercial (Alberta) (2016-2023)

Named in Lexpert's special edition on Canada's leading energy lawyers (2020)

Calgary M&A Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in Canada (2014 and 2019)

Recognized in the Lexpert/American lawyer guide to the leading 500 lawyers in Canada in the area of M&A (annually since 2004), corporate finance and securities (2019), and in corporate mid-market (2019)

Named in Who's Who Legal: Canada in the area of capital markets (annually since 2010) and energy (2018)

Recommended in Who's Who Legal in the area of capital markets (2006-2013) and energy (2016-2018)

Chamber's Global leading lawyer in the area of corporate/M&A (2002-2015)

Named in Lexpert's special edition on Canada's leading corporate lawyers (annually since 2013)

News

November 15, 2022

The Legal 500 2023 Rankings recognize cutting edge counsel

September 29, 2022

Chambers Canada recognizes fourteen BD&P lawyers for legal expertise in 2023 edition

August 25, 2022

Thirty-five BD&P lawyers recognized in Best Lawyers in Canada, 2023 edition

April 23, 2021

Twenty BD&P lawyers recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2021

October 27, 2020

Lexpert ranks a record number of BD&P partners and counsel among Canada's leading energy lawyers

September 9, 2020

Sixteen BD&P lawyers recognized in the 2021 edition of Chambers Canada

August 27, 2020

Thirty-four lawyers recognized in the 2021 edition of the Best Lawyers in Canada guide

April 29, 2020

Twenty-three lawyers ranked in 2020 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

December 17, 2019

Six BD&P lawyers named in the 2020 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada

December 5, 2019

BD&P lawyers recognized for their expertise in the Legal 500 Canada 2020

August 21, 2019

31 BD&P lawyers included in 2020 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada

May 3, 2019

Twenty-one lawyers ranked across seventeen practice areas in 2019 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

April 29, 2019

Eight partners recognized as leading lawyers in Lexpert Special Edition on Canada’s Leading Corporate Lawyers

December 18, 2018

BD&P Lawyers named in the 2019 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada

November 2, 2018

BD&P lawyers named in Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2018

September 21, 2018

BD&P lawyers recognized as leading practitioners in 2019 edition of Chambers Canada

August 21, 2018

Best Lawyers in Canada 2019 recognizes BD&P lawyers