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James K. Kidd


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University of Alberta, Bachelor of Laws, 2001

Bishops University, Bachelor of Arts (Honours, Philosophy), 1998

Bar admission: Alberta 2002
Agribusiness, food and beverage
Practice areas:
Capital markets, Mergers, acquisitions and other strategic transactions


James is a corporate securities and M&A lawyer who represents a range of public and private corporations, trusts, limited partnerships and national and regional investment dealers. His clients live in a variety of industries, including in the oil and gas, pipeline, real estate, industrial, finance and mining businesses sectors.

His focus is on:

  • Public and private brokered and non-brokered offerings of equity and debt securities
  • Initial public offerings and short form prospectus offerings
  • Takeover bids (hostile and friendly), issuer bids (normal course and substantial), mergers, arrangements, amalgamations, acquisitions, reorganizations, reverse takeovers, share exchanges and other business combinations
  • Going public and private transactions
  • Debenture amendments
  • Private and public company start-ups
  • Stock exchange listing and compliance and reporting matters
  • Securities regulatory reporting and compliance
  • Related party transactions
  • Proxy contests and securityholder activism
  • Board and committee advisory and corporate governance matters
  • Security-based compensation arrangements
  • General corporate, partnership and trust matters


Recent honours and recognition

Named by Lexpert Magazine as one of Canada’s Rising Stars – Leading Lawyers Under 40 (2012)

Representative work

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P's $6.8 billion acquisition of Inter Pipeline Ltd.

Counsel to Inter Pipeline Ltd. in its acquisition by Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P pursuant to a statutory plan of arrangement for $6.8 billion.

Inter Pipeline Ltd.'s $500 million note offering

Counsel to Inter Pipeline Ltd. in a public offering of $500 million senior unsecured medium-term notes.

Tourmaline Oil Corp.'s $1.3 billion acquisition of energy assets

Counsel to Tourmaline Oil Corp. in the $1.37 billion acquisition of strategic assets located in the Alberta Deep Basin and the north east British Columbia Gundy area from Shell Canada Energy.

Tourmaline Oil Corp.'s $750 million financing

Counsel to Tourmaline Oil Corp in the $750 million financing comprising a $115 million public offering of 3,309,700 subscription receipts and the concurrent private placement offering of 18,274,000 subscription receipts with certain institutional investors for gross proceeds of approximately $635 million

Inter Pipeline Ltd.'s $600 million public offering

Counsel to Inter Pipeline Ltd. in a $600 million public offering of 22,430,000 subscription receipts.

Perpetual Energy Inc.'s restructuring and settlement of convertible debentures

Counsel to Perpetual Energy Inc. regarding recapitalization transactions, including a $25 million backstopped rights offering, settlement of 7.00% convertible debentures and a contested Alberta Securities Commission hearing.

Inter Pipeline Fund conversion to Inter Pipeline Ltd.

Counsel to Inter Pipeline Fund in its conversion to Inter Pipeline Ltd., a dividend paying corporation.

Decisive Farming Corp.'s private placement of preferred shares

Counsel to Decisive Farming Corp. regarding the private placement of Class B, Series 1 preferred shares.

Decisive Farming Corp.'s private placement of notes

Counsel to Decisive Farming Corp. regarding the private placement of 10.00% unsecured convertible redeemable notes

Professional involvement

Professional associations

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