Lawyer Profile Detail
Craig N. Spurn
AREA OF EXPERTISE
University of Alberta
Craig Spurn is a partner in our Energy Group and Head of our Oil & Gas Group in Calgary. He practices corporate and commercial law with an emphasis on energy transactions, projects, procurement, energy contracts and joint ventures. Craig’s transactional experience includes all facets of the energy sector including upstream oil and gas, gas plants and gathering systems, pipelines, LNG projects, oil refineries and in power generation and renewable energy (wind, solar, biomass and co-generation). Craig’s clients include senior, mid-sized and junior Canadian and foreign energy and resource companies, service and technology providers, private capital firms and other investors.
Craig is recognized by both Chambers Canada and Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers as one of Canada’s leading lawyers in Energy: Oil & Gas, by The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory in the area of Energy (Oil & Gas), The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers as one of the world's foremost legal practitioners in the Oil & Gas practice area, by Euromoney's Expert Guides as an Expert in Energy Law in Canada and by Best Lawyers in Canada in the area of Natural Resources Law. He is also recognized as a leading energy lawyer by Who's Who Legal: Canada.
¬ Shell Canada in its C$11.5 billion disposition of 50% interest in the Athabasca Oil Sands Project and 100% of its interest in the Peace River Complex in-situ oilsands assets to Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. and concurrent US$2.5 billion co-acquisition with CNRL of Marathon Oil Canada Corporation
¬ Spartan Energy Corp. in its C$700 million acquisition of southeast Saskatchewan upstream assets from ARC Resources Ltd.
¬ Tamarack Valley Energy Ltd. in its C$408 million acquisition of Spur Resources Ltd.
¬ TransCanada Energy Ltd.’s 900 megawatt Napanee Generating Station project agreements
¬ Biomass power plant acquisition, project financing and subsequent disposition
¬ Black Diamond Group in its acquisition from Shelter Modular of its rental unit fleet of manufactured modular building and office units
¬ Heritage Oil Plc in its US$1.55 billion acquisitions by Energy Investments Global, a wholly owned subsidiary of Al Mirqab Capital SPC
¬ Secure Energy it is $107 million acquisition of Predator Midstream’s business and assets including 3 transloading rail terminals and fleet of 278 rail cars
¬ Harvest Energy Trust's $1.6 billion acquisition of the Come-By-Chance Crude Oil Refinery from Vitol
¬ Sinopec International's $105 million acquisition and $4.5 billion partnership with Synenco Energy in the Northern Lights oil sands project
¬ Canoe Financial's $185 million acquisition of the EnerVest group of fund management companies
¬ Acquisition and privatization of Thunder Energy Trust by Aston Hill Financial and Infra-PSP Canada
¬ Acquisition of Latin American based crude oil marketing business
¬ International oil and gas joint ventures in Albania, Madagascar, Papua New Guinea and Tanzania
¬ Structuring, creating and capitalization of energy asset-based private mutual fund trust
¬ Surge Energy in its C$430 million disposition of high quality, light oil assets to TORC Oil & Gas Ltd.
¬ Black Diamond Group Limited in its divestiture of its Construction Services Operation to Northern Frontier Corp
¬ Grafton Asset Management in its $250 million investment in a $500 million Notikewin/Falher and Cardium joint venture
¬ Osum Oil Sands in it $325 million acquisition of the Orion Oil Sands Project from Shell Canada
¬ Sunshine Oilsands in its $250 million definitive joint operating agreement with Renergy Petroleum for Sunshine’s Muskwa and Godin area oil sands leases
¬ Spartan Energy in acquisition of southeast Saskatchewan light oil asset for consideration of $98 million;
¬ Storm Resources in its C$87.9 million acquisition of Montney assets
¬ Elkwater Resources in its C$30.5 million acquisition of assets in East Central Alberta and its C$83.3 million acquisition of assets in West Central Alberta
¬ Grafton Energy’s $244 million joint venture with Bellatrix Exploration in the Willesden Green and Brazeau areas of Alberta
¬ Toyota Tsusho Corporation’s $602 million CBM acquisition and joint venture with Encana Corporation
¬ Penn West Energy Trust's $250 million disposition and related $800 million Cordova shale gas joint venture with Mitsubishi Corporation
¬ Harvest Energy Trust's $440 million acquisition of Birchill Energy
¬ Harvest Energy's $526 million acquisition of upstream oil and gas assets from EnCana
McCarthy Tétrault Expands its Premier Tax and Oil & Gas Practice in Calgary
Transactions & Cases
Shell divests oil sands interests in Canada in C$11.1B transaction
Lightstream Resources Limited Announces Closing of Asset Sale to Ridgeback Resources Inc.
Advising Hummingbird Resources PLC on a Mineral Development Agreement signed with Government of Liberia for 4.2Moz Dugbe Gold Project
Energy Investments Global completes C$1.7 billion takeover of Heritage Oil
Grafton commits an additional C$100 million in capital towards a $244 million joint venture
TransCanada Energy enters arrangements for replacement gas-fired electrical generating station
Toyota Tsusho completes C$602 million purchase of Horseshoe Canyon stake from Encana