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This is a time of global change in all sectors of the energy industry. Worldwide, the energy industry has entered a period of unprecedented development. Stakeholders in all sectors of the industry are responding to changing technologies; shifting political, social and environmental issues; and rapid developments in the smart grid sector. More than ever, industry participants and government policy makers face rising global demand for green energy solutions and the need to build new assets, or refurbish aging ones.

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Members of Gowlings’ Energy Group have the breadth and depth of industry knowledge that makes them trusted advisers to senior executives across the energy industry. Understanding our clients’ businesses is a hallmark of our client service. The commitment to excellence of the Firm’s Energy Group can be described as C3 – completely client centric.

Gowlings has significant and broad expertise in the following sectors:

In partnering with our clients, Gowlings’ Energy Group consistently develops innovative and effective solutions to meet their needs. Members of the Group have played leading roles in some of the most significant energy industry transactions and litigation in recent history, both domestically and internationally. Our clients include:

  • Nuclear power generators
  • Cogeneration plants
  • District energy plants
  • Pipelines
  • Seismic operators
  • Infrastructure companies providing transmission, transportation and distribution services and independent electricity system operators
  • Industry associations
  • Developers
  • Renewable power generators including hydro, wind, solar and geo-thermal
  • Refiners
  • Oil service companies
  • Exploration and drilling companies
  • Retail energy marketers
  • Governments – federal, provincial and municipal
  • International investment funds
  • Financial institutions
  • Energy from waste facilities

Globally, Gowlings has extensive experience advising and acting for private and public sector clients representing a diverse range of energy-related operations and activities in the U.S., Russia and the CIS, India, Central and South America, Africa, China, Thailand, Pakistan, Indonesia, South Asia and the Caribbean. To help serve our growing number of international clients, Gowlings has offices in Moscow and London.


As trusted advisers to international clients, members of the Firm’s Energy Group have been intimately involved in the implementation of new electricity and natural gas markets; the development of alternative energy technology and systems; the acquisition and divestiture of oil and gas exploration and development projects; the development of renewable power generation projects; the development and refurbishment of nuclear power projects; and the acquisition, divestiture and development of pipeline and refining projects.

The Energy Group draws on the interdisciplinary expertise required to advise on corporate finance, project finance, mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, investment fund creations and management, in addition to construction, energy trading and marketing, environmental regulation, labour relations, tax, administrative and regulatory law. Our professionals have managed a significant number of complex transactions in acquisitions; financing; exploration; development and production arrangements; marketing and transportation arrangements and regulatory compliance. In addition, we have one of the largest government relations practices among Canadian law firms with specific expertise in the energy area.

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