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Practice Areas

  • Securities
  • Capital Markets and Public Companies
  • Corporate Governance and Special Committees
  • Corporate Finance and Securities
  • Debt Capital Markets
  • Franchise Licensing and Distribution
  • Mining
  • Automotive
  • Oil and Gas
Contact InfoTelephone: 403.232.9597
Fax: 403.266.1395
University University of Calgary, B.Comm., 1979
Law SchoolUniversity of Alberta, LL.B., 1982
Admitted1983, Alberta

Professional Involvement

•Member, Canadian Bar Association (CBA); former Chair, CBA Securities Subsection, Southern Alberta Branch
•Member, Calgary Bar Association
•Former Member, Securities Advisory Committee, Province of Alberta
•Member, numerous Boards of Directors (public and private) and Audit, Compensation and Reserves Committees

Community Involvement

•Member, Western Showcase Committee, Calgary Exhibition and Stampede
•Former Director, Glenbow Museum Acquisitions Society


Bruce Lawrence is a Partner in our Securities and Capital Markets Group, and is the Regional Chair of our Oil and Gas Focus Group. Based in Calgary, Bruce has practised in the corporate/commercial area since 1982, with an emphasis on clients involved in the natural resources sector. The bulk of his practice involves corporate and securities transactions with exposure to numerous public and private financings, mergers, acquisitions, take-over bids and plans of arrangement. Bruce is also involved in oil sands and off-shore oil and gas development.

In addition to his work with the natural resource sector, Bruce is involved in all of the various aspects surrounding franchising.

Publications & Presentations

•Co-Author, Dealing w ith Partnerships, The Negotiator, March 2015.
• Has lectured and participated as a panel member at numerous conferences and seminars (including forums such as Toronto Stock Exchange-sponsored seminars, the Bar Admission course, and society groups such as the Canadian Investor Relations Institute).
•Has delivered many papers on commercial topics such as public offerings, take-overs, public disclosure obligations, directors' liabilities, contentious shareholder meetings, oil and gas industry fundamentals and limited partnerships.

Rankings & Recognitions

•Recognized in the 2015/16 edition of the Lexpert Special Edition on Global Mining.
•Recognized as a leading energy lawyer in the 2014 and 2015 editions of the Lexpert/Report on Business Special Edition on Energy.
•Recognized as a leading energy lawyer in the 2014 edition of the Lexpert/Report on Business Special Edition on Mining.
•Recognized in the 2015 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Corporate Mid-Market).
•Martindale-Hubbell BV Distinguished 4.4 out of 5 Peer Review Rated.

Reported CasesRepresentative Work: Public Offerings of all types including IPOs and Secondary Offerings involving, amongst other securities, trust units, common shares, preferred shares, exchangeable shares, warrants, limited partnership units and debt securities.; Mergers, acquisitions and take-over bids (friendly and hostile) involving private and public companies.; Plans of arrangement of all types, including conventional take-over bids, mergers, public newco spin-outs and cross-border take-over bids utilizing exchangeable shares.; Significant numbers of private placements in all provinces of Canada and in the United States.; Provide counsel on all aspects of corporate governance, including the creation of internal policies regarding whistle blowing reserve committees, audit committees and insider trading, as well as acting as counsel to special and independent committees.; Day-to-day corporate activities, including stock-option plan preparation and grants, board meeting attendances and counsel, and contract review and drafting.; All aspects of conventional and frontier oil & gas operations (ranging from routine lease acquisitions and interpretations, area acquisitions and dispositions, to facilities construction, ownership and operation agreement negotiation and finalization).; Provide counsel on various oil sands initiatives (including acquisitions, ownership and management, as well as negotiating and finalizing supply, transportation and sales contracts of bitumen and refined products, and operational contracts involving the construction, ownership and operation of mining and refining co-generation facilities).; Sale and licensing of both on and off-shore seismic data and seismic companies.; Provide advice on all aspects of franchise operations including management, financing and the preparation and review of franchise offering documents and agreements.?; Purchase and sale of hard-rock mining interests and companies.

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Bruce A. Lawrence

1900, 520 - 3rd Avenue S.W.
CalgaryAB T2P 0R3

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