With over 25 years of experience in corporate commercial matters, Shawna's practice is focused on mergers and acquisitions, business immigration, international trade and sports law. She has extensive experience in cross-border acquisitions and also assists clients in establishing and implementing their business immigration programs for relocating workers.
Shawna is experienced in sports team acquisitions, including financing arrangements and stadium development projects and has been recommended in Best Lawyers in Canada 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 as a leading lawyer in the area of Sports Law. Shawna is also a member of Dentons Canada's National Partnership Board.
Shawna has represented clients in many disputes under regional and multilateral trade agreements and has advised government on the negotiation and implementation of regional and multilateral trade and investment agreements. Shawna has been a panelist in two Canada-U.S. NAFTA trade disputes.
•Leading North American Bank: Advising the Bank, as lead arranger and administrative agent, in connection with the establishment of syndicated credit facilities (including an acquisition facility, operating facility and capex facility) in the aggregate amount of CA$70 million for the purchaser of an Alberta company, which extracts and processes salt brine for use as a melting agent.
•Civeo Corporation: Canadian Counsel in US$775 million financing and separation from Oil States International, Inc. into standalone, publicly traded company.
•KG (US) Oilers Corp.: Counsel to a subsidiary of the Edmonton-based Katz Group of Companies, in the acquisition of the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL.
•Katz Group Properties/Edmonton Arena Corp: Counsel for negotiation, structuring and financing of Rogers Place sports and entertainment arena project.
•Katz Group Canada Inc.: Counsel on sale of a large portion of its independent banner and franchise business to McKesson Corporation.
•Confidential client: Counsel to vendor in CA$300 million sale of gaming business.
•NAFTA: Counsel in numerous disputes under the NAFTA, Canadian agreement on International Trade and other regional trade agreements.
•Confidential clients: Acts as immigration advisor to numerous North American oil and gas services companies and construction companies in obtaining work permits for Canada and the U.S.
•Confidential client: Acts as Canadian immigration advisor for international multi-media entertainment company.
•Confidential clients: Advise and coordinate the extensive business immigration programs of multinational corporations for work in the Alberta Oilsands
•Rexall Sports Corp.: Counsel on the acquisition of the Edmonton Oilers National Hockey League franchise.
•Confidential client: Counsel to an engineering company in connection with the US$70 million sale to a U.S. private equity firm.
•Confidential client: Counsel to a cross-border pharmacy group in its multi-million dollar financings, and multi-million dollar acquisitions of businesses.
•Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada 2015 as one of Canada's leading lawyers in the area of Sports Law (2011-2015)
•Repeatedly recommended by The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014 as one of Canada's leading lawyers in the area of Corporate Commercial Law
•Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished BV Peer Review Rating
•Received the Alberta Premier's Award of Excellence for her participation on the Government of Alberta team for the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement
In the Media
• Quoted in “Major league practice,” Lexpert Magazine, February 2015
•Quoted in Enough about the cheese, what does CETA say about energy? Legal Post, 21 November 2013
• Foreign Workers, International Tax and Oil & Gas Market Update (Presentation)
• Update on Current HR Issues, Autumn 2012 (Presentation)
• Employee Stock Ownership Plans
•Work Permits for Students and Canada Experience Class
•Intra-Company Transferees (Canada)
•Bringing Foreign Workers to Alberta
•The Purchase Price and Potential Liability Hot Spots, Purchase and Sale of a Business Conference, Legal Education Society of Alberta Proceedings, March 2004
•Instructor, International Business Transactions, Faculty of Business, Grant MacEwan University, 2009 and 2010
•Business Law Instructor, Bar Admission Course, Legal Education Society of Alberta, 2000 to 2004
•Instructor, Legal Aspects of International Business, Forum for International Trade Training Course, Grant MacEwan Community College, 1994
• We Need Foreign Workers Now, FMC & MNP Immigration Seminar, March 21, 2013
• Update on Current HR Issues, FMC Breakfast for the Mind Series, Autumn 2012
•Advanced Mergers & Acquisitions, FMC Breakfast for the Mind Series, Winter 2011
•Sale of a Business in Tough time, Legal Education Society of Alberta, Business Law Refresher, May 3, 2010
•Canadian Work Permits for Post-Graduate Students, World Trade Centre Edmonton, March 20, 2009
•Presenter, Edmonton Chamber of Commerce WORKFORCE Conference, September 2008
•Workforce Immigration, St. Albert Chamber of Commerce, May 2008
•Hiring Foreign Workers, Edmonton Chamber of Commerce WORKFORCE Conference, September 2007
•Bringing Foreign Workers to Canada, Meet the North, Edmonton Chamber of Commerce Convention, September 2006
•The Purchase Price, Canadian Bar Association Business Subsection, January 2005
•The Purchase Price and Potential Liability Hot Spots, Purchase and Sale of a Business Conference, Legal Education Society of Alberta, March 2004
•Issues in Cross-Border Projects, Western Canadian Construction Superconference, Canadian Institute, January 2004
•Co-Chair, Business Law Refresher, Legal Education Society of Alberta, April 2003
•E-Commerce, Legal Considerations, Alberta Food Processors Association, February 2001
•International Transactions, Canada-Hong Kong Business Association, January 2000
•Export Financing and International Transportation - Legal Issues, Alberta Food Processors Association, June 1997
•Legal Aspects of International Transactions, World Trade Centre, April 1997
•Doing Business in an International Context, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, March 1997
•International Business Law, Canadian Institute for Petroleum Industry Development, Course for Jilin Oilfield Officials, May 1995
•Legal Technicalities, Seminar for the Premier's Mission to the Middle East, May 1995
•Opportunities In Mexico and Recent Trade Developments, Annual General Meeting, Forest Industries Services Association of Alberta, April 1994
•Investing in Mexico, Canadian Bar Association, Alberta Branch, Mid-Winter Convention, January 1994
•Services under the North American Free Trade Agreement, Seminar for Alberta professional and occupational associations, hosted by the Government of Alberta, November 1992
•Doing Business in the Global Market, 20 Anniversary Celebration, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta, September 1992
•Exporting to the U.S.-Trade Law Problems, Canadian Bar Association, Alberta Branch, Mid-Winter Convention, January 1991
•Unfair Trade Remedies, International Law Subsection, Calgary, Canadian Bar Association, Alberta Branch, 1991
•Unfair Trade Remedies, University of Alberta, Faculty of Business, Business and Government class, 1991, 1992