Rick has a 360-degree perspective that he uses to see a client's interests from every angle. I also have a determination to get things done and not let a deal stall or die without good reason. Some clients need people who are prepared to push and keep bringing the deal back to people's agenda...without offending them.
Some clients need people who are prepared to push and keep bringing the deal back to people's agenda...without offending them.
Regardless of their location, clients turn to Rick for help in a wide range of sophisticated transactions, including:
•Real estate developments and joint ventures
•Partnership agreements, incorporations and corporate reorganizations
•Shareholder agreements and shareholder disputes
•Purchases and sales of businesses
I help many clients with their commercial real estate and property development deals, Rick notes, and closely watch how transactions evolve. I keep an eye on all of the pieces and focus on quickly finding practical solutions. Years of experience have taught me that the solution to a problem might not be a traditional legal solution.
Rick is often in the role of the client's main contact with the firm. I have a global perspective, which makes me a good gate-keeper for other lawyers. I also have loyal clients who appreciate responsiveness, a caring attitude and a depth of knowledge of the industry and the manner in which clients do business.
Outside of Work
A native Albertan, Rick enjoys spending his spare time with his family, including his two, grown children. My wife has a business, and we like working through business problems together. They also like to travel. We want to go back to Southeast Asia and Europe. We also enjoy Arizona when it's winter in Alberta.
Honours and Awards
Distinguished - Peer Rated for High Professional Achievement Martindale-Hubbell 2017
Lexpert - Repeatedly Recommended in Property Development Lexpert 2013-2016
Best Lawyers International Best Lawyers 2007
Best Lawyers International Best Lawyers 2006 - 2017
The following is a list of presentations, seminars or speaking engagements previously given by Rick:
The Legal Aspects of the Subdivision Process Field Law Client January 2011
Venture Prize - The Legal Perspective Venture Prize Competitors November 2010
Venture Prize - The Legal Perspective Venture Prize Competitors November 2009
Venture Prize - The Legal Perspective Venture Prize Competitors November 2008
Venture Prize - The Legal Perspective Venture Prize Competitors November 2007
Venture Prize - The Legal Perspective Venture Prize Competitors November 2006
Venture Prize - The Legal Perspective Venture Prize Competitors November 2005
Venture Prize - The Legal Perspective Venture Prize Competitors November 2004
Venture Prize - The Legal Perspective Venture Prize Competitors November 2003
2017 - Distinguished - Peer Rated for High Professional Achievement
2013-2016 - Lexpert - Repeatedly Recommended in Property Development
2006 - 2017 - Best Lawyers International
•Being an advocate and a driver for a big real estate development
Our client: A real estate developer with a set of agreements involving the city government and other developers regarding the financing of infrastructure for a project.
Where we began: According to Rick, the city authority is often changing the financing model in order to get developers to pay more. So, there were several novel agreements to negotiate and put in place, relating to financing sewers, water and other public works. We needed to help our client work through three or four major agreements sorting out when and who was responsible for what.
Our approach: Rick negotiated and documented agreements to secure payments from one developer to another and to provide temporary access. These were contentious negotiations not public until the end. Developers are competitive, and I have a sophisticated client. I negotiated the main points initially and then again during drafting.
The result: The parties reached agreement, and the agreements were put in place. The agreements worked well, and the infrastructure construction has begun. They are now looking at zoning and subdivision permissions. Rick notes that a lot of what drives a deal involves financial or engineering issues. I'm comfortable with other consultants and able to see their perspectives and issues. I can step back and avoid getting overly focused on the legal.
•Teamwork - and issue spotting - in a high-stakes business acquisition
Our client: An entity in a highly-regulated industry, looking to acquire a business operation.
Where we began: Rick's role was to negotiate business terms with the seller. We had a 10-page letter of intent that provided the basic framework. We had to consider the tax implications for the seller and buyer in addition to the regulatory compliance and time-line issues.
Our approach: I was part of a team - tax, employment and real estate - in a heavily-regulated deal worth tens of millions of dollars. We had extensive due diligence and negotiations on the non-compete and purchase/sale agreements. Rick also spotted some trademark issues and helped with the financing for the acquisition. Transactions evolve, with operational issues typically coming a bit later in the process.
The result: The acquisition is completed, and the new business is a successful addition to the client's other businesses.
Canadian Bar Association Member 1987-Present
Law Society of Alberta Member 1987-Present