Frank Y. Sur Partner


Speaks:  English, Korean

Year of Call: 2007 - Alberta

Primary phone: +1 403-298-1901

Fax: +1 403-695-3574

Email: frank.sur@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Calgary




Frank Y. Sur

Frank Sur is a partner in the Calgary office of Gowling WLG, practising in the areas of corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, securities law, corporate commercial law, and energy law.

He has extensive experience in the following areas:

  • Public and private financings (equity, debt and venture capital)
  • Asset purchase and divestitures (primarily in oil and gas, manufacturing and technology sectors)
  • Mergers and acquisitions of both public and private companies (plans of arrangement, going private transactions, share acquisitions, take-over bids and asset purchase and sale agreements)
  • Advising on oil and gas exploration, production and operation-related agreements (joint operating agreements, production sharing agreements, royalty agreements, farm-in agreements and joint venture agreements)
  • Advising on listing and exchange compliance matters, and corporate governance and regulatory compliance

Fluent in Korean, Frank has represented a number of Korean-based companies - as well as numerous international companies based in China and other parts of Asia - in various transactions over the years. Having advised on a large number of cross-border transactions, he has represented many international companies on financings, and asset and share acquisitions and divestitures, particularly in the oil and gas industry.

Frank's clients often praise his exceptional problem-solving skills, his ability to find pragmatic and creative solutions to legal issues, and the boundless energy and enthusiasm with which he approaches his legal work.

Career & Recognition

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Memberships

  • Calgary Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of Alberta
  • International Association of Korean Lawyers
  • Inter-Pacific Bar Association
  • Speaker, “Energy Industry M&A Update and 2018 Outlook”, M&A Club Calgary, April 2018.
  • Co-author, "Mergers & Acquisitions Review: Planning a Private M&A Transaction," Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2015, Nov. 6, 2015.
  • Author and Speaker, "Real Estate Development From Beginning to End: Forms of Investment", Loman Education Services Seminar, March 12, 2008.
  • Acting for underwriters in various public offerings and private placements of various sizes.
  • Represented a private mutual fund trust with restructuring and a plan of arrangement involving a private oil and gas company.
  • Part of a transaction team for a publicly traded oil and gas company in connection with its acquisition of all of the outstanding securities of a private oil and gas company by way of a purchase agreement for total transaction value of approximately $300 million.
  • Part of a transaction team for a tax driven restructuring of a private oil and gas company with a net asset value of approximately $500 million.
  • Represented a number of private oil and gas company in connection with its acquisition of oil and gas assets
  • Represented a private mutual fund trust in connection with its launch of a wide nation offering memorandum.
  • Represented a publicly traded oil and gas company in connection with its acquisition of all of the outstanding shares of a private oil and gas company by way of a triangular amalgamation for total transaction value of approximately $77.5 million.
  • Represented a publicly traded oil and gas company in connection with its plan of arrangement with a publicly traded oil and gas royalty trust for a total transaction value of approximately $92.2 million.
  • Represented a publicly traded international oil and gas company in connection with its "butterfly" corporate re-organization by way of plan of arrangement.
  • Represented a number of capital pool companies in connection with their initial public offerings and qualifying transactions.
  • Part of the transaction team for a multinational oil company on a contested bid for a Canadian target.