Laura Van Soelen
Laura Van Soelen is a Toronto-based partner in Gowling WLG's Energy Group whose expertise is in energy regulation (at the provincial and federal levels) and dispute resolution.
Laura's clients include utilities, power producers, distributors, retailers and industrial energy consumers. On matters pertaining to the regulation of electricity, natural gas and nuclear energy, she represents her clients on applications and in compliance proceedings before the Ontario Energy Board, the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board, and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.
Laura advises clients on a range of compliance and regulatory matters, including licensing, affiliate relationships, jurisdictional issues, facilities applications, rate applications and implications of mergers and acquisitions. She also advises on emerging issues such as carbon pricing and integration of distributed energy resources into broader energy systems, as well as the regulation of small modular reactors.
Laura's dispute resolution work focuses on the resolution of complex commercial cases on behalf of energy companies, IT service providers, real estate developers and construction companies.
Laura's practice is complemented by her experience as a secondee to a power generator in Ontario, where she advised the company on a broad range of legal issues, including import and export licensing, project-related licensing requirements, affiliate relationships and new nuclear development. She also represented the company in commercial negotiations.
Laura regularly engages in pro bono work and mentors associates.