Richard J.C. Grant Partner Head - Oil & Gas Group, Co-head - Africa team

Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 1983 - Alberta

Primary phone: +1 403-298-1062

Secondary phone: +1 403 607 7304

Fax: +1 403-263-9193


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Primary office:  Calgary

Richard J.C. Grant

Richard Grant is a partner in Gowling WLG's Calgary office and global head of the firm's Oil & Gas practice. He also serves as vice-chair of the Energy, Infrastructure and Mining Group and co-leader for the Africa Region.

He assists clients in the energy and natural resources industries on matters including transactions, finance, ownership rights, acquisition, access, divestiture (asset and corporate), due diligence, joint ventures, participation arrangements, partnerships, international production sharing contracts, concessions and other host government negotiations.

Richard's energy, natural resources and business experience has encompassed significant work in all areas of Canada, as well as internationally in Africa, South America, Asia and Russia. Most recently, Richard has been involved in projects pertaining to integrated gas to power, upstream concessions, pipelines, aboriginal joint ventures, renewables and LNG. Aside from Richard's private practice experience at large international firms, he has gained extensive in-house legal, business and senior management experience with several major multinational energy corporations.

In addition, Richard has represented foreign companies and funds on new investments into Canada as well as companies doing business internationally. Richard has extensive experience with First Nation matters, aboriginal and community relations, corporate social responsibility programs, foreign government capacity building (including local content requirements) and is involved in charitable projects in Sub-Sahara Africa.

Career & Recognition

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  • African Regional Forum
  • American Bar Association
  • Association of International Petroleum Negotiators
  • Law Society of Alberta
  • International Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen
  • Canadian Energy Law Foundation
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation

Selected Presentations

  • “Legal Trends in International E&P: Entering into a New Market,” Canadian Global Exploration Forum (CGEF) Annual Conference, Calgary,  September 2017.
  • “Doing Business in Africa: What a Canadian Company Needs to Know,” Global Petroleum Show, Calgary, June 2017.
  • “Getting to Yes by Partnering with Indigenous Communities,” Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen (CAPL) Annual Conference, St. John’s, September 2016.
  • “Beyond Consultation,” World Energy Council North American Regional Forum, Calgary, June 2014.

Richard's energy experience has comprised significant transactional, project and finance sourcing work internationally and in all areas of Canada including the East Coast and the North. Internationally his focus has been on projects in Africa, South America, Asia, Russia and Europe.

Selected transactions in Richard's career include:

  • Counsel to Cata Mining Company Limited in a loan extension financing and additional debenture financing with two African banks totalling $18.4 million.
  • Representation of a Canadian energy company with a joint venture negotiation and bids on onshore OML Blocks in Nigeria.
  • Representation of a Canadian energy company regarding a gas to power project in Nigeria.
  • Representation of the private company purchaser in its acquisition of certain oil production assets from Birchcliff Energy Ltd.
  • Representation of a 100 per cent Métis-owned energy company in relation to a joint venture with a private Alberta Oil Company which involved the purchase of mineral interests, 3D seismic acquisition, exploration and development drilling which along with bonus payments and benefits has a value of over $35m.
  • Representation of a private Alberta oil company to obtain a Master Development Agreement on certain Metis Lands in Alberta.
  • Representation of a private Alberta oil company to restructure its ownership and expand its rights under a Master Development Agreement with a Saskatchewan First Nation.
  • Representation of a private Canadian oil company to negotiate a new Production Sharing Agreement with the Government of Benin (West Africa).
  • Representation of a private Canadian oil company to negotiate a farmout and joint venture with a large U.S. Independent oil company whereby the farmee will carry the costs of a deep offshore exploration well and other costs under the Production Sharing Agreement for a period of time.
  • Structuring, negotiation and drafting of a hybrid shareholder/joint operating agreement with a large Dutch Development Bank for Artumas Group in relation to East African based E&P and power assets.
  • Introduction of a Petro China provincial oil company to a Canadian oil sands company and initial buy in and joint venture discussions.
  • Joint venture and trade agreement for Artumas Group with Anadarko and Mitsui regarding onshore and offshore oil & gas concessions in Mozambique.
  • Joint venture earn-in arrangement by Korean energy company into a Canadian multi prospect exploration and development program with ConocoPhillips.
  • Introduction of a Chinese provincial oil company to an Eastern Russian oil and gas exploration opportunity.
  • Joint venture earn-in arrangement by an Asian Sovereign fund into US Gulf Coast exploration and development drilling and Canadian exploration properties.
  • Farmout/selldown with a middle eastern national oil company into a producing African gas property.
  • Farmout of a large Texaco Brazil oil & gas property to another multi-national oil company.
  • Structuring, negotiation and follow on management for two large alternative financed, tax assisted, shareholder/joint venture hybrid companies.
  • Listing and $44mm public float of Artumas Group Inc on the Oslo Stock Exchange.
  • $500mm asset purchase and swap of Canadian producing oil & gas properties and facilities (Phillips Petroleum from Gulf Canada, Pennzoil, Trans Canada and others).
  • $770mm asset sale of Canadian producing oil & gas properties and facilities (Phillips Petroleum to Apache Corp).
  • Private placement financings for Artumas Group Inc $312mm.
  • AIM (Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange) listing applications for two Canadian junior oil & gas companies.
  • Host government negotiations and closing of an exploration and production concession contract for Artumas with the Government of Mozambique.
  • Production sharing contract negotiations with the Government of Gabon for the Canadian subsidiary of a multi-national oil company.
  • Production sharing contract negotiations with the Government of Guinea Bissau for a multi-national oil company.
  • Underwritten convertible bond financings for Artumas Group Inc US $135mm.
  • Close joint operating agreement for Artumas with ENH (the Mozambique National Oil Company).
  • Close a production sharing contract for AG&P Gas with the Government of Tanzania.
  • Negotiate amendments to a production sharing contract with the Government of Kenya for a Canadian junior oil company.
  • Multi-stakeholder negotiation leading to execution of a fully integrated gas-to-power-to-transmission and distribution project for Artumas with Government of Tanzania entities, lenders, granting agencies and other stakeholders.
  • Project financings for a power generation facility and midstream gas assets in East Africa.
  • Joint operating agreement between Artumas and the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (the national oil company of Tanzania).
  • Negotiate and document a multi-lateral agency grant of US$30mm for electricity infrastructure build out in Sub-Sahara Africa.
  • Structuring, negotiations, approvals and documentation for a CNG project in Africa.
  • Structuring and negotiations for proposed LNG projects in Africa and the West Coast of Canada.
  • Joint venture aligning, structuring and initial framework agreements for a large scale power plant in East Africa.
  • Structuring, framework documentation and negotiations for a P3 500 km electrical transmission tie-in project in Africa.
  • Led the due diligence and evaluation team for merger negotiations between the Canadian holdings of two multi-national oil companies.
  • Formation of EOG Resources Canada Partnership and related transactions.
  • Reorganization of Fox Energy and contribution of EOG Resources Canada Company Assets and related companies into EOG partnership.
  • Assistance with negotiations and documentation of the PAC-RIM partnership agreement among Bechtel Enterprises International, Daewoo Corp, Korea Gas Corp, PAC-RIM LNG Inc. and Phillips Canada, and assistance with the associated gas purchase agreements from producers.
  • Negotiation of a multi-stake holder program management agreement pertaining to the Northern Route Gas Pipeline from the north slope of Alaska via the McKenzie Valley to Alberta then onto US Midwest customers. The pipeline was intended as a 100% aboriginal owned pipeline and the contractual arrangements covered the structuring, development, financing, engineering and management of the proposed pipeline.
  • Consultations and Negotiation of rights-of-way, access and cooperation arrangements with Sahtu, Gwich'in, Inuvialuit and Deh Cho Tribal Councils, Secretariats, First Nations, Bands and Corporations in relation to the proposed Northern Route Gas Pipeline Project.
  • Consultations, support and right to participate memorandums of agreement with the Tli Cho, Deh Cho, Akaitcho and the Métis of the North Slave in relation to a proposed fuel pipe line from Enterprise, NWT to the diamond mines on behalf of Flashpoint Facilitators.
  • Submission of a preliminary information package to the NEB for the Northern Gas Pipeline Project and participation in the associated early public hearings and consultations with impacted communities, landowners, trapper associations, Aboriginal councils and representative entities, environmental groups, governments and other stakeholders.
  • Consultation and negotiation of cooperation agreements, access, benefits plans, impact agreements and socio-economic monitoring plans with numerous Northern aboriginal groups, western Canadian Treaty First Nations and East Coast Governments in relation to oil & gas activities, pipelines, production facilities and telecommunication facilities.
  • Preliminary discussions with the National Oil Corporation ("Libyan Government") a General People's Congress of the Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya on behalf of a Canadian based junior oil company regarding a Development and Production Sharing Agreement.
  • Represented the Deton Cho Corporation (Yellowknives Dene) on several corporate and joint venture matters relating to various services agreements.