Stefan McConnell Counsel

Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 2006 - Alberta

Year of Call: 2006 - British Columbia

Primary phone: +1 604-891-2781

Secondary phone: +1 403-298-1848

Fax: +1 604-443-5654


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Primary office:  Vancouver

Secondary office:  Calgary

Stefan McConnell

Stefan McConnell practises law in the Vancouver and Calgary offices of Gowling WLG. He has expertise in corporate commercial, mergers & acquisitions, capital markets, private equity and venture capital. He also advises foreign companies with respect to establishing and conducting business in Canada.

Stefan represents business clients in all phases of development, ranging from publicly traded companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange to startup growth companies. These clients have local, national and international operations in many industries, including energy, mining, oil & gas, agribusiness, private equity, venture capital, technology, real estate development, insurance, financial services and manufacturing & distribution.

In his M&A practice, Stefan advises companies and investors on public and private mergers and acquisitions and reorganization transactions, including distressed acquisitions, public take-over bids, amalgamations, plans of arrangement and private sales of shares and assets.

Stefan has extensive experience with private equity fund formation and strategic investments by private equity and venture capital groups. He acts for issuers, underwriters and investors in capital market financing transactions, including initial public offerings and debt and equity financings (both public and private).

Stefan obtained a Bachelor of Laws (with distinction) from the University of Alberta in 2005 and a Bachelor of Arts, Economics (with distinction) from the University of Calgary in 2002. Stefan was admitted to the Law Societies of British Columbia and Alberta in 2006.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2014

    • Education
      Evaluation of Canadian Oil and Gas Properties course by The Society of Petroleum Engineers
  • 2006

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Alberta
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, British Columbia
  • 2005

    • Education
      University of Alberta, LLB (with distinction)
  • 2002

    • Education
      University of Calgary, BA (with distinction), economics


  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Law Society of British Columbia

Recent representative transactions include advising:

  • Budget Rent-A-Car of B.C. Ltd., in connection with the sale of its rental car business to Avis Budget Group, a US-based leading global provider of mobility solutions
  • Mas Energy LLC, a US-based fully integrated developer, owner and operator of clean energy generation systems, in connection with its joint venture renewable energy project involving the development and construction of a landfill gas-to-renewable natural gas facility in Canada
  • Fertin Pharma A/S, a Denmark-based world leader in the development and manufacturing of pharmaceutical and nutraceutical chewing gum products, in connection with its acquisition of Tab Labs Inc., North America’s largest manufacturer of private label compressed sugar-free tablets and chewing gum
  • Hillenbrand Inc., a US-based global diversified industrial company, in connection with its acquisition of a Canadian company that is one of the largest worldwide manufacturers of industrial screens
  • The Riverside Company, a global private equity firm, in connection with its acquisition of SureWerx Inc., a leading provider of proprietary branded professional safety products, tools and equipment
  • Miracle-Ear Canada, Ltd., the wholly-owned Canadian subsidiary of Amplifon, in connection with its acquisition of an Ontario-based company operating hearing aid clinics across Canada
  • Mariana Resources Ltd. in connection with its acquisition by Sandstorm Gold Ltd. for USD $175 million
  • The Expert Group of Companies, a Calgary-based manufacturer and distributor of modular homes, in connection with a variety of commercial arrangements
  • in connection with its formation and initial capitalization
  • Alliance Medical, a UK-based company, in connection with its strategic partnership with ARTMS Products, Inc.
  • Burlington Capital, International in connection with the formation of a Canadian joint venture entity
  • An international engineering, procurement & construction company in connection with its formation of a joint venture vehicle and strategic investment relating to the construction of a bitumen refinery on the West Coast  
  • An Alberta-based distribution company in connection with its acquisition by a U.S.-based private equity fund
  • An Alberta-based financial services company in connection its acquisition by a U.S.-based private equity fund
  • Pembina Pipeline Corporation in connection with its C$3.2 billion acquisition of Provident Energy Ltd.
  • The underwriters on the C$244 million initial public offering of Argent Energy Trust
  • Pure Energy Services Ltd. in connection with its US$285 million acquisition by FMC Technologies, Inc.
  • Denison Mines Corp. on the sale of its U.S. mining division to Energy Fuels Corp. valued at C$83 million and related capital reorganization
  • JOG Capital in connection with the formation of its two most recent private equity funds and offerings of limited partnership units by such funds with capital contributions of over C$500 million
  • Lufkin Industries, Inc. in its acquisition of Alberta-based Pentagon Optimization Services