Greg Peterson is a senior partner at Gowling WLG and head of the firm's Corporate Finance, M&A and Private Equity Group in the firm's Calgary office. He is also the national co-leader of the firm's Governance, Activism & Investigations Group.
Recognized as leader in his field by Chambers Canada and Legal 500, Greg focuses his practice on complex public and private corporate and commercial matters. Over the course of his 30-year career, he has helped clients navigate a range of high-stakes transactions - including mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and reorganizations, plans of arrangement, going private transactions, private placements, and asset and share purchase and sale agreements.
Greg also has significant executive experience in adjusting both private and public companies at all stages of their development, from initial public offerings to large corporate clients with multi-billion-dollar market capitalizations. He complements this experience with an extensive background in private equity transactions and public financings, including equity, debt and venture capital financings.
A former defensive back with the Calgary Stampeders, Greg approaches the legal obstacles his clients face with a keen sense of strategy, coordination and business fundamentals. His practice caters equally to Canadian companies and foreign companies doing business in Canada, which together represent a rich cross-section of global industry sectors - including energy, pharmaceutical, technology, cannabis, manufacturing, life sciences, biotech and sports law.
Greg has acted as a director and/or officer for many of his clients, providing advice on matters relating to corporate governance, stock exchange listings, regulatory compliance for multi-jurisdictional situations and conflict of interest situations. He has also acted as counsel to special committees of various boards of directors in situations such as corporate reorganizations, whether the transaction involved an amalgamation, plan of arrangement or take-over bid and conflict of interest situation.
Outside of his practice, Greg has served - and continues to serve - on many committees and advisory councils. He is especially active as a volunteer in charitable and minor sports organizations, acting as the president and director of many associations and non-profit groups. Harnessing his professional football background, Greg has also served as a colour commentator for Stampeders' games for more than two decades and regularly provides pregame and postgame analysis for radio broadcasts.
In November 2022, Greg was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of the time he spent playing CFL football and, more recently, giving back to the sport through his community involvement. In March 2023, he was also named Sportsperson of the Year by the Calgary Booster Club. This award recognizes an individual who has provided 25 or more years' service as a coach, volunteer or administrator to sports in their local community.
In 2023, Greg was appointed to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.