Vivek Warrier

Vivek is a partner in the Corporate Group of our Calgary office. His practice focuses on the energy value chain, from extraction or generation, transportation, and transmission to the marketing of energy products to end users. His practice also includes private M&A transactions, and he frequently advises clients in the structuring, ownership and operation of energy infrastructure projects.

He has represented clients on transformative projects, including the development of liquefied natural gas export facilities, equity participation transactions between energy industry project proponents and First Nations, renewables energy partnerships and the development of linear infrastructure projects throughout Canada.

Vivek is a director of the Canadian Energy Law Foundation, serves on the executive of the ABA International Energy and Environmental Law Section and has taught Oil and Gas Contracts at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law. Vivek is extensively involved in the Calgary community, including as Co-Chair of the United Way Major Donor Cabinet and as past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Centre for Newcomers.


Representative Work

  • ConocoPhillips

    ConocoPhillips in its acquisition of the remaining Surmont interest from TotalEnergies EP Canada Ltd. for approximately $3.7 billion

 

Prior to joining Osler:

    • Repsol Oil & Gas Canada Inc. in a series of four divestitures of certain upstream oil and gas assets in the Chauvin, Montney, South Duvernay and North Duvernay regions of Alberta for aggregate proceeds in excess of $600MM cdn.
    • A royalty portfolio company in the development and implementation of a complex drill fund and reverse farmout structure pursuant to which they entered into arrangements with producers to incentivize the development of their proprietary lands.
    • A subsidiary of Suncor Energy, together with co-purchasers Husky Atlantic Partnership (a subsidiary of Cenovus Energy Inc.) and Murphy Oil Company Ltd., in the restructuring of project ownership for the offshore Terra Nova Project in Newfoundland through the acquisition of additional project interests from existing owners for an undisclosed purchase price.
    • An Ontario-based investor in the $54.9-million sale of certain pipeline and related assets located in British Columbia.
    • Heritage Royalty in its $728-million sale of certain Western Canadian royalty assets, including 1.9 million acres of royalty lands throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, to PrairieSky Royalty.
    • OPTrust, in connection with the formation and limited recourse financing of a partnership with six Alberta First Nations which in turn participated in the equity syndication and project financing of the $1.5-billion Cascade Power Project to be developed near Edson, Alberta and operated by Calgary-based developer Kineticor. This equity investment marks the first transaction supported by the Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation (AIOC), who provided a loan guarantee supporting the credit and financing arrangements between ATB, OPTrust, Kineticor and the First Nations consortium which ultimately facilitated the equity participation by Indigenous communities in the Cascade project.
    • Schlumberger Production Management, on the purchase of the Palliser Block assets in Alberta from Cenovus Energy Inc. for cash consideration of $1.3 billion.
    • Murphy Oil Company Ltd., in its $486-million light oil purchase from and joint venture with affiliates of Athabasca Oil Corporation.
    • Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, in the $3.3-billion acquisition of Heritage Royalty Limited Partnership, a former subsidiary of Cenovus Energy Inc. holding a broad portfolio of oil and gas royalties in Western Canada.

    Latest Insights

    • Osler Update Jun 10, 2024

      Energy transition and the opportunity for Canada to be an ‘energy superpower’

      In conversation with: Paula Olexiuk and Vivek Warrier The energy transition in Canada is a complex process involving the shift from traditional...

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      Energy transition and the opportunity for Canada to be an ‘energy superpower’
    • Webinar Apr 19, 2023

      Canadian Tax Law Insights: Clean energy tax incentives in the 2023 federal budget

      Please join members of Osler’s Energy and Tax team for a cross disciplinary discussion of the impact of the clean energy tax measures included in...

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      Canadian Tax Law Insights: Clean energy tax incentives in the 2023 federal budget

    Awards and Recognition

    • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Recognized in Energy: Oil & Gas (Transactional)
    • Legal 500: Recognized as a Leading Individual in Oil & Gas
    • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Recognized in Energy (Oil & Gas); Corporate Commercial Law; Mergers & Acquisitions; Infrastructure Law
    • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada: Recognized in Oil & Gas
    • Lexpert/Report on Business Special Edition – Canada’s Leading Energy Lawyers: Recognized as a leading energy lawyer in Canada
    • Lexpert Special Edition—Canada’s Leading Finance and M&A Lawyers: Recognized as a leading Finance and M&A lawyer
    • Who’s Who Legal: Recognized in Energy (Canada); Energy

    Media Mentions

    • Osler News Jan 9, 2024

      34 Osler lawyers recognized in 2024 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada

      Osler is pleased to announce that 34 of our lawyers have been recognized in the 2024 edition of the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500...

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    • Osler News Sep 25, 2023

      22 Osler lawyers recognized in Lexpert Special Edition: Energy 2023

      Osler is proud to announce that 22 of our lawyers are featured in the Lexpert Special Edition: Energy 2023, recognizing leading lawyers in the oil...

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    • Osler News Jun 6, 2023

      16 Osler lawyers recognized in Lexpert Special Edition: Infrastructure 2023

      Congratulations to 16 of our lawyers for their inclusion in the Lexpert Special Edition: Infrastructure 2023.

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    • Osler News Apr 19, 2023

      42 Osler lawyers recognized by Lexpert as leaders in Finance and M&A

      Osler is proud to announce 42 of our lawyers have been recognized as leaders in the Lexpert Special Edition: Finance and M&A 2023.

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    Speaking and Writing

    Speaking Engagements

    speaker 19/4/2023
    Canadian Tax Law Insights: Clean energy tax incentives in the 2023 federal budget
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    Jasper Research Seminar 2024
    Speaker, “The Push for Electrification and a Net Zero Grid – Developments, Reactions and Implications”, June 13, 2024 (with Deirdre Sheehan)

    CBA Aboriginal and Environmental Energy & Resources Law Summit
    Panelist, Montreal, April 18-19, 2024


    Credentials

    Education

    • University of Alberta, LLB
    • University of Calgary, BA

    Languages

    • English

    Professional Affiliations

    • Canadian Energy Law Foundation, Director
    • ABA International Energy and Environmental Law Section
    • United Way Major Donor Cabinet, Co-Chair