Robert Lehodey - Private Equity and VC Lawyer

Robert Lehodey, KC

Partner, Corporate

Key Contact: Emerging and High Growth Companies

Key Contact: Venture Capital

Contact Information

tel: 403.260.7001



Bob has extensive experience in the areas of corporate, securities, oil and gas and general commercial matters. His practice is transactional in nature in spanning public company, private company and mega-project transactions and including corporate mergers and acquisitions, public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities, purchase and sale of assets and shares, corporate restructurings, together with all associated contract negotiations and preparation. He also has significant corporate governance experience and has served on a number of public and private boards in positions as chair, lead director and chair and member of governance committees. Bob represents a diverse group of individuals and public and private companies, including oil and gas exploration and production and service companies, oil sands companies, private equity providers, securities dealers and investment banks.

    • Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Legacy Oil + Gas Inc. in connection with activist shareholder matters and Legacy’s $1.5 billion acquisition by Crescent Point Energy Corp.
    • Veresen Inc. in the formation of a new entity, Veresen Midstream Limited Partnership, equally owned by Veresen and affiliates of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P., which will acquire certain natural gas assets from Encana Corporation and the Cutbank Ridge Partnership. Osler also represented the partnership in respect of related financing arrangements
    • Lead with representing the consortium of purchasers of the Phoenix Coyotes National Hockey League franchise in connection with all Canadian legal matters, including the overall ownership governance structure and cross border tax structuring
    • Tristone Capital Global Inc. in the $115 million sale of that company to Macquarie Capital Group
    • Independent directors of Insignia Energy Ltd. in the acquisition of the 29% public minority interest by the controlling shareholder, Brookfield Capital Partners Ltd.
    • Independent directors of Cordero Energy Inc. in the competitive $140 million acquisition of that company by Ember Resources Inc.
    • Numerous public offerings of common and flow-through shares by way of short form prospectus for various issuers including MGM Energy Corp. and Delphi Energy Corp.
    • Delphi Energy Corp. in its friendly acquisition by way of take-over bid of Fairmount Energy Inc. and the following subsequent amalgamation squeeze out transaction
    • Esprit Energy Trust in its friendly merger with Pengrowth Energy Trust resulting in a combined enterprise value at over $6 billion
    • Transco Energy Services Ltd. on its $345 million (excluding debt) sale to Flint Energy Services Ltd.
    • Numerous private placement equity financings (straight and flow-through common shares) for various private issuers including Steel Reef Infrastructure Corp., Laricina Energy Ltd., Avant Garde Energy Corp. and Temple Energy Ltd.
    • The Special Committee of Calloway Real Estate Income Trust’s Board of Directors in its acquisition of $1.2 billion of real estate assets from a related unit holder
    • Synenco Energy Inc., an oil sands company, in its $275 million initial public offering of common shares
    • Deer Creek Energy Limited in its $160 million initial public offering of common shares in July of 2004 and the subsequent competitive $1.7 billion acquisition of that company by Total S.A., in September 2005

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Recognized in Corporate/Commercial (Alberta)
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Recognized in Equity, Corporate Commercial Law, Corporate Mid-Market and Mergers & Acquisitions
  • IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms: Recognized in M&A, Capital Markets: Equity (Notable Practitioner)
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Recognized in Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, and Securities Law
  • Who’s Who Legal: Recognized in Capital Markets - Debt and Equity (International); Capital Markets (Canada)

  • Elbow Park Residents’ Association, Past President

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of Alberta

  • "Shareholder Activism - The New Takeover?", Osler Seminar, November 21, 2012.
  • Decision in Deer Creek Assesses Sales Process in Context of Dissent and Valuation Litigation, Osler Update, June 19, 2009.
  • Consideration in Structuring Private Equity and Hedge Fund M & A Investments, Advanced Forum on Mergers & Acquisitions, The Canadian Institute, Calgary, October 26-27, 2007.