Alberta Oil & Gas Lawyers

In Alberta, the oil and gas industry is a cornerstone of the economy and a vital component of Canada’s energy sector. This complex, niche area of the law is surrounded by an intricate landscape of legal, financial, employment, and regulatory requirements.

Getz Collins and Associates has extensive experience representing multinational oilfield services companies. Our oil and gas lawyers are exceedingly knowledgeable and provide innovative legal solutions to stakeholders involved in this dynamic sector.

Oilfield or Master Service Agreements

Oilfield or Master Service Agreements (MSAs) are fundamental contracts governing the relationship between oil and gas operators and oilfield service providers, including drilling companies, construction firms, and equipment suppliers. MSAs set out clear rights and obligations relating to goods and services sold between the parties, reducing the risk of contractual disputes and costly litigation. A well-drafted MSA can empower the parties to swiftly renegotiate commercial or job-specific terms (such as price in a Request for Proposal) without needing to adjust the parties’ liabilities or legal terms.

Matters commonly addressed in Oilfield or Master Service Agreements include:

  • Scope of work;
  • Pricing;
  • Insurance and liability;
  • Dispute resolution processes; and
  • Compliance with industry regulations and safety standards.

Negotiation & Review of Master Service Agreements

The seasoned oil and gas team at Getz Collins and Associates is well-versed in the intricacies of crafting an effective, thorough Master Service Agreement. We negotiate on our client’s behalf during the drafting process and ensure their risks are appropriately managed. Our firm also provides robust reviews of existing MSAs to ensure compliance with the interconnected web of applicable legislation and regulatory requirements in Alberta.

Joint Ventures

Joint ventures are partnerships formed between entities to jointly develop and explore oil and gas resources. These arrangements enable the parties to combine their resources, expertise, and capital while sharing the venture’s ownership and profit and mitigating each entity’s risk exposure. Many joint ventures span several years and involve a myriad of agreements and due diligence requirements.

Embarking on a joint venture demands an understanding of the complexities of Alberta’s oil and gas industry. Getz Collins and Associates advises energy sector clients on all aspects of joint ventures, including the division of equity ownership, risk management, and regulatory compliance relating to responsible resource development and environmental protection. We remain invested in our clients’ success and can assist at any stage of a joint venture, from its outset to its termination.

Financing & Leasing

While debt financing and leasing are a crucial part of any business enterprise, Getz Collins and Associates understands the unique requirements of oil and gas operators. We develop legal and financial strategies tailored to each client’s particular operational needs.

Our oil and gas lawyers provide comprehensive advice and legal solutions relating to a broad scope of financing and leasing matters, including:

  • Specific project financing;
  • Asset-based lending;
  • Royalty agreements;
  • Unitization agreements;
  • Surface rights and surface leases;
  • Equipment leasing;
  • Traditional credit and debt financing; and
  • Private equity and hybrid financing arrangements.

Employment Issues in the Oil & Gas Industry

The oil and gas industry in Alberta poses particular employment challenges, including the sector’s economic volatility, the ever-changing technological landscape and automation, and labour shortages.

Getz Collins and Associates offers progressive, pragmatic legal solutions to employment issues in this sector. We provide detailed workplace reviews to identify potential areas of liability or concern and prepare sound employment agreements, policies, and procedures. Our oil and gas team helps create legal infrastructures that mitigate risk and maximize stability within the workforce, even during turbulent times.

Warranties & Service Disputes

Disputes arising from warranties or service quality can create serious operational disruptions, devastating financial fallout, and significant safety issues. These issues can be technically and legally complex and typically involve numerous stakeholders.

Our firm provides top-tier strategies to clients facing warranty or service quality disputes and advises on a variety of related issues, including:

  • Warranty agreements and contractual disputes;
  • Equipment or machinery malfunctions;
  • Drilling or extraction service quality concerns;
  • Regulatory compliance and breached safety standards;
  • Insurance coverage; and
  • Maintenance, repairs, and monitoring requirements.

We also advocate for stakeholders in alternative dispute resolution processes, including negotiation, mediation, and binding arbitration. By exploring these alternatives to traditional litigation, we strive to provide clients with the most cost-effective, timely resolution while always preserving their legal and financial interests.

Getz Collins and Associates: Leading Oil & Gas Lawyers in Calgary & Strathmore

Getz Collins and Associates stands as a beacon of excellence in the Alberta legal landscape, combining tradition and modern technological innovation. Our oil and gas lawyers are committed to providing modern, client-centric legal services and offer decades of combined experience. Since our inception in 1984, our dedication to our community has enabled us to develop lasting relationships in the oil and gas industry throughout the province.

With convenient locations in Calgary and Strathmore, Getz Collins and Associates proudly serves communities throughout Alberta, including Airdrie, Cochrane, Okotoks, Drumheller, Chestermere, Hussar, and all surrounding areas.

To schedule a consultation, please contact us online or call 587-391-5600.