This seminar is intended for landmen and other industry personnel who are responsible for coordinating the conduct of title review with outside counsel or those conducting due diligence reviews and rectifying title deficiencies when acquiring assets.
This seminar will focus on the practical aspects of title and due diligence reviews when acquiring assets in Western Canada. Attendees will benefit from the suggestions presented to make the title review process involving outside counsel more cost-effective and efficient, enabling you to interpret the title opinion and use it as a working document in your land administration system. In addition, guidelines and procedures will be presented to enable internal land personnel to conduct due diligence reviews in circumstances where the involvement of outside counsel may not be merited. Finally, the process of deficiency rectification will be discussed as well as alternatives for dealing with unresolved deficiencies within the context of the business deal and the sale agreement.
Matthew Potts is a commercial lawyer, qualified arbitrator and Counsel at Dentons LLP.Â Matthew has over 29 years" experience in transactions with a focus on oil and gas transactional work, day to operational issues and preparation of historical titleÂ opinions and reports, purchase and sale agreements and specific conveyancing.Â Matthew has been a sessional lecturer at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology teaching an oil and gas course to paralegals, a guest lecturer in the McPhail Energy School and lectured at the University of Calgary Law School in both the introductory Oil and Gas class and the North American Energy Law class.Â Matthew teaches the oil and gas course at Dentons LLP and has lectured to clients on oil and gas and real property law, the execution of documentation under the landÂ titles system and taught a number of CAPL surface rights courses to industry personnel.Â Matthew was a member of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen (CAPL) FreeholdÂ Lease Committee involved in drafting a new lease for industry.Â In June of 2014, Matthew was a guest speaker at the inaugural Oil and Gas Investment Forum, Beijing, China speaking on the acquisition of conventional oil and gas assets in Western Canada.
John is a Petroleum Landman who has worked in the industry since 1978.Â John has experience in all aspects of exploration and development activity both in Canada and the United States, and has worked in all aspects of Land from Field Exploration to E&P Management.Â Currently John is a consulting Petroleum Landman serving clients operating in Alberta, B.C. and Saskatchewan.Â Previously John was the Land Manager at SkyWest Energy Corp., President of McMurray Energy Corp., a thermal heavy oil company and was a senior Mineral Negotiator with Canadian Natural Resources Limited.Â John is a Graduate of the University of Calgary, member of the CAPL, the AAPL and is a Licensed Land Agent in Alberta.
Jesse Standing is a second year associate in Dentons’ Calgary office, where he practices in the energy group. He regularly assists on commercial and oil and gas transactions, including asset and share acquisitions/dispositions in various capacities, including conducting general commercial and oil and gas specific due diligence. Jesse also has experience negotiating and drafting commercial and energy-related agreements as well as assisting in corporate reorganizations. Jesse also assists private companies with various corporate governance matters.