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Denise D. Bright


Public and Private Company Financial Transactions and Securities Lawyer at Bennett Jones Calgary

T: 403.298.4468

Denise Bright's practice focuses on financial transactions and securities, where she acts for a variety of public and private companies, partnerships and income trusts in regard to their financing requirements. Denise has also assisted various investment and private equity funds with financing various investments.

She advises clients in public and private equity and debt financings, traditional bank financings, takeover bids, arrangements, amalgamations, private mergers and acquisitions and divestitures by way of either assets or shares. In addition, her practice includes project finance, venture and mezzanine finance, and structured finance transactions, including synthetic leasing.

In addition to having a law degree, Denise is a chartered accountant. Prior to joining Bennett Jones, she worked for an international accounting firm and in the corporate finance department of an oil and gas boutique investment bank.

Denise is a past editor of the University of Calgary Law review. In addition, she is a member of the audit committees for the Law Society of Alberta and Alberta Lawyers Insurance Association and sits on the Bennett Jones Opinion Committee.

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  • MEG Energy Corp. in its comprehensive refinancing transactions following four transactions: (i) An extension of the maturity date on substantially all of the commitments under the Company's covenant-lite revolving credit facility, were extended two years to November 5, 2021 and the commitment amount of the facility was reduced to US$1.4 billion; (ii)  US$1.2 billion term loan will be refinanced to extend its maturity ; (iii) existing US$750 million of unsecured notes due 2021 were refinanced and extended with new second lien indebtedness; and  (iv) raising $357 million of equity in the form of subscription receipts on a bought deal basis from a syndicate of underwriters.
  • Counsel to Penn West Petroleum Ltd. in connection with the substantial amendments and other modifications to Penn West's C$2.1 billion of outstanding senior secured notes and C$1.7 billion syndicated bank facility.
  • Sanjel Corporation, an Alberta-based energy services and pressure pumping company, in connection with the sale of its US fracturing, coiled tubing and cementing assets to Liberty Oilfield Services Holdings LLC.

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