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John E. Piasta


Securities, Commercial Transaction, Corporate Finance and M&A Lawyer at Bennett Jones Calgary

T: 403.298.3333

John Piasta's practice focuses on securities law, commercial transactions, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions (M&A). He acts for issuers and agents/underwriters on private and public debt and equity offerings, including cross-border financings.

In addition, John acts in M&A transactions involving public and private issuers as well as other transactional work for public and private companies.

Prior to joining Bennett Jones, John clerked at the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench and Court of Appeal in Edmonton.

John is a member of the Board of Directors of the Calgary French and International School Society and Alberta Co-Chair of the Shevchenko Foundation. He is a past editor of the Alberta Law Review and a former executive director and member of the board of directors of Student Legal Services of Edmonton.

Select Experience

  • Counsel to Parkland Fuel Corporation in connection with its $662 million common share private placement offering and $500 million 5.625% high yield note private placement offering to partially fund Parkland's proposed acquisition of Chevron Canada's Canadian integrated downstream fuel business for $1,460 million plus an estimated $186 million in working capital.  Read more
  • Cenovus Energy, in connection with its acquisition of ConocoPhillips’ Deep Basin conventional assets in Alberta and British Columbia and 50% interest in the FCCL Partnership.  Read more
  • Total Energy, in connection with its unsolicited takeover of Savanna Energy Services Corp.  Read more

Recent Publications

Recent Recognitions

  • 2016, The Legal 500 Canada

    John E. Piasta, recommended, Capital Markets
  • 2015, Lexpert Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada

    John E. Piasta, recognized as one of the corporate lawyers to watch

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