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Matt is a Roster Arbitrator for international arbitrations at the American Arbitration Association’s International Centre for Dispute Resolution

Education

  • LLB, 1998
    University of Toronto
  • BA, 1995
    University of British Columbia

Year of Call/Admission

  • Alberta, 2013
  • British Columbia, 1999

Languages Spoken

  • English

Matthew Ghikas, MCIArb, Q.Arb

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Matthew (Matt) Ghikas is a partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group. He is a highly ranked lawyer and an expert in the energy and natural resources industries. Matt represents clients in administrative proceedings, litigation before the courts in BC and Alberta, and in arbitrations and mediations. Matt appears before regulatory tribunals such as the British Columbia Utilities Commission, Alberta Utilities Commission and the Manitoba Public Utilities Board on a frequent basis on behalf of regulated clients.

Expertise in Energy Regulation and Administrative Law

Matt has considerable experience in representing regulated companies in a wide variety of regulatory-related matters, including:

  • Revenue requirements applications
  • Capital project permitting and approvals (e.g. CPCNs / Permits & Licences)
  • Environmental assessment processes
  • BC Oil & Gas Commission processes 
  • Rate design
  • Performance-based regulation (PBR)
  • Cost of capital/return on equity (ROE)
  • Pipeline decommissioning and abandonment under provincial regulations and the National Energy Board (NEB) Act
  • Compliance with mandatory electric reliability standards (MRS)
  • LNG export license applications

Understanding of Utility, Pipeline, Transportation, and Insurance Industries

Matt’s clients in regulatory matters include the largest natural gas utility in British Columbia serving approximately 950,000 customers, BC’s government-owned electric utility serving most of the province, the other large investor-owned electric distribution utility in BC, a LNG facility owner, electric transmission companies in British Columbia and Alberta, provincially-regulated and NEB-regulated pipeline owners, a thermal energy utility, the sole provider of regulated universal compulsory automobile insurance in British Columbia, and a provider of regulated ferry services.

Strategic Business Advice

In advising clients on regulatory matters, Matt combines a strategic approach to complex, multi-party litigation with subject matter expertise regarding the role of regulation and the energy industry. Matt understands that regulated entities have long-term relationships with regulators and other stakeholders, and appreciates the importance of a broader corporate regulatory strategy that recognizes this reality.

Team-based Approach

He prides himself on providing practical day-to-day advice that assists clients in achieving their business objectives. Matt favours a team-based approach. His subject matter expertise regarding regulated businesses and the energy industry enables him to participate seamlessly in cross-disciplinary project teams that include accountants, engineers, economists and scientists.

Energy Arbitration, Rate Arbitration and Commercial Arbitration

Matt has experience with international gas pricing and LNG pricing arbitrations, including claims under hardship clauses. He has experience in rate arbitrations in the railway industry, and commercial arbitration generally. Matt serves as a roster arbitrator with the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (American Arbitration Association) for hearing international and domestic arbitrations. He holds a Member (MCIArb) designation from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London, UK in International Arbitration, and a Qualified Arbitrator (QArb.) designation from the ADR Institute of Canada in domestic arbitration.

Honours and Awards

  • Named "Lawyer of the Year" 2018 by Best Lawyers® for Energy Regulatory Law, Vancouver
  • The Best Lawyers® in Canada 2012-2018 for Energy Regulatory Law (peer recognized)
  • Lexpert® Special Edition on Canada’s Leading Corporate Lawyers, June 2017
  • Named as "Litigation Star" in Energy and Natural Resources in BC by Benchmark Canada, 2017
  • The Leading 500 Canada 2017 for Energy: Oil and Gas 
  • ROB/Lexpert’s Canada’s Leading Energy Lawyers, November 2016
  • Named in Lexpert®/Report on Business Special Edition as one of Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers 2016
  • Lexpert® Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada 2016 for Energy (Electricity)
  • Lexpert® Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers, Report on Business, November 2015
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory 2015-2016 - Consistently recommended for Energy (Electricity)
  • Named in the Lexpert® Guide to the Leading US-Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers 2014 as a "Litigation Lawyer to Watch"
  • Named as a ranked lawyer in the Lexpert® Special Edition on Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers 2014
  • Named as a ranked lawyer in the Lexpert® Special Edition on Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers 2014
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory 2013-2014 for Energy (Electricity)
  • Named as a “litigation star” for energy and natural resources in Canada and a “future star” in British Columbia litigation by Benchmark Canada, 2013-2014
  • Lexpert® Ranked Energy Lawyers, Report on Business, October 2013
  • International Centre for Dispute Resolution (American Arbitration Association) - roster arbitrator for international and domestic arbitrations
  • ADR Institute of Canada, Qualified Arbitrator (QArb) designation (2013)
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Member designation (MCIArb) – International Arbitration (Fall 2013)
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Associate designation (ACIArb) – International Arbitration (Spring 2013)

Community Involvement

  • Girls Soccer Coach in Dunbar Soccer Association

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