Ron Ezekiel is a leading Canadian energy and natural resources lawyer, and co-leader of Fasken’s Global Energy Group. Renewable energy companies, utilities, oil & gas companies and other resource industry clients seek out Ron for his depth of expertise and his creative and practical problem solving skills. His industry knowledge, ability to navigate complex negotiations and broad business transaction background make him an ideal choice for counsel on projects and M&A transactions in the energy and natural resources sectors. Among other industry recognition, Ron was named 2018 Vancouver Energy Law "Lawyer of the Year" by The Best Lawyers® in Canada.
Clients rely on Ron’s counsel to successfully conclude complex commercial transactions, and for help navigating the regulatory environment and other challenges in developing infrastructure and resource projects. Ron’s broad experience with carbon markets and environmental commodities is often sought out, and can also contribute to successful outcomes on broader energy and resource projects and transactions.
Comprehensive knowledge of the electrical industry
Clients benefit from Ron's significant knowledge of the electrical industry, and his ability to provide creative and practical advice on:
power project development, including hydroelectric, microhydro and wind power
power purchase agreements and energy markets
transmission and interconnection tariffs
transmission infrastructure development issues, including network upgrades and infrastructure cost contribution agreements
M&A and Project Development
Ron acts on both acquisitions and divestitures of energy and resource assets, including early-stage and operating renewables projects, mining projects, pipelines and gas processing and storage facilities. Project proponents value Ron’s counsel on a variety of complex project development issues including, environmental assessments and permitting, impact benefit agreements and other agreements with First Nations, community benefit agreements, complex joint ventures and co-ownership arrangements, regulatory compliance, and structuring considerations for project finance.
Carbon markets and emissions trading
Ron assists clients active in the carbon market or other environmental commodities. He leverages his more than 20 years’ experience in this area to help bridge critical deal issues necessary to complete transactions. Ron’s work in this area includes:
RECs and emissions trading contracts, including structuring buffer pools, land use covenants, and other issues related to permanence and carbon sequestration projects
environmental certifications for facilities and products
public policy analysis