Suncor’s $325 Million Divestment Of Its Interests In Golden Eagle Field

In UK Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, advised on the matter.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner advised Suncor Energy Inc. with a team including Rod Chooramun (Corporate M&A), John Conlin (Picture – Corporate M&A), Rohin Ghosh Dastidar (Corporate M&A), Alexander Keepin (Corporate M&A), Thomas Eldridge (Finance), Richard Harbot (Tax M&A and Deal Advisory).

Suncor completed the divestment of the entire share capital of its wholly-owned subsidiary North Sea (Golden Eagle) Resources Ltd (NSRL) to EnQuest Heather Limited (a subsidiary of EnQuest PLC) for an initial consideration of $325 million, subject to customary adjustments, and a contingent consideration of up to $50 million (the Transaction). NSRL holds a 26.69% working interest in the Golden Eagle Area Development (comprising the producing Golden Eagle, Peregrine and Solitaire fields) in the UK North Sea (the Interests).

The transaction was structured as a share sale and purchase of NSRL’s shares pursuant to a put and call option agreement (PCOA). Closing of the transaction occurred at 08:00 22 October 2021 upon which EnQuest’s ordinary shares on the Official List were cancelled and re-admitted. As a condition to closing of the transaction we also advised Suncor on the incorporation of NSRL, the internal re-structuring of its North Sea business, and the hive-down of the interests from Suncor to NSRL. 

Partners John Conlin (Picture) and Rod Chooramun led the BCLP team, with support from Associates Rohin Ghosh Dastidar and Hansy Shore and Trainee Ryan Ogg. Additional advice came from Partner Richard Harbot and Counsel Victoria Wolf on the tax aspects of the transaction, with Partner Tom Eldridge and Senior Associate Alexander Hadrill providing advice to Suncor on EnQuest’s proposed financing arrangements and security arrangements for the transaction and Partner Alexander Keepin providing advice on the implications of the Listing Rules on the PCOA.

Involved fees earner: Rod Chooramun – Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner; John Conlin – Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner; Rohin Ghosh Dastidar – Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner; Thomas Eldridge – Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner; Alexander Hadrill – Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner; Richard Harbot – Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner; Alexander Keepin – Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner; Victoria Wolf – Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner;

Law Firms: Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner;

Clients: Suncor Energy Inc.;

Author: Giulia Di Palma