Adam Nott

General Counsel (North America)


Innovative in-house counsel who works with clients to get the deal done.  I draw on a combination of top-tier private practice, years as general counsel, business leadership roles and a strong academic background to find creative legal solutions for fast growing companies.

Work History

Work History
May 2008 - Present

General Counsel (North America)

SRK Consulting
  • Negotiated procurement, services, construction, insurance and M&A agreements for projects around the globe
  • Responsible for creation and successful implementation of policies and procedures for contracting, procurement and risk management, as the company's first in-house counsel
  • Increased use of contracts from 20% to 90% while reducing risks, easing deal flow, educating consulting staff and decreasing turnaround times by 80%
  • Trained and oversaw procurement staff across 12 offices
May 2008 - Mar 2011

Barrister and Solicitor

The Law Offices of Adam Nott
  • Established an independent legal practice specializing in entrepreneurship and cross-border transactions.  The practice focused on the resource industry and manufacturing including:
    • corporate structuring of businesses to balance business interests, liability protection and tax-effective structuring;
    • due diligence, drafting and negotiation of energy procurement agreements and EPC contracts for independent power projects, operations and management agreements, fuel supply contracts and leases;
    • carbon financing and other "payment for ecosystem services" transactions; and
    • organization and advising on commercial real estate developments.
Jun 2008 - Feb 2011

General Counsel; Director; Corporate Secretary

Blue Energy Canada Inc
  • Advisor and legal counsel to an ocean energy company developing new technologies and energy projects.  
  • Ensured compliance with securities matters in Canada and the US during multiple rounds of investment
  • Negotiated project  financing and early stage permits for 100MW+ project
May 2005 - Apr 2008

Associate Lawyer

Davis LLP (now DLA Piper)
  • Lawyer with Corporate/Commercial, Tax, and Project Financing Groups
  • Founder and Head of National Renewable Energy Practice.  
  • Representative projects ($10M-$500M) include financing, due diligence and structuring of:
    • oil and gas, co-generation, biomass and wind energy projects;
    • infrastructure projects (highways and ports);
    • mining (coal and diamonds) and forestry projects; and
    • various real estate and manufacturing businesses.
May 2004 - Apr 2005

Judicial Law Clerk

Tax Court of Canada
  • Briefed judges on cases and related case law
  • Assisted in drafting and editing legal judgments
May 2002 - Apr 2004

Research Assistantships

University of Ottawa; University of British Columbia; Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
  • Conducted comparative and quantitative legal research for:
    • determining the effectiveness of alternative dispute resolution methods in civil and commercial matters;
    • First Nations and environmental litigation;
    • analysis of resource management regimes;
    • international trade litigation, and government policy.
Sep 1997 - Aug 2001

Researcher, GIS technician, economist

Various government agencies
  • A wide range of experience in resource management as a biological researcher, GIS technician and agricultural economist


Sep 2011 - Dec 2014


University of Victoria
Sep 2001 - Apr 2004

J.D. (cum laude)

University of Ottawa
  • Focus on environmental, business and tax law
  • Assistant editor of UBC Law Review
Sep 1996 - Apr 2001

B.A. Joint Major in Environmental Geography and Economics

Simon Fraser University
  • Only graduate of a double major program in Environmental Geography and Environmental Economics
  • Organized campus wide events aimed at building community, the disbursement of ideas and critical discussion ranging from concerts to speaker's series and workshops

Professional associations AND Volunteer Activities

  • Called to the Bar in British Columbia, 2005
  • Active member of Canadian Bar Association; American Bar Association; and International Bar Association
    • Executive member in several committees and sub-sections
  • Group Commissioner Scouts Canada responsible for coordinating 20 volunteers to run a leadership and outdoors program for 70+ youth

Interests and hobbies

  • Adventure travel
  • Photography (Astro and Travel)
  • Urban Farming
  • Shotokan Karate
  • Youth development


  • Implementation of contracting regime for company with sales in excess of $150M/annum 
  • Regular negotiation of engineering services agreements up to $5M in value
  • Sale of manufactured stone, brick and masonry products business - $107M
  • Sale of Beverage Bottling Business - $1M
  • Project structuring, permitting and financing of biomass  energyplant - $420M
  • Acquisition of 84 MW wind energy project in Nova Scotia - $120M
  • Financing of potential 100MW wind energy project in BC - no sale
  • Financing of ocean energy project - $500M
  • Greenfield diamond acquisition (Botswana)
  • Acquisition of diamond claims (Northern Canada)
  • Potential acquisition of port and light rail facilities in British Columbia - ~$400M
  • Financing of public-private partnership development of highway -~$500M
  • Acquisition of forestry company - asset transfer and due diligence
  • Acquisition of coal company in British Columbia
  • Sale of greenhouse gas offsets from agricultural businesses
  • Acquisition of several professional sports teams (hockey and lacross)