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Dealmaker Exodus in Calgary Shows Banks’ Shifting Energy Goals

  • Oil hub loses top bankers from Morgan Stanley, Barclays, Citi
  • Local competition, ESG concerns reduce appeal for global firms
High-rise office towers in downtown Calgary.

High-rise office towers in downtown Calgary.

Photographer: Orjan F. Ellingvag/Corbis via Getty Images

Calgary, the center of Canada’s oil and gas industry, has lost senior investment bankers from Morgan Stanley, Barclays Plc and Citigroup Inc., a signal of banks’ new approach to the energy sector and declining deal flow.

The departures reflect a variety of forces, including a shrinking pool of major oil producers in the city and global banks’ heightened focus on renewable energy, as well as their own environmental metrics. Canadian banks have been more willing to provide credit to the country’s energy firms than their international rivals, and are therefore winning other business too, said Adam Dean, president of Dean Executive Search in Toronto.