Infrastructure and projects in Canada

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP stands out for its comprehensive national coverage of infrastructure projects, with its deal sheet including roles on major projects in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic Region. Equally adept at advising private and public sector participants, the group has a leading record in PPP projects across all asset classes. Also impressive is the firm’s secondary market activity, where it advises bidders, buyers and sellers of infrastructure projects on both competitive auctions and two-party privately negotiated transactions. In Toronto, former banker Catherine Doyle acts for lenders and consortia on infrastructure matters, while Judy Wilson has one of the market’s leading public sector-side practices. Montreal-based Alain Massicotte chairs the group in Quebec and recently advised the Collectif Santé Montréal - the private partner for the new facility of the University of Montreal’s new hospital centre - on the landmark replacement of the existing contractor for the second stage of the project. Other names to note include Jeffrey Merrick, who chairs the group from Vancouver, and Toronto-based Vivian Kung, who is called to the Bar in Ontario and BC.

Practice head(s):

Alain Massicotte; Jeffrey Merrick; Judy Wilson

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Doyle; Vivian Kung

Key clients

ACS Infrastructure Canada Inc.

AECON Group Inc.

Acciona Infrastructure Canada Inc.

EllisDon Capital Inc.

Veolia Energie Canada Inc.

Axium Infrastructure

Meridiam Infrastructure

Forum Equity Partners Inc.

Fluor Corporation

Infrastructure Ontario

City of Hamilton

City of Winnipeg

City of Toronto

City of Calgary

VIA Rail Canada

Carillion Canada Inc.

Transurban

Hochtief PPP Solutions North America

Work highlights

  • Advised Bridging North America General Partnership (a consortium comprised of Aecon Concessions, ACS Infrastructure Canada and Fluor Canada) on the C$5.7bn design, build, finance, operate, maintenance and rehabilitation of the Gordie Howe International Bridge Project.
  • Acted for RBC Capital Markets and HSBC Securities Canada on a C$1.2bn cross-border bond issuance to refinance the project debt for the Nouvelle 30 concession project.
  • Advised Collectif Santé Montréal, the private partner for the DBFM contract for the new facility of the University of Montreal’s new hospital centre, on the transfer of the design and build obligations for the second phase of the project from the existing contractor to a new contractor.
  • Acted for the City of Calgary on the C$4.5bn Green Line LRT Project.
  • Advised the City of Hamilton on the Hamilton LRT Project.

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

Widely hailed as one of the top infrastructure practices in the country, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP is routinely engaged by sponsors, developers and lenders to advise on major projects. Split between the firm’s Toronto and Montreal offices, the team is active across Canada, with its recent engagements in Alberta, BC and the Atlantic Region, as well as Ontario and Quebec. The team also distinguishes itself by its ability to handle international mandates, being an especially popular choice to advise on the export of PPP products to the US. Gregory Southam’s infrastructure expertise covers the transportation, social and alternative energy spheres and he was at the helm for several recent US mandates, including the LAX Consolidated Rent-A-Car Centre project in California and the I-75 Modernization project in Michigan. Robert Bauer is a key contact on the development front, for both private and public sector clients, while Carol Pennycook and Nicholas Williams are names to note for project financing. The department also benefits from a talented band of up-and-coming partners, including David White and William Buchner. Named lawyers are based in Toronto.

Practice head(s):

Robert Bauer; Carol Pennycook; Gregory Southam; Nicholas Williams

Other key lawyers:

William Buchner; David White

Testimonials

Davies is one of the most respected law firms in the Canadian infrastructure market. They are respected by owners, peers, clients and all across the industry.’

Davies is one of the pre-eminent law firms in Canada, with exceptional expertise in infrastructure, particularly PPP programs. There are no project structures they have not seen and can provide creative solutions to increasingly difficult problems. They are also very commercial.’

Gregory Southam and David White’s comprehensive knowledge of the P3 industry, documentation and commercial aspects makes them an invaluable addition to our P3 team. Frankly, they just know more than most of the other firms. They are one of the top three infrastructure firms in Canada.’

Gregory Southam and William Buchner are experienced, thoughtful partners that truly understand the infrastructure business. Greg commands the respect of his peers and works diligently to find commercial solutions for his clients with peer law firms. Will has always executed perfectly and picks up the legal and commercial approach of his clients quickly and without fault.’

Key clients

Plenary Group

Brookfield Financial Corp.

Axium Infrastructure Inc.

SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.

The City of Toronto

Northleaf Capital Partners

Aecon Group Inc.

EllisDon Corporation

Bechtel Development Company, Inc.

John Laing Group plc

Fengate Capital Management Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised LA Gateway Partners on its winning bid for the $2.7bn DBFM LAX Consolidated Rent-A-Car Center project.
  • Acted for Alstom Transport Canada, as lead member of the Groupe des Partenaires pour la Mobilité des Montréalais consortium, on its successful bid for the provision of rolling stock and signalling, as well as operation and maintenance services, as part of the C$6.3bn Réseau Express Métropolitain transportation infrastructure project in Québec.
  • Acted for Oakland Corridor Partners (a consortium comprised of John Laing Investments, AECOM Capital, Jay Dee Contractors, Ajax Paving Industries and Dan’s Excavating) on the $600m I-75 Modernization DBFM project in Michigan.
  • Advised Plenary PCL Properties Gatineau on its winning bid for the DBFOM contract for the Gatineau 2 Preservation and Access Facility, Library and Archives project in Gatineau, Québec.
  • Advised Fengate Capital Management on its acquisition of the Heartland Petrochemical Complex’s Central Utility Block (CUB) cogeneration facility from Inter Pipeline and the project financing for the development, construction and operation of the CUB.

DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

A first mover in Canada’s PPP market, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP is recognized for its record in major pathfinder projects. Indeed, the practice group often works across the firm's global network, which sees it involved in emerging PPP jurisdictions, having recently handled deals in the US, Europe, the Caribbean and Australia. The transportation sphere is a key area of expertise and the firm is particularly well versed in road, rail and bridge projects. Best known for its work advising sponsors, the team also links up with its robust procurement practice to represent public sector clients on infrastructure development. The department is chaired from Toronto by UK-qualified foreign legal consultant Ian Bendell, and also includes Vancouver-based Andrew Burton, who is qualified in Canada and the UK.

Practice head(s):

Ian Bendell

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Burton

Testimonials

The team has many strengths but the one that stands out is that it is composed of genuine P3 experts. Lawyers have a wealth of broader market knowledge and insight that they are able to use to inform the advice they give, while also being able to think of new and creative solutions to issues rather than just relying on precedent to justify a position.’

As far as I am concerned, DLA Piper is among the best that I have seen operating in the US P3 market. Its knowledge of the market, technical skills and ability to simply get things done to a high quality with little fuss or fanfare is second to none.’

We primarily deal with Andrew Burton, who is a pleasure to work with. He brings a calm, knowledgeable and reassuring presence to our deals and is able to quickly command the respect of all participants.’

Key clients

Ellis Don Inc.

ACS Infrastructure Canada

Dragados Canada, Inc.

Transport for New South Wales

Kiewit Development Company

HOCHTIEF PPP Solutions North America Inc.

Transdev Services (Canada) Inc.

Meridiam Infrastructure North America Corp.

Bird Capital

Fluor Canada Ltd.

Province of British Columbia

Toronto Transit Commission

Fiera Infrastructure Inc.

BAM International bv

Ledcor Group

Swiss Life

Aecon Infrastructure Management Inc.

Flatiron West, Inc.

Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc.

John Laing Infrastructure Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the design-build joint venture (comprised of Dragados Canada, Fluor Canada and Aecon Infrastructure Management) on the C$5.7bn Gordie Howe International Bridge Project.
  • Advised the design-build joint venture (comprised of Fluor Enterprises, Dragados USA, Flatiron West and Balfour Beatty Infrastructure) on its successful bid for the LAX Automated People Mover infrastructure project in Los Angeles.
  • Advised Transport for New South Wales, the government agency responsible for rail transport in New South Wales, on its A$1.2bn procurement of a new fleet of trains to replace the ageing fleet.
  • Advised Kiewit Canada Development, as part of a shortlisted bidding consortium, on the Pattullo Bridge Replacement PPP project in British Columbia.
  • Advised a shortlisted consortium (comprising SNC-Lavalin Capital, Siemens Financial Services and Keolis Canada Infrastructure) on the C$9.2bn Regional Express Rail Package 3 project.

McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault fields a full-service infrastructure team, with specialist skill sets in key areas of procurement, development and financing. Best known for its project finance expertise, the group benefits from the firm’s formidable financial services strength, advising domestic and international banks and underwriters on Canada’s largest projects; a recent example included advising the lenders on the C$5.7bn Gordie Howe International Bridge project, which is the largest bi-national infrastructure project along the Canada-US border. In addition to its lender client base, the team also routinely acts for sponsors, consortia and investors across a wide range of transportation, social and energy infrastructure projects. Key contacts in Toronto include infrastructure lead David Lever, procurement expert Godyne Sibay and senior counsel Gordon Willcocks. In Vancouver, Linda Brown is widely recognized as a leader project finance space, while Morgan Troke has been noted as an impressive younger partner.

Practice head(s):

David Lever; Linda Brown

Testimonials

‘McCarthy Tetrault’s lawyers are true team players who work well with all parties on a deal. Lawyers take into account the best interest of the client (sponsors or lenders) they are representing, balanced with the overall requirements of the other parties, to ensure that the best possible bid is put forward and that it is crisply and well executed.’

The team understands, and can articulate, highly complex issues through a business lens as well as a legal viewpoint, which is a critical success factor for infrastructure transactions. As a result, McCarthys is one of my very few go-to law firms in the Canadian infrastructure finance space.’

The entire team at McCarthys has exceptional experience in acting as counsel on project finance transactions, specifically for P3 projects. They have a strong understanding of all aspects of documentation, including project concession agreements, finance documents as well as commercial contracts.’

Their experience and knowledge-base allows clients to quickly benchmark precedents and to understand the fundamental rationale behind key legal aspects of the transaction. While in engagement, the entire team is fully up-to-speed, providing maximum value to clients.’

The team, collectively, provides exceptional value by clearly understanding all legal aspects of the transaction. They also offer exceptional availability throughout the engagement, often above and beyond what is provided by their competitors.’

Key clients

Infrastructure Ontario and Lands Corp

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

ACS Concessions Canada

EllisDon Corporation

Aecon Concessions

OMERS Infrastructure (formerly Borealis Infrastructure Management Inc.)

Kiewit Development Canada

CRH Dufferin

Manulife Financial

Graham Construction

Parsons

Amico

Work highlights

  • Advised the lenders to the consortium on the financial close on the C$5.7bn Gordie Howe International Bridge project.
  • Advised the lenders to West Corridor Developers General Partnership on the C$639.8m financing of the project to design, construct and finance the reconstruction and widening of the 401 Highway in the Greater Toronto Area.
  • Advised the lenders to the North Star Infrastructure consortium on the C$172.9m financing of the Tlicho All-Season Road DBFOM project.
  • Advised EllisDon Capital on the formation of a long-term partnership with Fiera Infrastructure.
  • Advised Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx on the procurement of the design, construction, financing, maintenance and operation of the Hurontario LRT Project.

Fasken

Fasken’s national group routinely advises lenders, sponsors and consortia in social, transportation and energy projects, both in Canada and abroad. Traditionally known for its robust project finance expertise, the group has also has strong showings in public sector mandates. Of particular note, it assisted the Canadian Federal Government with two of its three recent major P3 infrastructure procurements, including the high-profile Gordie Howe International Bridge project, which was led by experienced Toronto-based specialists Brian Kelsall and Thomas Barlow. Department chair Ella Plotkin, also based in Toronto, advises on projects in the infrastructure, energy, telecoms and natural resource spheres.

Practice head(s):

Ella Plotkin

Other key lawyers:

Brian Kelsall; Thomas Barlow

Key clients

Plenary Group U.S.

Plenary Group Canada

Government of Canada

Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority

Interior Health Authority

Valard Construction

Quanta Services

Quanta Capital

Agence Régionale de Transport Métropolitain (ARTM)

Work highlights

  • Advised the Government of Canada and the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority on the $5.7bn Gordie Howe International Bridge Project.
  • Advised Interior Health Authority on the development of a new patient care tower at the Kamloops Royal Inland Hospital.
  • Advised Agence Régionale de Transport Métropolitain, the local transit planning authority for the Monteral metropolitan area, on CDPQ Infra’s Réseau Express Métropolitain LRT.
  • Advised Quanta Services and Valard Construction LP on the Fort McMurray West 500 kV transmission project.
  • Advised the lenders on the C$150m Abbotsford Law Courts Project.

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP continues to gain ground in the infrastructure space, with recent instructions spanning a broad range of asset classes. On the PPP front, financial services chair Chris Bennett and infrastructure specialist Tobor Emakpor have experience in the transportation, health care and education sectors, where they act for development consortia and lenders. In the energy space, Rocco Sebastiano is noted for his track record in power and nuclear projects. The group also has experience in M&A, joint venture arrangements, and private equity and secondary market transactions.

Practice head(s):

Chris Bennett; Tobor Emakpor

Other key lawyers:

Rocco Sebastiano

Key clients

ACS Infrastructure

EllisDon Capital Inc. / EllisDon Corporation

Parson Corporation

Peter Kiewit Infrastructure Co.

Fengate Capital Management Ltd.

Bechtel Development Co.

Concert Infrastruture

The Miller Group

Acciona Concessions Management

Work highlights

  • Advised Peter Kiewit Infrastructure, lead member of the North Star Consortium, on the C$411.8m DBFMO Tlicho All-Season Road Project.
  • Advised EllisDon Capital, a member of the EllisDon Infrastructure Transit consortium, on the C$239m Rutherford Station P3 Project.
  • Acted for EllisDon Capital, as a lead partner in the EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare consortium, on the C$1.2bn DBFM West Park Healthcare Centre Project in York.
  • Advised Concert Infrastructure on the $253m senior debt refinancing of the Second Alberta Schools Alternative Procurement Project.
  • Advised ACS Infrastructure Canada and The Miller Group, as shortlisted bidder on the DBFOM Nova Scotia 104 Highway Project.

Torys

Torys LLP houses an increasingly prominent infrastructure practice, which handles a broad range of PPP, project finance, procurement and secondary market transactions. The group is particularly valued for its ability to link up with the firm’s pre-eminent energy practice to advise on power, and oil and gas infrastructure. It also sets itself apart through a well-balanced client base, including local authorities, lenders and developers, both nationally and internationally. Mark Bain heads the PPP practice and has a strong track record of advising local authorities, including the Government of the Northwest Territories and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. Other key contacts include Daniel Ford, who is highly regarded for his experience in the health care and rail sectors, and project finance head Scott Kraag. Named lawyers are based in Toronto.

Practice head(s):

Mark Bain; Scott Kraag

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Ford

Testimonials

Torys has the in-house expertise to handle all of my legal requirements. Not only do they handle my project requirements but they also handle my governance and intellectual property issues as well. On top of this, they treat me as if I’m their only client and they respond on my schedule, not on theirs.’

Even when I don’t fully understand the implications of a legal issue or decision, the team ensures that I’m presented with all of the facts and risks so that I’m armed with all the information before proceeding. They take this position even if the message isn’t something that I necessarily want to hear and is contrary to my preference at the time. Torys has my back and I know that they are looking out for me.’

Key clients

Government of the Northwest Territories

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Infrastructure Ontario

Metrolinx

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Mizuho Corporate Bank

Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology Inc.

Natixis

Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ

Work highlights

  • Advised the Government of the Northwest Territories on the C$231.5m Tlicho All-Season Road PPP project.
  • Advised Canada Pension Plan Investment Board on its C$1.7bn acquisition of a 49% equity interest in a portfolio of renewable power assets from Enbridge, and also represented subsidiaries of CPPIB as bond issuers in both Canada and the US on its related C$1bn project bond financing, C$1bn bridge financing and $45m letter of credit facility.
  • Advised the successful proponent, TransitNEXT, on the C$535m Trillium Line North-South Extension AFP project.
  • Advised an international syndicate of banks, led by CIBC, on the C$1.2bn debt refinancing of the 270 MW K2 Wind Power Project in Huron County.
  • Acted for the The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Western Regional Health Authority, as the public authorities, on four active PPP procurements in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Bennett Jones LLP

Bennett Jones LLP’s capital projects group is best known for its capability in major energy infrastructure mandates, where it often teams up with its market-leading oil and gas and environmental law practices to structure complex projects. On the PPP side, the firm has a solid record in social infrastructure projects, particularly in the aviation and health care spheres, where it routinely advises all project participants. The national practice is particularly strong in Calgary and Toronto. Construction head Jason Roth is a key contact in the Calgary office.

Practice head(s):

Jason Roth

Testimonials

Bennett Jones works to understand our business and provides value from beginning to end. The team always responds rapidly and usually has a proven solution to provide.’

In our recent project, the Bennett Jones team (including Mark Kortbeek for commercial, Paul Blundy for P3 experience and Deirdre Shehan for regulatory) provided exemplary work and resulted in a flawless execution of the project.’

Bennett Jones has been steadily improving their infrastructure finance capabilities and have developed an excellent knowledge base. My go to-lawyers are Paul Blundy and Will Osler.’

Key clients

Airline Fuel and De-icing Facilities Consortia

Ameresco Canada Inc.

ATCO Group (all subsidiaries including: ATCO Electric Ltd., ATCO Structures & Logistics Ltd., ATCO Energy Solutions Ltd, ATCO Gas and Pipelines Ltd., Alberta PowerLine etc.)

Canadian Aviation Fuel facilities Consortia (i.e. Calgary Fuel Facilities, Montreal International Fuel facilities, Pearson International Fuel facilities, Vancouver Airport Fuel Facilities etc.)

Capital Regional District Core Area Wastewater Treatment Project Board

City of Vancouver

Government of Nunavut

NorthWest Redwater Partnership

Ontario Infrastructure and Lands Corporation

Providence Care Hospital, Kingston

The Corporation of the City of Brampton

Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Vancouver Airport Fuel Facilities on the development of its fuel delivery project for the Vancouver Airport, including a marine terminal, fuel receiving tank farm facility and connecting pipeline to Vancouver International Airport.
  • Advised ATCO Gas and Pipelines on the replacement and relocation of high pressure natural gas pipelines located in Calgary and Edmonton into the transportation utility corridors surrounding both cities.

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP has expertise across the full life cycle of project development matters, with strong standalone offerings in procurement, development and litigation. The firm’s top-tier construction group is a valuable asset on the implementation side, and it enjoys strong relationships with contractors, but also houses an increasingly impressive public authority-side practice. Headed by Vancouver-based Robert Shouldice, the team is especially active in the energy sector, and also utilizes cross-practice teams to handle projects in the health care and rail sectors.

Practice head(s):

Robert Shouldice

Testimonials

A great team for its good balance of expertise, levels of experience, personalities and legal, commercial and project experience. They truly understand our projects and our business and what we care about.’

BLG brings a high level of confidence and trust in getting the job done in a timely and professional manner, due to its wide variety of expertise and experience in many areas of specialized practices.’

Each BLG expert has strengths not found in many other firms and the personal, friendly service is a nice added touch to what sometimes can be a frenetic situation.

BLG has a long history of bringing value and change to their industry. Their advocacy for improvements to practices in the PPP and real estate contracting industry sets them apart.’

Key clients

BC Hydro

Groupe NouvLR (Consortium composed of SNC-Lavalin Major Projects Inc., Dragados Canada, Inc., Groupe Aecon Québec Ltée, Pomerleau Inc. and EBC Inc.)

TransLink

Husky Energy Inc.

Northland Power

Hospital for Sick Children

Parkway Infrastructure Contractors (Consortium of Fluor Canada, Ltd., Dragados Canada, Inc. and Acciona Infrastructures Canada Inc.)

Federal Government of Canada (Transmountain)

City of Ottawa

Polaris Infrastructure Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised BC Hydro on a range of procurement, contract and commercial matters related to its proposed C$10bn Site C dam project.
  • Advised the NouvLR General Partnership consortium on the construction of the C$6bn Réseau Express Métropolitain LRT project.
  • Advised the Hospital for Sick Children  on planning, land use and real estate matters related to the development of a new patient support centre.
  • Represented Parkway Infrastructure Contractors in high-value construction litigation.
  • Advised the Government of Canada on the C$4.5bn purchase of the Trans Mountain Pipeline and Expansion Project, and on its possible sale to interested parties.

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG strikes a balance between private and public-sector work, with a strong experience in energy and transportation projects. The wider firm’s robust procurement offering has helped develop strong relationships with local authorities, though the projects team also acts for contractors, sponsors and lenders on bidding processes, development matters and project finance. Also of note is the firm’s solid international network, making it a popular choice for projects outside of Canada, particularly in the US and the Middle East. Edward Betts heads the infrastructure and construction practice from Toronto, and Darryl Brown is a key figure in the real estate team.

Practice head(s):

Edward Betts; Darryl Brown

Key clients

Infrastructure Ontario

JSC Rosatom Overseas

Kenaidan and Obayashi

Henvey Inlet First Nation

Bombardier Transportation Canada

Stantec Architecture

ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development

Toronto Community Housing

Johnson Controls

Acciona

Miller/Brennen/BOT

ACS

Fengate Property Management LTD

Société québécoise des infrastructures

Work highlights

  • Advised the consortium and design-build joint Venture on the design, build and finance of the C$150m North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  • Represented Infrastructure Ontario and the ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development on contentious issues arising from a C$184.8m PPP project.
  • Advised Toronto Community Housing Corporation on the C$2bn redevelopment of its primary housing sites by partnering, in various forms and structures, with private developers to develop the housing buildings, as well as surrounding neighbourhoods and communities.
  • Advised Infrastructure Ontario on the C$639.8m DBF contract for the Highway 401 Expansion project.
  • Acted as special counsel to Nouvelle Autoroute 30 General Partnership, and its partners Acciona and Grupo ACS, on a C$1.2bn offering of senior notes in a refinancing of the project debt for its Autoroute 30 concession project.

McMillan LLP

McMillan LLP fields a capable infrastructure team, which benefits from the firm’s complimentary skill sets in PPP, financial services and government and public policy. The practice is jointly chaired in Toronto by Peter Willis and Timothy Murphy, who has expertise across all key infrastructure asset classes, including recent experience in bridges, roads, energy and rail.

Practice head(s):

Timothy Murphy; Peter Willis 

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright stands out as a top choice for rail projects, particularly on the local authority side where it enjoys close relationships with Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx. Other sector strengths include energy, social and wastewater projects. In addition to project development mandates, the firm continues to build on its secondary market expertise, recent examples of which included its advice to InfraRed Capital on the sale of its interest in the Iqaluit Airport PPP, a the deal led by Douglas Buchanan QC, who recently joined from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Buchanan jointly leads the North America infrastructure group in Vancouver alongside Greg Lewis QCJames LeMoine is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Douglas Buchanan QC; Greg Lewis QC

Other key lawyers:

James LeMoine

Key clients

SNC-Lavalin Inc.

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Infrastructure Ontario

TransLink/Province of BC

Metrolinx

InfraRed Capital

Plenary Group

Alberta Electric System Operator

Metro Vancouver (Greater Vancouver Sewage & Drainage District)

Capital Regional District (Greater Victoria)

SaskBuilds Corporation

City of Ottawa

Partnerships British Columbia

Seaspan ULC

Prince Rupert Port Authority

Fraser Health Authority

Volker Stevin

Axium Infrastructure

Fierra Infrastructure

Columbia Power Corporation/Columbia Basin Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised CDPQ Infra on the procurement of the C$5.6bn Réseau Express Métropolitain LRT project.
  • Advised the Réseau de transport de la Capitale on the C$3bn Quebec City Tramway Project.
  • Advised the Province of British Columbia on the Broadway Subway project, a 5 km extension of the existing SkyTrain system.
  • Appointed by Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx to advise on the the Union Station Enhancement DBF PPP project.
  • Advised InfraRed Capital on the sale of its interest in the Iqaluit Airport PPP in Nunavut.

Aird & Berlis LLP

Toronto firm Aird & Berlis LLP punches above its weight in the infrastructure sector, with a strong record in civil, transportation and accommodation projects. The group regularly advises governments, equity sponsors, lenders and subcontractors on PPPs across the country. On the corporate front, the firm has significant experience in secondary market transactions, particularly for private equity clients. Douglas Younger, who has advised on PPP deals since the structure’s inception in Canada, chairs the practice group.

Practice head(s):

Douglas Younger

Dentons

Dentons’ group has an emphasis on transportation and energy infrastructure, where it advises a variety of public authorities, sponsors, lenders and contractors on project development matters. The team is recognized in particular for its international reach, and its ability to plug into the firm’s global network for support in multi-jurisdictional deals, including recent mandates in Latin America. The national group is jointly chaired by Vancouver-based Jana Mansour, who is qualified in Canada, the UK and the US, and Montreal-based Ilan Dunsky.

Practice head(s):

Ilan Dunsky; Jana Mansour

Testimonials

We value Dentons for its huge knowledge and huge network. Lawyers are highly experienced and responsive 24 hours a day, seven days a week.’

The Dentons team provided us with expert service in a very complex environment. In this complex scenario, Dentons was able to provide exceptional legal advice in respect of a two-stage procurement process involving an RFQ and an RFP. In addition, the firm could provided exceptional advice on insolvency issues and construction contracts.’

Key clients

Aéroports de Montréal (ADM)

Astaldi Canada Enterprises Inc.

Canadian National Railway Company (CN)

City of Surrey

Department of Justice Canada

ENGIE Services

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

Montreal Port Authority

Work highlights

  • Advised the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority on procurement and design-build matters relating to the C$454m Centerm Expansion Project.
  • Advised IFC and the Government of Haiti on the, ultimately terminated, $70m PPP for the rehabilitation and operation of the port of Cap Haitien.
  • Advised a major contractor on a transit infrastructure initiative to modernize regional transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

Farris LLP

Vancouver-headquartered Farris LLP is recognized as a dominant player in British Columbia’s PPP market. The group is regularly engaged by lenders, consortia and public sector authorities to advise on projects in Ontario and beyond. Senior counsel Michael Allen is recommended.

Goodmans

Goodmans’ multi-disciplinary practice group draws on the firm’s expertise in real estate and technology to advise on traditional PPPs and alternative project structures. Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation have instructed the firm in relation to the modernization of gaming in Toronto, which has included advice on a range of procurement matters, project contracts, and related commercial agreements. It has also recently handled road and accommodation projects. Real estate partner Ira Berg and technology specialist Richard Corley jointly head the team.

Practice head(s):

Ira Berg; Richard Corley

Key clients

Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG)

Infrastructure Ontario

Ontario Power Generation (OPG)

Ontario Ministry of Transportation

SkyPower

Work highlights

  • Advised Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation on the modernization of gaming in the Province of Ontario.
  • Advised the Hospital for Sick Children and St. Michael’s Hospital on the negotiation of an agreement amongst the federal, provincial and municipal governments to address regulatory requirements necessary to protect the continued operation of their helipads.
  • Advised Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation on the procurement of a new player platform system.

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Stikeman Elliott LLP’s project development and finance group has experience across a range of project structures, including PPP. The group is best known for advising lender and sponsor sides on transportation, social infrastructure and energy projects, but also has experience in representing municipalities, provincial and national governments and their agencies. Montreal’s Erik Richer La Flèche handles procurement, development and corporate transactions, and Vancouver-based Jamie Templeton is recommended for his robust lender-side practice.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Duffy; Jamie Templeton

Other key lawyers:

Erik Richer La Flèche