David Lever > McCarthy Tétrault > Toronto, Canada > Lawyer Profile

McCarthy Tétrault
66 Wellington Street West
Suite 5300, TD Bank Tower Box 48
Toronto ON M5K 1E6

Work Department

Energy: Power (Transactional)


David is Chair of the Board of Partners at McCarthy Tétrault and Industry Group Leader of the firm’s Projects and Infrastructure Groups. He is recognized as one of Canada’s leading projects experts with extensive experience in energy and infrastructure. His practice focuses on project development, project finance, corporate finance, and mergers & acquisitions in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

David has extensive experience in financings in both the public and private markets and in public-private partnership arrangements and long-term contracts with governments. He represents developers, investors and lenders in connection with hydro, co-generation, biomass, landfill gas, nuclear and wind power projects across Canada and the US. Provides advice with respect to market design and energy procurement.

David also has significant experience in government procurements and the defence sector.


M.Sc. Finance and Accounting, 1984; MBA, 1987; Ontario Bar, 1987.

Lawyer Rankings

Canada > Energy and natural resources > Power

(Leading individuals)

David LeverMcCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault provides a strong service to clients throughout the life cycle of power-related projects, spanning conventional generation, nuclear and renewable energy. The team is regularly engaged in high-value buy and sell-side M&A work throughout the value chain, and is also instructed by lenders and underwriters in the financing of all classes of transmission, distribution and generating assets and projects. Proceedings before courts and regulators across Canada and cross-border electricity mandates also feature on the workload. The group, which is led by Seán O’Neill in Toronto, is able to draw on existing expertise to assist clients on matters related to new and transitional areas in the power sector, such as green hydrogen production and Small Modular Reactor (SMR) development. David Lever has a wealth of experience in the power sector, advising on development, financing and regulatory matters. The latter is a primary focus for George Vegh, while Suzanne Murphy is noted for her transactional track record involving renewables and conventional energy assets. All named practitioners sit in the Toronto office.

Canada > Infrastructure projects

The projects group at McCarthy Tétrault has cemented a leading position in the market through its work on high-value P3 projects and major project finance transactions in the energy, technology and infrastructure sectors throughout Canada and abroad. The team is seasoned in the entire spectrum of matters related to the procurement, construction, financing and development of projects, ranging from roads, airports and railways to wastewater systems, transmission lines and social infrastructure. Vancouver-based Linda Brown is routinely engaged by banks, pension funds, borrowers and consortia of bidders in significant infrastructure projects. She chairs the practice with David Lever, who is based in Toronto. Godyne Sibay and Gordon Willcocks, whose areas of expertise include project development, PPPs and procurement, are other noteworthy practitioners in the Toronto office. Sitting in Vancouver, Morgan Troke  is go-to counsel for lender and borrower-side clients in relation to complex infrastructure projects and transactions.