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.


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‘s deep involvement in the power industry is evidenced by the range of clients it represents. Acting for lenders and equity investors, developers, power purchasers and industrial users, the department brings together a highly regarded transactional group with an equally skilled regulatory practice best known for its work in the nuclear and renewable sectors. Leading the firm’s power group is Seán O’Neill, who has experience acting for financial institutions and borrowers in project financings for renewable energy projects across Canada and the United States. David Lever and Suzanne Murphy are rated for their M&A and corporate finance work, while George Vegh is a name to note in the regulatory space. Named lawyers are based in the Toronto office.

Canada > Infrastructure projects

At McCarthy Tétrault, clients feel ‘absolutely certain that the quality of the work will be top notch‘. A ‘cohesive and coordinated‘ full-service group, the team handles a range of procurement, development and financing mandates for a variety of clients involved in public-private partnerships, including EPC contractors, service providers, domestic and international banks, and other institutional lenders. Joint group heads Linda Brown and David Lever in particular are seen as leaders in project finance. The duo have considerable experience in domestic and international projects matters. Ontario-based Godyne Sibay specializes in public procurement, while counsel Gordon Willcocks in Toronto is recognized for his expertise in construction, procurement and financing work in complex infrastructure development projects. Next generation partner Morgan Troke in Vancouver is also recommended for his work in infrastructure and renewable energy projects.