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Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

BOX 50, 1 FIRST CANADIAN PLACE, 100 KING ST W, SUITE 6200, TORONTO, ONTARIO M5X 1B8, CANADA
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Work +1 416 362 2111
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Calgary, Montreal, New York, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver

Chris Bennett

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Work 416.862.5992
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Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

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Partner, Financial Services

Position

Chris Bennett is a partner in the firm’s Financial Services and Project Finance groups and leads the firm’s Project Finance team in Toronto. Chris’ practice focuses on financial services with an emphasis on project finance, public-private partnerships, infrastructure and structured finance. Chris has extensive experience acting for domestic and international lenders, developers, equity sponsors and other participants in connection with complex project financings in many Canadian jurisdictions. He has led major transactions in a variety of industry sectors and asset classes, including social infrastructure, transportation, electricity and renewable energy. Chris’ experience includes a number of innovative project financings, including the first major healthcare P3 transaction in Canada to reach financial close, the first Canadian domestic monoline wrapped bank financing and the first combined bank-bond transportation project. He has represented all major categories of project finance lenders in the Canadian market, including domestic and foreign banks, private placement investors and bond underwriters. Chris has spoken and written extensively on matters relating to project finance and public-private partnerships, including co-developing two courses on the law and policy of private partnerships at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, of which he has been a member of the adjunct faculty since 2007.

Career

Bar Admission: Ontario, 2001

Languages

English

Member

Canadian Bar Association; Ontario Bar Association

Education

University of Toronto, LL.B.; Queen’s University, B.A. (Hons.)


Canada

Banking and finance

Within: Leading individuals

Chris Bennett - Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Within: Banking and finance

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP recently added derivatives specialist Lisa Mantello in Toronto from Goodmans, which continues a pattern of growth over the past four years that includes the arrivals of Vancouver-based Martha Martindale in 2016 and financial services chair Chris Bennett in 2014. The growing practice advises on a wide range of banking issues, with notable strength in project finance, restructuring-related matters and acquisition finance. The increasing profile of the group’s lender-side mandates is evidenced by Toronto-based Kevin Morley’s advice to Wells Fargo Securities and Wells Fargo Bank National Association on the Canadian aspects of $1.2bn in Canadian and US asset-based loans to Bass Pro Group. Laurie Barrett is also a senior member of the team and advised National Bank of Canada on a significant refinancing for Algonquin Power. On the project finance front, Bennett advised EllisDon Capital on the C$288.5m financing of Sinai Health System’s Phase 3A redevelopment project.

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Infrastructure and projects

Within: Leading individuals

Chris Bennett - Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Within: Infrastructure and projects

The projects team at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP is a ‘well-oiled machine’ and there is a feeling in the market that the firm is beginning to catch up with the best in the field’. Particular praise is reserved for Toronto-based financial services chair Chris Bennett, who is considered by many to be ‘peerless in the project finance space’. Bennett is advising the shortlisted Trillium Link consortium on its bid for Stage 2 of the Trillium Link Extension project. Toronto-based Tobor Emakpor is also highly regarded and with Bennett advised on a string of highlight deals, including advising EllisDon Capital and STRABAG (as lead partners in the Toronto Tunnel Partners consortium) on the C$116.9m Highway 401 Rail Tunnel project. Toronto-based Rocco Sebastiano and Calgary's Lorne Carson are also respected names.

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