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Infrastructure / Public-Private Partnerships

We have one of Canada’s leading infrastructure and public-private partnerships (PPP/P3) practices. Our lawyers are focused on providing clients with guidance on how to advance their projects while reducing risks.

Our team has advised project sponsors and developers, bidding consortia, operators, lenders, investors and governments on many of Canada’s most innovative and significant projects ranging from railways, toll roads and airports to hospitals, courthouses, educational, recreational and correctional facilities, and municipal water and heating infrastructure facilities. We have succeeded because we have the right people, expertise and experience.

Industry knowledge – Infrastructure is one of our key strengths. Our ability to understand the goals of stakeholders in infrastructure projects, act as a facilitator among stakeholders and employ a creative approach to completing transactions puts us at the forefront of infrastructure and PPPs, in Canada and abroad.

Full service support – Our full service practice enables us to provide comprehensive legal solutions at all stages of a P3 mandate. We have extensive experience in managing the various phases of a project, drafting and negotiating project documents, working with co-sponsors to assist in understanding the risk transfer profile on projects, negotiating with bidders/sponsors/governments, preparing and reviewing construction contracts, services contracts, financing documents and all related documentation necessary to implement PPP projects.

Select client work

We advised:

  • Our Vancouver office has advised the Greater Vancouver Sewerage & Drainage District (also known as Metro Vancouver) on the C$525 million procurement and construction of the Lions Gate secondary wastewater treatment plant
  • Counsel to the City of Ottawa as its preferred proponent to provide legal advisory services for the Stage Two Light Rail Transit Project.
  • Counsel to Infrastructure Ontario on the $1bn DBFM Finch West LRT Project.
  • Counsel to the AESO with respect to the implementation of the Fort McMurray West 500 kV Transmission Project including on matters relating to the development and implementation of an innovative and unique debt funding competition for project debt in excess of $1 billion.
  • Counsel to CDPQ Infra Inc. on two mandates in connection with its highly innovative structure for a major Light Rail Project in the Greater Montreal Region. This project involves one link from the South Shore of Montreal to Downtown Montreal and another one from the Montreal Airport to Downtown Montreal.
  • Counsel to Crosstown Transit Partners, the design-build partnership to one of the shortlisted proponents on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT Project, one of the most complex projects ever procured in Canada, particularly in the PPP space.
  • Advised the design-build joint venture and maintenance and rehabilitation partnership to one of the preferred proponent on the Edmonton Valley Line LRT project.
  • Counsel to the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) in connection with the AESO’s role in implementing the Government of Alberta’s Climate Change initiative, a “first in jurisdiction” and a complex and innovative renewable energy transaction where no local market precedent exist.
  • Region of Waterloo in the design, build, finance, maintain and operate Waterloo Light Rail Transit Project in Ontario.
  • Counsel to EPCOR Saskatchewan Water Partners on their successful bid for the City of Regina’s Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  • the borrower in the financing of the Ste-Justine Hospital expansion project in Montréal.
  • the lenders in the design build and finance of venues for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games.
  • the borrower in the Restigouche Hospital Center public-private partnership project in Restigouche, New Brunswick.
  • the senior lenders and the bond underwriters in the $1.2 billion multi-tranche financing, including a $764 million bond issuance, of a new hospital for the McGill University Health Centre to be located in downtown Montréal. This financing was awarded “2010 Americas Deal of the Year” by Project Finance International, “2010 North American Social Infrastructure Deal” of the Year by Project Finance Magazine and “2010 Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnership’s Gold Award – Project Finance.”
  • the bond underwriters in connection with the $395.8 million bond financing of the Research Centre of the University of Montréal Hospital Centre CRCHUM.
  • Groupe Ovation (a wholly-owned subsidiary of SNC-Lavalin Group) in connection with the financing of the Montréal Symphony Orchestra Hall public-private partnership project.
  • Borealis Infrastructure in the $1.42 billion alternative financing for the Niagara Health System project. This financing was awarded “2009 – Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnership National Award of Merit for Project Financing.”
  • Counsel to a consortium bidder on a public-private partnership project with the Province of Alberta under a design, build, finance and operate agreement and related financing issues on the Southeast extension of the Stoney Trail highway in Calgary, Alberta.
  • the lenders in the $1.1 billion financing for the completion of Highway 30 in Québec. Highway 30 was chosen by Project Finance International as its “North American Deal of the Year in 2008” and was also awarded “2008 North American PPP Deal of the Year” by Project Finance Magazine.
  • the lenders in connection with the $206 million Royal Jubilee Hospital public-private partnership project, a new 500-bed in-patient accommodation building to be located on the campus of the existing Royal Jubilee Hospital located in Victoria, British Columbia.
  • the underwriters in connection with the C$720 million initial project bond financing and the second tranche series of project secured bonds for the NATO Flight Training Program in Cold Lake, Alberta and Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
  • SNC-Lavalin in connection with the $543 million structured financing of the Trans-Canada Highway project in New Brunswick.
  • Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of the Attorney General in the planning, financing, construction and maintenance of the Waterloo Consolidated Courthouse, Thunder Bay Consolidated Courthouse, Quinte Courthouse Projects and St. Thomas Consolidated Courthouse in Ontario.
  • the construction contractor in Infrastructure Ontario and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s Highway Services Centre Project to design, build, finance, maintain and operate 23 existing Service centres across the corridors of Highways 400 and 401.
  • Infrastructure Ontario and Woodstock General Hospital in the build, finance and maintain project for the new Woodstock General Hospital.
  • a private developer in connection with a public private partnership project with the City of Ottawa for the new Ottawa Paramedic Service Headquarters.
  • Counsel to a consortium in connection with the Richmond-Airport-Vancouver project in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Awards and accolades

  • Chambers Canada, Nationwide: Projects: PPP and Infrastructure, Chambers and Partners, 2018
  • Chambers Global, Canada: Projects: PPP and Infrastructure, Chambers and Partners, 2017
  • Legal 500, Canada: Infrastructure and Projects, Legal 500, 2017