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Matthew Bernardo

Senior Associate

Matthew  Bernardo

Toronto

T:+1 416.216.4030

Matthew Bernardo practises corporate and commercial law with a focus on construction and infrastructure projects and on private mergers & acquisitions. 

In his construction and infrastructure practice, Matthew regularly acts for clients in both traditional project delivery and P3 projects and represents contractors, owners, sub-trades, sponsors and maintenance and service providers across a broad range of infrastructure classes. 

In his corporate and commercial practice, Matthew advises buyers, sellers and equity investors in private acquisition, sale and investment transactions in a variety of industries and regularly advises clients in negotiating and drafting of complex commercial agreements.

In 2013, Mr. Bernardo completed a six-month secondment with a major Canadian multi-trade contractor where he acted as in-house legal counsel, advising on a variety of corporate, construction and infrastructure matters.

Prior to his legal studies, Mr. Bernardo worked as a commercial banking account manager at a major global bank and earned his CFA designation.

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  • Education
    Certificate in Public Private Partnerships, Osgoode Hall Law School, 2016
    J.D., Osgoode Hall Law School, 2008
    Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), 2005
    B.Comm.(Hons.), Queen's University, 2002
  • Representative experience

     

    Mr. Bernardo has acted for the following clients:

    • Axium Infrastructure Inc. as Canadian counsel in its acquisition of a 100 per cent equity interest in an 84 MWAC (110 MWDC) solar portfolio from Renewable Energy Trust. The portfolio comprises eight solar PV facilities: two in California, three in Georgia and three in Ontario
    • Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx in the 401 highway rail-tunnel P3/AFP project, involving the design, construction and financing of a 170-meter-long rail tunnel under Canada's busiest highway
    • Bayer in connection with the Canadian aspects of the sale of its global diabetes care business to Ascensia
    • The Regional Municipality of Waterloo regarding the request for proposals, and subsequent project agreement with a private sector consortium, to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the region’s IONTM stage 1 light-rail transit system
    • The purchaser of the assets and business of FirstOnsite Restoration, a national disaster and emergency restoration business, in the context of its insolvency proceedings
    • The owner/sponsors on a number of major, "in-market" transit APF/P3 and construction projets in the Greater Toronto Area
    • A land development consultant in respect of the drafting of a proprietary in-house contract for land development engineering projects
    • Porter Airlines (owner) respecting the expansion of the Toronto City Centre Airport terminal building
    • The purchaser of multiple rooftop solar generating facilities under the Ontario Power Authority administered Feed-in Tariff program
    • A mining concern in respect of a US$300 million credit facility for early revenue phase mine development

     

  • Admissions
    • Ontario 2009
  • Speaking engagements
    • "What you Need to Know about the Construction Lien Act," Mechanical Contractors Association of Toronto, May 25, 2017
    • “Construction Contract Changes,” Mechanical Contractors Association of Toronto, June 18, 2014.
  • Memberships and activities

     

    • Canadian Bar Association
    • Ontario Bar Association
    • Toronto CFA Society