Alison Babbitt

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Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Alison Babbitt

Alison Babbitt

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Biography

Alison Babbitt is an English- and Ontario-qualified project finance lawyer focussed on mining, renewables and clean technology sectors. Having previously worked in our London and Bahrain offices, and now located in Canada, she has significant experience advising on both domestic and multi-jurisdictional international projects. 

Ms. Babbitt has played an integral role advising clients on transactions across a number of industry sectors (mining, renewables, clean technology, infrastructure, P3, conventional power and oil and gas). She is an organized, solutions-oriented lawyer with a strong familiarity of the policies and terms and conditions of many financial institutions and the commercial realities and issues faced by project developers and among lending groups. Her ability to navigate complex issues and assist with formulating solutions to satisfy often disparate requirements among project participants has been recognized by the clients she serves, which include sponsors, commercial lenders, Islamic finance institutions, export credit agencies and development and multilateral financing institutions. 


Professional experience

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LPC, Nottingham Law School, 2000
CPE, College of Law, 1999
LL.B., University of Aberdeen, 1998
Diploma in French Law, Université Pierre Mendès, 1996

  • Ontario 2009
  • Solicitor, qualified in England & Wales 2002

Ms. Babbitt has acted recently in the following matters:

  • Fruta del Norte – advising Lundin Gold Inc. in the construction and development and subsequent project financings, by gold prepay and stream lenders, commercial lenders and export credit support, of the US$1 billion Fruta del Norte gold mine project in Ecuador
  • Bloom Lake – advising the joint mandated lead arrangers and syndicate of lenders in connection with the refinancing of the Bloom Lake iron ore mine in Quebec and Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Gahcho Kue Diamond Mine – advising a syndicate of Canadian and international lenders and export credit agency on the financing of the Gahcho Kue Diamond mine in the Northwest Territories, Canada. An unincorporated joint venture structure is unusual in mining project financing, and laid the foundation for a bespoke structure financing to a joint venture partner for its US$370 million share of the construction costs
  • Wisokolamson Windfarm Project, New Brunswick – advising the lender, Landesbank Baden-Wurttemberg, in the provision of facilities for the construction and operation of a five turnbine, 18 MW wind farm project near Riverside-Albert, New Brunswick, a project under New Brunswick's LORESS programme
  • Los Loros Solar PV Power Project, Chile – acting for the mezzanine lenders in the US$100 million project financing for the construction, operation and maintenance of a 53MW solar photovoltaic power plant and associated facilities, including 6.8-km transmission line
  • Beothuk Offshore Wind Projects - advising Beothuk with respect to the initial development stages of its proposed offshore wind projects in Atlantic Canada and its joint venture arrangements with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
  • Windfarm project, Sardinia, Italy – advising US Exim with respect to the export guarantee facilities for the construction of 30 mini wind power towers on the Island of Sardinia, Italy
  • Seigneurie de Beaupré Wind Farms, Quebec – acted for Siemens Financial Services with respect to its participation in a lending consortium for the C$725 million non-recourse project financing of the 272 MW Seigneurie de Beaupré Wind Farms located northeast of Quebec City. Recognized by Project Finance International as "Americas Renewables Deal of the Year 2011"
  • Itiquira hydroelectric project, Brazil – advised Export Development Canada on all aspects of the financing by way of its first synthetic bond structure, including complex inter-creditor issues, of the Itiquira hydro-electric facility in Brazil
  • Shuaibah IWPP – represented the Islamic finance institutions for purposes of the US$2.5 billion 900 MW, 176 million gpd project. Advised the Islamic finance institutions on a Shariah-compliant package of Islamic finance documents and inter-creditor issues including drafting the Islamic finance-related documentation
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2017): recommended in Project Finance
  • Best Lawyers in Canada, 2015-2019: Project Finance Law
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Law Society of England & Wales