OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

Canada’s airports and aerodromes continue to be a key economic driver for the country. Blakes lawyers are experienced with helping our clients navigate the complex rules and regulations affecting Canadian airports and aerodromes, including the federal government's National Airports Policy. We also regularly advise various market participants (financiers, purchasers/sellers, regulators, airport management, and builders) on M&A, project financing, construction, competition, and litigation matters relating to the Canadian airport sector. 

Representative Matters:

  • Acted for the Vancouver International Airport’s wholly owned airport services and management company on its C$50-million operating facility, which manages or has invested in over a dozen international airports and airport development projects.
  • Acted on the federal government’s privatization of the Terminal 3 development at Toronto Pearson International Airport, including acting as counsel to the underwriters, advising on all aspects of the ownership and financing structure for the project. Blakes also acted as counsel to the bondholders, advising on all aspects of the construction financing through a 10-year operating period, which culminated in the sale of the terminal to the Greater Toronto Airports Authority.
  • Acted for the lenders to the Vancouver International Airport Authority on a C$300-million limited recourse construction financing and on the subsequent public bond takeout financing.
  • Acted for the Vancouver International Airport Authority on its construction of a new international terminal building and runway.
  • Acted for the lenders in connection with the financings of acquisitions of airports in Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Regina.
  • Acted for a Canadian pension fund in connection with its investment in an Australian airport.
  • Acted for various local Canadian airport authorities in respect of expansion issues.
  • Acting for municipal governments on the division of powers relating to the Aeronautics Act (Canada).
  • Acting for PortsToronto on an ongoing basis in respect of its real property assessment and taxation and payments in lieu of taxes matters relating to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.
  • Acting for Ontario hospitals on compliance with the Airport Zoning Regulations (Canada) and the establishment of heliports.
  • Acted for a Canadian pension fund in connection with its bid for the acquisition of Canadian airport facilities.
  • Acted for the service provider on Design, Build, Finance, Maintenance Project for the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport Pedestrian Tunnel.
  • Acted for a consortium in connection with its proposal for the development of the 3km rail spur and station at Terminal 1 of the Toronto Pearson International Airport (Toronto Pearson International Airport Air Rail Link/Union-Pearson Express Spur Line).
  • Acted for a major equity investor, part of a consortium with SNC Lavalin Inc. and the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, in connection with the C$1.9-billion Richmond-Airport-Vancouver Rapid Transit Line (Canada Line) in Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • Acted for a sponsor in connection with the development and financing of the extension of Mauritius International Airport.
 

 PEOPLE

 
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Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3337
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services Regulatory, Aviation/Aerospace, Banking, Consumer/Retail Financial Services, Insurance, Reinsurance, Payment Cards & Technologies, Residential Mortgage Business, Debt Finance & Lending
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4117
Areas of Expertise: Tax, Tax Controversy & Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Venture Capital, Technology, Private Equity, Life Sciences, Aviation/Aerospace, Cannabis, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3866
Areas of Expertise: Equipment Financing, Asset-Based Finance, Project Finance, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Aviation/Aerospace, Banking, Debt Finance & Lending
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2969
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Financial Services, Aviation/Aerospace, Banking, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Project Finance
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2634
Areas of Expertise: International Trade, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Aviation/Aerospace, Tax, Sales & Commodity Taxes, Cannabis
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2750
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Aviation/Aerospace, Banking, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Islamic Finance, Aviation/Aerospace, Structured Finance & Derivatives
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3184
Areas of Expertise: Australia, Foreign Investment, Competition Litigation, Aviation/Aerospace, China, Technology, Misleading Advertising, Financial Services, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, Energy, Retail & Consumer Products, Life Sciences, Competition & Antitrust, Abuse of Dominance & Reviewable Matters, Cartels & Criminal Investigations, Competition Law Compliance, Merger Review & Control, E-Discovery/SIRs, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4020
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Litigation, Product Liability, Restructuring & Insolvency, Aviation/Aerospace, Manufacturing, Banking, Class Actions, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2958
Areas of Expertise: Restructuring & Insolvency, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Aviation/Aerospace
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9651
Areas of Expertise: Procurement, Energy, Oil & Gas, Construction, Aviation/Aerospace, Africa
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4324
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Asset-Based Finance, Equipment Financing, Project Finance, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Aviation/Aerospace
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3278
Areas of Expertise: Aviation/Aerospace, Tax, Sales & Commodity Taxes
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4189
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Aviation/Aerospace, Project Finance, Banking
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2507
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Aviation/Aerospace, Asset-Based Finance, Equipment Financing, Project Finance, Banking, Defence
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2788
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Aviation/Aerospace, Banking, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Structured Finance & Derivatives
Law Clerk | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5075
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Commercial Real Estate, Aviation/Aerospace, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing
Law Clerk | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2182
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Financial Services Regulatory, Consumer/Retail Financial Services, Insurance, Aviation/Aerospace
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9664
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Oil & Gas, Corporate & Commercial, Restructuring & Insolvency, Banking, Aviation/Aerospace, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Project Finance, Structured Finance & Derivatives, LNG
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4168
Areas of Expertise: Restructuring & Insolvency, Financial Services, Automotive, Aviation/Aerospace
Patent Agent | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2425
Areas of Expertise: Patents, Aviation/Aerospace
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2687
Areas of Expertise: Tax, Investment Products & Asset Management, Aviation/Aerospace
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5080
Areas of Expertise: Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Project Finance, Aviation/Aerospace, Banking, Infrastructure, Power, Private Equity, Africa, Europe, India, Middle East, Energy, Foreign Investment, Public-Private Partnerships, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, LNG, Defence
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2616
Areas of Expertise: Restructuring & Insolvency, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Construction Dispute Resolution, Automotive, Aviation/Aerospace, Construction, Mining Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2689
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Aviation/Aerospace, Banking, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing
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