OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

​Worldwide government austerity and the universal drive to reduce public debt have placed enormous pressure on the public sector to reduce spending. At the same time, however, decades of depreciation or even neglect have left infrastructure, including roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, power facilities and other public properties in urgent need of repair or replacement.

These combined challenges are creating an unprecedented opportunity for the infrastructure industry to emerge with solutions. Because of our extensive experience in virtually the entire spectrum of projects, leading players in the public infrastructure market repeatedly turn to Blakes to assist them with their infrastructure development projects.

Acting for both domestic and international clients and all manner of infrastructure industry participants, our industry team has played a significant role in most of the public-private partnership (P3) and alternative financing and procurement (AFP) projects in Canada and with many major public procurement projects worldwide. Our proficiencies in these areas include expertise in corporate/commercial law, real estate, construction, tax and project finance, as well as in the more specialized areas such as procurement, environmental and aboriginal law.

Drawing from a diverse pool of expertise, we have acted as project counsel on an extraordinarily broad range of infrastructure projects. A representative list would include major initiatives involving roads, bridges, transportation, transit, recreational and other public buildings, energy and pipelines, water, wastewater, and communications.

Our infrastructure clients especially value our integrated approach to their projects. We operate on a global level, sharing information, resources and opportunities. Through our network of offices, we are able to make all of our resources and expertise available to our clients and provide them with truly seamless “one-stop shopping” legal service.


Representative Matters:

Hospitals/Health Care

  • Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) – Representing a consortium for the design, construction, financing and maintenance of a new university hospital complex of international calibre.  The project was awarded the 2011 North American Project Bond Deal of the Year Award, presented by Project Finance International, and the 2011 Overall North America Project Finance Deal of the Year Grand Jury Award. 
Transportation, Transit, Roads and Bridges
  • A25 Highway – Acted for the lenders to the successful bidding consortium on the design,
    construction, financing and operation of the A25 Highway located in the province of Quebec. The project was awarded the North American PPP Deal of the Year by Project Finance Magazine and the Silver Award for Project Financing by the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnership (CCPPP).
  • Sea-to-Sky Highway – Acted for the initial sponsor of the S2S Transportation Group that was selected as the preferred proponent for the major Sea-to-Sky Highway improvement project and which received the CCPPP Gold Award in the project financing category for 2005. Blakes also acted in the sale of equity in the project by that sponsor in 2010.

Recreational and Other Public Buildings

  • Toronto 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games – Acting for Infrastructure Ontario with respect to the construction of multiple sporting venues for the Toronto 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games.

Energy

  • Ontario Nuclear Procurement – Acting for Infrastructure Ontario on all aspects of the Nuclear Procurement Project. The competitive process is seeking a vendor to build a new, two-unit nuclear power plant at Ontario Power Generation’s Darlington site.  This is one of the largest government procurement processes undertaken in Canadian history.
  • Seigneurie de Beaupré Wind Projects – Counselled the lenders (KFW Ipex-Bank GmbH, Deutsche Bank AG, Canada Branch, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation of Canada, Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd., Landesbank Baden-Württemberg, New York Branch and Siemens Financial Ltd.) in the C$725-million project financing of the 272MW Seigneurie de Beaupré Wind projects, located 60km north-east of Quebec City.

Water/Wastewater

  • Water, Wastewater and Solid Waste – Advised the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and several governments (Nepal, South Africa, Jordan, Mozambique, Zambia, India, Yemen and the Philippines) on private-sector participation in the management, operation and maintenance of water and wastewater systems.
 

 INDUSTRY RECOGNITION

 

Members of the Infrastructure group have consistently ranked as leaders in their respective fields in the following surveys and guides:

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
  • Law Business Research's The International Who's Who of Public Procurement Lawyers
  • Law Business Research's The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers
  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms – 2013 Edition
  • World Finance Legal Awards 2013 - Best PPP Firm 
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada
 

 PEOPLE

 
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Chair, Saudi Arabia and Middle East | Al-Khobar, Bahrain, Riyadh
Al-Khobar: +966-13-847-5050 x9321
Bahrain: +973-1715-1500
Riyadh: +966-11-418-7444
Areas of Expertise: Competition & Antitrust, Foreign Investment, International Trade, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Infrastructure, Oil & Gas, Middle East, Nuclear Energy, Major Projects, Oil Sands, LNG, Transportation, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9778
Areas of Expertise: Commercial Real Estate, Infrastructure, Development, Public-Private Partnerships
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2269
Areas of Expertise: Class Actions, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Product Liability, Privacy, Communications, Life Sciences, Infrastructure, Competition Litigation, Freedom of Information, Cybersecurity and Data Breach Response & Litigation, Cybersecurity, Government & Public Sector
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4290
Areas of Expertise: Infrastructure, Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, International Trade, Africa
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4025
Areas of Expertise: Energy, Banking, Commercial Real Estate, Financial Services, Construction, Infrastructure, Oil & Gas, Pension Fund Investment, Plan Nord, Debt Capital Markets, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Transportation, Major Projects, Downstream & Marketing, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3375
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Information Technology, Private Equity, Infrastructure, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4061
Areas of Expertise: Infrastructure, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Energy, Corporate & Commercial, Commercial Real Estate, Plan Nord, Construction, Mining, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9622
Areas of Expertise: Energy, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Oil & Gas, Power, Infrastructure, Transportation, E&P Unconventional, Joint Venture & Co-ownership Structuring, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Pipeline & Midstream
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2479
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Procurement, Infrastructure, Middle East, Public-Private Partnerships
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-5275
Areas of Expertise: Procurement, Public-Private Partnerships
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3255
Areas of Expertise: Infrastructure, Public-Private Partnerships, Procurement
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4160
Areas of Expertise: Infrastructure, Project Finance, Financial Services, Banking, Construction, Energy, Debt Capital Markets, Power, Public-Private Partnerships
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9612
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Governance, Oil & Gas, Mining, Power, Energy, Infrastructure, Mining M&A and Capital Markets, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Pipeline & Midstream
Counsel | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3094
Areas of Expertise: Infrastructure, Public-Private Partnerships
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3367
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Project Finance, Infrastructure, Public-Private Partnerships, Energy, Defence
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-5245
Areas of Expertise: Commercial Real Estate, Public-Private Partnerships
Office Managing Partner | London
London: +44-20-7429-3555
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining, Oil & Gas, Infrastructure, Australia, Africa, Capital Markets, Europe, Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets, Corporate Governance, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Mining M&A and Capital Markets, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2355
Areas of Expertise: International Trade, Tax, Sales & Commodity Taxes, Customs & Import Controls, Infrastructure, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Public-Private Partnerships, Cannabis
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9674
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Energy, Oil & Gas, Infrastructure, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Hospitality & Leisure, Construction, United States, Transportation, Major Projects, LNG, Downstream & Marketing, E&P Conventional, E&P Unconventional, Oil & Gas, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Pipeline & Midstream
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2929
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Corporate & Commercial, Infrastructure, Banking, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Project Finance, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9744
Areas of Expertise: Energy, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Oil & Gas, Infrastructure, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Transportation, Major Projects, E&P Conventional, E&P Unconventional, Joint Venture & Co-ownership Structuring, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Pipeline & Midstream, Oil Field Services, Power
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3318
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Power, Project Finance, Procurement, Public-Private Partnerships, Infrastructure, Construction, Nuclear Energy, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech)
Partner | London, Bahrain
London: +44-20-7429-3553
Bahrain: +973-1715-1500
Areas of Expertise: Energy, Oil & Gas, Mining, Infrastructure, Mergers & Acquisitions, Middle East, Corporate & Commercial, Mining Streaming & Royalties
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9687
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Oil & Gas, Infrastructure, Power, Corporate Litigation, Arbitration, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Construction Dispute Resolution, Anti-Corruption & Bribery
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2789
Areas of Expertise: Acquisitions, Dispositions & Joint Ventures, Development, Real Estate Financing, Leasing, Asset-Based Finance, Restructuring & Insolvency, REITs, Gaming, Infrastructure, Banking, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech)
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