OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

​The demand for increased diversity of renewable energy continues to grow as traditional sources of energy diminish. Renewable energy, offering alternative and sustainable solutions to traditional energy sources, presents a vast number of opportunities, challenges and risks for businesses, governments and non-government agencies.

Whether responding to regulatory and legislative requirements, assisting traditional energy companies investing and diversifying in renewable sources of energy or contributing to the development of and transition to sustainable energy resources, Blakes renewable energy specialists have the necessary expertise to counsel on all aspects of renewable energy business operations, investment, finance, regulation and innovation.

As one of Canada’s leading power groups, the Blakes team is highly experienced in all renewable energy fuel sources and has represented clients in many of the largest and most high-profile projects in Canada, including solar PV and thermal, wind, hydro and biomass projects. Relying on our breadth and depth of power expertise, clients often consult us for focused and practical legal advice regarding deployment of renewable energy generation, carbon management, supply chain, cleantech infrastructure projects, Feed-in Tariff program participation, and structuring and responding to requests for proposals.

With offices across Canada, our experienced practitioners are available to advise clients in the various provinces where they operate. Industry participants across the spectrum of renewable energy alternatives come to Blakes because of our notable successes and our unrivalled experience handling the unique legal and regulatory issues they face.

Developers, owners, purchasers, lenders, investors, contractors, suppliers and other service providers all retain Blakes for counsel throughout project development, from pre-development, siting, environmental review, acquisition, financing, permitting and construction through operation and ultimate disposition.

Working collaboratively with our pre-eminent Finance, M&A, Corporate, Environmental & Aboriginal, and Regulatory lawyers and other specialized practitioners, we provide comprehensive advice on M&A deals, joint ventures, collaborative arrangements, project and equipment finance, procurement, environmental restrictions, permitting and reporting, regulatory approvals, and compliance matters. Our Aboriginal Law specialists resolve issues arising from aboriginal and treaty claims, including negotiating impact benefit agreements.

With advanced technology degrees, our Intellectual Property specialists understand our clients’ renewable and cleantech technologies and are uniquely qualified to advise on complex technology development, acquisitions, licensing, protection and commercialization. Blakes also assists clients with allocating risk, responsibility, control and financial return.


 Representative Matters
  • Toba Montrose General Partnership, a partnership of Alterra Power Corp. and a Canadian affiliate of GE Energy Financial Services, in connection with its C$470-million senior secured credit facility for the construction of the 196 MW East Toba River/Montrose Creek run-of-the-river hydroelectric generating facilities, 190 km northwest of Vancouver, at the time the largest private project of its kind in Canada.
  • Capital Power in connection with the development of its 200 MW wind farm in northeastern B.C.
  • Macquarie Power and Infrastructure Income Fund (now Capstone Infrastructure Corporation) in relation to the acquisition, development/construction (construction agreement) and financing of a 20 MW solar-generating project in Ontario.
  • Advising a developer in the negotiation of wind turbine supply arrangements for its planned 100 MW wind farm consisting of 44 wind turbines and a 40 MW wind farm consisting of 17 wind turbines in the province of Ontario.
  • Counselled a developer on its power off-take, transmission optimization, wind integration and project restructuring arrangements for its Rimrock, Glacier 1 and Glacier 2 wind projects (approximately 190 MW) in Montana.
  • Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. counselled the lenders (The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (Canada), KFW Ipex-Bank GmbH, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation of Canada, Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd., Landesbank Baden-Württemberg, New York Branch and Siemens Financial Ltd., in the project financing of the 272 MW Seigneurie de Beaupré wind projects, located 60 km northeast of Québec city.
 

 PEOPLE

 
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Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9682
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Governance, Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Shareholder Activism, Climate Change, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Transmission & Distribution
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5035
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Oil & Gas
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9609
Areas of Expertise: Energy, Mergers & Acquisitions, Energy Regulatory, Corporate & Commercial, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Europe, Power
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4033
Areas of Expertise: Environmental, Environmental Assessment & Approvals, Climate Change, Brownfields Redevelopment, Oil & Gas, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Mining, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Lobbying, Transportation, Major Projects, Pipeline & Midstream, Aboriginal
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9710
Areas of Expertise: Brownfields Redevelopment, Climate Change, Environmental Assessment & Approvals, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Energy, Restructuring & Insolvency, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Chemical & Waste Regulation, Aboriginal
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5022
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Project Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Asset-Based Finance, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Banking
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 | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3868
Areas of Expertise: Environmental, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Municipal & Planning, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Automotive, Manufacturing, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Mining, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Brownfields Redevelopment, Chemical & Waste Regulation, Climate Change, Environmental Assessment & Approvals, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Mining Law, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Cannabis, Aboriginal
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9663
Areas of Expertise: Energy, Mergers & Acquisitions, Oil & Gas, Corporate & Commercial, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Power, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Transmission & Distribution, Equity Capital Markets, Automotive, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Major Projects, E&P Unconventional, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Pipeline & Midstream
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9746
Areas of Expertise: Energy, Mergers & Acquisitions, Oil & Gas, Corporate & Commercial, Power, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Transportation, Major Projects, Downstream & Marketing, E&P Conventional, E&P Unconventional, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Pipeline & Midstream
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)
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4034
Areas of Expertise: Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Project Finance, Infrastructure, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Africa, Europe, Middle East
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3399
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Corporate & Commercial, Private Equity, Information Technology, Mining, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets, United States, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital
Senior Counsel | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2556
Areas of Expertise: Anti-spam, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Privacy, Intellectual Property, Life Sciences, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Drugs & Medical Devices
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9752
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Energy, Mergers & Acquisitions, Procurement, Construction, Infrastructure, Public-Private Partnerships, Oil & Gas, Major Projects, Power, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Middle East
Patent Agent | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3164
Areas of Expertise: Patents, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech)
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3286
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Energy, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Nuclear Energy, Thermal/Gas-Fired/Combined Heat & Power, Equity Capital Markets
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2291
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Private Equity, Information Technology, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Retail & Consumer Products, Venture Capital, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4077
Areas of Expertise: Procurement, Infrastructure, Construction, Corporate & Commercial, Life Sciences, Public-Private Partnerships, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech)
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2179
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Energy, Mergers & Acquisitions, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Gaming, Infrastructure, District Energy, Transmission & Distribution
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3384
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Equity Capital Markets, Private Equity, Mining, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Cannabis
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: 416-863-4178
Areas of Expertise: Energy Regulatory, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Transmission & Distribution, Government & Public Sector
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