OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

Blakes has a long tradition of excellence in financing a wide range of domestic and international infrastructure and industrial projects. Advising sponsors, lenders and borrowers, we have a breadth of experience in all disciplines required to ensure successful financing of capital-intensive projects worldwide. Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2014 ranks Blakes number one in banking and finance: “Stands out as a leading banking firm with significant experience in domestic and cross-border financings. Strengths include asset-based lending, securitisation, project finance and syndications.... Client service: ‘They have a commitment to quality service and value.’ Bench strength: ‘A strong banking practice across the board.’”

Many leading financial institutions and financial services providers in Canada, the U.S., Europe and Asia retain Blakes as regular outside counsel. Taking a team approach, we work closely with our Capital Markets, Financial Services and Mergers & Acquisitions lawyers to assist with financing and venture structuring.

Clients appreciate our comprehensive knowledge of financing techniques and access to capital as well as our ability to anticipate problems and devise strategies to mitigate risks. Having assisted clients with project finance in a wide range of industry projects, including energy, hospitals and health-care facilities, oil and gas, mining, transportation, recreation and public buildings, ports, and airports, our lawyers have acquired the in-depth industry knowledge required when financing domestic and international projects.

Blakes lawyers have served as counsel in many of the largest and most complicated project finance transactions, including a number of recent high-profile finance projects in both Canada and emerging markets.

Drawing on the expertise of lawyers in our Commercial Real Estate, Banking, Power, Environmental & Aboriginal Law, Financial Services, Infrastructure, Mining, Restructuring & Insolvency and Tax groups, we provide seamless cost-effective service. With our broad international reach, we are able to handle project finance transactions anywhere in the world.


Representative Matters

  • Sturgeon Refinery – Assisted Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical Company (Petro Rabigh), a joint venture of Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd., on the US$5-billion financing for the expansion of its existing petroleum refining and petrochemicals complex.
  • John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project – Acted for InPower BC General Partnership (a special purpose vehicle established by SNC-Lavalin Capital Inc.), as the successful bidder, in relation to a 20-year project for the design, build, partial financing and rehabilitation of the John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project in Campbell River, British Columbia. The aggregate project value is estimated to be approximately C$1-billion.
  • Waterloo Light Rail Transit Project - Advised the GrandLinq GP consortium (a special purpose vehicle owned by Plenary, Meridiam, Aecon, Kiewit and Keolis) on its C$532-million bid for the design, construction, finance, operation, maintenance and rehabilitation of the  new 13 km light rail transit system in the Region of Waterloo.
  • 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.
  • Seigneurie de Beaupré Wind Projects – Counsel to the lenders (The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (Canada), KFW Ipex-Bank GmbH, Canada Branch, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation of Canada, Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd., Landesbank Baden-Württemberg, New York Branch and Siemens Financial Ltd.) for the C$725-million project financing of the 272 MW Seigneurie de Beaupré wind projects, located 60 km northeast of Québec. The projects were awarded the North American Wind Deal of the Year (Project Finance Americas Deals of the Year Awards 2011) and the Renewables Deal of the Year – Americas (Project Finance International Awards 2011).
  • KGHM International Ltd. – Acted for KGHM International Ltd. in connection with its US$3-billion Sierra Gorda joint venture with Sumitomo Metal Mining Ltd. and Sumitomo Corporation, including a US$1 billion financing. We also represented KGHM International Ltd. in connection with the US$200-million senior secured revolving credit facility that KGHM uses for mine development activities.
  • Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre – Acted for the lenders in respect of this successful C$258.5-million hospital project in Barrie, Ontario.
  • Seigneurie de Beaupré Wind Farms Project – Counsel to the agent (Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada) in connection with a C$166-million financing for Phase IV of the Seigneurie de Beaupré wind farms, the 365 MW wind power project situated on the private lands of Séminaire du Québec in the region of Côte de Beaupré in the province of Quebec, completed by Gaz Métro Limited Partnership, Valener Inc. and Boralex Inc.
  • Parc éolien communautaire Viger-Denonville Wind Generation Project – Counsel to the agent (KFW IPEX-Bank GmbH) in connection with a C$61.7-million project financing of the Parc éolien communautaire Viger-Denonville wind generation project located in the province of Quebec.
  • Jamie Creek Hydroelectric Generating Facility – Counsel to the lenders (Canada Life Assurance Company and Great West Life Assurance Company) in connection with a C$55-million project financing of the Jamie Creek hydroelectric generating facility located in the province of British Columbia.
  • South Dundas Wind Energy Project – Acted for Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation of Canada and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation on a term credit facility for the 30 MW South Branch wind energy project in eastern Ontario.
  • Southeast Stoney Trail Project – Acted for SNC-Lavalin and Acciona in connection with their successful bid to design, construct, finance and operate the new southeast section of the Calgary Ring Road in Alberta. This project involves 26 km of six-lane roadway, nine interchanges and 29 bridges.
  • Surrey Memorial Hospital – Acted for EllisDon and Fengate Capital Management with respect to their successful bid to design, build, finance and manage the redevelopment and expansion of the Surrey Memorial Hospital located in Surrey, British Columbia. The project is a long-term design, build, finance and maintain arrangement requiring the construction of a new critical care tower, emergency department, perinatal centre, inpatient beds, intensive care unit and academic space on the existing 20-acre site, with an increase from 151 beds to 650.
 

 INDUSTRY RECOGNITION

 

In 2014, Blakes was named “Canada Law Firm of the Year” for the sixth consecutive year by Who’s Who Legal. In 2013, Blakes was named “Best Banking & Finance Firm” in the World Finance Legal Awards. Our lawyers have been recognized as leaders in their field in the most recent editions of the following surveys:

  • 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
  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada
  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
  • Who's Who Legal
  • Who's Who Legal: Banking
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada
  • Who’s Who Legal: Project Finance
  • Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers in Banking, Finance and Transactional Law
  • Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law
  • The Legal 500 Canada
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada
 

 PEOPLE

 
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Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4093
Areas of Expertise: Debt Finance & Lending, Project Finance, Real Estate Financing, Banking, Asset-Based Finance
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3250
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Banking, Project Finance
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4247
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Real Estate Financing, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Banking, Debt Finance & Lending, Asset-Based Finance, Equipment Financing, Project Finance
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: 416-863-4160
Areas of Expertise: Infrastructure, Project Finance, Financial Services, Banking, Construction, Energy, Debt Capital Markets, Power, Public-Private Partnerships
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4138
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Asset-Based Finance, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Debt Finance & Lending, Project Finance
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-5243
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Debt Finance & Lending, Asset-Based Finance, Project Finance
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2159
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Mining, Banking, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Project Finance, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3367
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Project Finance, Infrastructure, Public-Private Partnerships, Energy
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5086
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Private Equity, Banking, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Project Finance, Africa, Europe, Real Estate Financing
Counsel | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4087
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Mining, Corporate & Commercial, Forestry, Commercial Real Estate, Plan Nord, Banking, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Project Finance, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Debt Finance & Lending
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
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4324
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Asset-Based Finance, Equipment Financing, Project Finance, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Aviation/Aerospace
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 | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9781
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Financial Services, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Project Finance, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Banking, Oil & Gas, Corporate & Commercial, Energy
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2443
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services Regulatory, Banking, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Project Finance, Lobbying, Government & Public Sector
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 | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3089
Areas of Expertise: Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Project Finance, Financial Services Regulatory, Lobbying, Banking, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Residential Mortgage Business, Government & Public Sector
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4189
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Aviation/Aerospace, Project Finance, Banking
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2278
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Corporate & Commercial, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Banking, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Project Finance
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2507
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Aviation/Aerospace, Asset-Based Finance, Equipment Financing, Project Finance, Banking
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4007
Areas of Expertise: Public-Private Partnerships, Energy, Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Plan Nord, Oil & Gas, Power, Foreign Investment, Construction, Infrastructure, Oil & Gas, Plan Nord, Power, Project Finance, Transportation, Major Projects, Joint Venture & Co-ownership Structuring
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2164
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Financial Services Regulatory, Restructuring & Insolvency, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Project Finance, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Equity Capital Markets, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles
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