Sébastien Vilder
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5080

Sébastien specializes in bank financing, project financing and asset-based financing. He has been involved in numerous bank and project financings in Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia. Other areas of expertise include renewable energy and infrastructure projects, aircraft leasing and financing.

Sébastien acts for financial institutions, investment funds, development banks, sponsors and companies.


Sébastien has acted as legal counsel on a wide range of issues including to:

Banking and Financial Services

  • The agent and the lenders on multiple syndicated transactions and on acquisition finance transactions (including the lenders on the C$3.2-billion financing for Alimentation Couche-Tard for the Statoil acquisition)
  • The agent and the lenders on a C$70-million syndicated asset based financing

Power Renewables

  • IAMGOLD on the development of a 15 MW solar power plant at its Essakane gold mine in Burkina Faso, Africa
  • The lenders for the project financing of a 69 MW wind-farm project in Quebec
  • A lender for the financing of a 50 MW wind-farm project in Quebec
  • The lenders for the C$725-million project financing of a 272 MW wind-farm project in Quebec (Project Finance Americas Deal of the Year 2011, PFI Awards 2011 Renewables Deal of the Year - Americas, Trade Finance Deal of the Year 2011 - Americas (Trade Finance Magazine))
  • A lender for the financing of a 100 MW wind-farm project in Quebec
  • The sponsor for the acquisition and financing of 90 MW of wind-farms projects in Ontario


  • A lender for the financing of an LNG project in India
  • The investor with respect to the purchase of an electricity transmission company in Chile


  • The sponsor for a US$107.5-million financing of a gold mine in Mexico

Private Equity

  • An investor with respect to its investment in a fund which primary objective is to achieve a long-term environmental, social and financial return on investment in companies in Asia that have a beneficial impact on the environment or are involved in sustainable environmental technologies or services
  • An investor for the acquisition of the largest software professional services firm in Egypt

Sébastien is recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017 (Banking and Finance Law, Project Finance Law)
  • A Word About Wind's Legal Power List 2016 (Recognized as one of the top 100 most influential lawyers in the global wind sector)
  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms - 2016 Edition (Project Finance)
  • The Legal 500 Canada 2016 (Recommended - Banking and Finance, Energy - Power)
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015 (Asset Based Lending, Infrastructure Law and Project Finance)
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2015 (Project Finance)
  • Who's Who Legal 2015 (Project Finance)
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Co-speaker: Tendances de marché dans le domaine du financement bancaire
Blakes Business Class Client Seminar, Montreal, Quebec, December 2, 2015.
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