OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

​The typical public-private partnership (P3) structure is a complicated matrix of contractual relationships. The success of major development projects requires a combination of specialized expertise in designing, building, financing and operating the project or venture as well as a clear understanding of government needs and requirements.

Blakes has been at the forefront of developing P3 structures for major infrastructure development, assisting our domestic and international clients in taking full advantage of these opportunities. Our lawyers represent clients during all phases of the P3 process, from the initial concept through bidding, permitting, construction and structuring and securing funding, continually offering legal and strategic guidance.

Our clients include governments, proponents and lenders as well as other stakeholders who seek our advice in developing, financing, acquiring, operating and divesting numerous P3 projects in a variety of forms. We have represented clients on many of Canada's most important, large-scale public infrastructure projects as well as counselled on P3 projects worldwide.

Private clients benefit from our solid working relationship with government agencies and regulatory bodies and our insight into their positions on important issues. Further, as part of an integrated national team, Blakes tax lawyers assist with developing tax-efficient structures for these multibillion-dollar complicated transactions. We regularly structure P3 transactions for Canadian residents, international participants and non-taxable entities to invest in public-private partnerships. We also assist with environmental compliance, financing, the full range of infrastructure challenges and dispute resolution.

Among our areas of industry expertise are infrastructure, energy, natural resources, aviation and technology.

Representative Matters:
  • Represent SNC-Lavalin Capital Inc. and InPower BC General Partnership, the successful contractor for the design, construction, financing, testing, commissioning, maintenance and life-cycle rehabilitation of BC Hydro’s John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project in Campbell River, British Columbia, which closed in February 2014
  • Advised a major equity investor, part of a consortium with SNC Lavalin Inc. and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, with respect to one of Canada's largest P3 projects, the C$1.9-billion Richmond-Airport-Vancouver Rapid Transit Line (Canada Line) in British Columbia
  • Acting for EllisDon and Fengate Capital Management in connection with their successful bid for the major redevelopment and expansion of the Surrey Memorial Hospital project in Surrey, British Columbia
  • Acting for Carillion Canada Inc. in connection with its successful bid for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health major redevelopment project in Toronto, Ontario
  • Advised Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Government Services on all aspects of the New Data Centre Project in Ontario
  • Represented Chinook Roads Partnership, a partnership of subsidiaries of SNC-Lavalin Inc. and Acciona S.A. in their success bid for the southeast section of Calgary Ring Road, the Southeast Stoney Trail
 

 INDUSTRY RECOGNITION

 

Members of the Public-Private Partnerships group have consistently ranked as leaders in Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business, with sources in the 2013 publication stating "They stand out for their responsible, creative, intellectual approach and advice – they go the extra mile." "Their expertise is unmatched."

Most recently, Blakes was honoured at the 2013 World Finance Legal Awards as “Best PPP Firm."

 

 PEOPLE

 
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Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9778
Areas of Expertise: Commercial Real Estate, Infrastructure, Development, Public-Private Partnerships
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
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
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 | 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: 416-863-4253
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Financial Services, Mergers & Acquisitions, Power, Procurement, Technology, Banking, Public-Private Partnerships, Construction, Construction Dispute Resolution
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4100
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Procurement, Capital Markets, Public-Private Partnerships
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4102
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Public-Private Partnerships
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5089
Areas of Expertise: Class Actions, Corporate Litigation, Construction Dispute Resolution, Product Liability, Procurement, Public-Private Partnerships, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Competition Litigation, Securities Litigation, Insurance Litigation, Media & Defamation, Insurance
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
Office Managing Partner | Bahrain, Al-Khobar, Riyadh
Bahrain: +973-1715-1523
Al-Khobar: +966-13-847-5050
Riyadh: +966-11-418-7433
Areas of Expertise: Procurement, Corporate & Commercial, Project Finance, Infrastructure, Construction, Public-Private Partnerships, Power, Middle East, Africa, India, Oil & Gas, Transportation, Major Projects, Joint Venture & Co-ownership Structuring
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5051
Areas of Expertise: Equity Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Plan Nord, Public-Private Partnerships, Mining, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3386
Areas of Expertise: Commercial Real Estate, Infrastructure, Acquisitions, Dispositions & Joint Ventures, Public-Private Partnerships, Mergers & Acquisitions, Procurement, Construction, REITs, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, LNG
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
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4062
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Corporate & Commercial, Infrastructure, Energy, Public-Private Partnerships, Project Finance, China, Japan, United States
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3365
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Public-Private Partnerships, Infrastructure, Banking, Project Finance, Asset-Based Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Financial Services
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4077
Areas of Expertise: Procurement, Infrastructure, Construction, Corporate & Commercial, Life Sciences, Public-Private Partnerships, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech)
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-5289
Areas of Expertise: Infrastructure, Public-Private Partnerships, Procurement, Corporate & Commercial
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3156
Areas of Expertise: Public-Private Partnerships, Procurement, Corporate & Commercial, Project Finance, Construction, Gaming, Life Sciences, District Energy, Nuclear Energy
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9759
Areas of Expertise: Acquisitions, Dispositions & Joint Ventures, Real Estate Financing, Leasing, Public-Private Partnerships
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