Aude Godfroy
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5086

Aude practises in the areas of financial services and business law, both on the national and international stage. She advises domestic and international banks, financial institutions, pension funds and borrowers in connection with various domestic, cross-border and international transactions, including bilateral and syndicated loans, acquisition financing, corporate financings and asset-based financing. She is regularly engaged on major project financing work focused on power, including in the renewable energy sector, and infrastructure. Aude also advises clients in connection with investment fund matters, in particular development finance institutions in their investments in emerging markets, including Africa, Asia and South America.

Prior to joining Blakes, Aude practised for more than three years as a financial services and business lawyer at the Paris office of an international law firm, and for more than two years in the same capacity at the Montréal office of a Canadian law firm.

Aude is fluent in French and English.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Recent representative transactions include advising:

Power

  • A syndicate of lenders, led by MUFG Bank, Ltd., for the C$570-million project refinancing of an aggregate of four 480-megawatt wind-farm projects in the province of Quebec

  • A lender for the C$75.8-million project financing of a 20-megawatt wind farm project in the province of Saskatchewan

  • A borrower in the financing of a C$53.3-million project financing of a 15-megawatt wind farm project in the province of British Columbia

Infrastructure

  • A syndicate of lenders, led by ING Capital LLC, for the C$395-million project refinancing of a segment of Autoroute 25 in the Montreal Metropolitain Area

  • A guarantor in connection with the financing of a plant in Madagascar

  • Development finance institutions for the €16.4-million financing of a hotel project in Mali

Banking and Financial Services

  • Borrowers in connection with the acquisition of Performance Sports Group Ltd. after a three-month restructuring process

  • A syndicate of lenders in connection with the acquisition financing of Knowlton Development Corporation Inc.

  • A borrower in the sector of the manufacture of particleboard and decorative TFM (thermofused melamine) panels for furniture and interior design in connection with C$110-million syndicated refinancing

Private Equity

  • Development finance institutions investing in the fund I&P Afrique Entrepreneurs, supporting the creation and development of African high-potential small and medium size firms and financial institutions, in particular microfinance institutions

  • An investor in connection with its investment in Americas Energy Fund II Clean Energy (AEF), dedicated to investments in energy related assets in Chile, Peru and Columbia

  • An investor in connection with its investment in India Agri Business Fund II Limited, dedicated to investing in equity and quasi-equity instruments in companies focused in the Indian food and agricultural sectors, covering all areas of the value chain

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

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

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2019 (Asset-Based Lending and Energy (Electricity))

  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms - 2019 Edition (Banking)