Christine Ferguson
Counsel | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3094

Christine's practice focuses on project development and finance for infrastructure and public-private partnership projects (P3s) and on secondary transactions in the infrastructure space. She regularly advises project developers on both the commercial and financial aspects of public-private partnerships, including project contracts (such as project agreement, construction contracts and service contracts) and financing arrangements (such as credit facilities and rated and unrated bonds).

Christine is a seasoned transactional lawyer with multi-jurisdictional legal and commercial experience in infrastructure, public and private M&A, debt and equity capital raisings as counsel to both issuers and underwriters, strategic acquisitions and business integration, equity and preferred equity investments, and joint ventures. She also has experience advising business executives, underwriting and investment committees, and boards.

Prior to joining the Firm, Christine was the senior vice-president of legal for the Canadian project finance arm of a global construction company. She also previously acted as senior vice-president of legal to the corporate finance division of an international investment bank in both their Canadian and Australian offices.

SELECT EXPERIENCE
  • Macdonald Block Reconstruction Project – Advised the successful proponent (Fengate PCL Progress Partners MBR LP) on a C$1.5-billion P3 project to design, build, finance and maintain the Macdonald Block Complex, which comprises four towers and a podium near Queen’s Park in Toronto, Ontario. The financing for this project includes a senior credit facility and rated bonds

  • Gordie Howe International Bridge Project – Advised the successful proponent (Bridging North America General Partnership, a partnership indirectly held by ACS Infrastructure Canada Inc., Fluor Canada Ltd. and Aecon Concessions, a division of Aecon Construction Group Inc.) on a C$3.8-billion P3 project to design, construct, finance, operate, maintain and rehabilitate the Gordie Howe International Bridge, a new publicly owned international bridge crossing between Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit, Michigan. The financing for this project includes rated bonds and a short-term credit facility. The Gordie Howe International Bridge Project is the largest and most ambitious binational infrastructure project along the Canada-United States border and one of the largest infrastructure projects in North America. It was named 2018 Road Deal of the Year at the Infrastructure Journal Global Awards, Transport Deal of the Year by Project Finance International and Outstanding Emerging Project by the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships

  • Royal Inland Hospital Project – Advised the successful proponent (EllisDon) on a C$288-million project to design, build, finance and maintain a new Patient Care Tower at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, British Columbia. The financing for this project includes rated bonds. The project was named 2018 North American Social Infrastructure Deal of the Year at the Infrastructure Journal Global Awards

  • Hurontario LRT Project – Advised a proponent on a project to design, build, finance and maintain a new light rail transit system along Hurontario Street in Mississauga and Brampton, Ontario

  • Confederation Line Extension Project – Advised a proponent on a project to design, build and finance an extension to the City of Ottawa’s existing light rail transit system in Ottawa, Ontario

  • New Toronto Courthouse Project – Advised the successful proponent (EllisDon) on a C$956-million project to design, build, finance and maintain a large new courthouse in downtown Toronto, Ontario. The financing for this project includes short-term and long-term credit facilities

  • Howard County Courthouse Project – Advised a proponent on a landmark P3 in the state of Maryland in the U.S. to design, build, finance and maintain a large new courthouse

  • City of Vaughan LED Street Light Replacement Program – Advised a proponent on a project to design, build, finance and maintain a new street-lighting program in Vaughan, Ontario

  • Abbotsford Courthouse Project – Advised a proponent on a project to design, build, finance and maintain a new courthouse in Abbotsford, British Columbia

  • Corner Brook Long-Term Care Project – Advised a proponent on a project to design, build, finance and maintain a long-term care facility in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador

  • Provided in-house legal advice to a successful developer for the procurement and financing of two of the largest infrastructure projects currently underway in North America:

    • Eglinton Crosstown LRT Project (2015 Gold Award for Project Financing – Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships; 2016 P3 Awards, Silver, Best Transit Project – P3 Bulletin)

    • Champlain Bridge Project (2015 Gold Award for Effective Procurement – Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships; 2016 P3 Awards, Gold, Best Road/Bridge/Tunnel Project – P3 Bulletin)

  • Provided in-house legal advice to the a developer on bids for the Southwest Calgary Ring Road Project (design, build, finance and maintain a new portion of the ring road in Calgary, Alberta), Edmonton LRT Project (design, build, finance and maintain a new light rail transit line in Edmonton, Alberta) and Highway 407 Extension Project (design, build, finance and maintain an extension of Highway 407 in Toronto, Ontario)

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