Worldwide government austerity and the universal drive to reduce public debt have placed enormous pressure on the public sector to reduce spending. At the same time, however, decades of depreciation or even neglect have left infrastructure, including roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, power facilities and other public properties in urgent need of repair or replacement.
These combined challenges are creating an unprecedented opportunity for the infrastructure industry to emerge with solutions. Because of our extensive experience in virtually the entire spectrum of projects, leading players in the public infrastructure market repeatedly turn to Blakes to assist them with their infrastructure development projects.
Acting for both domestic and international clients and all manner of infrastructure industry participants, our industry team has played a significant role in most of the public-private partnership (P3) and alternative financing and procurement (AFP) projects in Canada. Our proficiencies in these areas include expertise in corporate/commercial law, real estate, construction, tax and project finance, as well as in the more specialized areas such as procurement, environmental and aboriginal law.
Drawing from a diverse pool of expertise, we have acted as project counsel on an extraordinarily broad range of infrastructure projects. A representative list would include major initiatives involving roads, bridges, transportation, transit, recreational and other public buildings, energy and pipelines, water, wastewater, and communications.
Our infrastructure clients especially value our integrated approach to their projects. We operate on a global level, sharing information, resources and opportunities. Through our network of offices, we are able to make all of our resources and expertise available to our clients and provide them with truly seamless “one-stop shopping” legal service.