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Public-Private Partnerships

Public-Private Partnerships
Public-Private Partnerships
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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.

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Recent Experience
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Carillion Canada Inc. in connection with its successful bid for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health major redevelopment project in Toronto, Ontario.

  • Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Government Services on all aspects of the New Data Centre Project in Ontario.

  • 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.

Awards & 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."