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Sébastien Vilder

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Sébastien has acted as legal counsel on a wide range of issues including to:

Banking and Financial Services

  • The lenders for the C$825.5-million project financing of a 230-megawatt wind-farmproject in Ontario

  • The agent and the lenders on multiple syndicated transactions and on acquisition finance transactions (including the lenders on the C$3.2-billion financing for Alimentation Couche-Tard for the Statoil acquisition)

  • The agent and the lenders on a C$70-million syndicated asset based financing

  • The lenders on a C$1-billion club deal facility

Power Renewables

  • IAMGOLD on the development of a 15 MW solar power plant at its Essakane gold mine in Burkina Faso, Africa

  • The lenders for the project financing of a 69 MW wind-farm project in Quebec

  • A lender for the financing of a 50 MW wind-farm project in Quebec

  • The lenders for the C$725-million project financing of a 272 MW wind-farm project in Quebec (Project Finance Americas Deal of the Year 2011, PFI Awards 2011 Renewables Deal of the Year - Americas, Trade Finance Deal of the Year 2011 - Americas (Trade Finance Magazine))

  • A lender for the financing of a 100 MW wind-farm project in Quebec

  • The sponsor for the acquisition and financing of 90 MW of wind-farms projects in Ontario


  • A lender for the financing of an LNG project in India

  • The investor with respect to the purchase of an electricity transmission company in Chile


  • The sponsor for a US$107.5-million financing of a gold mine in Mexico

Private Equity

  • An investor with respect to its investment in a fund which primary objective is to achieve a long-term environmental, social and financial return on investment in companies in Asia that have a beneficial impact on the environment or are involved in sustainable environmental technologies or services

  • An investor for the acquisition of the largest software professional services firm in Egypt

Insolvency & Restructuring

  • The lenders on restructuring and financing of a corporate borrower
Awards & Recognition

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

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2021 (Banking and Finance, and Energy & Natural Resources: Power - Recommended)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada - 2020-2021 (Asset-Based Lending Practice; Banking and Finance Law; Energy Law; Equipment Finance Law; Project Finance Law)

  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial and Corporate Law Firms (2017-2021: Project Finance - Highly Regarded; 2020: Banking - Highly Regarded)

  • Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2020 (Project Finance - Global Leader & National Leader)

  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada - 2019-2020 (Project Finance)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory - 2017-2020 (Asset Equipment Finance/Leasing; Asset-Based Lending; Banking & Financial Institutions; Energy (Electricity); Infrastructure Law; Project Finance)

  • Who's Who Legal: 2019 (Project Finance)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2018-2019 (Banking and Finance; Energy: Power)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017-2019 (Asset-Based Lending Practice; Banking and Finance Law; Energy Law; Project Finance Law)

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2017 (Project Finance)

  • A Word About Wind's Legal Power List 2016 (Recognized as one of the top 100 most influential lawyers in the global wind sector)
Professional Activities

Sébastien is the regional Practice Group Leader of the Financial Services Group.

Sébastien is a member of many organizations, including the Barreau du Québec, the Canadian Bar Association and the Bar of the State of New York.

Media Activities
  • Moderator: Perspectives of Unsolicited Bids for IPP Projects in Sub-Saharan Francophone Africa
    Africa Energy Forum, Côte d’Ivoire, November 11, 2020.

Admitted to the Quebec Bar - 1998
Admitted to the New York State Bar - 1997
B.C.L. and LL.B, McGill University - 1996
B.A. (Hon., Economics), McGill University - 1992

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