Canada: Project Finance 2017

Here we identify 30 highly regarded experts in project financing and refinancing transactions. They represent both sponsors and lenders across a broad range of industries including energy, natural resources and infrastructure. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Chris Bennett Osler Hoskin & Harcourt, Toronto
2. Nicholas Williams Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg, Toronto
3. Brian Kelsall Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, Toronto
4. David Lever McCarthy Tétrault, Toronto

National business law firm MCCARTHY TÉTRAULT performs well and achieves six listings in this chapter.
David Lever enjoys an outstanding reputation in the market for his experience in the energy sector. He provides expert counsel to lenders and developers in projects across Canada and the US.
Linda Brown is a fantastic practitioner who impresses clients with “her superb negotiation skills and meticulous deconstruction of counterarguments.”
Stephen Furlan is “among the elite for project finance work”. He is highlighted for his broad transactional expertise and adept handling of major power and infrastructure financings.

Five prominent lawyers from BLAKE CASSELS & GRAYDON are recognised here.
Sébastien Vilder is a financing specialist and is widely respected for his top-notch work on projects throughout North America, Asia and Africa.
Simon Finch is highly visible in the market and draws praise for his impressive expertise in acquisition financings and private debt transactions.
Michael Harquail is a longstanding expert in the field. He stands out for his superb structuring of complex domestic and cross-border finance transactions.

FASKEN MARTINEAU DUMOULIN achieves four listings this year.
Brian Kelsall is a leading name at the firm, who draws praise for his impressive expertise in US and Canadian project financings and PPPs.
Peers commend Xeno Martis’ expert handling of complex transactions, stating that, “It is absolutely excellent to have him at the helm of the project.”

Three experts from OSLER HOSKIN & HARCOURT are recognised this year for their exceptional work in the space.
Peers say Chris Bennett “really knows the market and is a pleasure to work with”. He is highlighted for his broad financial expertise and invaluable experience in major PPP projects.
Rocco Sebastiano stands out as “an excellent project finance lawyer, particularly in the power and engineering space".
Lorne Carson is highly regarded in the project finance space. With a background in engineering, he is particularly strong in the infrastructure and energy sectors.

DAVIES WARD PHILLIPS & VINEBERG sees two practitioners featured in this chapter.
Nicholas Williams “is very pragmatic and commercial and has great experience in solar project financings", according to peers. He is highly experienced in the renewable energy sector and regularly represents lenders in the space.
Carol Pennycook enjoys an excellent reputation for her fantastic work in relation to project financing transactions.

TORYS is home to two prominent experts in the field.
Jonathan Weisz “is a leader in Tory’s strong project finance practice”, who is commended for his detail-oriented approach to major transactions.
Kevin Fougere is a renowned expert in the energy field, known for his first-rate counsel on cross-border financing and acquisition matters.

Peers have “an enormous amount of respect” for Michael Allen at FARRIS VAUGHAN WILLS & MURPHY, who is regarded as “very experienced counsel in a number of sectors”. 

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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