Sébastien Vilder is a partner in the financial services group (FSG) of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP and also the FSG regional practice group leader. He specialises in bank and project financing and has been involved in numerous bank and project financings in Canada, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia. He also has extensive expertise in national and international energy and infrastructure projects.
Mr Vilder acts for financial institutions, government agencies, pension funds, development banks, sponsors and public and private companies. He has advised clients on a wide range of issues, including recently: the lenders for the financing of a $725 million wind farm project in Canada (Project Finance Americas Deal of the Year 2011 - Renewable Energy), a lender for the financing of a 100MW wind project in Canada, the sponsor for the financing of a 90MW project of wind farms in Canada; the lenders for a PPP highway project in Canada; a lender for the financing of a LNG project in India; the sponsor for a €250 million financing of wind farms in France; the lender for the financing of telecommunication networks in Chad and Laos; the lender for the financing of a biomass power plant in Thailand; the lender in the financing of a gold mine in Niger; and the sponsor for the financing of a gold mine in Mexico.
Mr Vilder has a BA (honours in economics) and law degrees (BCL/LLB) from McGill University. He is also a lecturer on project financing at McGill University.
He is a member of many organisations, including the Quebec Bar, the Canadian Bar Association, the New York State Bar and the International Bar Association.
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