Canada: Project Finance 2018

In this chapter we highlight 27 practitioners for their excellent work advising sponsors and lenders in project finance and refinancing transactions.

Most Highly Regarded
1. David A N Lever McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Toronto
2. Nicholas Williams Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, Toronto
3. Chris Bennett Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Toronto

Blake Cassels & Graydon is a dominant player in the market and sees five practitioners highlighted in this chapter.  
Michael McIntosh QC is recognised for the high-quality advice he delivers to clients when advising on major project financings, most notably across the energy and natural resources sector.,
Michael Harquail provides project finance advice across various industries for both borrowers and lenders, impressing sources with the depth of his knowledge of the field.
Michael Birch is highly respected in the project finance space for his excellent work advising clients on multimillion-dollar deals, often in the mining, infrastructure and manufacturing sectors.
Simon Finch is highlighted as an adept and experienced project finance lawyer who provides comprehensive advice across a range of industries with a specialisation in mining matters.
Sébastien Vilder impresses sources with his extensive experience on both domestic and international project financing deals, in relation to high-value projects.

McCarthy Tétrault achieves three listings in this chapter.
David Lever focuses his top-tier practice on project finance matters relating to the energy sector, in which he has significant experience developing projects across North America.
Linda Brown represents clients on project financing deals for high-value infrastructure developments and is known for her work acting for both borrowers and lenders.
Stephen Furlan is an expert in project financing matters and possesses a highly developed practice where he advises clients on major deals on a domestic and international basis.

Osler Hoskin & Harcourt has four practitioners recognised here.
Chris Bennett leads the firm’s project finance team, and is highly respected for his vast experience advising lenders and developers in projects across the country in various industries.
Rocco Sebastiano is an outstanding project finance lawyer with extensive experience advising on major projects across the energy, electricity and infrastructure sectors.

Torys is another strong firm in the field with three practitioners noted.
Jonathan Weisz heads the group’s project finance practice and is well regarded as a financing expert with experience advising on large, high-value projects.
Kevin Fougere focuses his practice on project financing and lending, advising a range of clients on project financing work with a specialisation in projects relating to the energy and natural resources sector.
Mark Bain is well recognised in the Canadian market for his broad practice in project financing work that spans water to telecommunications projects.

Nicholas Williams of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg is one of the foremost projects lawyers in the country. He is highlighted by peers for his extensive experience providing advice on financing issues to borrowers and lenders alike.
Michael Allen at Farris Vaughan Wills & Murphy is a seasoned practitioner in the project finance space, advising clients on domestic and international deals that often relate to mining and energy projects.

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