Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

Energy, Projects, Environmental & Aboriginal Law Department

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What the team is known for Impressive department with a market-leading profile in the projects space, handling significant energy projects and transactions, with notable experience of M&A, capital markets and financing work. Regularly involved in projects relating to the electricity, nuclear and renewable fields, representing clients from both the private and public sectors. Also advises on municipal and provincial developments across Canada, in addition to offering expertise in significant PPP projects in the USA. Handles a number of different environment-related matters, including impact assessment, project development and regulatory compliance. The team leverages the firm's wider transactional and regulatory strength to offer support both nationally and internationally.

Strengths The team is endorsed by industry commentators, who highlight its "good market share" and "strongly recognised individuals."

"The team is nimble and fully understands all aspects of transactions," commented one client. "They are my go-to lawyers on any transaction in the power space in Canada."

Work highlights Assisted Manulife and Axium Infrastructure with their joint CAD922 million acquisition of a 35% interest in several hydroelectric projects in Tahltan First Nation territory.

Acted for Los Angeles Gateway Partners in relation to the USD2.72 billion ConRAC development project at LAX.

Represented Axium Infinity Solar in connection with its CAD540 million purchase of eight solar farm facilities from TransCanada.

Notable practitioners

Alexandria Pike is praised as "responsive, highly analytical and commercially reasonable" by impressed sources. She is well regarded for advising a broad range of clients on complex environmental liability, remediation and transactional due diligence concerns.

Carol Pennycook is described as a "top-notch finance lawyer" by an approving client who also praises her "very good" attention to detail. She oversees complex, innovative domestic and multi-jurisdictional financings for a roster of borrowers, lenders and public bodies.

Gregory Southam has acted on major US and domestic PPP and infrastructure projects in the alternative energy, urban renewal and transportation sectors. One source enthuses: "His knowledge is probably his biggest strength. He seems to have a grasp on everything."

Nicholas Williams is particularly recognised for his strength in the project finance sphere, handling such work as part of a broader banking practice. Impressed power industry sources note his "high competence and deep knowledge of the sector."

Robert Bauer is described by clients as "a long-time trusted adviser" who is "creative, diligent and committed." He mobilises his substantial base of experience to advise on a variety of domestic and cross-border real estate, transportation, hospital and commercial projects.

Sarah Powell has significant experience across an array of environmental matters, including renewables, mining and Aboriginal issues. Clients highlight her as "a very direct, knowledgeable lawyer that gets deals and settlements done."