McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Energy, Projects, Environmental & Aboriginal Law Department

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What the team is known for Full-service firm that assists companies from a range of different sectors including oil and gas, forestry and energy.  Expertise includes advising on the environmental assessments of major projects, climate change and environmental litigation. Respected as one of the most noteworthy power practices in Canada, regularly advising on both the commercial and regulatory aspects of large domestic and international projects, and is also widely regarded as a prominent player in the infrastructure space. Offers additional expertise in Aboriginal law across Canada, advising on infrastructure development on reserve lands, as well as issues relating to consultation and accommodation.

Strengths Clients argue that McCarthy "probably has the strongest lenders' team in the market right now because of the experience and depth of the team."

Interviewees are impressed by the firm's "outstanding performance and top-quality services."

"They provide jurisdiction-specific knowledge that is very valuable," reported one source.

Work highlights Acted for the lending consortium in connection with the CAD5.7 billion Gordie Howe International Bridge project.

Advised LNG Canada on land use agreements and supply agreements regarding its plans for a gas liquefaction facility in Kitimat, BC.

Acted for Innergex Renewable Energy in connection with its CAD1.1 billion acquisition of Alterra Power.

Notable practitioners

The "remarkable" David Lever enjoys a fine reputation for his handling of project finance, corporate finance and M&A in the power space, advising on such matters alongside project development and project finance infrastructure work.

George Vegh is a hugely respected partner who is noted for his work with major energy companies, electricity distribution companies and public sector bodies in connection with cutting-edge regulatory matters. Vegh heads the firm's energy practice in Toronto.

Regional managing partner for Ontario Godyne Sibay possesses significant depth of experience in PPPs, project development, public procurement and real estate mandates. She is lauded by a client as a "trusted principal adviser" who has developed "considerable knowledge of our organisation."

Jody Aldcorn is praised as a commercial, client-oriented practitioner by one source who noted her "deep understanding" and "keen interest in understanding our business." Based in Vancouver, she leverages her past experience as director of legal services at the Vancouver Airport Authority to advise on aviation projects.

Linda Brown is referenced by one market observer as "the lender's counsel of choice." She assists her clients with a wide range of matters, ranging from credit facilities and private placements of debt products to project lending and structured finance.

Based in Vancouver, Morgan Troke advises lenders and borrowers on project development, project finance agreements and both secured and unsecured credit facilities. He is viewed by the wider market as an emerging talent who is "very practical and easy to work with."

Nicholas Hughes is highly respected for his considerable experience handling substantial environmental disputes. His areas of expertise include transportation of dangerous goods and contamination matters.

The "extraordinary" Paul Cassidy is highlighted by commentators as "a top-notch practitioner," continuing: "He has a very good working knowledge, a practical approach and is highly responsive." He is highly regarded for his significant expertise in advising clients on a range of environmental matters, particularly complex regulatory concerns.

Peers consider Seán O'Neill to be an "excellent lawyer" in the power market. He assists distributors and financial institutions with an array of energy transactions, such as acquisitions and project financings relating to nuclear, hydroelectric, landfill gas and biomass power. He heads up the firm's power group.

Stephen Furlan is described as "very knowledgeable" and is praised for his "unflappable demeanour which is appreciated by all." His practice covers various lending and project financings in both domestic and cross-border capacities.