Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Projects: PPP & Infrastructure Department

Nationwide - Canada
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What the team is known for Experienced team with a strong project finance offering and a notable reputation for representing lenders, developers and equity sponsors in infrastructure developments. The firm also acts for issuing authorities and design-build joint ventures on a variety of projects, and is increasingly involved in civil and social infrastructure projects. The group offers notable expertise across a range of industry sectors including energy, education, healthcare and transportation.

Strengths Interviewees comment: "The team is exceptionally knowledgeable in PPP transactions and shows an amazing ability to ramp up and get things in order to get us to close."

One source enthused: "They think of business aspects, balance things with precedent, and are pragmatic."

Work highlights Advised EllisDon Capital as part of a shortlisted consortium bid relating to the CAD1.9 billion St. Paul's Hospital development in Vancouver.

Notable practitioners

Premier PPP and infrastructure practitioner
Chris Bennett
is referred to by market sources as an "excellent negotiator with a good sense of the financial world."With a wealth of experience representing an enviable client list consisting of lenders, proponents and sponsors active across an array of industry sectors, interviewees consider him "pragmatic, commercially minded, and most reputable for always having a solution for every problem."

Danna Donald
is regarded by interviewees as "very technically proficient," and they add: "She's great at bringing people together and working through eccentricities."Proficient in the handling of both lender and borrower mandates, she holds particular expertise in the renewables space.

Tobor Emakpor
represents a roster of public and private bodies active on PPP and AFP projects across North America, the UK and West Africa. Noted for his "impressive legal and market expertise," he offers particular experience across the healthcare, education and transportation sectors.