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Torys LLP

Energy: Power

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What the team is known for

Torys offers substantive expertise across a range of transactional power matters, from generation to distribution. The infrastructure and energy team is also particularly strong in the power regulatory space, and is singled out for its renewables and nuclear expertise. It is best known for its work in Ontario, and has a growing profile in Alberta, as well as in cross-border mandates. The group's clients include major domestic and international players, including developers, generators, buyers, sellers, financiers, First Nations organisations and public authorities.

Strengths

"The team as a whole is excellent," say sources, adding that the practice is "able to offer a variety of relevant expertise and capacity when needed."

"Torys is able to marshal the right expertise to solve problems," interviewees observe.

Work highlights

Krista Hill led a team advising Ontario Power Generation across a suite of transactional and regulatory mandates including its involvement with the Darlington small modular reactor project.

Notable practitioners

Based in the firm's Toronto office, Charles Keizer maintains his reputation as a leading regulatory practitioner in the power space. He regularly represents generators, marketers and distributors before the Ontario Energy Board, with further recognition for his counsel on project development and financing matters. 
"Charles Keizer has incredible integrity and is respected by the Ontario regulator." "He commands presence when he speaks on regulation."

Toronto-based Krista Hill co-chairs the firm's infrastructure and energy group. She commands an impressive reputation in the space and is lauded for her representation of significant energy clients across a wide range of transactional mandates, including M&A and project development.

Managing partner of the firm's Calgary office Luigi Cusano represents an impressive range of power companies and utilities before the Alberta Utilities Commission.
"Luigi Cusano provides excellent strategic advice that helps us navigate a complex regulatory framework."

Valerie Helbronner attracts plaudits for her skilled handling of energy project financing matters on behalf of power project developers, and she is further noted for her experience in relation to Aboriginal law and the renewables space.
"Valerie Helbronner is particularly strong at strategic coordination and maintaining cohesion and momentum amongst disparate parties." "She is able to bring a depth of knowledge of the project which can be leveraged on regulatory and commercial processes."

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Overview

With robust experience in the power industry, we are a go-to firm for clients in their complex and innovative power projects and transactions. We have one of the most active power practices in Canada and are known for leading transactional and regulatory counsel, advising on projects covering all forms of renewable energy and power generation technologies.

From initial commercial arrangements and procurement, through to permitting, financing and regulatory compliance, we know how clients can navigate project challenges and deal hurdles.

Our team has a distinguished history of working on many innovative, first-of-kind projects. Our decades spent working in the industry gives us deep understanding of the drivers at play across transactions. Our clients include developers, project sponsors, investors, lenders, governments and Indigenous peoples.

Our team acts for some of the largest utilities in Canada and has considerable experience in matters ranging from power generation and transmission, to distribution and retail. Notably, our experience covers regulatory processes necessary to obtain various licenses and approvals for the development, generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity. We often appear before regulators, including on rate applications, licensing matters and facilities applications.

We work with our clients wherever their business takes them. Through our integrated team in Canada and New York, we have advised on transactions around the world. 

Energy: Power

Torys LLP

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Location

79 Wellington Street West, 30th Floor

PO Box 270, TD South Tower

Toronto

Ontario

Canada

ON M5K 1N2

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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Nationwide - Canada

Energy: Power (Regulatory)


Charles Keizer
Band 1
Luigi Cusano
Band 2

Energy: Power (Transactional)


Krista F Hill
Band 1
Valerie Helbronner
Band 2