Project Finance

Our clients trust us to deliver exceptional results, driven by our comprehensive understanding of the Canadian project finance landscape.

Osler has extensive experience advising clients in all industry sectors on project development and finance matters. This involvement in an ongoing flow of projects and exposure to the challenges unique to project finance, in particular determining the optimal finance structure, allows us to help satisfy the borrowers financing needs while adequately protecting the lenders.

We have advised on all aspects of project financing, including:

  • Bank, bond, equity, subordinated debt and mezzanine financing including complex combined financing;
  • Capital market platforms and bridge financings;
  • Assisting in developing the financing structure and bid packages;
  • Negotiation and drafting of project finance documentation;
  • Project contract review, risk assessment, risk matrix analysis, and other due diligence;
  • Securities issues and documentation in connection with bond, private note and equity issues;
  • Cross-border issues in connection with issues to foreign lenders and investors;
  • Direct agreements between lenders and project participants; and
  • Assisting in structuring, presentation and responding to rating agencies.

Key Contacts

Chris Bennett

Partner, Financial Services, Toronto

Danna Donald

Partner, Project Finance, Toronto

Tobor Emakpor

Partner, Commercial, Toronto

Rocco Sebastiano

Partner, Commercial, Toronto

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Awards and Recognition

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Recognized in Projects: PPP & Infrastructure and Project Finance (Band 1)
    • “The team is one of the acknowledged leaders in the PPP space. The fact that they are consistently engaged on almost every PPP transaction means that they have up-to-date knowledge of the relevant issues from all aspects of a PPP transaction.”
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Recognized in Project Finance and Projects: PPP & Infrastructure
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Recognized in Project Finance (Calgary, Alberta; Toronto, Ontario)
  • Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada: Recognized in Project Finance
  • Legal 500: Recognized in Infrastructure and Projects
  • IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms: Recognized in Project Finance; Project Development; Canada Team of the Year (Project Finance) 2021

I fundamentally think their team is the best in their class in Canada. They're exceptionally responsive, thorough and detail-oriented.

Osler client, Chambers Canada

In the Media

  • Osler News Apr 5, 2023

    Osler bolsters Financial Services Group in Calgary with the addition of four partners

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  • Osler News Aug 25, 2022

    Osler recognized in 2023 edition of Best Lawyers Canada

    Congratulations to 170 of our lawyers who have been ranked across multiple practice areas and 13 who earned recognition as “Lawyer of the Year”.

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  • Osler News Jun 15, 2022

    25 Osler lawyers recognized in Lexpert Special Edition: Infrastructure 2022

    Congratulations to 25 of our lawyers for their inclusion in the Lexpert Special Edition: Infrastructure 2022.

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  • Osler News Apr 22, 2021

    143 Osler lawyers recognized in the 2021 Canadian Lexpert Directory

    Osler is proud to announce that 143 of our lawyers have been recognized in the 2021 edition of The Canadian Lexpert Directory, including 12 newly...

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