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Mike Barrett

Partner, Co-Head of Power & Renewable Energy Practice Group, Co-Head of Climate Change & Emissions Trading Practice Group

A Seasoned, Practical Corporate/Commercial Legal Advisor at Bennett Jones Toronto

T: 416.777.4657

Mike Barrett is a leading corporate and commercial lawyer with strong expertise in mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings, investment fund formation, various commercial agreements and project development.

While Mike is retained by market participants across a number of industries (for example in infrastructure and private equity), as Co-Head of Bennett Jones' Power Practice Group, Mike acts for domestic and international developers, utilities, investors and suppliers regarding a wide variety of energy generation and energy storage projects in Canada and abroad.

Mike is a regular lecturer at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, speaking on power development, resource development and emerging climate change policy developments. Mike is an active member of a variety of industry associations including the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA), the Association of Power Producers of Ontario (APPrO) and many fuel specific organizations (CanWEA, CanSIA). Mike is engaged as pro bono counsel to Plug 'n Drive Ontario – a not-for-profit coalition of entities interested in electric vehicle infrastructure development. Mike is also a sitting member of the firm's India Committee and is active in the development of the firm's India practice.

Select Experience

  • Fuzhou Bonded Zone Hejili Equity Investment Limited Partnership in connection with its US$21 million equity investment in Hydrogenics Corporation by private placement. Read more
  • Acted for a leading international investment fund with respect to the formation of a $400 million energy/infrastructure investment fund. Also acted for the fund's initial investments.
  • Acted for a large, public energy developer with respect to the sale of Canadian-based projects to a US-based "Yieldco" to support its initial public offering.

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Recent Recognitions

  • 2017, The Legal 500 Canada

    Michael R. Barrett, recommended, Energy - Power
  • 2017, Who's Who Legal Energy

    Michael R. Barrett, recognized as one of the world's leading energy lawyers
  • 2016, The Legal 500 Canada

    Michael R. Barrett, recommended, Energy - Power

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