Canada's infrastructure deficit has been accumulating for decades. And now, as the effects of this deficit are being felt across the country by citizens and businesses alike, public infrastructure projects are being recognized as a necessary and timely response. Provinces have established, or are developing, P3 agencies that enable the infrastructure market to mature in those provinces. In combination with that, the federal government recently established PPP Canada Inc. This momentum shift, combined with Canada's strong economy, is making the market more attractive than ever for domestic and foreign P3 participants.
Bennett Jones has broad and deep experience sectorally and geographically in Canadian public infrastructure projects. We have acted on over 40 major infrastructure projects across Canada and internationally in the past 10 years – including power, water, telecommunication, transportation, health care and education projects. Across this spectrum, we have represented all major parties. Our representation of investors, contractors, government agencies and service providers equips us with the understanding and insight necessary to facilitate smooth transactions. Both those new to the P3 process and more seasoned players benefit from the experience we offer as a legal team with proven, successfully completed bids and projects.
Our team members have broad commercial and project finance skills and experience, and are adept at managing integrated teams of legal and industry experts. Our experience extends to procurement, consortium agreements and joint ventures, concession and project agreements, project finance, design-build issues, environmental compliance, and a wide range of labour, tax and securities regulation matters.
We are conversant with the range of procurement and financing options for public infrastructure projects, including outsourcing arrangements, leases, various financing structures, concessions, AFP, PPP and complete privatizations and we are actively involved with organizations such as the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships.
Free trade, open sky arrangements, the reorganization of Canada's
transportation networks and growing carrier liability issues have altered the
face of the country's transportation industry. Given the varied nature of the
industry – from the consolidation of air carriers to busing school children and
transporting hazardous materials on railcars – transportation-related work is
highly regulated, extremely competitive and extensively insured. Combining our
knowledge of transportation law with our experience in competition policy,
labour relations, environmental regulation and insurance law, Bennett Jones
offers an integrated set of legal services to transportation regulators and
industry participants. Clients include a cross-section of transport
manufacturers and service providers, such as public, private and charter
airlines, aircraft and helicopter manufacturers, aerospace companies, trucking
companies, railways, financial institutions underwriting transportation
operations and industry regulators such as the Canadian Transportation Agency
and the Transportation Safety Board.
For the past 20 years we have been advisors to Canada's major airlines such
as the former Canadian Airlines International (currently Air Canada), advising
them on insolvency and restructuring matters as well as on compliance issues,
competition matters involving predatory pricing, mergers and acquisitions – all
under the watchful eye of Canada's air transportation authorities. We have also
represented clients in transportation safety and environmental disputes such as
derailments, hazardous materials leaks and spills, accidents resulting in
personal injury and cargo damage. We have advised clients on the privatization
of transportation services and authorities, such as airports and airport
authorities, shipping terminals, ports and railway hubs.
Several of our lawyers have been recognized for their leadership in the
transportation industry, including in the Lexpert/American Lawyer
Media Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada and Euromoney's
Guide to the World's Leading Aviation Lawyers.
- Canadian Pacific Railway Limited in connection with its proposed US$28 billion merger with Norfolk Southern Corp.
- Wheels Group, Inc. in connection with its corporate reorganization and subsequent acquisition by Radiant Logistics Inc. pursuant to a court approved plan of arrangement for approximately $100 million
- NCSG Crane & Heavy Haul Services Corporation, and the shareholders thereof, in connection with the sale of a majority stake in NCSG to an investor syndicate led by TriWest Capital Partners IV, L.P. and Alberta Teachers Retirement Fund Board.
2017, The Legal 500: Canada
Bennett Jones, ranked, Infrastructure and Projects
2015, The Legal 500: Canada
Bennett Jones, recognized as a leading law firm in Infrastructure and Projects
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