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Lexpert Special Edition on Infrastructure 2019

The Lexpert Special Editions profiles selected Lexpert-ranked lawyers whose focus is in Corporate, Infrastructure, Energy and Litigation law and relevant practices. It also includes feature articles on legal aspects of Canadian business issues.

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10 LEXPERT | 2019 | WWW.LEXPERT.CA Dietze, Sterling H. Stikeman Elliott LLP (514) 397-3076 sdietze@stikeman.com Mr. Dietze's domestic and foreign institutional financing and banking practice extends to PPPs and infrastructure. He advises borrowers and lenders. His experience embraces infrastructure, project and international financing transactions. Dépelteau, Jean-Pierre Dentons Canada LLP (514) 878-8814 j-p.depelteau@dentons.com Mr. Dépelteau is a member of the Construction and Infrastructure groups of Dentons' Montréal office, with over 40 years of experience in the construction industry. He provides legal and strategic advice to a variety of public, semi-public and private-sector owners, as well as construction contractors, specialized construction companies and equipment suppliers. David, Mylany Langlois lawyers, LLP (514) 282-7827 mylany.david@langlois.ca Ms. David's Real Estate and Commercial Law practice encompasses the myriad legal and financing aspects inherent in developing renewable energy and infrastructure projects. She is mainly recognized for her expertise in PPP, implementing P3 arrangements and supervising large due diligence teams. She advises and negotiates on behalf of developers, purchasers, governments and financial institutions. Custodio, Sergio C. Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP (604) 631-3266 scustodio@fasken.com Mr. Custodio is Co-leader of the firm's National Real Estate Law Group. He advises clients on a broad range of business matters, with a focus on real estate, infrastructure and commercial transactions. He is sought out for his ability to consistently close even the most complicated and fast-paced transactions from commercial deals, acquisitions and dispositions, financing, leasing and projects. Curpen, Radha D. Bennett Jones LLP (604) 891-5158 curpenr@bennettjones.com Ms. Curpen is Managing Partner & Co-head of the firm's Environmental & Aboriginal law practices. She provides strategic counsel on regulatory compliance, the defence of environmental litigation, the avoidance and defence of environmental-related prosecutions, crisis prevention and management, mitigating business disruption and advises on reputation management. Cowan, Jeff G. WeirFoulds LLP (416) 947-5007 jcowan@weirfoulds.com Mr. Cowan appears regularly before tribunals and all courts including the Supreme Court of Canada for both public and private clients focusing on public law, regulatory law, judicial review of government decision-making, Indigenous peoples, municipal law, finance, assessment and taxation, land use planning and development, freedom of information, professional discipline and real estate litigation. LEXPERT-RANKED LAWYERS To be sure, there was what Stenger calls a "P3 hiatus" under Rachel Notley's NDP rule. But pre- vious Conservative governments did resort to P3s to build about 40 schools, the ring roads in Ed- monton and Calgary, a wastewater treatment plant and a composting facility in Calgary, among other projects — and Stenger expects Kenney to pick up where his Conservative predecessors le off. "e most immediate shi will likely be from the social housing developments to which the NDP committed to more development under P3 models," Stenger says. Romoff is confident that the Kenney govern- ment's fall budget will feature a "significant role" for P3s, encouraged no doubt by a P3 consortium's recent completion of the $1.6 billion Fort McMur- ray to Edmonton transmission line. e consor- tium not only financed the project through the largest P3 bond in history, but completed the proj- ect on budget and three months ahead of schedule. Also on time and on budget was the Stoney CNG Bus Storage and Transit Facility in Calgary, a P3 project led by Plenary Infrastructure. "When the Premier says he'll move on P3s, P3s will move," Romoff says. Québec P3s flourish So, it appears, will P3s continue to flourish in Québec. "ere's a history of P3s in the province and the recent budget continued to identify infrastructure as a high priority," Romoff says. "In fact, the Coali- tion Avenir has confirmed that it would procure the new dome on Montréal's Olympic Stadium as a P3." And if there's any doubt that public-private part- nerships are beacons of innovation, the emergence of Montréal's $6.3-billion Réseau express métro- politain (REM), which brings a new P3 model to market, should silence the skeptics. e model is the brainchild of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and its subsid- iary CDPQ Infra. What makes the REM model unique is that CDPQ Infra is taking on the entire risk of the project, mitigating it only by hiving off interests to other investors. No portion of the project resides on government balance sheets. But "WHENEVER THERE'S A CHANGE IN LEADERSHIP OR PARTY, THERE IS A CHANGE IN APPROACH THAT AT THE VERY LEAST CAN RESULT IN SOME DELAYS IN THE PIPELINE." Tim Murphy; McMillan LLP

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