David M.R. White

Partner

David M. R. White

David M.R. White

Partner

Bar Admissions
  • Ontario, 2000

“Very knowledgeable and very thorough.”
Market Commentator – Chambers Global 2016

David uses his deep understanding of the evolving public-private partnership sector to provide clients with clear and detailed solutions. They appreciate David’s ability to tackle complex concepts and translate them into workable, practical arrangements.

David advises Canadian and cross-border investors and industry leaders in design and construction on a wide range of P3 transactions, including project financing, contracts with public authorities and construction and service subcontracts, in sectors as diverse as healthcare, transit, energy and wastewater. Clients also regularly consult him for his experience with senior and mezzanine debt investments and structured finance.

David M.R. White

Partner

“Very knowledgeable and very thorough.”
Market Commentator – Chambers Global 2016

David uses his deep understanding of the evolving public-private partnership sector to provide clients with clear and detailed solutions. They appreciate David’s ability to tackle complex concepts and translate them into workable, practical arrangements.

David advises Canadian and cross-border investors and industry leaders in design and construction on a wide range of P3 transactions, including project financing, contracts with public authorities and construction and service subcontracts, in sectors as diverse as healthcare, transit, energy and wastewater. Clients also regularly consult him for his experience with senior and mezzanine debt investments and structured finance.

Oakland Corridor Partners

Acted as transaction counsel to Oakland Corridor Partners team, comprising John Laing Investments Limited, AECOM Capital, Inc., Jay Dee Contractors, Inc., Ajax Paving Industries, Inc., Dan's Excavating, Inc. and C.A. Hull, in its winning bid for the design, build, financing and maintenance of the third and final segment of the I-75 Modernization Project in Michigan.

LA Gateway Partners

Acted as lead transaction counsel for LA Gateway Partners in its approximately US$2-billion contract to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Consolidated Rent-A-Car Facility (ConRAC) development project. The development of the new facility will consolidate the operations of rental car agencies at LAX, which are currently spread across 23 separate properties surrounding the airport. Comprising 5.3 million square feet, the LAX ConRAC will be the largest ConRAC facility ever built.

Alstom Transport Canada Inc.

Acting for Alstom Transport Canada Inc. in its role as lead member of the Groupe des Partenaires pour la Mobilité des Montréalais (Groupe PMM) consortium with SNC-Lavalin. Groupe PMM was the winning bidder for the provision of rolling stock and signalling, as well as operation and maintenance services, as part of the $6.3-billion Réseau express métropolitain (REM) infrastructure project in Montréal, Québec.

Acciona-Led Consortium

Acted as transaction counsel for a consortium comprised of Acciona Agua S.A., Acciona Agua Internacional, S.L. and Acciona Infrastructure Canada Inc., in its winning bid of $525 million for the design, build and finance of the Lions Gate Wastewater Treatment Plant project. Davies acted as lead transaction counsel for the consortium, including in the negotiation of the project documents with the Greater Vancouver Sewerage & Drainage District, the design-build documentation with the design-build contractor and the financing agreements with the lenders.

Etobicoke Healthcare Partnership LP (Axium Infrastructure Inc. and DIF Management Canada Ltd.)

Acted as lead transaction counsel for Etobicoke Healthcare Partnership LP (EHP) in its winning bid for the approximately $330-million design, build, finance, operation and maintenance of the Etobicoke General Hospital Phase 1 Patient Tower Project. Funds managed by Axium Infrastructure Inc. and DIF Management Canada Ltd. are equity sponsors of EHP. Davies role included the negotiation of the project documents with Infrastructure Ontario and William Osler Health System, the design-build documentation with the construction contractor, the operation and maintenance documentation with the service provider and the financing agreements with the lenders, as well as the shareholder arrangements between the equity investors.

TransEd Partners consortium

Acted for the TransEd Partners consortium, comprised of Fengate Capital Management Ltd., Bechtel Development Company, Inc., EllisDon Capital Inc. and Bombardier Transportation Canada Inc., in its winning bid in excess of $1.8 billion for the design, build, finance, operation and maintenance of the City of Edmonton's Valley Line Light Rail Transit Project, which is the city's first public-private partnership project. The Valley Line is the largest single infrastructure project in Edmonton's history. Davies acted as lead transaction counsel for the consortium, including in the negotiation of the project documents with the City of Edmonton, the design-build documentation with the design-build contractor (which includes vehicles on this project), the operation and maintenance documentation with the O&M contractor and the financing agreements with the lenders, as well as the shareholder arrangements between the equity investors. The financing included $394-million senior long-term amortizing bonds with final maturity date of September 30, 2050 and a $200-million senior construction period credit facility.

Port City Water Partners consortium

Acted for the Port City Water Partners consortium, comprised of Brookfield Financial Corp., Acciona Agua International, S.L. and North America Construction (1993) Ltd., in its winning bid in excess of $200 million for the design, build, finance, operation and maintenance of the City of Saint John Safe Drinking Water project, which is the city's first public-private partnership project. Davies acted as lead transaction counsel for the consortium, including in the negotiation of the project documents with the City of Saint John, the design-build documentation with the design-build contractor, the operation and maintenance documentation with the O&M contractor, and the financing agreements with the lenders, as well as the shareholder arrangements between the equity investors.

Aecon Construction Group Inc., EllisDon Civil Ltd., SNC-Lavalin Construction and Dragados Canada Inc.

Acted for the design-build joint venture comprised of Aecon Construction Group Inc., EllisDon Civil Ltd., SNC-Lavalin Construction and Dragados Canada Inc., in the winning bid with an aggregate total of $9.1 billion for the design, build, finance, operation and maintenance of the City of Toronto's Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit Project. This project is the largest transit expansion in Toronto's history and will be one of the largest P3 projects in Canada when it is completed in 2021. Davies acted as lead transaction counsel for the design-build joint venture, including in the negotiation of risk allocation between equity, the design-build contractor, the lenders and the procuring agencies on construction-related issues, the design-build documentation with the equity investors and lenders, as well as the interface documentation with the operation and maintenance contractor.

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Banking and Finance Law

Expert Guides—Structured Finance and Securitisation

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 2000

Education

McGill University, BCL/LLB, 1998
University of Toronto, BA (Hons) (English), 1994

“Very knowledgeable and very thorough.”
Market Commentator – Chambers Global 2016

David uses his deep understanding of the evolving public-private partnership sector to provide clients with clear and detailed solutions. They appreciate David’s ability to tackle complex concepts and translate them into workable, practical arrangements.

David advises Canadian and cross-border investors and industry leaders in design and construction on a wide range of P3 transactions, including project financing, contracts with public authorities and construction and service subcontracts, in sectors as diverse as healthcare, transit, energy and wastewater. Clients also regularly consult him for his experience with senior and mezzanine debt investments and structured finance.

Oakland Corridor Partners

Acted as transaction counsel to Oakland Corridor Partners team, comprising John Laing Investments Limited, AECOM Capital, Inc., Jay Dee Contractors, Inc., Ajax Paving Industries, Inc., Dan's Excavating, Inc. and C.A. Hull, in its winning bid for the design, build, financing and maintenance of the third and final segment of the I-75 Modernization Project in Michigan.

LA Gateway Partners

Acted as lead transaction counsel for LA Gateway Partners in its approximately US$2-billion contract to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Consolidated Rent-A-Car Facility (ConRAC) development project. The development of the new facility will consolidate the operations of rental car agencies at LAX, which are currently spread across 23 separate properties surrounding the airport. Comprising 5.3 million square feet, the LAX ConRAC will be the largest ConRAC facility ever built.

Alstom Transport Canada Inc.

Acting for Alstom Transport Canada Inc. in its role as lead member of the Groupe des Partenaires pour la Mobilité des Montréalais (Groupe PMM) consortium with SNC-Lavalin. Groupe PMM was the winning bidder for the provision of rolling stock and signalling, as well as operation and maintenance services, as part of the $6.3-billion Réseau express métropolitain (REM) infrastructure project in Montréal, Québec.

Acciona-Led Consortium

Acted as transaction counsel for a consortium comprised of Acciona Agua S.A., Acciona Agua Internacional, S.L. and Acciona Infrastructure Canada Inc., in its winning bid of $525 million for the design, build and finance of the Lions Gate Wastewater Treatment Plant project. Davies acted as lead transaction counsel for the consortium, including in the negotiation of the project documents with the Greater Vancouver Sewerage & Drainage District, the design-build documentation with the design-build contractor and the financing agreements with the lenders.

Etobicoke Healthcare Partnership LP (Axium Infrastructure Inc. and DIF Management Canada Ltd.)

Acted as lead transaction counsel for Etobicoke Healthcare Partnership LP (EHP) in its winning bid for the approximately $330-million design, build, finance, operation and maintenance of the Etobicoke General Hospital Phase 1 Patient Tower Project. Funds managed by Axium Infrastructure Inc. and DIF Management Canada Ltd. are equity sponsors of EHP. Davies role included the negotiation of the project documents with Infrastructure Ontario and William Osler Health System, the design-build documentation with the construction contractor, the operation and maintenance documentation with the service provider and the financing agreements with the lenders, as well as the shareholder arrangements between the equity investors.

TransEd Partners consortium

Acted for the TransEd Partners consortium, comprised of Fengate Capital Management Ltd., Bechtel Development Company, Inc., EllisDon Capital Inc. and Bombardier Transportation Canada Inc., in its winning bid in excess of $1.8 billion for the design, build, finance, operation and maintenance of the City of Edmonton's Valley Line Light Rail Transit Project, which is the city's first public-private partnership project. The Valley Line is the largest single infrastructure project in Edmonton's history. Davies acted as lead transaction counsel for the consortium, including in the negotiation of the project documents with the City of Edmonton, the design-build documentation with the design-build contractor (which includes vehicles on this project), the operation and maintenance documentation with the O&M contractor and the financing agreements with the lenders, as well as the shareholder arrangements between the equity investors. The financing included $394-million senior long-term amortizing bonds with final maturity date of September 30, 2050 and a $200-million senior construction period credit facility.

Port City Water Partners consortium

Acted for the Port City Water Partners consortium, comprised of Brookfield Financial Corp., Acciona Agua International, S.L. and North America Construction (1993) Ltd., in its winning bid in excess of $200 million for the design, build, finance, operation and maintenance of the City of Saint John Safe Drinking Water project, which is the city's first public-private partnership project. Davies acted as lead transaction counsel for the consortium, including in the negotiation of the project documents with the City of Saint John, the design-build documentation with the design-build contractor, the operation and maintenance documentation with the O&M contractor, and the financing agreements with the lenders, as well as the shareholder arrangements between the equity investors.

Aecon Construction Group Inc., EllisDon Civil Ltd., SNC-Lavalin Construction and Dragados Canada Inc.

Acted for the design-build joint venture comprised of Aecon Construction Group Inc., EllisDon Civil Ltd., SNC-Lavalin Construction and Dragados Canada Inc., in the winning bid with an aggregate total of $9.1 billion for the design, build, finance, operation and maintenance of the City of Toronto's Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit Project. This project is the largest transit expansion in Toronto's history and will be one of the largest P3 projects in Canada when it is completed in 2021. Davies acted as lead transaction counsel for the design-build joint venture, including in the negotiation of risk allocation between equity, the design-build contractor, the lenders and the procuring agencies on construction-related issues, the design-build documentation with the equity investors and lenders, as well as the interface documentation with the operation and maintenance contractor.

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Banking and Finance Law

Expert Guides—Structured Finance and Securitisation

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 2000

Education

McGill University, BCL/LLB, 1998
University of Toronto, BA (Hons) (English), 1994