Gregory G. Southam

Partner

Gregory G. Southam

Gregory G. Southam

Partner

“Greg is intelligent, creative, authoritative and an extremely valuable resource on the most complex projects. He is a strong advocate but never loses sight of the ultimate goal, which is to create a win-win result.”
Client – Chambers Global 2020

In his two decades of practice, Greg has taken a lead role in some of the largest and most significant private-public partnership (PPP) and infrastructure projects in Canada and the United States. He has successfully guided projects across all transportation, rail, social/urban renewal, water/wastewater and alternative energy asset classes. Greg heads up the firm’s North American infrastructure/PPP practice and is one of the senior members in our commercial real estate group. He has worked on some of Canada’s largest office, development, construction, multi-family and hospitality sector transactions.

Greg is a member of the firm’s Management Committee.

Gregory G. Southam

Partner

“Greg is intelligent, creative, authoritative and an extremely valuable resource on the most complex projects. He is a strong advocate but never loses sight of the ultimate goal, which is to create a win-win result.”
Client – Chambers Global 2020

In his two decades of practice, Greg has taken a lead role in some of the largest and most significant private-public partnership (PPP) and infrastructure projects in Canada and the United States. He has successfully guided projects across all transportation, rail, social/urban renewal, water/wastewater and alternative energy asset classes. Greg heads up the firm’s North American infrastructure/PPP practice and is one of the senior members in our commercial real estate group. He has worked on some of Canada’s largest office, development, construction, multi-family and hospitality sector transactions.

Greg is a member of the firm’s Management Committee.

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DIF Capital Partners and Valley Fiber Limited

Acted as lead transaction counsel to DIF Capital Partners and Valley Fiber Ltd. in their investment together with Canada Infrastructure Bank in the $328-million Southern Manitoba Fibre project, which involves the construction of 2,657 kilometres of mainline fibreoptic cabling, targeting 48,500 underserved households with dedicated fibre-to-the-home.

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AECON Infrastructure Management Inc., Dragados Canada Inc. and Ghella Canada Ltd.

Acted for West End Connectors, which includes AECON Infrastructure Management Inc., Dragados Canada Inc. and Ghella Canada Ltd., in its successful C$729.2-million contract to design, build and finance the Advance Tunnel phase of the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension project.

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Federal Crown Corporation

Acted for a federal Crown corporation in its development of a first of its kind, flexible financing program for the Government of Canada's zero-emission buses initiative.

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Enwave Energy Corporation

Acted for Enwave Energy Corporation, a portfolio company of Brookfield Infrastructure, as the successful proponent for Syracuse University's steam station operations project. Along with serving Syracuse University, the Steam Station serves the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse VA Medical Center and Crouse Irving Memorial Hospital.

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EAS Energy Partners

Acted for EAS Energy Partners (a consortium comprising Enwave, AECOM and Saunders Concessions), which have entered into a concession agreement with the National Western Center Authority for the construction, financing, operation and maintenance of a campus energy program for the National Western Center in Denver.

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Alstom Transport Canada Inc.

Acted for Alstom Transport Canada Inc. in its role as maintenance subcontractor for the light rail extension to the Confederation Line, which is the first stage of the new light rail transit system in Ottawa, Ontario.

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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.

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LA Gateway Partners

Acted 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.

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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.

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Woodbourne Canada Partners III (CA) LP

Acting for Woodbourne Canada Partners III (CA) LP with its $180-million acquisition with Tridel Builders Inc. of the residential component of The Well from RioCan REIT, Allied Properties REIT and Diamondcorp.

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Greg Southam Talks to Canadian Lawyer About P3 Challenges

Mar. 06, 2020 - In a recent article on the current climate of the Canadian P3 industry, Canadian Lawyer featured Davies partner Greg Southam’s insights on the opportunities and challenges that in-house counsel need to be aware of in 2020. While infrastructure opportunities continue to roll out across...

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Ontario Unveils a New 15% Land Transfer Tax and Expanded Rent Controls

Apr. 20, 2017 - On April 20, 2017 the Ontario government announced a set of measures, dubbed the Fair Housing Plan, intended to “help more people find an affordable place to call home, while bringing stability to the real estate market and protecting the investment of homeowners.” The plan includes a proposed 15%...

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Recent Developments in Ontario Real Estate

Feb. 26, 2016 - Ontario Court of Appeal Rules on Assignment of Lease by Tenant The Ontario Court of Appeal recently released its decision in Hudson’s Bay Company v. OMERS Realty Corporation, a case that involved the assignment and sublease of the tenant’s interest in anchor tenant leases at Yorkdale,...

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Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Projects: PPP and Infrastructure (Band 1)

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Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Projects: PPP and Infrastructure (Band 1)

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IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms—Project Finance (Market Leader)

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The Legal 500 Canada—Infrastructure and Projects (Leading Individual)

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The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Project Finance

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Lexpert Special Edition: Finance and M&A

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Lexpert Special Edition: Infrastructure

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Lexpert Guide to US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada—Business Issues

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The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Infrastructure Law (Most Frequently Recommended); Project Finance (Most Frequently Recommended)

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The Best Lawyers in Canada—Project Finance Law

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Who’s Who Legal: Canada—Government Contracts; Project Finance

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Expert Guides—Project Finance

Bar Admissions
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Ontario, 1998

Education
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University of Western Ontario, LLB, 1996
University of Western Ontario, BA, 1993

“Greg is intelligent, creative, authoritative and an extremely valuable resource on the most complex projects. He is a strong advocate but never loses sight of the ultimate goal, which is to create a win-win result.”
Client – Chambers Global 2020

In his two decades of practice, Greg has taken a lead role in some of the largest and most significant private-public partnership (PPP) and infrastructure projects in Canada and the United States. He has successfully guided projects across all transportation, rail, social/urban renewal, water/wastewater and alternative energy asset classes. Greg heads up the firm’s North American infrastructure/PPP practice and is one of the senior members in our commercial real estate group. He has worked on some of Canada’s largest office, development, construction, multi-family and hospitality sector transactions.

Greg is a member of the firm’s Management Committee.

DIF Capital Partners and Valley Fiber Limited

Acted as lead transaction counsel to DIF Capital Partners and Valley Fiber Ltd. in their investment together with Canada Infrastructure Bank in the $328-million Southern Manitoba Fibre project, which involves the construction of 2,657 kilometres of mainline fibreoptic cabling, targeting 48,500 underserved households with dedicated fibre-to-the-home.

AECON Infrastructure Management Inc., Dragados Canada Inc. and Ghella Canada Ltd.

Acted for West End Connectors, which includes AECON Infrastructure Management Inc., Dragados Canada Inc. and Ghella Canada Ltd., in its successful C$729.2-million contract to design, build and finance the Advance Tunnel phase of the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension project.

Federal Crown Corporation

Acted for a federal Crown corporation in its development of a first of its kind, flexible financing program for the Government of Canada's zero-emission buses initiative.

Enwave Energy Corporation

Acted for Enwave Energy Corporation, a portfolio company of Brookfield Infrastructure, as the successful proponent for Syracuse University's steam station operations project. Along with serving Syracuse University, the Steam Station serves the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse VA Medical Center and Crouse Irving Memorial Hospital.

EAS Energy Partners

Acted for EAS Energy Partners (a consortium comprising Enwave, AECOM and Saunders Concessions), which have entered into a concession agreement with the National Western Center Authority for the construction, financing, operation and maintenance of a campus energy program for the National Western Center in Denver.

Alstom Transport Canada Inc.

Acted for Alstom Transport Canada Inc. in its role as maintenance subcontractor for the light rail extension to the Confederation Line, which is the first stage of the new light rail transit system in Ottawa, Ontario.

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 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.

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.

Woodbourne Canada Partners III (CA) LP

Acting for Woodbourne Canada Partners III (CA) LP with its $180-million acquisition with Tridel Builders Inc. of the residential component of The Well from RioCan REIT, Allied Properties REIT and Diamondcorp.

In the News

Greg Southam Talks to Canadian Lawyer About P3 Challenges

Mar. 06, 2020 - In a recent article on the current climate of the Canadian P3 industry, Canadian Lawyer featured Davies partner Greg Southam’s insights on the opportunities and challenges that in-house counsel need to be aware of in 2020. While infrastructure opportunities continue to roll out across...

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Ontario Unveils a New 15% Land Transfer Tax and Expanded Rent Controls

Apr. 20, 2017 - On April 20, 2017 the Ontario government announced a set of measures, dubbed the Fair Housing Plan, intended to “help more people find an affordable place to call home, while bringing stability to the real estate market and protecting the investment of homeowners.” The plan includes a proposed 15%...

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Recent Developments in Ontario Real Estate

Feb. 26, 2016 - Ontario Court of Appeal Rules on Assignment of Lease by Tenant The Ontario Court of Appeal recently released its decision in Hudson’s Bay Company v. OMERS Realty Corporation, a case that involved the assignment and sublease of the tenant’s interest in anchor tenant leases at Yorkdale,...

Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Projects: PPP and Infrastructure (Band 1)

Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Projects: PPP and Infrastructure (Band 1)

IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms—Project Finance (Market Leader)

The Legal 500 Canada—Infrastructure and Projects (Leading Individual)

The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Project Finance

Lexpert Special Edition: Finance and M&A

Lexpert Special Edition: Infrastructure

Lexpert Guide to US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada—Business Issues

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Infrastructure Law (Most Frequently Recommended); Project Finance (Most Frequently Recommended)

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Project Finance Law

Who’s Who Legal: Canada—Government Contracts; Project Finance

Expert Guides—Project Finance

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 1998

Education

University of Western Ontario, LLB, 1996
University of Western Ontario, BA, 1993