Gregory G. Southam

Partner

Gregory G. Southam

Gregory G. Southam

Partner

Clients value Greg’s commercial approach and his incisive legal advice. They call him “brilliant,” “creative” and “one of the top lawyers in Canada.”
Chambers Global 2016

In his two decades of practice, Greg has taken a lead role in some of the largest and most significant private-public partnership and infrastructure projects in Canada and the United States – including in all transportation, social/urban renewal and alternative energy asset classes. Greg is one of the senior members in our commercial real estate group and has worked on some of Canada’s largest office, development, construction and hospitality sector transactions.

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

Gregory G. Southam

Partner

Clients value Greg’s commercial approach and his incisive legal advice. They call him “brilliant,” “creative” and “one of the top lawyers in Canada.”
Chambers Global 2016

In his two decades of practice, Greg has taken a lead role in some of the largest and most significant private-public partnership and infrastructure projects in Canada and the United States – including in all transportation, social/urban renewal and alternative energy asset classes. Greg is one of the senior members in our commercial real estate group and has worked on some of Canada’s largest office, development, construction and hospitality sector transactions.

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

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.

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 in connection with its $180-million acquisition with Tridel Builders Inc. of the residential component of The Well from RioCan REIT, Allied Properties REIT and Diamondcorp.

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.

Ivanhoé Cambridge Inc.

Acted for Ivanhoé Cambridge in connection with the sale of the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Ivanhoé Cambridge Inc.

Acted for Ivanhoé Cambridge on the sale of the Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia.

Northleaf Mid-Market Infrastructure Partners

Acted for Northleaf Mid-Market Infrastructure Partners in connection with a series of subordinated loans made available to the consortium on the Colorado US 36 Express Lanes Project. The subordinated debt proceeds complement a US$60-million TIFIA loan from the U.S. Department of Transportation; a US$20-million tax-exempt private activity bond ("PABs") issue; US$2 million in net construction revenues; and a US$41-million capital contribution from the State of Colorado.

Northleaf Capital Partners

Acted for Northleaf Capital Partners in connection with its acquisition of Sierra Yoyo Desan Road in British Columbia.

Ivanhoé Cambridge

Acted for Ivanhoé Cambridge in the sale of the Fairmont Château Laurier Hotel in Ottawa, Ontario.

Meridiam Infrastructure, Bouygues Travaux Publics and Transfield Services Ltd.

Acted for the Miami Access Tunnel consortium, comprised of Meridiam Infrastructure, Bouygues Travaux Publics and Transfield Services Ltd. for the design, build, finance, operation and maintenance of the US$1.3 billion greenfield Port of Miami Tunnel project. Davies also acted as lead counsel for the consortium on the financing of the Project, with the senior debt financing of US$340 million being provided through a club of 10 international banks and the subordinated debt financing of US$341 million being provided as a 35-year fixed rate loan by the United States Department of Transportation under the federal TIFIA (Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act of 1998) program. This project was awarded the 2009 Global PPP Deal of the Year by Project Finance magazine and the 2009 Americas PPP Deal of the Year by each of Project Finance International and Project Finance magazine.

TrizecHahn Corporation and TrizecHahn Office Properties Ltd.

Acted for TrizecHahn Corporation and TrizecHahn Office Properties Ltd. in their disposition of the Canadian office portfolio for proceeds in excess of $3 billion.

Bulletin

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%...

In the News

Building Infrastructure: The Legal Framework for Canada's Push – Lexpert

Apr. 13, 2016 - In a Lexpert article exploring how Canada’s infrastructure industry will be affected by the coming increase in federal stimulus spending, Davies partner Greg Southam discusses public-private partnerships (PPPs), particularly in the municipal context, and pension funds’ entry points into...

Bulletin

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 Lawyer)

Report on Business/Lexpert Special Edition Canada’s Leading Infrastructure Lawyers

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

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

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Project Finance Law

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

Expert Guides—Project Finance

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 1998

Education

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

Clients value Greg’s commercial approach and his incisive legal advice. They call him “brilliant,” “creative” and “one of the top lawyers in Canada.”
Chambers Global 2016

In his two decades of practice, Greg has taken a lead role in some of the largest and most significant private-public partnership and infrastructure projects in Canada and the United States – including in all transportation, social/urban renewal and alternative energy asset classes. Greg is one of the senior members in our commercial real estate group and has worked on some of Canada’s largest office, development, construction and hospitality sector transactions.

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

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.

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 in connection with its $180-million acquisition with Tridel Builders Inc. of the residential component of The Well from RioCan REIT, Allied Properties REIT and Diamondcorp.

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.

Ivanhoé Cambridge Inc.

Acted for Ivanhoé Cambridge in connection with the sale of the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Ivanhoé Cambridge Inc.

Acted for Ivanhoé Cambridge on the sale of the Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia.

Northleaf Mid-Market Infrastructure Partners

Acted for Northleaf Mid-Market Infrastructure Partners in connection with a series of subordinated loans made available to the consortium on the Colorado US 36 Express Lanes Project. The subordinated debt proceeds complement a US$60-million TIFIA loan from the U.S. Department of Transportation; a US$20-million tax-exempt private activity bond ("PABs") issue; US$2 million in net construction revenues; and a US$41-million capital contribution from the State of Colorado.

Northleaf Capital Partners

Acted for Northleaf Capital Partners in connection with its acquisition of Sierra Yoyo Desan Road in British Columbia.

Ivanhoé Cambridge

Acted for Ivanhoé Cambridge in the sale of the Fairmont Château Laurier Hotel in Ottawa, Ontario.

Meridiam Infrastructure, Bouygues Travaux Publics and Transfield Services Ltd.

Acted for the Miami Access Tunnel consortium, comprised of Meridiam Infrastructure, Bouygues Travaux Publics and Transfield Services Ltd. for the design, build, finance, operation and maintenance of the US$1.3 billion greenfield Port of Miami Tunnel project. Davies also acted as lead counsel for the consortium on the financing of the Project, with the senior debt financing of US$340 million being provided through a club of 10 international banks and the subordinated debt financing of US$341 million being provided as a 35-year fixed rate loan by the United States Department of Transportation under the federal TIFIA (Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act of 1998) program. This project was awarded the 2009 Global PPP Deal of the Year by Project Finance magazine and the 2009 Americas PPP Deal of the Year by each of Project Finance International and Project Finance magazine.

TrizecHahn Corporation and TrizecHahn Office Properties Ltd.

Acted for TrizecHahn Corporation and TrizecHahn Office Properties Ltd. in their disposition of the Canadian office portfolio for proceeds in excess of $3 billion.

Bulletin

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%...

In the News

Building Infrastructure: The Legal Framework for Canada's Push – Lexpert

Apr. 13, 2016 - In a Lexpert article exploring how Canada’s infrastructure industry will be affected by the coming increase in federal stimulus spending, Davies partner Greg Southam discusses public-private partnerships (PPPs), particularly in the municipal context, and pension funds’ entry points into...

Bulletin

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 Lawyer)

Report on Business/Lexpert Special Edition Canada’s Leading Infrastructure Lawyers

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

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

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Project Finance Law

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

Expert Guides—Project Finance

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 1998

Education

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