“Very high quality lawyer” who provides “creative, quick and well thought-out advice. Amazing and seasoned guy.”
Chambers Canada 2017, Chambers Global 2016
Clients trust Bob to act on their most high-profile and business-critical commercial real estate development projects, infrastructure projects, public-private partnerships, project financing and joint venture work – in Canada and internationally.
Recognized in Band 1 in Chambers Global, Bob advises on transformative and landmark projects. He is known for his “ability to work with and communicate with public and private sector lawyers and bureaucrats” to get the deal done. (Client – Chambers Global 2016)
Drawing on more than 40 years of expertise and industry knowledge, Bob is instrumental in the successful development of large projects in diverse sectors. He is lead counsel on projects that range from hospitals in Vancouver, Abbotsford and North Bay to commercial casino projects in Niagara Falls, Windsor and Rama.
International clients turn to Bob for their challenging projects, including the cross-border rail tunnel between Windsor and Detroit, a toll road in Tampa, an airport development project in Budapest and a prestigious mixed-use complex in Moscow.
Acting for Ivanhoé Cambridge in connection with its development of an integrated multi-tower office complex/public transit hub development straddling both sides of Toronto's Union Station rail corridor. A highly visible pair of innovative office towers on a 3 million square foot downtown campus, Bay Park Centre is the result of a joint effort between global real estate leaders Ivanhoé Cambridge and Hines, and the last remaining office development with a commercially renowned Bay Street address.
Penguin Investments Inc. (formerly SmartCentres Realty Inc.)
Acting for Penguin Investments Inc. (formerly SmartCentres Realty Inc.) in connection with the multi-billion dollar development of the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre - a planned downtown for the City of Vaughan of almost 6 million square feet. This is one of the most important master planned communities in Canada - a transit-rich, high-density, fully urban, mixed-use community being built in the suburbs of Toronto.
Plenary Health Phase 1C LP
Acted as lead transaction counsel for Plenary Health Phase 1C LP in connection with its approximately $685-million fixed-price contract to design, build, finance and maintain the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Phase 1C redevelopment project in Toronto, Ontario. The redevelopment project will see the construction of approximately 655,000 square feet of new build space contained in two modern buildings along Queen Street West in Toronto. The project is expected to achieve a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for design excellence and sustainability.
Plenary Infrastructure Calgary LP
Acted as lead transaction counsel for Plenary Infrastructure Calgary LP in its winning bid for the design, build, finance and maintenance of the City of Calgary's $174-million Stoney CNG Bus Storage and Transit Facility.
Plenary Roads Winnipeg Transitway LP
Acted as lead transaction counsel for Plenary Roads Winnipeg Transitway LP in its winning bid for the design, build, finance, operation and maintenance of the City of Winnipeg's $467 million Southwest Rapid Transitway (Stage 2) and Pembina Highway Underpass Project.
City of Toronto
Acting for the City of Toronto in the $800-million redevelopment of Union Station, including the acquisition of Union Station from The Toronto Terminals Rail Company, the restoration and major transportation redevelopment jointly with Metrolinx and the creation of a new below-grade strata retail level.
Acted for Plenary Health Milton LP, which was awarded a contract by Halton Healthcare to expand and maintain the Milton District Hospital, a $512-million project located in Milton, Ontario.
Acted for a consortium led by Plenary Group in connection with a request for proposal for the project involving the design, construction, finance and maintenance of the new Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT) commuter train maintenance centre in Pointe-Saint-Charles, Québec.
China Machinery Engineering Corporation
Acting for China Machinery Engineering Corporation in connection with its transaction with JD Developments for the Phillip Street, Waterloo Ontario student residence project.
Plenary Health Peel LP
Acted for Plenary Health Peel LP, in its successful bid to design, build, finance and maintain the new Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness, a $491 million project located in Brampton, Ontario.
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 (Senior Statesperson); Real Estate: Ontario (Senior Statesperson)
The Best Lawyers in Canada—Public Finance Law (Lawyer of the Year 2017, Toronto); Real Estate Law (Lawyer of the Year 2016, Toronto); Project Finance Law; Real Estate Law (Property Development)
IFLR1000: Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms—Project Development (Market Leader); Project Finance (Market Leader)
The Legal 500 Canada—Infrastructure and Projects (Leading Lawyer); Real Estate (Leading Lawyer)
The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Project Finance
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 (Most Frequently Recommended); Corporate Commercial Law; Property Development; Property Leasing
Canadian Who’s Who
Who’s Who Legal: Canada—Real Estate; Government Contracts; Who’s Who Legal: Real Estate; Who’s Who Legal: Government Contracts
Expert Guides—Project Finance; Real Estate