Robert T. Bauer

Partner

Robert T. Bauer

Robert T. Bauer

Partner

Bar Admissions
  • Ontario, 1976

“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.

Robert T. Bauer

Partner

“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.

Ivanhoé Cambridge

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.

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.

Plenary Group

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.

Plenary Group

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.

Plenary Justice Okanagan Limited Partnership

Acted for Plenary Justice Okanagan Limited Partnership, which was awarded the $192.9-million contract by The Ministry of Justice, The B.C. Corrections Branch and the British Columbia Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services to design, build, finance and maintain the 378-cell, high security facility, Okanagan Correctional Centre, located near Oliver, British Columbia.

Plenary Group (Canada) Ltd.

Acted for Plenary Health Kelowna Limited Partnership, which was awarded the $95.3-million contract by the Interior Health Authority to design, build, finance and maintain the new Interior Heart and Surgical Centre at Kelowna General Hospital, the first cardiac critical care centre in British Columbia outside the Lower Mainland.

Plenary Health Care Partnerships

Acted for Plenary Health Care Partnerships in their successful bid to design, build, finance and maintain the Humber River Regional Hospital. The new $1.1 billion state-of-the-art acute care facility will be constructed on a block of approximately 27 acres in Toronto, Ontario.

Plenary Properties LTAP LP

Acted for Plenary Properties LTAP LP, which was awarded the $1.13-billion contract by Defence Construction Canada for a 33-year design-build-finance-maintain concession for the new headquarters of Canada's foreign intelligence and national cryptologic agency. Spanning over 84,000 square metres and scheduled for completion in 2015, the state-of-the-art facility will become the new home of Canada's national cryptologic agency. This project was awarded the 2011 North American Social Infrastructure Deal of the Year Award by Project Finance magazine.

Borealis Infrastructure Management Inc.

Acted for the Borealis Transportation Infrastructure Trust ("Borealis") which was an equal partner with Canadian Pacific Railway Company ("CPR") in the Jobs Tunnel (formerly Detroit River Tunnel), which operates a rail tunnel between Windsor and Detroit. On June 30, 2009, Borealis purchased an additional 33.5% interest in the partnership for aggregate proceeds of $110 million, increasing its total partnership interest to 83.5%. Borealis now owns 83.5% and CPR owns 16.5%, though their interests in certain assets of the partnership remain evenly split. Regulatory approvals for the transaction were required under the Competition Act (Canada), the Canada Transportation Act, 2006 and the International Bridges and Tunnels Act, 2007.

University of Waterloo

Acted for the University of Waterloo in connection with the commercial "high tech" development of the 750 acre North Campus in Waterloo, Ontario.

MaRS Discovery District

Acted for MaRS Discovery District in the RFP for the redevelopment of the 1 million square foot second phase of the MaRS Convergence Centre in downtown Toronto and currently acting in the commencement of such redevelopment by a subsidiary of MaRS. MaRS is a non-profit innovation centre connecting science, technology and social entrepreneurs with business skills, networks and capital to stimulate innovation and accelerate the creation and growth of successful Canadian enterprises.

Plenary Health

Acted for Plenary Health which led the successful consortium for the design, build, finance and operation of the new Niagara Health System project. The Niagara Health System project reached financial close on March 27, 2009. The project is an Alternative Financing and Procurement ("AFP") project for the design, build, finance and maintenance aspects of a greenfield 970,000 square foot hospital and cancer centre in St. Catharines, Ontario. Payments to cover construction, building maintenance, lifecycle repair and renewal and project financing will be made on an availability and performance basis, in a total amount of $1.42 billion over 30 years, or a net present value of $759 million. This project was awarded the 2009 Americas Social Infrastructure Deal of the Year by Project Finance magazine, 2009 Award of Merit for Project Financing by the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships and, since 2010, has been included annually on ReNew Canada's Top 100 Canada's Biggest Infrastructure Projects list.

Plenary Group

Acted for Plenary Health which led the successful consortium for the design, build, finance and maintenance of the new Bridgepoint Hospital, replacing the existing facility. The Bridgepoint Health project reached financial close on August 12, 2009.

City of Toronto

Acted for the City of Toronto in the Toronto waterfront revitalization project, including negotiations with private developers and government ministries and agencies, advising on issues such as public ownership of lands, governance, environmental liabilities and protections and the negotiation of procurement, design, development, construction and financing documentation.

Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation

Acted for the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation in the $1-billion development, financing and operation of the Niagara Falls Casino Complex/Gateway Project.

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); Real Estate: Nationwide (Band 1); Real Estate: Ontario (Band 1)

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; Property Development

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

Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada—Project Finance

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

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 1976

Education

University of Toronto, LLB, 1974
Harvard University, BA, 1969

Professional Affiliations

American Counsel Association

“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.

Ivanhoé Cambridge

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.

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.

Plenary Group

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.

Plenary Group

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.

Plenary Justice Okanagan Limited Partnership

Acted for Plenary Justice Okanagan Limited Partnership, which was awarded the $192.9-million contract by The Ministry of Justice, The B.C. Corrections Branch and the British Columbia Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services to design, build, finance and maintain the 378-cell, high security facility, Okanagan Correctional Centre, located near Oliver, British Columbia.

Plenary Group (Canada) Ltd.

Acted for Plenary Health Kelowna Limited Partnership, which was awarded the $95.3-million contract by the Interior Health Authority to design, build, finance and maintain the new Interior Heart and Surgical Centre at Kelowna General Hospital, the first cardiac critical care centre in British Columbia outside the Lower Mainland.

Plenary Health Care Partnerships

Acted for Plenary Health Care Partnerships in their successful bid to design, build, finance and maintain the Humber River Regional Hospital. The new $1.1 billion state-of-the-art acute care facility will be constructed on a block of approximately 27 acres in Toronto, Ontario.

Plenary Properties LTAP LP

Acted for Plenary Properties LTAP LP, which was awarded the $1.13-billion contract by Defence Construction Canada for a 33-year design-build-finance-maintain concession for the new headquarters of Canada's foreign intelligence and national cryptologic agency. Spanning over 84,000 square metres and scheduled for completion in 2015, the state-of-the-art facility will become the new home of Canada's national cryptologic agency. This project was awarded the 2011 North American Social Infrastructure Deal of the Year Award by Project Finance magazine.

Borealis Infrastructure Management Inc.

Acted for the Borealis Transportation Infrastructure Trust ("Borealis") which was an equal partner with Canadian Pacific Railway Company ("CPR") in the Jobs Tunnel (formerly Detroit River Tunnel), which operates a rail tunnel between Windsor and Detroit. On June 30, 2009, Borealis purchased an additional 33.5% interest in the partnership for aggregate proceeds of $110 million, increasing its total partnership interest to 83.5%. Borealis now owns 83.5% and CPR owns 16.5%, though their interests in certain assets of the partnership remain evenly split. Regulatory approvals for the transaction were required under the Competition Act (Canada), the Canada Transportation Act, 2006 and the International Bridges and Tunnels Act, 2007.

University of Waterloo

Acted for the University of Waterloo in connection with the commercial "high tech" development of the 750 acre North Campus in Waterloo, Ontario.

MaRS Discovery District

Acted for MaRS Discovery District in the RFP for the redevelopment of the 1 million square foot second phase of the MaRS Convergence Centre in downtown Toronto and currently acting in the commencement of such redevelopment by a subsidiary of MaRS. MaRS is a non-profit innovation centre connecting science, technology and social entrepreneurs with business skills, networks and capital to stimulate innovation and accelerate the creation and growth of successful Canadian enterprises.

Plenary Health

Acted for Plenary Health which led the successful consortium for the design, build, finance and operation of the new Niagara Health System project. The Niagara Health System project reached financial close on March 27, 2009. The project is an Alternative Financing and Procurement ("AFP") project for the design, build, finance and maintenance aspects of a greenfield 970,000 square foot hospital and cancer centre in St. Catharines, Ontario. Payments to cover construction, building maintenance, lifecycle repair and renewal and project financing will be made on an availability and performance basis, in a total amount of $1.42 billion over 30 years, or a net present value of $759 million. This project was awarded the 2009 Americas Social Infrastructure Deal of the Year by Project Finance magazine, 2009 Award of Merit for Project Financing by the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships and, since 2010, has been included annually on ReNew Canada's Top 100 Canada's Biggest Infrastructure Projects list.

Plenary Group

Acted for Plenary Health which led the successful consortium for the design, build, finance and maintenance of the new Bridgepoint Hospital, replacing the existing facility. The Bridgepoint Health project reached financial close on August 12, 2009.

City of Toronto

Acted for the City of Toronto in the Toronto waterfront revitalization project, including negotiations with private developers and government ministries and agencies, advising on issues such as public ownership of lands, governance, environmental liabilities and protections and the negotiation of procurement, design, development, construction and financing documentation.

Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation

Acted for the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation in the $1-billion development, financing and operation of the Niagara Falls Casino Complex/Gateway Project.

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); Real Estate: Nationwide (Band 1); Real Estate: Ontario (Band 1)

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; Property Development

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

Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada—Project Finance

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

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 1976

Education

University of Toronto, LLB, 1974
Harvard University, BA, 1969

Professional Affiliations

American Counsel Association