Davies

William Buchner

Will Buchner is a partner in the Banking, Infrastructure, Corporate/Commercial, Capital Markets and Energy practices.

Will has worked on a wide variety of corporate/commercial transactions, with a particular emphasis on project finance, public-private partnerships and other secured financings. He also provides advice to clients on compliance with their ongoing corporate and securities law obligations.

Representative Work

  • 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.

  • Acted for the Manufacturers Life Insurance Company in connection with the term project financing of the BeamLight Solar Project, a 10-MW ground-mount solar project located in Georgina, Ontario, which had been awarded a 20-year power purchase contract under Ontario's Feed-in Tariff Program.

  • Acted for the Manufacturers Life Insurance Company in connection with the term project financing of the Alfred Solar Project, a 10-MW ground-mount solar project located in Alfred and Plantagenet, Ontario, which had been awarded a 20-year power purchase contract under Ontario's Feed-in Tariff Program.

  • Acted as lead transaction counsel for Plenary Health Vaughan LP in connection with its $1.3-billion fixed-price contract to design, build, finance and maintain the new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital in Ontario. The Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital will be the first hospital to be built in the city of Vaughan, and the first new hospital to be built in the York Region in the last 30 years. It will also be the first hospital in Canada to feature fully integrated "smart" technology to maximize information exchange.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Acted for the Manufacturers Life Insurance Company in connection with the establishment of a $50-million multi-tranche term credit facility to finance the construction and long-term operations of the Rural Energy Solar Portfolio, which consists of 10 photovoltaic ground-mount solar projects located in Temiskaming, New Liskeard and Kingston, Ontario, and is owned by Rural Energy Limited Partnership.

  • Acted for the Manufacturers Life Insurance Company in connection with the establishment of credit facilities to finance the construction and long-term operations of the Aria Solar Project, a 9-MW ground-mount solar project located in Springwater, Ontario, which had been awarded a 20-year power purchase contract under Ontario's Feed-in Tariff Program.

  • Acted for the Manufacturers Life Insurance Company and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec in the$197.2-million project financing of the 40.6-MW Big Silver Creek hydroelectric facility in British Columbia.

  • Acted as Canadian counsel to The Blackstone Group in connection with the acquisition of GE Capital Real Estate's assets in a transaction valued at approximately US$23 billion.

  • 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 Plenary Infrastructure ERMF GP, which was awarded a contract by Metrolinx to design, build, finance and maintain the new East Rail Maintenance Facility, a $859.2-million project located in Whitby, Ontario.

  • Acted for a group of lenders, comprising the Manufacturers Life Insurance Company, the Caisse de Dépôt et placement du Québec and the Canada Life Assurance Company, in connection with the $491.6-million non-recourse construction and term project financing for the Upper Lillooet River and Boulder Creek run-of-river hydroelectric projects owned by Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. and Ledcor Power Group Ltd.

  • Acted for a syndicate of underwriters co-led by BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. and CIBC World Markets Inc. in connection with the $115-million bought deal public offering of trust units of Milestone Apartments Real Estate Investment Trust.

  • Acted for The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company in connection with the establishment of credit facilities to finance the construction and long-term operations of the RayLight Solar Project, a 10 MW ground-mount solar project located in Wyebridge, Ontario, which had been awarded a 20-year power purchase contract under Ontario's Feed-in Tariff Program.

  • Acted for Plenary Health Swift Current Limited Partnership, which was awarded a contract by the Cypress Regional Health Authority to design, build, finance and maintain the new Swift Current Long Term Care Centre, a $108.5-million project located in Swift Current, Saskatchewan.

  • Acted for Fortress Investment Group, LLC and Holiday Retirement in connection with the sale of 29 Canadian senior living communities to Ventas, Inc.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Acted for a syndicate of underwriters led by BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. and CIBC World Markets Inc. in connection with the $69.1-million bought deal public offering of trust units of Milestone Apartments Real Estate Investment Trust.

  • Acted for The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company in connection with the establishment of credit facilities to finance the construction and long-term operations of the Mighty Solar Project, a 10 MW ground-mount solar project located in Chesterville, Ontario, which had been awarded a 20-year power purchase contract under Ontario's Feed-in Tariff Program.

  • Acted for The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company in connection with the establishment of credit facilities to finance the construction and long-term operations of the Val Caron Solar Project, a 10 MW ground-mount solar project near the City of Greater Sudbury, Ontario, which had been awarded a 20-year power purchase contract under Ontario's Feed-in Tariff Program.

  • Acted for Bureau Veritas SA in connection with its $650-million acquisition of Maxxam Analytics International Corporation.

  • Acted for AirBoss of America Corp. in connection with its acquisition of all the shares of Flexible Products Co., a privately owned U.S. company that is a leading supplier of anti-vibration solutions to the North American automotive market, for a purchase price of approximately US$51 million and in establishing a new long-term debt facility for AirBoss of America Corp. comprising a US$25-million senior secured multi-currency revolver, a US$15-million senior secured revolver, a US$45-million senior secured term loan and fixed-rate term loans of $8.7 million and $5 million.

  • Acted for a group of lenders, comprising The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company and Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada, in connection with the $135.2 million non-recourse construction and term project finance for the 60 MW nameplate capacity wind generation project located on McLean's Mountain, Manitoulin Island, Ontario.

  • Acted for Plenary Properties DES LP which was awarded a 10-year contract to provide Driver Examination Services for the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.

  • Acted for U.S. Silver & Gold Inc. in connection with both a senior secured credit facility provided by Royal Capital Management and certain lenders and the issuance of certain warrants to purchase common shares issued to Royal Capital Management.

  • Acted for Stonebridge Financial Corporation, Stonebridge Infrastructure Debt Fund Limited Partnership and other lenders in connection with a multi-tranche term credit facility in favour of Firelight Solar L.P. to finance a portfolio of approximately 65 photovoltaic rooftop solar projects.

  • Acted for Stonebridge Financial Corporation in connection with project financing for the Alderville Solar Project in Central Ontario.

  • Acted for a syndicate of underwriters led by BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. and CIBC World Markets Inc. in connection with the $228-million initial public offering of Milestone Apartments Real Estate Investment Trust, the first IPO in the world of a qualifying U.S. REIT by a non-U.S. entity.

  • Acted for Hydroméga Services Inc., as sponsor in partnership with the Dokis First Nation, and Okikendawt Hydro L.P., as borrower, in connection with the project financing of a 10-MW hydroelectric generating facility on the French River in the district of Parry Sound, Ontario.

  • Acted for OPTrust in connection with the acquisition by OPTrust and DeBartolo Investments of preferred stock and warrants of Landmark Apartment Trust, Inc., a US-based Real Estate Investment Trust. The private offering of preferred stock and warrants is part of another transaction in which Landmark Apartment Trust is acquiring 21 multifamily apartment communities from Elco Landmark Residential Holdings, Inc. and certain other investors.

  • Acted for Agnico Eagle Mines Limited in connection with its completed private placement of US$100-million 4.87% guaranteed senior unsecured notes due 2022 and US$100-million 5.02% guaranteed senior unsecured notes due 2024.

  • Acted for a group of lenders, comprising The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company, The Canada Life Assurance Company and The Great-West Life Assurance Company, in connection with the $168.5-million non-recourse construction and term project financing for the 49.9 MW Kwoiek Creek run-of-river hydroelectric project located in British Columbia.

  • Acted for Stonebridge Financial Corporation and a syndicate of lenders in connection with project financing for the Gesner Wind Farm project in Southwestern Ontario.

  • 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.

  • Acted for Fortis Inc. in its $601 million bought deal public offering of subscription receipts. The net proceeds were used to finance a portion of the acquisition of CH Energy Group, Inc., a New York-based regulated transmission and distribution utility.

  • Acted for Holiday Canada ULC and funds managed by Fortress Investment Group in connection with the refinancing of $620-million of indebtedness secured on real estate assets located across Canada.

  • Acted for Marret Asset Management Inc. and certain bondholders in connection with the issuance by Cline Mining Corporation of common share warrants and the entry into a trust indenture by Cline Mining Corporation for the issuance of up to US$65 million of secured bonds.

  • Acted for Ironbridge Equity Partners in the purchase by Ironbridge of all of the assets of Industrial Commercial Equipment Manufacturing Ltd. associated with its Frost Fighter business.

  • Acted for Ironbridge Equity Partners in the purchase by Ironbridge of all of the issued and outstanding shares of Hank's Maintenance and Service Co.

  • Acted for Ironbridge Equity Partners in the purchase by Ironbridge of all of the issued and outstanding shares of Lafrentz & Christenson Trucking Ltd.

  • 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.

  • Acted for RX Exploration Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary Drumlummon Ltd., in connection with a senior secured credit facility provided by an affiliate of Hale Capital Partners, L.P.

  • Acted for Paymentus Corporation, a leading electronic bill payment, presentment and customer communication technology and services company, in connection with an equity investment by Accel-KKR, a technology-focused private equity investment firm.

  • Acted for a syndicate of agents co-led by National Bank Financial and Canaccord Genuity in a private placement of high yield notes issued by Canadian Satellite Radio and as counsel for a significant bondholder in connection with the concurrent exchange offer for the issuer's existing high yield notes.

  • Acted for Bank of Montreal in connection with a $55-million secured credit facility made available to Leisureworld Senior Care Corporation for the acquisition of two luxury retirement residences.

  • Acted as Canadian counsel to Credit Suisse Securities AG in connection with a US$355-million 7-year first lien term loan, a US$100-million 7.5-year second lien term loan and a US$20-million 5-year revolving credit facility made available to Mood Media Corporation in connection with its acquisition of Muzak Holdings LLC.

  • Acted for Atlas Holdings LLC and Blue Wolf Capital Partners LLC in connection with the sale of Northern Resources Nova Scotia Corporation (the parent company of Northern Pulp, the Pictou County kraft pulp mill, and Northern Timber, which owns forest land) to Paper Excellence Canada Holdings Corporation.

  • Acted for Hydroméga Services Inc. in connection with a bridge financing and project financing provided by Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada for the development and construction of four hydro projects on the Kapuskasing River in Ontario developed in partnership with certain First Nations.

  • Acted for The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company in connection with the project financing for the Mont-Louis Wind Farm project near the municipality of Mont-Louis in the Gaspésie region of Québec.

  • Acted for Northleaf Capital Partners in the transition from an operationally independent TD Bank subsidiary to a fully independent global private equity firm. Northleaf's predecessor, TD Capital Private Equity Investors, was the private equity fund of funds and co-investment arm of TD Bank Financial Group, one of North America's leading financial institutions.

View All

Recognition

Return to profile

Professional Affiliations

Return to profile

Board Memberships

Return to profile

Community Involvement

Return to profile

Teaching Engagements

Return to profile

Speaking Engagements

Return to profile

Moderator, “As First Nations bands and communities increasingly become active participants in power projects, what are the key factors determining their involvement?”, 7th Annual Canadian Power Finance Conference (January 22, 2015)

Articles and Publications

Return to profile

While in law school at the University of Western Ontario, Will assisted Professor Richard McLaren in writing Secured Transactions in Personal Property in Canada, The Annotated Ontario Personal Property Security Act, The Annotated British Columbia Personal Property Security Act and The Annotated Alberta Personal Property Security Act.

William Buchner
William Buchner
Partner
Office:
Toronto
Tel:
416.367.6942
Email:
wbuchner@dwpv.com
Bar Admissions:

Ontario, 2009

Education:

University of Western Ontario, LL.B. (with Distinction), 2008