“He’s an absolute superstar – phenomenally hardworking, knowledgeable and with unusually solid business judgement for a lawyer.”
Client – Chambers Canada 2020
Will advises developers, investors, lenders and borrowers – in Canada and the U.S. – on large infrastructure and power project development and financing, with a particular emphasis on public-private partnership procurement. He brings a commercial, goal-oriented approach to transactions and focuses on efficiently achieving successful outcomes.
Clients in the renewable energy sector value Will’s extensive knowledge of the complexities of hydroelectric, wind and solar financing. He frequently advises on the sale and purchase of renewable energy and infrastructure projects across Canada, and has extensive experience in negotiating a wide variety of related development contracts.
Acted as lead transaction counsel for Innovate Energy, a consortium consisting of ENGIE Services Canada, PCL Constructors Canada, PCL Investments Canada and Black & McDonald in its contract to modernize, maintain and operate the district energy system that heats 80 buildings and cools 67 buildings, including the Parliament buildings, in Canada's capital region. This mandate is part of the Government of Canada's Energy Services Acquisition Program and it will contribute to the Government's goal to reduce its energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from its own operations by 40% by 2030.
Stonebridge Financial Corporation
Acted for Stonebridge Financial Corporation in the term financing of two 10 MW operating wind generation projects owned by Musselshell Wind Project LLC in Montana.
CBHP Limited Partnership
Acted as lead transaction counsel for CBHP Limited Partnership in its approximately $750-million contract to design, build, finance and maintain the Corner Brook Acute Care Hospital Project in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. The new facility will be attached to the Corner Brook Long Term Care Hospital and will be seven storeys, 600,000 square feet and have 164 beds. Over the course of construction, which is expected to be completed in 2023, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador said it expects an estimated 4,000 person years of employment and $460 million in GDP to be created.
Vance Street Capital LLC
Acted for Vance Street Capital LLC, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm, and its portfolio company R.S.T Instruments in the acquisition of Measurand Group, a leading designer and manufacturer of geotechnical instrumentation based in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
Plenary PCL Properties Gatineau
Acted as lead transaction counsel for the Plenary PCL Properties Gatineau on the closing of its contract to design, build, finance, maintain and operate a new preservation facility in Gatineau, Québec. The new preservation facility has a construction cost of approximately $330 million, and is the first "net-zero carbon" facility dedicated to archival preservation in the Americas as well as the first federal building constructed to the requirements of Canada's Greening Government Strategy.
The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company
Acted for The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company, as (i) senior lender, in the incremental financing for Manulife's sale of Regional Power Inc., owner of the Bear Creek, Long Lake and White River hydroelectric projects; and (ii) project lender in connection with amendments to the existing project financing facilities.
Fengate Capital Management
Acted for Fengate Capital Management in its acquisition of the Heartland Petrochemical Complex's Central Utility Block (CUB) cogeneration facility from Inter Pipeline Ltd. and the project financing for the development, construction and operation of the CUB.
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.
Plenary Justice Abbotsford Limited Partnership
Acted as lead transaction counsel for Plenary Justice Abbotsford Limited Partnership in its approximately $150-million contract to design, build, finance and maintain the Abbotsford Law Courts project in Abbotsford, British Columbia. The new 14-room courthouse will include Provincial Court and Supreme Court courtrooms, as well as judicial conference rooms and space for all necessary justice partners. The courthouse is British Columbia's first new courthouse in 20 years.
Hydroméga Services Inc.
Acted for Hydroméga Services Inc. in the acquisition of Cochrane Power Corporation's Cochrane Power Generating Station, a cogeneration facility equipped with a 30MW natural gas turbine and a 15MW biomass fuelled boiler and steam turbine.
Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Projects: PPP and Infrastructure
IFLR1000: Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms—Project Development; Project Finance
The Legal 500 Canada—Banking and Finance (Next Generation Lawyer); Infrastructure and Projects (Next Generation Lawyer)
Report on Business/Lexpert Special Edition Canada’s Leading Energy Lawyers
Report on Business/Lexpert Special Edition Canada’s Leading Infrastructure Lawyers
The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory— Infrastructure Law; Project Finance
The Best Lawyers in Canada—Banking and Finance Law; Energy Law; Project Finance Law