“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.
PCL Investments Canada Inc.
Acted for a syndicate of lenders comprised of ATB Financial, Fédération des caisses Desjardins du Québec, The Bank of Nova Scotia, Toronto-Dominion Bank and Business Development Bank of Canada in the establishment of a senior secured credit facility to partially finance the design and construction of the $2.174-billion New St. Paul's Hospital Project (Phase 1a) in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Acted for Plenary Americas in the acquisition of a portfolio of Ontario-based hospitals and long-term care facilities from OMERS Infrastructure. The portfolio included three hospitals (Niagara Health System-St. Catharine's Hospital, the Royal Ottawa Hospital, the William Osler Health Centre) and 12 long-term care facilities that were constructed by OMERS, then Borealis Infrastructure, through separate greenfield developments between 2000 and 2009.
Acted for Avalon Healthcare Partnership, led by Plenary Americas, as the successful consortium for the design, build, finance and maintenance of a new adult mental health and addictions hospital in St. John's, Newfoundland. The project included a 240,000 square foot, six-storey, 102-bed hospital; a parking garage with space for 1,000 vehicles; and a new 60-bed hostel to replace the Agnes Cowan Hostel.
Fengate Capital Management
Acted for Fengate Capital Management in its acquisition (and related financing) of the Freeport Energy Center, a 260 MW natural gas-fired, combined-cycle cogeneration power plant, from Calpine Corporation.
Acting for Plenary Americas, a leading investor, developer and operator of public infrastructure in North America, in its sale to Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.
Acted 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 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 for 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.
IESO Releases Contract Review Directive Report
Sept. 03, 2020 - Last fall Ontario’s Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines directed the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) to retain an independent third party to undertake a targeted review of existing generation contracts in the province (see our November 8, 2019 bulletin). The stated...
Ontario to Review Existing Generation Contracts
Nov. 08, 2019 - The Ontario government recently issued an Order in Council approving the issuance of a directive to the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) with a view to “identifying viable opportunities to lower electricity prices for Ontario consumers while maintaining system reliability. ” The...
Moderator, Euromoney Seminars, 7th Annual Canadian Power Finance Conference, “As First Nations Bands and Communities Increasingly Become Active Participants in Power Projects, What Are the Key Factors Determining Their Involvement?”
Jan. 22, 2015
Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Projects: PPP & Infrastructure
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 Partner); Infrastructure and Projects (Next Generation Partner)
The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Project Finance
Lexpert Special Edition: Energy
Lexpert Special Edition: Finance and M&A
Lexpert Special Edition: Infrastructure
The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory— Corporate Commercial Law; Energy: Electricity; Infrastructure Law; Project Finance (Most Frequently Recommended)
The Best Lawyers in Canada—Banking and Finance Law; Energy Law; Project Finance Law